Filmmaking is incredibly collaborative! Every day we work with performers, writers, musicians & artists!
This month, we feature movies that celebrate all these incredibly talented people.
Artists, Writers, Musicians & Performers in the Movies
Yellow Rose A Filipina teen from a small Texas town fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.
Amadeus The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart’s talent and claimed to have murdered him.
La Bamba Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.
I Am Divine How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters’ cinematic muse and an international drag icon.
All That Jazz Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid career of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
Bamboozled A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.
Last Call The last days of the poet Dylan Thomas as he dreams and drinks.
Colette Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.
Capote In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.
Comic Book Confidential A survey of the artistic history of the comic book medium and some of the major talents associated with it.
Crumb An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.
American Splendor An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
I Shot Andy Warhol This is the story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical who shot Andy Warhol.
Blow-Up A fashion photographer unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
Ray The story of legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings, he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom.
A Star Is Born A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress. Bonus: 1937, 1954 and 2018 versions!
Basquiat The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.
The Caveman’s Valentine A cave-dwelling man sets out to track down the killer of a homeless boy, and bring him to justice.
Naked Lunch After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.
Loving Vincent In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
These movies are presented in their unedited form as inspiration for Film students and faculty. Some content may be for mature audiences, and viewers should use their own discretion when selecting a film. All ideas presented in these films are the views of their respective creators, and the sharing of these films does not represent an endorsement of the content, filmmaker biography or history of these films by Lesley University faculty or staff.