Farrel Levy on Sister Mary Corita
Editor Farrel Levy tells the story of visual artist Corita Kent, a Catholic nun whose commitment to social justice— combined with an open mind and a sense of humor— led her to create vibrant serigraphs that merge American ad campaigns, pop culture imagery and quotes from the world’s religions, turning these pieces into startlingly moving art that is still relevant today.
Director: Julie Hébert
DP: Sevdije Kastrati
Editor: Anisha Acharya
Producer: Courtney Graham
Co-Producer: Jill Klein
Sound Recordist: Lorita De la cerna
PA/Photographer: Tegan Molloy
PA/Photographer: Kimberly Tompkins
Farrel Levy was trained as an artist at Cooper Union but has made a career as a film and television editor with credits including: Dirty Dancing, NYPD Blue, Primal Fear, Damages and Nashville. She has also been a television director and teaches editing at The American Film Institute. She is the mother of two daughters who never cease to make her proud.
Sister Mary Corita Kent
NUN / ARTIST / EDUCATOR
Sister Mary Corita Kent’s artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. As both a nun and a woman making art in the twentieth century, she was in many ways cast to the margins of the different movements she was a part of. In recent years, Corita has gained increased recognition for her role in the Pop Art movement.
Books: “Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent” by Ian Berry, et al (Prestel USA) and “Corita Kent: Art and Soul: The Biography” by April Dammann (Angel City Press). Photo of Corita Kent from the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles.