Leonard Nimoy (Self)Jean-Michel Richaud (Self - Vincent Van Gough)
The enigma of Vincent Van Gogh 125 years after his death is explored through an extraordinary contemporary play which was was first written and performed by the late actor Leonard Nimoy in the 1970's, and brought back to life by a talented French actor named Jean-Michel Richaud. The documentary team traces Van Gogh's footsteps in the south of France where he painted most of his masterpieces, in Belgium where he was a preacher to coal miners, and in and Holland, where he was born. Countless historians, including from the Musee D'Orsay and Van Gogh Museum, along with others, were filmed discussing the master painter to dispel the myths of mysterious man who has almost always been labeled as mad artist. Van Gogh's legacy lives on as the film explores the world of street artists from Amsterdam and Los Angeles who, inspired by the great master, are publicly recognizing Van Gogh's brilliance. These renowned artists include Paris street artist NOWART, who we filmed launching his own Van Gogh exhibit in Auvers Sur Oise, the town where Vincent last lived. The stage play provides an invaluable service in the framing of the film and it's creator, Leonard Nimoy, helped to narrate the piece before his death. Leonard Nimoy was a renaissance man in every sense of the word as a writer, actor, director, artist, and most importantly a humanitarian. We tribute this documentary to the memory of this extraordinary man who took such a keen interest in the life of Van Gogh and such care to tribute that artist's legacy.