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‘Lines of Sight’ documentary wins prizes

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“Lines of Sight,” the documentary about painter Jim Hall, has won the Audience Choice Award at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival near Cleveland, according to a news release. The hour-long documentary was selected from among 70 films, including features from at least 10 countries. They also received an award in the Feature Documentary category.
Director Steve Oldfield from Bellevue and the painter, Jim Hall, who lives in Cincinnati, accepted the award at a ceremony Sunday in Hudson, Ohio.
The son of Campbellsburg tenant farmers, Hall’s artistic beginnings occurred in New Castle, where he went to high school, when he won a statewide art contest. Though his school didn’t have an art class at the time, an English teacher encouraged Hall to keep up his artistic pursuits by giving him painting supplies.
“Lines of Sight” tells the story of Hall’s development of an entirely new painting style he calls Lineillism.  The 84-year-old had painted in many styles over his life.  
Back in 2000, he suffered a debilitating case of shingles that marred his vision, causing him to see the world in vertical lines. At first he panicked, fearing he was going blind.  Then, he decided to start painting what he was seeing.  While his vision eventually returned to normal, he has continued to paint in that style.  
Oldfield followed Hall for more than a year and used a “canvas cam” to capture point of view, time-lapse paintings of several Lineillism works.  The documentary also tells the story of Hall’s life: from growing up on a tenant farm in Henry County to living homeless as an artist on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., to a successful career as an artist and Procter & Gamble executive in Cincinnati.
Lineillism has been compared favorably to Pointillism and Impressionism, according to the news release.  Oldfield hopes to use the momentum from the festival win to create a traveling art exhibit that will feature the documentary and about a dozen of Hall’s paintings.  They are also planning a Cincinnati screening later this year or in early 2017, as well as entering the documentary in a film festival in Louisville.
“We are so glad to receive such positive feedback at our world premiere,” Oldfield said.  “I have always believed Jim’s story and important new style deserve to be shown to the world.”
For more information on the documentary and to watch a trailer, go to http://linesofsightdocumentary.com.