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Mr. Dial Has Something to Say

Mr. Dial Has Something to Say

This feature high-definition documentary explores the visual arts sibling of jazz, the blues and gospel.

As the visual interpretation of life from America’s former slave culture, this improvisational style is a unique artistic view in American history—and one of America’s few very home-grown artistic styles.

This film seeks to address the following questions: What is the meaning and history of this movement? Who are the artists and why do they create? Has Afro-American improvisational visual art been disregarded by the mainstream art world as less important? Have terms such as “outsider”, “visionary,” “primitive,” “folk,” “self-taught,” and “naďve”—all of which have been applied to this particular style—downgraded the importance of this art?

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