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Summary: The Cool School is the story of American art in the 1950s and '60s, LA's coming of age, and a distinctive, fraternal group of headstrong talents. The renowned Ferus Art Gallery groomed certain members of the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a coterie of competitive, often-brilliant artists. What was lost and gained is tied up in complex web of egos, passions, money, and art. The Cool School is about San Francisco versus LA, New York versus LA, commercialism, and bohemianism. Ferus managed to do for art in LA what the museums would not; the gallery gave birth to a vibrant, coalescing scene. Assemblage art, abstract expressionism, or Pop--the men of Ferus shared ideas, goals, studios, women, and a vision. The Cool School is an extraordinary lesson in how a city can build an art scene from scratch without losing its soul. (Tremolo Productions)
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Runtime: 86 min
Production: Tremolo Productions
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jul 29, 2008
Director Credit
Morgan Neville Director
Writer Credit
Kristine Mckenna Writer
Morgan Neville Writer
Cast Credit
Billy Al Bengston Himself
Charles Brittin Himself
Donald Factor Himself
Edmond Bereal Himself
Elyse Grinstein Herself
Eve Babitz Herself
Frank O. Gehry Himself
Hal Glicksman Himself
Irving Blum Himself
Jeff Bridges Himself - Narrator
John Baldessari Himself
Larry Bell Himself
Peter Goulds Himself
Sonia Gechtoff Herself
William Claxton Himself
Producer Credit
Brenna Sanchez Supervising Producer
Cedd Moses Executive Producer
David Davis Executive Producer: OPB
Dylan Robertson Co-Producer
Kristine Mckenna Producer
Lois Chiles Co-Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer: OPB
Stephanie J. Henderson Associate Producer
Terry Chatkupt Associate Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: