As a portrait of artists, Witkin & Witkin is an enlightening character study, but as a snapshot of the strange experience of being a twin, it’s remarkably true to life. – POV Magazine
WITKIN & WITKIN
Mexico & USA | 2018 | 93 min
WITKIN & WITKIN explores the worlds of two identical twins artists, Joel-Peter, a world famous photographer, and Jerome, a respected figurative painter and educator.
While Jerome’s paintings focus on political and social themes, along with serious portraiture, his brother’s surrealist photographic work deals with transgressive and often taboo themes such as deformity and death.
Though both visual artists who grew up in great physical and emotional proximity, they now rarely speak and live a significant distance apart, the one in upstate New York, the other in New Mexico.
WITKIN & WITKIN documents the pair’s personal lives, distinct philosophies and artistic practices, as the prospect of a joint exhibition (their very first, at 78!) pushes them to find a way to overcome their differences.
Filmed over 4 years by multiple award-winning filmmaker and photographer Trisha Ziff (The Man Who Saw Too Much, Chevolution), WITKIN & WITKIN is a beautiful film about art, family ties and growing older, from the perspective of two accomplished artists working in different media who shared a childhood but whose lives took very different directions.
Each unorthodox and unique in his own inimitable way, the Witkins make for compelling viewing in this bold, intimate portrait of their relationship, which is both a profound meditation on art and an excellent dual-biopic. – Hammer to Nail
A film about individual perception, creativity and the pursuit of art. – SF DocFest
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