In Search of Magical Waters

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In Search of Magical Waters is the pilot for a series of short films (26 minutes) that will explore the creative lives of artists in America.

Part documentary, part reality show, this road-trip series presents artists in a whole new way as cameras follow their search for inspiration and capture what really happens behind the studio door.

Sumptuous cinematography offers a vicariously experiential glimpse into how artists “see” and reality-style filming tells their unique and fascinating stories in an entertaining way.
Magical Waters art docuseries pilot

PILOT SYNOPSIS:
IN SEARCH OF MAGICAL WATERS

Adriano Manocchia left a jet-setting career as a photojournalist in New York City to become an artist, teaching himself to paint in the style of the Old Masters. Tapping into his emotional resonance with water he took up fly-fishing, moved to the country, and is now one of the leading sporting artists in the United States today, painting water landscapes from the perspective of someone who has spent countless hours standing in rivers.

For over three decades, Manocchia has traveled from the Battenkill River in northeastern New York to Yellowstone National Park and beyond, looking for “magical waters” that provide the inspiration for his paintings.

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Screenshot from “In Search of Magical Waters.” Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.

In Search of Magical Waters takes the viewer on an extraordinary excursion both in the studio and on the river – from the ups and downs of the creative process to the environmental and spiritual philosophy behind the “sacred art of fly-fishing.”

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Screenshot from “In Search of Magical Waters.” Copyright Artful Vagabond Productions.

The challenge of bringing the zen-like experience of “being at one with nature” into the studio and putting it on canvas is heightened by the artist’s concern for the future of these rivers.

“In the last 35 years I’ve been fishing and painting, I’ve seen a change in the environment. I want to paint these scenes because I feel they are disappearing in front of me.”

– Adriano Manocchia, painter, In Search of Magical Waters

 

“Out From the Edge of the Forest” by Adriano Manocchia. Oil on panel. Copyright Adriano Manocchia.
“In The Mist” by Adriano Manocchia. Oil on panel. Copyright Adriano Manocchia

The Magical Waters pilot was filmed in and around Cambridge and the Battenkill River in New York as well as locations in neighboring Vermont.

“Late in the Anglers’ Season” by Adriano Manocchia. Oil on panel. Copyright Adriano Manocchia.
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