First Stop, Phillips Auditorium. Next Stop, Hollywood?

The artists in Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard captured special moments with loved ones. Their photographs reveal their worlds—from reading a newspaper at home to playing with their kids on the beach. Now the Phillips is calling all amateur filmmakers to share their worlds on the big screen.

The Snapshot Home Video Contest asks filmmakers to create short videos (3 min. max) focusing on life at home with family and friends. A panel of judges (independent film curator Caroline Elliott, DC Film Alliance Director and DC Shorts Founder Jon Gann, Phillips Digital Media Manager and new media

This contest is inspired by snapshots like this one by Bonnard that could almost be a still from a home movie. Pierre Bonnard, Little girl wearing a crown of leaves, c. 1902. Modern print from original negative (sepia-toned gelatin silver print), 1 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Gift of M. Antoine Terrasse, 1992. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

artist Michelle Herman, and Washington Post Style Blog writer Maura Judkis) will select ten finalists for a public screening at the Phillips on April 12. That night, the audience will vote for a favorite, and the winning video will go on to be screened during the DC Shorts Film Festival in September, among other great prizes.

Visit Snapshot to get inspired, then create your video, submit it here by March 25, and you may be on your way to Oscar gold!

Linn Meyers


It was a year ago, August 22, 2010, that we bid farewell to Linn Meyers’s engrossing and graceful wall mural, at the time being, created as part of our Intersections series. As you’ll see in the video titles, the work was intended to be painted over three months earlier, but both museum staff and visitors couldn’t bear to see it go. Echoing lines and colors from Vincent van Gogh’s The Road Menders (1889), the work drew everyone in to its mandalas, fingerprints, labyrinths, or simply its complex beauty. If you’ll be in Los Angeles, check out Linn’s show at the Hammer Museum, on view until November 6 (or maybe longer if they fall in love as we did?)