Middleman: The Imperfect is Our Paradise
Middleman: The Imperfect is Our Paradise, is a self-reflective journey through the City of Baltimore seen through the life and paintings of contemporary artist Raoul Middleman.
As Baltimore's industrial harbor is transformed into luxury apartments and tourist attractions, 84 year-old artist Raoul Middleman continues to paint the city that shaped him and the people who surround him. Driven by a love of burlesque and Baltimore's working harbor, his paintings record a history of Baltimore that is now being re-developed and re-branded. With the help of interns and assistants, Middleman works to archive and sell some 10,000 paintings stored in his warehouse-studio in East Baltimore. Filmed through the lens of an artist 60 years younger, two different generations meet in the present to unpack the sea of time and change that lay between them.
In November 2017, Middleman was awarded a Production Grant from the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film & Media Studies at Johns Hopkins. The film will premiere in 2021.