Art Uncovered -- An Encounter With Simone Weil

Premiere DateFeb 21, 2012
00:00 Thomas Intro
02:23 Julia Haslett Interview pt 1
08:35 Diary of the Scattering Daniel Thomas Davis
09:16 Julia Haslett Interview pt 2
13:09 Processional Daniel Thomas Davis
13:24 Julia Haslett Interview pt 3
16:56 Bob In Your Gait Julianna Barwick
17:45 Julia Haslett Interview pt 4
22:30 Ponytail Panda Bear
24:11 Julia Haslett Interview pt 5
27:42 The Militant Lambchop
30:08 Julia Haslett Interview pt 6
34:46 Cyclops Eye Gary War
35:56 Julia Haslett Interview pt 7
41:09 Tuesday Grass Widow
44:03 Finish

This week on Art Uncovered, Julia Haslett discusses her new documentary, An Encounter with Simone Weil. The film tells the story of French Philosopher and activist Simone Weil, who spent her short yet prolific life grappling with a single question: What response does seeing human suffering demand of us? Before making this film, Julia had never heard of Simone Weil, but she was familiar with this question. She grew up watching her father struggle with mental illness, and when Julia was 17 he took his own life. The suicide left her acutely sensitive to people in pain. Many years later, Julia read Simone Weil’s famous line, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” These words lead to Julia’s film and a journey to understand Simone through the people who knew her, scholars who have studied her and the personal experiences that drew her to Simone’s philosophy.

This week on the show I speak with Julia about her experience making An Encounter With Simone Weil.

Help support the theatrical run of An Encounter With Simone Weil on Kickstarter.

Composer Daniel Thomas Davis wrote the score for the film, and some of his music is featured on this week’s show. Learn more about Daniel HERE.


HOST Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…