When her husband informs her, after 40 years of marriage, that his future plans no longer include her, May Wilson, age 60, former "wife-mother-housekeeper-cook" and a grandmother, moves to New York City and discovers an independent life of her own for the first time in which the art, that had once been a hobby, becomes central.
More than just a portrait of a courageous and appealing woman this film enters into May Wilson's special world with obvious respect and admiration for this very alive and extraordinary individual. Of special relevance to older women, the film can be used with all groups concerned with self-images and new forms of expression.
This pioneering film, made in 1969 before the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s, is a vibrant portrait of the artist. We see her acquiring young new friends and a new self-image, and we watch her gain success as "Grandma Moses of the Underground." We enter into her distinctive world and share her innermost thoughts about artistic process, about the difficult readjustment to being on her own, and about becoming a full-time artist later in life.
May Wilson is the heroine of a true story of liberation and a beacon not only to our growing up but to our growing old
A disarming head-on study of a disarming, candid woman... As we see her here, this earthy soul is a person definitely worth knowing.
An outstanding film portrait.