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Genres: Documentary
Duration: 38 minutes
Availability: Worldwide

Cave Digger

In this OSCAR® NOMINATED Documentary Short (38 mins), artist Ra Paulette digs other-worldly, sculptural caves using nothing but hand tools. But, as patrons cut off his projects due to lack of funds or artistic differences, Paulette’s frustration mounts. This penetrating portrait examines the cost of Paulette’s obsession and tracks him as he rejects commissions for his own 10-year Magnum Opus.

READ THE REVIEWS:
“Be it madness or genius, selfish or glorious, this is an extraordinary story, well told. My favorite of the [nominated] bunch.” Tom Long, Detroit News

“Cavedigger delighted me, nettled me and left me hanging.”
Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

“Jeffrey Karoff’s expert pacing turns a quirky tale into the most memorable of the stories.”
Peter Hartlaub, SF Chronicle

“Ra Paulette is an embodiment of the urge to keep living, no matter what, captured on film. “CaveDigger,” is my personal favorite [of the nominated short docs].”
Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“The line between creative ambition and risky obsession is sharply drawn—or rather, carved out of New Mexico sandstone—in the life and work of wholly motivated artist Ra Paulette…”
Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

“[This film] will surely win your heart, if not the Oscar.”
Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

“An absolutely gorgeous bloom. A dazzler.”
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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