The area of premiere of a film about 19th-century painter and local politician George Caleb Bingham will be Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

The world premiere of “The American Artist: The Life & Times of George Caleb Bingham,” was Oct. 15 in Arrow Rock, Missouri.

Emmy Award-winning Wide Awake Films from Kansas City produced the historical biopic, in partnership with Friends of Arrow Rock. Wide Awake's Amanda Curtis Lillig, a 2000 graduate of William Chrisman High School, worked as a producer and writer for the film.

The film begins with Bingham's childhood and then shows his self-taught talent as a painter and his later journey into politics, the strife in his life caused by the Civil War and the rediscovery of his work years after his death.

Emmy-nominated actor Keith David, whose work includes narration of Ken Burns' documentaries “The War” and “Jazz,” serves as the film's narrator, and Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma is featured in the soundtrack.

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