DANIEL RHODES DIXON is the elder son of two icons of
the American art world, photographer DOROTHEA
LANGE (1895‐1965) and painter of the Southwest
MAYNARD DIXON (1875‐1946).

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As a child he came to recognize his parents’
extraordinary gifts, but his view of them changed
dramatically during the Depression. While Lange and
Dixon were in the field creating some of the most
indelible images of the 20th Century, Daniel and his
younger brother John, beginning at the ages of seven
and four, were ‘farmed out’ to a series of foster homes,
never knowing when they might see their parents again.


CHILD OF GIANTS is the story of a child who learns that
his birthright comes with gifts and curses… the story of
every child who must find his own path in life from
under the shadow of formidable parents.


“Genius is readily appreciated on a gallery wall or around a dinner table, but it can be hard going in the role of parent. That’s one lesson learned from “Child of Giants,” a son’s-eye view of two iconic 20th-century American artists, painter Maynard Dixon and photographer Dorothea Lange. Tom Ropelewski’s docu affords a skillful overview of their work and influence while measuring the toll taken on impressionable young minds they tried to mold in their own image…  Plentiful archival materials illustrate this engaging, well-crafted chronicle.”  – Variety

Child of Giants is unique in its quality and broad appeal. The program can be readily recommended for personal enrichment, and is appropriate for course support in the study of Art, History, Humanities, Sociology, and American Studies.  Highly recommended.”  – USF, Tampa/Educational Media Reviews Online

“This moving documentary examines the lives of these two artists through the eyes of their son… Recommended” – Library Journal

“Daniel’s simple and honest reflections combine with interviews with other family members to create a portrait as compelling as his mother’s stark photographs and father’s soulful canvases.” – Booklist

“Fascinating… highly recommended.” – Video Librarian

Haunting…” – San Francisco Magazine

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97 mins. / Color and B&W /Widescreen / Not Rated

Includes over 30 minutes of Bonus Features

Home DVD – $29.95 (includes shipping and handling)

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