The Lovelies of John Alan Maxwell is a low-budget, independent film about Johnson City, Tennessee native John Alan Maxwell, who leaves East Tennessee in 1921 to attend the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and the Art Students League in New York. Soon after, he establishes his studio at the famous Tenth Street Studio in Greenwich Village New York in the 1920s. The film provides a haunting look into the life of bohemian culture of 1920s-30s Greenwich Village, from the distinctly southern eye of an artist haunted by the memories of his own grandfather in the not-so-distant Civil War. The film explores his relationship to Ashcan School artists George Bellows and George Luks, his friendship with the poet Kahlil Gibran, and his works for such luminary writers as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Aldous Huxley, Pearl S. Buck, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, among many others. In 1948, Esquire magazine compared Maxwell to William Faulkner and Thomas Wolfe as one of the many talents of the Modern South. The film was shot on location in Washington, DC, New York, Alabama, Florida, East Tennessee, and London.
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Knoxville author and filmmaker Douglas Stuart McDaniel has spent more than 25 years researching the life of the artist, his great uncle John Alan Maxwell. The film explores Maxwell's art: the historic, romantic, erotic, and grotesque, as well as McDaniel's journey of discovery into dark family secrets of possession and betrayal.