In conjunction with the exhibition Sam Francis: Rapid Fluid Indivisible Vision, which opens September 18, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art screens the documentary, The Painter Sam Francis (85 minutes), October 8 during the museum's Modernism + Film program. Artist Jeffrey Perkins began filming Sam Francis, a seminal figure in American Abstract Expressionism, in 1968. With film and audio recordings that continued periodically through the early 1990s, Perkins documented Francis at work and in intimate conversations. Perkins shelved the footage until Francis's death in 1994. After screening his work at a memorial for Francis, Perkins was encouraged to turn the raw material into a biopic of Francis. Forty years in the making, The Painter Sam Francis is Perkins's lyrical and intimate portrait of his friend and mentor.