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CaveDigger

39 minutes

Go underground with a little known artist who’s dug caves by hand for 20 years

For the past two decades, Ra Paulette has been making caves. Working alone with only the few tools he can carry on his back – a wheelbarrow, a pickaxe, and a shovel – he spends hours each day excavating the soft sandstone of New Mexico to create his otherworldly land art. As patrons cut short his projects for financial or aesthetic reasons, though, Paulette struggles with ever-greater frustrations and lack of recognition for his work. But he won’t stop digging. Nominated for an Oscar® in 2013, this is a film that brings the viewer to a hidden land of wonders that is at once an artistic revelation and a reflection of the psyche of the man who built it.

Director: Jeffrey Karoff

Producer: Jeffrey Karoff


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