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AOT, Union Project, Pittsburgh

This footage of the 20o8 Art Olympic Theatre event at the Union Project was recorded by Pittsburgh filmmaker Keith Tassick.  For this event, a Philadelphia team drove in to challenge two Pittsburgh teams.  Check out the pre-event interviews!

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Fishing Report Part II

Well, I’m back to blogging after a long holiday break.  I finally got around to condensing my Fishing Report documentary from 2009 into a ten-minute sample.  The full version is about 40 minutes long.  I cut out a lot of the scenic footage, and chopped the interviews down to give a basic idea of what the piece is about.

For those who are unaware of the project, the Fishing Report is a project that combines my interests of fishing and art into a documentary that explores the creative side – traditions, craft, rituals, etc. – of fishing.  The piece was screened at Sarver’s Bait and Tackle, a storefront installation featured at the 2009 Three Rivers Arts Festival in Downtown Pittsburgh.  The project was also supported by the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Mattress Factory.  I shot a lot of the video myself, but also had assistance from Jeremiah Johnson, Rose Clancy and Mike Cuccaro.

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Remembering Art Olympics

On March 17th, 2007 the first Art Olympic Theatre was held at the Mattress Factory.  After receiving funding from Sprout, the event traveled to the Union Project, PCA, Market Square and the New Hazlett Theater.  I’m thinking of bringing the event back to Pittsburgh with a new format that could include more audience participation and more hot glue than ever!

Installation Olympics

*Participants for the first event included Tavia La Follette, Atticus Adams, Stephanie Mayer-Staley, Larry Bogad, Ben Kinsley, Kazuki Eguchi, John Peña, Robin Hewlett, T. Foley, Jesse McLean, Carolyn Lambert and Thad Kellstadt.  Heather Pesanti, John Morris, Owen Smith and Bill O’Driscoll were the official judges.  Mike Cuccaro and I officiated the event.  Liz Hammond, Larry Rippel and Dianne DeStefano helped to produce the event along with MF staff.

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Those who visited my bait and tackle shop project at the 2009 Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh might have seen my fantastical fishing videos playing in the back room.  I’ve added a third episode to the series.  Drifting Away III is a bit more somber than the previous episodes.  While making it, I was reading Camus and contemplating the absurdity of the world.

The piece was shot over two days in February after a big snowstorm at Purchase College.  I made some of the sounds on an old Kurzweil synthesizer.

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