Friday, October 28, 2016

Darryl Hughto Painting 101. Class begins NOW.

On the second trip to visit with Darryl Hughto and Susan Roth around the Syracuse area of New York. I got to film Darryl speaking about his breakthrough "Diamond" paintings. A group of paintings Darryl completed between 1967 to 1981. This talk consists of those works and what brought him into new territory.

A very valuable interview for anyone interested in painting and especially the history of painting. You can learn a heck of a lot in the 22 minutes this runs for.



Thanks for watching!

Jeffrey Collins
Artist/Filmmaker

Liv Mette Larsen in her Bushwick Studio January 2014

Liv Mette Larsen is a painter that I met through my friendships with a number of previous interview participants who became friends. The minute I saw her work in her studio I was enamoured. It took me a while longer before I asked her if I could interview her. We met up in January 2014 when I was house-sitting for a couple friends. I spent a few hours with Liv, talking about every aspect of her work. From her use of Egg Tempera as a paint medium to how she gets her ideas from right outside her windows. She uses what she has around her in such a unique way that with every painting, I wanted to look outside and see if I could tell where she gets this or that shape from. It's such an involved way of painting that it makes you pay more attention to the world around you and not in an obvious way like Rauschenberg, but a much more subtle way that works on your mind after you see it in person.

Enjoy the clip I have prepared for you.



http://livmettelarsen.com/

Thanks Liv!!!

Jeffrey Collins
Artist/Filmmaker


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Stephen Bennett Short Film on Papua New Guinea and Papua

Over the last few months, I have been meticulously editing this new film from Portrait Painter Stephen Bennett about his 2007 travels to Papua New Guinea and Papua. This film is more of a visual diary than anything else. What you see are the sights and sounds that went into Bennett's video camera. Looks like a very cool trip, wait till you see the end.



Edited on Final Cut Pro Ten with my SSD MBP.
Cheers.
Jeffrey Collins
Editor

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Klaus Kertess on Matthew Barney

In case you live under an art rock. You have heard about the passing of one of the legends Klaus Kertess. The gentleman who began the Bykert Gallery which gave rise to artists like Ralph Humphrey, Brice Marden and David Novros. Klaus passed away little over a week ago now, and I've been doing some serious thinking about the interview that we did back in 2012. So many questions are still unanswered and will remain that way. I heard from a friend that he wasn't quite all there in his last few months, really wished he had been one of the healthy up to the end ones. Feeling for his partner of over 40 years, Billy Sullivan and what he's been going through.

In 2012 I got to sit down with Klaus for the first and last time. It was quite an experience to hear his stories, many you won't hear from anywhere else. Most of the people who wrote about him were only really interested in his time as a gallerist in the 60's. But he was OH SO MUCH more than that. And he really shared that with me.


One of the interview subjects we spoke about was his working on an exhibition of Matthew Barney at the Morgan Library in NYC. He was in the midst of planning it as we were talking. He felt free to share what I am going to share with you now. No need to talk more about the clip, since Klaus does all the talking in it. Enjoy. 




If you would like to see more and more clips like this, please visit the black DONATE box to the right>>> Your help is greatly appreciated, as it takes a lot to do this by oneself and it's been getting harder and harder to keep up with my filming. I haven't been able to do much lately as I've no funding for this. If you know anyone or anywhere you think would help, please do let me know.

Thanks for your time.

Jeffrey Collins
Director



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Painter Ronnie Landfield in his NYC Studio 2012

It wasn't too long after I got to film Ronnie Landfield and his wife Jenny in his Tribeca studio moving paintings around, that the storm of the century for NYC hit and ended his time there. I'm glad I got to spend some wonderful time there, either filming, or just hanging out. Ronnie is always a great person to talk with. We have lots of differences in the way we see art, but that's what makes the conversations all that much richer. I've been looking forward to visiting his new studio for years now and who knows when i'll be able to get up there to film.



If you know someone who likes to sponsor art projects, especially of the documentation sort, please get them in touch as it takes more than I've got to make these films for you. History needs films like this.

Thanks for watching!
Jeffrey Collins
Artist/Filmmaker


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Stephen Bennett Portrait Painter

Hello all.

As I was living for a period of time in Pennsylvania. I got the opportunity to take time to make a documentary on Tamaqua's favorite resident, Portrait Painter Stephen Bennett.

My working with Stephen really brought this together. During the making of this documentary, I got to learn more of how calculating Bennett was about his paintings and about how he likes things done. It is because of this steadfast desire to communicate his work in the most clear way, that this documentary is as good as it is. I am very Thankful to Stephen Bennett for granting me the time to make this about him.

I hope you enjoy it and decide to learn more about him on your own.



I am working on another documentary for Stephen at this moment and when finished, will share it with you here.

Jeffrey Collins
Filmmaker


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Broader Directions and Christian Life Cultivation

Over the past few years, I have been working on finding new things to film. Thankfully a friend of mine had a desire for making a video of his new exercise program for Seniors at a Salvation Army Post in the town of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. We made the idea up and how we would go about filming it. I finally got to use my lavalier mic on him, as trying to film outside and using a field recorder to listen to one voice in an outdoor venue would be quite difficult. Our friend let us use his backyard to do the filming, as he has this wonderful natural rock retaining wall that we wanted to use as our backdrop.

Michael has been doing this form of Chi-Gung aka Qigong for years, and recently converted a lot of the teachings to go with the Bible instead of the traditional methods, working with a new set of moves to help mature people keep their flexibility and also marry that with teachings from the Bible.

We shot the video in one day. I used two camera angles to film him from, so you really get to see how the movements are made.

Shot on my Canon 5D2 with a Zoom H4n and Lavalier Mic for sound. Edited on an Apple Computer using Final Cut X.

I appreciate what we accomplished and look forward to making more videos for people, maybe even businesses soon too.



Thank you!
Jeffrey Collins