Thursday, December 8, 2011

A little help goes a long way

As you might know. I've been working on this film for over a year now. Most of it was time spent planning, getting in touch with people, learning about the equipment I had. Well recently I got to make my first big push to NYC to film a number of the participants in this film, and through a number of donations was able to do all of that. So I thank all of you who donated.

I know i'm not asking for much here. If you have $5.00 you'd like to help out with, or $500...either way it's an awesome gesture of support and enjoyment on my part. I'm going to be putting the project up on a website called Kickstarter soon to try to reach my full funding goal, but I'll always have the links to the right of the page on at all times.

In the meantime, or if you know you'd rather me get your donation right away, instead of waiting two months. Just click any of the donation boxes and your funds will be generously donated right to me and will only go for travel and film expenses.

I will have a trailer of the film online in a few weeks. I'm waiting till the Kickstarter project goes live to let everyone see it from there.

Thank you all for your support and caring.
Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Clip of Sculptor Peter Reginato.

Peter and I shared many great conversations about all kinds of aspects of being an artist, sculptor, painter.

Many more wonderful stories like this to come in the final documentary.

Screenshots from the new interviews...

Screen captures from the participants in the film. From all my interviews so far.

Curator Carl Belz. 

Painter John Zinsser.

Curator Karen Wilkin.

Curator Klaus Kertess.

Sculptor Peter Reginato.

Thank you and please do donate if you can. And if you know someone who you think would be interested, please do tell them about it. It's going to be one hell of a film.

Monday, October 24, 2011

For those interested in investing.

For those still on the fence about investing. I think you would get a lot of incentive from reading my friends blog post about creative financing methods to take advantage of before the end of the year.

Thanks to for this wonderful knowledge.

Leaving for NY

Just wanted to let you know that in a few days i'm off to NYC for some filming for this documentary. I have a number of interviews lined up and will be sharing more about it once I get back and can share some videos from the trip.

Big Thanks to all that have donated so far. To those that are on the fence, you won't be after you see the upcoming footage.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Milton Resnick Documentary

I wanted to share this series of clips from a great Milton Resnick documentary from 96. Enjoy. It's a wonderful look into the life of the last living of the original Abstract Expressionists.

For some reason I could never see the ones I posted but someone else did have a higher quality version of it than I so....Enjoy!

and part two

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Can't believe I've forgotten to add the link to our Facebook page. Now you can see what's going on here and there.  Thanks for being interesting, and being interested. 


Donations #3

Just spending a moment to send out some major THANK YOU'S to none other than Thomas Harris of Texas, and David Schwartz of California.

Thank you both. Your contributions are helping me to get closer to having more interviews for the film.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Stephen Bennett on Alhurra TV.

Wanted to share this wonderful video on a favorite painter of mine. And one hell of a nice guy, that loves loud music!

Stephen is one of the participants on my upcoming documentary, and I can't wait to get back to interview him. I know he has some amazing stories to tell, and i'm sure many will love watching.

Now if only I knew how to speak their language. I will say that I have always found arabic to be one of the most beautiful written languages.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Slight changes...

Last night it came to me in a moment. 

"Untitled: Stories of Painting 1970-2012"

Once I had thought about it. It all fell into place. A series of stories built on conversations is exactly what I wanted to accomplish with this film. I also would like to comment that I was originally thinking of using a different sate but Carl Belz suggested I stay with 1970, as this film does kinda pick up where the Emile De Antonio film left off.

I'm also now working on not only getting some of the new breed, but also working on making the film more complete by bringing in painters, writers, curators that don't focus on monochrome and minimal painting. I'm looking into getting a number of painters, curators, and writers who are more into the expressionist (neo and post-mod) styles of painting. And how it all ends up finding it's way back to the same artists from history. I want to show how even vastly different painters can have all the same hero's as they came up and how, even though they each have their own style. There's still the mark of history that binds them all together.

Looking forward to the future. Cheers. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Herb and Dorothy Revisited

They are back and they are ready to share their collection again. This time coming to you right from the 50 museums around America that got a small part of Herb and Dorothy's wonderful art collection.

You can learn about the Kickstarter project, director Megumi Sasaki and her wonderful ideas here.

I do hope she is able to see this through as it's one hell of a project. The first film was glorious and I'm sure looking forward to this next one.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Donations #2

Just wanted to send out a THANK YOU to Marc Ross (who's video you can find below) and Rikki Santer for their generous donation. You are wonderful people and I am glad to be a part of your lives.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sharing a wonderful Gerherd Richter video

I just discovered this video last night and wanted to share it. It's from a documentary that Corinna Belz has made on Richter. I am really looking forward to the final film she has composed. We'll just have to wait and see. I love watching the clips from the film that is in the video. I love how there is no soundtrack to it...just the artist and his art, along with a few chats here and there.


Monday, September 5, 2011

I am sitting in a video room.....

Truly thought this is an incredibly interesting project. A homage to the great experimental composer Alvin Lucier. Who once did a project called "I am sitting in a room". If you don't know about the project, you can find out more here. This gentleman decided to make a video project based on Lucier's methods, just updated for todays technology. I recommend trying to view at least a few of the actual videos, as it's quite interesting how digital, what we once thought was always going to be a clean signal, DOES have much opportunity for craziness. Enjoy.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Just wanted to take a moment to thank two very generous patrons who have both recently donated to help make this project a reality and into the historical document on modern painting that it will become. Mr. William Harris (Painter), and Mr. Stephen Bennett (The Portrait Painter). You both have my very humble gratitude.

Cheers to all on this monumental weekend. Save the labor!

Thursday, September 1, 2011


A friend reminded me of this amazing David Sylvian song and I had to share it. Play it, and then again, and again. September's here again.

Thanks Clint!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Participant: Robert Sagerman

One participant I have been very anxious to meet and am really looking forward to our first meetup is painter Robert Sagerman. Sagerman has truly found a new method of painting and I can't wait to see how he develops it over the next decade or so. It's one of the few types of painting where I can't decode just how he does it. And that makes me enjoy it even more. Learning about Robert, his history and how he sees the future is definitely worth the visit.

And with your help I can get there a bit faster. Please donate for the film. Over >>>>>

You can learn more about Robert's painting and his theories behind his work on his personal website @

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Participant: Carl Belz

Carl is Director Emeritus of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. Was director from 1974 to 1998. He was my professor at UMass Amherst in the sixties. And a graduate of Princeton University with a BA, MFA and Phd. He was also one of the starting 5 of the All-Ivy Basketball Team. He curated the 1998 show of Joseph Marioni.

You can read Mr. Belz writings online at

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Come and join us on out Facebook page for the film. Lots of great info from it's inception to the present day. Here's to looking forward to the future!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Clip from upcoming film "Untitled"

I went up to New Hampshire a few weeks ago and spent some wonderful time getting to know curator Carl Belz. Belz is the director emeritus of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. He is also a contributor for the Left Bank Art Blog. Here is a small clip of Carl speaking about how he came to love art. I do hope you enjoy it. As there is MUCH more to come.

In the following weeks I'll be travelling around the country to interview many more painters, curators, writers, critics, and gallerists about the world of the modern painter and how they all relate to it.

Please feel free to learn more on our Facebook page.

My 1st Documentary (Marc Ross)

This is my first documentary I made. I did it with my new Canon 5D MKII camera with a Sigma 50mm prime lens and a Zoom H4n audio recorder. Edited with Final Cut Express 4.0 on my MBP. I had a fabulous time learning from Marc about his life coming into painting up to now. I also had a wonderful experience (sometimes quite hair pulling) learning how to edit the film.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Marc Ross - Painter from Jeffrey Collins on Vimeo.

Thanks for watching.