Beverly Fre$h performing "My Baby Likes the Gas" at the Brave New Art World art walk in Chicago's River West neighborhood on May 2, 2013. Shot entirely on a single iPhone 5 using the 8mm app and built-in microphone.
This rough piece marks the beginning of a long-term documentary film project. As my wife Erin began to assemble her materials for an afternoon painting session, I grabbed the new XF100 (the camera my doc film students use in the production class I teach) and began filming her. Thirty minutes into filming I realized that this would serve as the launch of my next long term feature documentary project -- the making of "art." The Tom Waits album *Bad As Me* serves as the unwitting soundtrack to this piece. What began as a test of the Canon XF100 became the inspiration of what I'm sure will be a multi-year endeavor.
Somewhere in northeastern Georgia there's a man who lives for wrestling. While driving the country roads one day in the fall of 2011, I spotted the well-used professional ring in a back yard. A man and his parents were unloading groceries from the car and carting them into the house whose yard boasted the full-size wrestling/boxing ring. I had to stop and talk with them. Within a few minutes, our talking turned to filming. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the artistic work of the Backyard Wrestler. He's committed, passionate, and generous with his professional expertise.