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Ratings Reviews Keep Coming

Ratings Reviews Keep ComingThe ratings reviews keep coming for ‘Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters’ on iTunes! There is still time, enter to win Chet Zar’s custom framed oil study, “Nostrum”. We are so pleased with the outpouring of support for the documentary thus far. The Zarmy has nearly tripled the ratings and reviews for the film on iTunes, in only three days! We are enthused to see so many 5 star ratings, with such heartfelt and well delivered reviews. On the first day of the contest one Zarmy member had this to say in their review, “Any visitor to my house that sees his work and gives a sneer or gets uncomfortable because of the subject matter, this has become required viewing.” As a creator and the director of the documentary, it fulfills me to know that the film is used in such a way. The goal was always to create something that was both entertaining, and a dialogue instigator – a film that would cause people to think and to engage in discussion. Another Zarmy member concisely stated in their review, “This is about as honest a dialogue with the master as you can get. This oozes originality and the delivery of the subject by the director is truly special!” 

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Aside from the obvious gratification of enjoying the words of the many Zarmy members affected by the documentary, these ratings and reviews drive our stats on iTunes. These stats dictate our position, and thus our exposure to those who do not already know about the film. Inevitably we want the documentary to spread as far as possible. Your help ensures that we “comfort the disturbed, and disturb the normal“! Sharing on social media is incredibly powerful. Email the link to a friend who you think might appreciate the documentary. You may have already rated and reviewed the film, but the power lies in your ability to find 5 others to do the same. We ask this of you, because we also believe in the power of our film, and feel that it can inspire many!

Contest Rules and Regulations: 

  1. Review and/or Rate ‘Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters’ on iTunes 
  2. Choose your favorite Chet Zar image and post on Instagram
  3. Tag the following: @chetzar @NRGcreations #iliketopaintmonsters #Zarmy
  4. Only one entry per Zarmy member 
  5. Contest ends 07/19/16 @ 5:55pm PST – Winners randomly drawn within 24hrs

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Documentary Street Date

225_chetzarThe “Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters” Documentary Street Date has been released, and we are excited to say that this is only part of the good news we have today! The official street date is March 8, 2016 for DVD, which means the long wait is finally over! For those who have been following the creation of I Like to Paint Monsters from inception to, now, distribution, the wait has been lengthy to say the least. Chet Zar and I agreed in March 2012 to begin pursing a Kickstarter, funds from which I would produce the documentary. Therefore, in total, it has been four years to the month! That is a long time to ask an audience to remain interested, yet what we have discovered is that the Zarmy is not shrinking, rather growing! 

I promised more good news, and I will adhere to my word. While you can certainly pre-order a copy of Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters through Amazon, or rent it on iTunes (release date to be forthcoming), you will also have the opportunity to receive a copy through a soon to be announced Kickstarter, which Chet is hosting! The copies that Backers will receive are from the very first replication order, and will be signed/numbered. More importantly though is not what you will get, but what this soon to be announced Kickstarter is about.

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Last summer Chet and I began working on a Field Guide, if you will, to Chet’s Dark Universe. This will be your opportunity to enter the bizarre landscapes that Chet has channeled with his sketches, sculptures and paintings. You will be guided through the peculiar geography, culture, and creatures that inhabit a place not far removed from our own. You will see close-up sketches of accoutrements, landscapes and dwellings, and read about how this world works. Chet will be producing a great wealth of new material for the book, which will be available to Backers. The book will be filled with extensive explanations and footnotes authored by yours truly, detailing the more complex workings of this world, and its inhabitants! So stayed tuned for more news as we draw closer to a formal announcement!

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What documentary street date blog would be without information concerning the DVD bonus features? In addition to the eighty minute feature documentary, we have worked hand in hand with First Run Features to include much more, such as: Extended Interrogations, Chopping Block: Deleted Scenes, Rogue’s Gallery: The Art of Chet Zar, Behind the Scenes Featurette, Time-Lapses: The Creation of Six Chet Zar Paintings, and Official Trailer! The documentary is in english, but is open to all regions, so it can be enjoyed anywhere! We are very excited for the Zarmy to finally see the film, but also for the world to be exposed to the genius of Chet Zar! 

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IIFFF Documentary Screening

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The IIFFF Documentary Screening of Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters went incredibly well, yet I am still reeling from the experience! Some journeys go smoothly, while others have a few road bumps. And then there are those that baffle even a seasoned traveler, simply because everything that can go wrong, does. This trip fell into that third category! Travel stories are rarely interesting enough to write about, but a few high points will help you to appreciate the conditions surrounding my first trip to New York. While making the two hour drive to the airport I discovered that my trusty phone had given up the ghost. For someone like me, certainly most people in the United States, not having access to your phone can be frustrating under normal conditions, like in the line at the grocery store, but not having it while traveling afar is much worse. Not only would I be deprived of music, camera (all pictures in this blog are stolen), text messages, social media, and Google’s incredible abilities at locating things, but also navigation and that most seldom used function: making phone calls. I further discovered that every connecting flight would be rerouted and I would be arriving quite late, and at a different airport than my ticket indicated. Scurrying about enormous airport terminals, nicotine deprived, and incapable of contacting my New York hosts or any friends and family members. Needless to say I made it, but my luggage did not. Now I suppose I could have been at odds with this experience, perhaps relying on a sense of entitlement to carry me angrily through the motions of my journey. Instead I harkened back to the great Gonzo of Journalism, Hunter S. Thompson, and told myself, “Buy the ticket, take the ride!” and in doing so allowed myself to be fully immersed in the present moment. I was not distracted by taking pictures, social media, or emails. I was not floating off in musical reverie, or searching my device for good places to eat. As a result of this seemingly negative turn of events I had been afforded an opportunity to be here now.

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Senses heightened (perhaps from the smell of my now two day old clothes – remember no luggage) I joined Chet Zar and Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival director, Hugues Barbier, at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca. Like most college towns, Ithaca has a lively downtown culture and great people watching, which I indulged while we rounded up Zarmy members Aaron Verity, Miles Parker, David Sherman, Kristy Cash, and Jonathan Silva, for the two o’clock screening. After briefly introducing the film we settled in for yet another ride on the I Like to Paint Monsters coaster. It is always interesting to see which parts of the film resonate emotionally with different crowds, and it is great when you can feel the audience responding to your film as you intended them to. This screening was no exception, and I was happy to be met by many new friends and colleagues outside Cinemapolis, who all expressed heartfelt appreciation for the subject and cadence of the film! Long time Zarmy member David Sherman even commented, “I didn’t think about a cigarette a single time, and that is a BIG deal man! That hasn’t happened since Fight Club!” (which if you know David IS really saying something). Next we adjourned to the exhibit of Chet’s artwork, which was nicely displayed with the works of other amazing artists such as Paul Gerrard.

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Chet and I enjoyed a variety of films, including the bizarre three hour odyssey that is Possession (1981) from IIFFF‘s retrospective category, and The Invitation from the feature film category, which I wouldn’t be surprised to see on Netflix sometime soon. The closing ceremony included a screening of Moonwalkers with Ron Pearlman, which was a brilliant and hilarious psychedelic journey crashing into a classic “clock is running out” drama – yet another I expect to see distributed! After the ceremony, and now on the last day, my luggage arrived and I was finally able to get cleaned up and comfortable. 

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Coming away from IIFFF I can say that it was not only a great opportunity to showcase the documentary and make inroads with publications like Fangoria, but also an opportunity to forge new friendships. The sense of comfort, ease and camaraderie with which people of all kinds and classes interacted at the event was inspiring and encouraging! It was such a great group of Dark Art enthusiasts, and I truly felt at home with them!

Now you might think, with my crazy travel experience on the way to Ithaca, that my trip home would be smooth…but such was not my fate. I will save that entire story for another time, but I am not exaggerating when I say that it took thirty six hours to get home, during which I drove through five blizzards on a ten hour rental car trip (yet another cancelled flight) from Colorado to New Mexico, and my luggage still did not arrive until two days later. Back home, reeling from the experience, but also recapitulating the wonders of my sideways journey to New York, I remind myself that as I drove to the airport on the first day of my trip I said to myself, as I always do, “If it’s in the greatest good of all things everywhere, allow me to have a Magickal experience”…and it definitely was!   

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Documentary Distribution

EgoDeath_48x36_webDocumentary distribution is now an inevitable reality! We recently licensed the documentary with First Run Features, which means I Like to Paint Monsters, the Chet Zar story, is one step closer to our viewing audience! I cannot divulge any specific release information, but what I can say is that early 2016 is looking possible. At this stage we are selecting Chet Zar imagery for movie posters and discussing promotional materials, such as trailers, as we prepare for the eventual release. There is much in the way of decision making between now and then – all of the gritty behind-the-scenes stuff that manifests in a downloadable viewing experience, as well as a disc to spin in your player!

I am so excited to be working with First Run Features, as I have followed their material for my entire adult life, and even mentioned to Chet (back in October 2012, upon completing the first Kickstarter) that I would be happy to have First Run Features carry our film. Now, three years later, that dream has become a reality! Therein lies the power of creative visualization and magickal manifestation, one of the core topics covered in the documentary. As noted by Bree Ogden (Bloody Disgusting), the documentary seeks to capture both Chet’s development as a person, and as a spirit, “It’s difficult to talk about this documentary because it’s so incredibly multifaceted. It’s a wonderful piece of film that takes the viewer through Chet’s life, to the impact he’s had on the art world (especially the world of Dark Art), to the way his art has impacted even himself.” (Bloody Disgusting, ILTPM Review)  

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In the meantime, while we finalize the stages necessary to bring about the release of the documentary, there are some upcoming screenings. If you are in the Pasadena area (CA) on Monday, October 26th, head over to Der Wolfskopf, grab some brew and catch a 7pm screening of I Like to Paint Monsters in the basement gallery! Chet Zar will be in attendance, so here is your chance to hang out with the Painter of Dark while watching the documentary about him. If you are in the Phoenix area (AZ) on Sunday, November 1st (perhaps you caught the Tool and Primus concert and will be staying another day), head over to The Grid in Mesa, AZ for an 8pm screening of I Like to Paint Monsters, followed by a With Our Arms to the Sun performance (they will have opened for Tool the previous night, Halloween) – “The Doc and Rock” duo! Finally, if you are in New York  for the weekend of Saturday, November 14th, you can catch both director Mike Correll and Chet Zar at the Ithaca Film Festival. Chet will have an exhibit opening on Friday 13th (running through Sunday), and I Like to Paint Monsters will be screening at 2pm on Saturday

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We are honored and excited to move forward with the knowledge that the documentary will be in front of your eyes very soon! As always stay tuned to www.iliketopaintmonsters.com for all your ILTPM news needs, and give us a follow @ILk2PntMonsters on Periscope, with weekly updates and film outtakes! 

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LA Premiere of ILTPM

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Last week was the LA Premiere of ILTPM for “Son of Monsterpalooza“, and what an incredible event it was! You never really know how those kinds of events are going to transpire. You move into them with your intent affixed on what you would like to see – you rally and focus your efforts on working towards that vision – so it was quite gratifying to have such a successful screening! When we arrived on Thursday night to drop of I Like to Paint Monsters I was afforded a rare opportunity to see the “Son of Conjoined” exhibit prior to its public opening. I had imagined, in my mind’s eye, a relatively small exhibit but was surprised to see an expansive array of incredible artwork, both sculptural and two dimensional! After perusing the mutilated monster heads, glass encased curiosities, paintings and drawings, I gravitated to Chet Zar’s “Hearbroken” head, which I watched him produce (via social media) during a grueling eighteen day process, but had never seen in person. As is the case with all of IMG_4184Chet’s work, pictures do not do justice! Heartbroken is incredibly detailed and impressively large. My initial reaction was to seize it and pick it up, yet I respectfully requested such an honor prior to doing so. With permission, and a fair warning concerning the paint on the ears, I hefted the bulky thirty-five pound head and immediately set about having my cowboy hat set atop the wrinkled crown. After several shots were snapped Chet took control and positioned me in a better location, so that he could encourage and capture my ridiculous performance. Of course mischief and mayhem ensued, and good times were had by all! 

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The following day we arrived at Son of Monsterpalooza prior to the public opening, and spent a good deal of time at Chet’s booth, chatting with Zarmy members and selling Chet merchandise. The screening wasn’t until nine at night, so we kept our fingers crossed that people would stay for I Like to Paint Monsters. Shortly before the screening began “RIP The Undertaker” arrived and began ushering excited fans, friends and colleagues into the theatre, handing out skeleton candy and grinning maniacally. At Chet’s request we sat nearer the back than we have previously, and were accompanied by many Zarmy members, both old and new, including Stan DarkArt who makes a guest appearance in the film. The theme song for the documentary was created, performed and recorded by the incredible band, “With Our Arms to the Sun“, so it was exciting knowing that band leader Josh Breckenridge was in attendance for his first full-screen experience of the documentary. After I briefly introduced the film for a nearly full room of attendees, we buckled in for another ride on the ILTPM roller coaster, and I was both pleased and encouraged 12027756_1654190631494283_7935818608176723945_nto watch the audience react to the film as it played out! After the credits rolled (with everyone staying through them to hear RIP’s Ego Death delivery), we held a nice Q&A and mingled with our new friends. Cake was had by all, as it was Gary Pressman’s birthday (Copro Gallery). Long time Zarmy member and incredible tattoo artist Brett Herman stayed late to discuss the film, and we were joined by Conjoined contributor and artist Michael Whitlock, who arrived with Ketmanee Whitlock, bearing gifts!

The experience was powerful, so the fifteen hour drive home allowed me an opportunity to meditate on where the documentary started, where it has been, and where it is going. As the road scrolled by in a blur of black punctuated by yellow flashes, and we moved into the desolate deserts of the Mojave, I was struck with a sense of calm and time became malleable. I know this place, this present moment, this now, and so I immersed myself deeply as the sun glinted upon my windshield, throwing rainbows in my eyes. Back home now and we are moving briskly closer to a distribution deal, with more to come on the next blog, so stay tuned for future developments!    

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Chet Zar Documentary Reviews

IMG_3580The Chet Zar Documentary reviews are piling up, with recent mention in CHUD.com, Tattoo Magazine, Rue Morgue and Bloody Disgusting. We are also honored that Clive Barker took time to review I Like to Paint Monsters! Our goal has always been to create a multi-dimensional film, that works biographically, inspirationally, and philosophically – precisely why we are so pleased by Bree Ogden‘s words, “I Like To Paint Monsters: The Chet Zar Story, directed by Mike Correll and produced by NRG Creations, isn’t just about an insanely talented man in the Dark Art movement, but about his journey to understand the world through his innate desire to create what many would perceive as darkness, but what is, in actuality, lightness.” (Bloody Disgusting) The review is thorough and in-depth, granting readers an opportunity to see I Like to Paint Monsters through Bree’s eyes, if only for several minutes, “It’s difficult to talk about this documentary because it’s so incredibly multifaceted. It’s a wonderful piece of film that takes the viewer through Chet’s life, to the impact he’s had on the art world (especially the world of Dark Art), to the way his art has impacted even himself.” (Bloody Disgusting) She concludes her investigative recap of the documentary with equal grace, “Everything about this documentary makes the viewer ask: “What goes into making an artist, an artist?” Though we’ll never know what makes each artist tick, I Like To Paint Monsters shows us exactly what makes the cogs turn in Chet Zar’s mind.” (Bloody Disgusting)

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Equally exciting has been our mention in Rue Morgue, “While director Mike Correll keeps the focus trained on Zar’s artistic journey by interviewing his family, friends and collaborators, including Alex Grey of Tool fame, his camera also captures some of the mystery behind Zar as a person. There’s a sense of spirituality, paranormal influence and oddly-timed divine interventions at constant play in the artist’s life.” (Rue Morgue Issue #159) As some of you may know, Chet Zar has worked with Clive Barker, so when Chet asked Barker to take a look at the documentary, he was more than happy, and afterwords said that I Like to Paint Monsters is “An inspiring and important film.” Similarly, CHUD.com closed their review with the following, “I cannot recommend I Like To Paint Monsters enough. It is one of the most insightful, inspiring and sincere documentaries I have ever seen, and it is absolutely one of my favorite films of 2015 so far.” (CHUD.com) Last but certainly not least, world renowned tattoo artist and painter Guy ColorPoster_Quotes_SmallAitchison penned an article for Tattoo Magazine concerning the screening of I Like to Paint Monsters at the Paradise Artist Retreat, and had this to say, “I expected the film to be both interesting and visually beautiful – which it definitely delivered – but I hadn’t expected it to be so moving and thought-provoking, with Correll’s deft hand catching something subtle about Chet’s art and life that I think we can all relate to.” (Tattoo Magazine Issue #311) We are humbled and honored to have so much corroboration, both from professionals and our many friends! Thank you again for supporting the Chet Zar documentary, and please stay tuned for future details concerning a release date!    

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Film Festival Screening

ILTPM-11x17-poster-RWB-2The first film festival screening of I Like to Paint Monsters is scheduled for the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, showing at the KiMo Theatre, June 6th, 2015 at 4:00pm! Join artist Chet Zar and filmmaker Mike Correll for this exciting event! As many of you know, we are touring the film festival circuit in search of a distribution deal, which has a multitude ramifications. First and foremost, while on the film festival circuit we are limited in our ability to share I Like to Paint Monsters with the Zarmy. There are many guidelines, rules and regulations that govern the official selection process for film festival submissions, and they are limiting in nature. While we can screen the documentary privately and securely for professionals, or at no cost for a public audience, we cannot produce DVD’s or expose the documentary online. I know this is frustrating for many Zarmy members, as we have amassed a cumulative following of nearly 60K over the past three years, both during our Kickstarter campaigns and through Social Media outlets, many of whom are chomping at the bit. This sacrifice should poise I Like to Paint Monsters for selection in many film festivals, both domestic and international, throughout mid and late 2015. We will continue to inform you of further selections and screenings dates/times/locations as they are communicated to us.  Needless to say, a successful distribution deal with a larger corporation, or subsidiary of a larger corporation, will ensure a much greater reach, which has always been the intent. As much as we want to please our fans, our goal is to get the I Like to Paint Monsters message out to the masses, which again requires select U.S. city openings, mass DVD production, and streaming online. The goal is, and has always been, to open the worlds’ eyes to the artwork and philosophies of Chet Zar! We have already begun receiving many incredible reviews, both in print, in person at our free premiere screening for the Paradise Artist Retreat, and now through private screenings with professionals and colleagues. Goli Mohammadi of Hi-Fructose Magazine recently wrote, “Chet’s life story is strange and engaging, much like his artwork. That explains why filmmaker Mike Correll set out to make a documentary film about him. Aptly titled I Like to Paint Monsters, this eighty-minute homage is not only as textured as Chet’s paintings, but perhaps also as real and unexpected.” In a recent email chain we received a wonderful review from a friend and film industry professional, “I love it Chet!! Full of honesty and sincerity. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!”, and another from a mutual colleague, “You did AFME_Glow_Laurelssuch a great job, and I really feel like I know the guy and I have never met him”. Much like Mohammadi’s final sentence in Hi-Fructose (referring to Chet), “By the end of the documentary, you’ll be ready to get in line for that hug”, the responses thus far are ubiquitous. No doubt I’m both encouraged and proud of these high compliments after enduring years of production on I Like to Paint Monsters, but more importantly I believe they speak measures of the potential of I Like to Paint Monsters.       “There’s so much suffering going on in the world that I can’t make art that doesn’t reflect it in some way. Dark art honors Suffering.” ~ Chet Zar  

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Dark Art Honors Suffering

IMG_2743Dark art honors suffering seems to be the agreed upon slogan for I Like to Paint Monsters, based on the incredible feedback we recently received at the Paradise Artist Retreat, premiere screening of the documentary. If we ever had any doubts about the potential impact of I Like to Paint Monsters, the Chet Zar documentary, they were completely vanquished after screening it for a mixed audience of one hundred and fifty plus artists, collaborators, and fans! IMG_2768After a brief introduction, standing in a spotlight, the audience somewhere out in the black hole of the auditorium, I seated myself for the nerve wracking ride. As the movie got underway I noticed people reacting where they were supposed, how they were supposed to, and for a brief one hour and twenty minutes I had the pleasure of watching three years worth of work through the eyes of my audience! The obligatory applause followed and I expected the audience to begin filing out. Instead they lowered their applause in favor of Rick Galiher’s delivery of the complete Ego Death eulogy, and sat quietly through the entire run of credits. Again we were met with applause, and at that moment I realized that we had achieved our goal. Originally the Q&A was to directly follow the screening, but I found myself standing and announcing a fifteen minute break to the audience, feeling that a few minutes to digest was necessary. IMG_2792Outside on the patio I was greeted by a regular stream of people, each taking a moment to express how deeply touched they had been by the film. I could overhear the murmur of the crowd and it seemed that everyone had felt the same tide of emotion. The Q&A began shortly thereafter and I found myself falling into that old Chet Zar, Mike Correll rhythm, and the bizarre stories began to flow. Even after the Q&A people came to the booth, next door to the auditorium, to express their appreciation of I Like to Paint Monsters; one incredible young man even said that it had changed his life! A humbling and hard to digest compliment, but one that speaks measures of the power of cinema and art! IMG_2562A week later now and I’m still digesting the experience. What is the most salient perhaps is that the Zarmy, albeit a catchy coined phrase, is actually a moniker for a group of people unified in their perception that Dark Art honors suffering. I Like to Paint Monsters has become a call to arms, and so it is quite apropos that those who support it would be called Zarmy members!  It is easy to get wrapped up in daily life, trying to both create and make enough money to pay the bills. Both Chet and I know it, and so we honor each Zarmy member for your level of involvement in both the Dark Art movement and I Like to Paint Monsters. With that in mind, Chet has taken a moment to give supporters and Kickstarter backers an update, and for those who did not make it to the documentary premiere, head to New Mexico on June 6th at 4:00pm, for the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience screening of I Like to Paint Monsters at the KIMO theatre. httpvh://youtu.be/7qa1xaNHQI8

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Chet Zar Documentary Premiere

The Chet Zar Documentary Premiere is scheduled: April 2nd, 2015, 4:00pm at the Paradise Artist Retreat in New Mexico. Following the screening, at 5:30pm, will be an on-stage Q&A with Chet Zar and Mike Correll. This premiere screening is FREE to the public, but the theatre will fill up fast, so please show up early and take a look around the auditorium, which will be hosting some of the most incredible Dark Artists of the decade, including Chet Zar, Gabe Leonard, Michele Wortman, Guy Aitchison, Nick Baxter, Jeff Gogue and many more! In preparation for this cinema event I have prepared yet another teaser for your viewing pleasure. 

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It has been an intense and wild ride, spanning over two and a half years, during which I captured approximately one hundred and eighty hours of footage, which has since been distilled down to 80 minutes. I certainly couldn’t have made the documentary without the ongoing support and assistance from the Zarmy. Stay tuned for other exciting developments, as we begin to take I Like to Paint Monsters on tour!

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Breathtaking Documentary Beauty

  Three Sisters - Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal ParkBreathtaking documentary beauty abounds! From the amazing pieces of Dark Art that I have discovered, to the supportive people and astounding landscapes, this journey has been unforgettable! For those of you who do not know, early last week I traveled to Chinle and Kayenta, Arizona, to film time-lapses of rocks, clouds, landscapes and the sun. Synchronicity landed me at a gorgeous Best Western, in a one horse town seemingly populated by 99% Navajo residents. Two hotels, five restaurants (if you include fast food in the restaurant category), and three gas stations made for simple amenities, but the “Junction Restaurant” in the parking lot of the Best Western made for easy, local meals. I have never encountered such an amazing and welcoming group of people! A twenty minute drive in the intense Arizona sun and I was ready to scout the perfect spot. After making my way down the side of a sheer 600 feet cliff, Canyon de Chelly - White House Ruinscovering one and half miles, carrying approximately 135 pounds of film equipment, I located the White House Ruins. While my camera captured the sun moving across red rock faces, behind which turbulent cumulous clouds spun spirals against cerulean blue skies, I chatted with a group of Navajo kids ranging from seven to twenty-two. They were taking a day off from ranching to help their grandmother sell art near the ruins. Knowing that the return climb would be far more intense than the descent, I lounged in the shade of a tree and enjoyed the stories of lightning and cattle wrangling, eagle spirits guarding the canyon and simple western life.  IMG_9140 After a late evening, sunset time-lapse near Rough Rock, I headed back to my hotel room to get some work done. The next day I checked out and traveled to Monument Valley in Navajo Tribal Park. I sought the iconic John Ford Point where Stagecoach was filmed in 1936, for the depth of field and late evening shadow play. Most people who see images of this place immediately have a contemporary reference for it, and truth be told, I think every filmmaker wants to shoot there! The morning yielded a beautiful time-lapse of the sun pushing shadows across a fifteen mile rock face. As I readied to pack up and find another spot, I encountered a Chirikawa guide, Martin L. Samaniego, who works for an intriguing Navajo woman with at least eight generations of family born on the spot where we stood. We set up camp near their fry bread stand and talked photography until evening time, when I was able to get a full sunset looking out from the classic John Ford Point. Rather than spend money on another night I hit the road and made the seven hour drive home under a bulging half moon, all the while ruminating over the exciting developments and my plans for the footage! IMG_9377With the patience and support of Chet Zar, I Like to Paint Monsters is taking an extraordinary form! In the mean time Chet Zar has offered up his iconic 16×20″ oil painting, “The Anxious Robot”, on a month long raffle to generate more funding for the documentary. The raffle will run until August 20th at 9am, with the drawing occurring at 11am PST, streaming live! Five prizes in total with unlimited $25 entries, and every raffle entry comes with an autographed I Like to Paint Monsters sticker! RAFFLE

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