An Artist Working as a Letter Carrier Work in Progress / Documentary. Hi 8 Video, VHS, 16mm film transferred to HD Video TRT 75 min
We’ve all seen the films about the famous artists, the successful artists, but does anyone really look at the so called ‘failed artist’? or the struggling artist? “An Artist Working as a Letter Carrier – William P. Campbell” is a trans-generational experimental documentary film about an artist father by an artist daughter, long after the father’s death. A personal, sometimes funny – sometimes heartbreaking film, it explores themes around art, failure, love, family, and class.
Postman / Artist William P. Campbell painted life on the streets of Passaic, New Jersey as he saw it: under smokestacks and red brick factory fortresses, at the river’s edge, where nature met industry, as rails gave way to highways, as industry gave way to poverty. From the late 1950s to the early 1990s, Campbell painted extraordinary out of ordinary. Less than an hour away from New York City, where some of the 20th century’s greatest contemporary artists were being celebrated, Campbell painted in relative obscurity in a condemned building, the tallest building in downtown Passaic. He painted out of passion; often filming his process and his world with 16mm film and hi 8 video cameras. Archival footage blended with interviews with Campbell’s family, fellow painters and friends from his early beginnings at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts add color and perspective to this prolific working class artist’s story. As the filmmaker and her brothers literally unpack the legacy of his paintings, writings, audio recordings and films – in an effort to keep his work from vanishing into obscurity – they also unpack the societal definitions of success and failure, of class, of family, of access and love. What is revealed is a portrait of a man, of a family, of a place and a time and of the transcendence that comes in doing what you love.
“’An Artist Working as a Letter Carrier’ reconfigures the bio-documentary genre and redistributes the myth of the artist.” -Ulrike Müller
I Got This Narrative Feature Film. in development.
I Got This is a story about Kat, a sober, once marginally famous punk rocker, driven by her perimenopausal libido, who has been a deadbeat ‘dad’ to her accidental daughter, Grace. Kat comfortably exists in the chaotic world of the NYC underground, involving herself with colorful, often doomed characters and ex bandmates. But, when her ex-girlfriend Corinne, Grace’s reliable parent, reaches some success and goes off on tour, Kat must finally move past her terrible boundaries, arrested development and magical thinking to help Grace through the early stages of her own battle with addiction.
Filmed Portaits (subtitled as Screen Tests for a Feminist Revolution Movie) HD Video 2016 – ongoing
Various friends and acquaintances sat for portraits by way of informal conversations on camera, and speak about identity, ideas, feminism, spirituality, otherness. Many of the portraits were made immediately following the 2016 election. With Pamela Sneed, Natalya Sands, Genny Slag, Lauren Robin, Prince Panther, Jack Curious, Mariana Firestone, Cid Scantlebury, Mel Elberg, and more.
HELL ON WHEELS GANG GIRLS FOREVER! HD Video/ Super 8mm 36 min. 2010 Brooklyn girl gang member Krank, after being shot in a mysterious guinea pig lab rescue incident, comes home from the hospital in a wheelchair to find her cats are gone, her mother is still insane and her gang is kicking her out. She turns to her best friend, the Mechanic, who offers to turn her heap of crap wheelchair into a hot rod. Krank then joins the Outcasts, NYCgirl gang wheel riders with a twist. The Outcasts are lead by Krash, a dyslexic cyclist who can only cycle backwards. Meanwhile, the E. V. Ills, a violent roller derby gang, tear up the track and dance the night away; the Slayers, homeless queer girl skateboarders panhandle and fish for crabs in New York City’s East River; and the Full Tilts ride scooters and run numbers in the city’s only Roller Disco Betting Parlor.
delMarvelous A Day in the Life Katrina del Mar HD Video various TRT per episode 2015-ongoing
Season One: Get Your Orgone On / A Visit with Grandma / Surfin’ Rockaway / Rockin Out in the Basement / Wolfgirl Photoshoot / Future is Now / Retail Dance Therapy / Photoshoot with Angie / The Park Avenue Armory (featuring Betsy Todd) / Fully Loaded
Season Two: Making Pie w Gram / Robotic Roommate / Car Breaks Down / ZINES / Atlantic City / Liquid Eyeliner / New Jersey Pinball / Mary in the Kitchen / Surfin’ w Jo / Grilling in a Blizzard / Moonwalk in a Blizzard
SHORT FILMS / MUSIC VIDEOS
Super 8mm Film Portraits #1-3 (2013) edited in in camera shot on film Filmed portraits with non diagetic sound. Themes of violence, toxic masculinity, desire, glamour and love are explored. TRT 16 min
Super 8 Film Portrait #1 Simon Chardiet Urban Surfer 8 min: https://vimeo.com/116830545
Super 8 Film Portrait #2 Eileen Myles, Poet 4min
Super 8 Film Portrait #3 Kara Kolodziej, Motorcyle Racer 4 min
Heavy Eyeliner Basketball HD Video / documentary film / Work in Progress / TRT TBD
Heavy Eyeliner Basketball is a documentary film about a wild women’s (and transmen’s) basketball game that takes place in New York City. Founded by a non athletic artist, who states, ‘the only rule is eyeliner,’ the game attracts a wide range of characters: scientists, comedians, musicians, artists and roller derby stars with all skill levels from insanely talented athletes to ‘artistic types’ who hadn’t played since grade school.
SLAPFIGHT! Super 8mm film / 1:55 Super 8mm Film / transferred to Video 1997-2010
Girls slapping! Girls fighting! Girls kissing and making up! Girls revelling in the sheer ridiculousness of it all! This short film by Katrina del Mar pays homage to vintage girlsploitation/bondage films with subtle satire. Starring NYC musician/performer Betsy Todd and renowned artist/conduit of the absurd Michelley QueenofQueens.
Stella B. Zotis HD Video 4 min 2009 documentary short
Custom Couture Leather designer Stella Zotis tells us about her work and background.
Bringin’ Me Down 4:07 HD Video Super 8mm 2008 Music Video This heartbreak tale channels rage in beautiful rock ballad. Andro rocker Sarah Greenwood (GSX) sings a heart-ripping, angry ballad from the depths. Shot in Iceland and Switzerland, this video has a mysterious elemental feel.
I Got What I Came For Video / 3:30 2007
Waking up on the right side of every bed, Sarah Greenwood of GSX rocks your world in this DIY polaroid happy music video (Featured on MTVnetworks Logo channel; Top Ten of the Click List & HereTV)
Brooklyn Girls HD Video / 2:42 2008 Music Video All the prettiest girls live in Brooklyn! Breakout Brooklyn Band, Hooray for Goodbye’s sing-along single “Brooklyn Girls” Featuring the whole gang of Williamsburg hip chicks…riding bikes, shooting craps, playing ice hockey and making out! (Featured on MTV networks Logo channel; Top Ten of the Click List & HereTV)
Too Far Super 8mm / 3:23 2007 Music Video A girl, a guitar, a half stack. Singer / songwriter Sarah Greenwood of GSX shot on super 8 film in glorious gritty black and white.
Downsized Video / 3:05 2005 Music video for GSX shot live at CBGB’s
A Beautiful Death Video / 6:05 2006
Called “radical” and “groundbreaking” by Nan Goldin, this lesbian vampire film features an unusual feeding frenzy and vampires playing rock ‘n’ roll and board games.
Punchin’ & Cussin’, Super 8mm/Video / 8 min. 2006
Burlesque Wrestlers & butch / femme lesbians making out and cussing in several languages whilst playing the drums, wrestling, and boxing! Rockin’ soundtrack by Texas Terri and Cherie Currie!
Nothin’ Pretty 2003 Super 8mm Film / Video 5:45 short film / music video Shot over the beautifully dreary skies of Brooklyn, this 4 minute film makes suffering visible in its gritty depiction of pain and loss through scraping concrete, crumbling facades, broken glass and dripping paint. “There’s nothin pretty in my world,” sings Karen Curious, the fiery frontwoman of New Professionals.
Just Do It Video / TRT 9 min 2003 Narrative short film Nicolette Nolan, Heather Litteer (Jessica Rabbit) and Otter star as sex workers who get drunk and plot a murder.
I Did It Video / TRT 3 min 2002 Narrative short film Heather LItteer aka downtown sensation Jessica Rabbit and Nicolette Nolan as two roommates discussing a suggestion taken too far.
American Toughie 1999-2003 work in progress
MiniDV SD Video Series of Short subject documentary film portraits, work in progress. explores themes of violence and toughness in women. Femme & butch women display or talk about glamour as armor, physical fights tattoo
Non Dairy Creamer 8mm film 8 minutes 1989 (lost in a burglary)
Lacto Allergic witch Tituba conjures a personified Non Dairy Creamer.