Art & Death

By August 23, 2014Blog
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Pictured: Neil Gaiman with Satine Phoenix, photo by Allan Amato

If you’re curious what I’ve been up to recently– when I haven’t been hiding in a house somewhere in Scotland writing songs on a baby grand piano, I’ve been helping out with various amazing projects.

The first is my very dear friend Allan Amato’s Temple of Art documentary film, that begs the question: why do we make art?

One of my two favorite things this month was going to shoot the amazing Barron Storey for Temple of Art– I came up with a concept for a miniature short film to do with Barron, Allan directed and shot it, I edited it and Elisabeth Evans helped me color-grade the thing when we were done.

The result gives me chills every time I watch it. Mostly because Barron talking about art just makes me want to get off my ass and work harder.

Watch:

(You can pre-order the Temple of Art film HERE.)

The second favorite thing this month was when Neil Gaiman called me yesterday and asked if I would direct and shoot his ice bucket challenge for ALS.

Obviously I said yes.

We both came up with an idea together– or rather, he called me, and said “this is my idea” and I said “that’s exactly what I was planning to do!” Magic.

The result is pretty adorable– Allan Amato ended up doing the filming, I directed the humans around, and the fantastic Cat Mihos helped out, and many women came dressed as Death. (Among them, Elisabeth Evans, Satine Phoenix, Stephanie Inagaki, V Nixie and Melanee Nelson.)

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Photo by Cat Mihos

And if, like me, after watching that video you feel deeply compelled to donate to ALS? You can (and should!) do so HERE.