Around 15 years ago or so, an outsider artist emerged on Ebay by the name of Gus Fink. His profile picture was a blurry, vintage photo of an older man in a tuxedo, and his vibrant art brut paintings suggested he was an elderly eccentric oddity who had been creating art for years and now was offering up his work on Ebay. A solid following for Gus quickly emerged, and the prolific artist seemed to be slowly, but steadily selling his paintings.
As it turned out, Gus was not the old man eccentric oddity that the vintage color profile photo suggested. He was actually a young guy in his 20’s at the time, who was more focused on creating art and becoming a full-time artist, than promoting his own personal image. Indeed a rarity nowadays with the emergence of social media, where artists spend more time curating their own persona, rather than actually creating art.
Eventually Gus dropped the vintage photo and came clean. He replaced it with a small partial picture of himself. His art was solid enough that people let the whole old man eccentric angle slide, and they continued to gobble up his unique and affordable paintings.
Gus has never stopped creating since, to this day still selling his art on Ebay, while branching out to create toys, apps, and even experimental music.
Gus has now taken the moviemaking plunge with his first short film called HUBERT AND THE NIGHT PEOPLE. It’s a very well made, interesting piece which moves along incredibly well and relishes in various absurdities throughout.
The characters that Fink creates in his paintings come alive in awesomely designed costumed beings who fluidly move around dreamlike, the way you would imagine them to, if they rose from a Fink canvas. He smartly includes many of his drawings in the film, which one of the characters gives to Hubert on his nightly visit.
Hubert is the main character, an eccentric, disciplined recluse of sorts, who uses his artistic mind to lose himself into his own world on a nightly basis. Perhaps mirroring the artist life of an early Gus Fink, eventually we see our absurdist hero deciding to personally take the plunge into this otherly world.
Just as Gus decided to become a full-time artist while dropping the old man image, Hubert drops his own constructed outer image, and commits to becoming the other worldly being, that he truly is.
HUBERT AND THE NIGHT PEOPLE is a wonderful film and it can be viewed on Amazon in the link below.
For Gus Fink art, go to – GUSFINKSTUDIOS.COM
Rounding out the trilogy of performance video featuring Kelly Broich, Eli Elliott, and Brad Kaup, is HOMESTEAD. The “how to” series started with MUSH, where the performance centered around a cooking demonstration on how you can have a high calorie diet for less than $20 a week by combining dollar store food items, then FASHION revealed how to take thrift store clothing and turn them into high dollar fashion items, concluding with a $40,000 created garment, and now HOMESTEAD reveals how one can live for free in style by simply finding some land, staking it, then creating cardboard homes which you can decorate to your liking.
The performance takes place in a striking outdoor location, where a river runs near and mountains serve as back drops for the pair of pilgrims, Pink Face and Roy, who stake their land and proceed to create cozy and decorative little homes for themselves.
The performance plays on a level that is somewhere between the trendy “tiny home movement” and the classic homeless/cardboard box scenario. This indeed is a murky area that rarely gets talked about as now those with money are purposely downsizing and creating very fashionable tiny homes on trailers, while declaring it to be a new fashionable trend and indeed a “movement.”
Meanwhile “tiny homes” have essentially been created for years by houseless individuals, in the form of tented encampments, wooded shacks, or inexpensive mobile RV’s and trailers. It has now become a trend to become “homeless”, as long as you build your dwelling on a trailer and make it look nice on the inside, and out.
Pink Face and Roy create their own little tiny homes, yet they do not exist in skid row, but won’t be making any of the trendy tiny house blogs either. It’s a gray area which seems to speak on the absence of in between individuals who can’t afford to play in the pretentious tiny home scene, yet don’t deal themselves the helpless/homeless card either.
In HOMESTEAD the relationship between the two characters remains a mystery, as do their choice of facial wear. Yet in this piece we see Roy engaging in more central action, rather than just serving as a sidekick for Pink Face. They both build their homes, create a kitchen area, empty their toilets (a nasty scene), and set up their individual play tents while squabbling over their choice of women’s clothing, “is this your skirt Roy or mine?”
HOMESTEAD (dir. Kelly Broich. Cinematography Brad Kaup. Featuring Eli Elliott. HD, 45min. 2016)
In the second installment of video performance directed by Kelly Broich with Eli Elliott and Brad Kaup, comes FASHION, a surreal absurdity focusing on Pink Face’s obsession with making money through the creating of high priced “designer” garments. The garments are taken through various techniques devised by Pink Face to provide “added value”. Pink Face cuts clothing, repairing them with neon duct tape (“rip and repair”) while assistant Roy applies sandpaper to shirt collars to “distress” the garment further. The result is clothing that goes from $10 retail to now being able to confidently place them at values in the several hundreds.
Where MUSH took rejected food that ends up in the dollar store and shows you how to create a goulash of caloric meal replacement to save you tons of money, FASHION takes rejected thrift clothing and adds necessary uniqueness and flare, showing you how to make massive amounts of money. The techniques fall in line with the real life fashion racket, implementing methods of “distressing”, while adding avant garde original uniqueness to items such as “boy shorts”.
The vibrantly dingy visuals colorfully pop equally to MUSH as the poster paints, glitters and fish hooks turn the clothing line into an absurd looking goulash of their own; the end products proudly hang by rafters in the inexplicable dirt floor shack the two “fashion designers” are operating out of.
Pink Face ultimately unveils the coup de gras of his spring collection. Roy proudly models the garment while a price tag is decided upon.
FASHION is the second in a three piece video performance series. Screening/Gallery inquires contact HERE.
FASHION (2016, HD, 31m. Directed Kelly Broich. Cinematography Brad Kaup. With Eli Elliott)
Underground filmmaker extraordinaire Larry Wessel has released a trailer for his upcoming documentary, ERIC AND SHAYE which is a film about our own beloved absurdist starlet, Shaye Saint John.
Enjoy and more news later as Larry will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to finish up the film and make it as great as possible!
Here’s a message from Larry about the film:
ERIC AND SHAYE
A Feature-Length Documentary about Master Filmmaker
Eric Fournier and his SuperStarlet Shaye Saint John
By Larry Wessel
I want to thank All of the Fans on Eric and Shaye’s Facebook Fan Page (3,256 and Counting!) for your Enthusiastic Show of Support for ERIC AND SHAYE, my upcoming Feature-Length Documentary about Eric Fournier and his SuperStarlet Shaye Saint John!
I feel that Eric Fournier is an unsung hero of our contemporary cinema. Filmmaker, Video Artist and Founder of Absurdist Video Art, Eli Elliot has this to say in ERIC AND SHAYE, “If there is a publication, a book or an anthology about underground cinema of the past decade and it doesn’t include Shaye Saint John then it is clueless. Eric had a huge impact and he should be remembered as one of the most unique and important filmmakers in the age of the internet”. I am not only making a documentary about Eric and Shaye but I want to personally see to it that Eric Fournier’s films are preserved by an organization such as Anthology Film Archives in New York or the UCLA Film and Television Archives in Los Angeles. I highly regard Eric Fournier as a filmmaker and I feel that his legacy should be preserved for future generations to behold.
I have a very strong feeling that ERIC AND SHAYE will be The Best Film I have Ever Made! It is my promise That ERIC AND SHAYE will Shock, Surprise and Delight as it transcends rational thought. diving deeper and deeper into the inner recesses of the brilliant brain of Eric Fournier telling his story from his point of view, Shaye Saint John’s point of view and through the intimate personal details of his life as told by all of his closest friends, roommates and co-workers who were there from the very beginning to the tragic ending of Eric Fournier’s life.
ERIC AND SHAYE is a work in progress and the Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Will Launch on Wednesday, June 1st and Will Be Live until Thursday, June 30th, 2016. Lots of Tasty Treats are Planned for Kickstarter Supporters Including Advance Copies of the Eric and Shaye DVD. Mark Your Calendars!!
The Official Release Date of the ERIC AND SHAYE DVD will be on Halloween, Monday, the 31st of October, 2016 and the ERIC AND SHAYE DVD wlll be Available Exclusively at http://ericandshaye.com/ from that day forward. Mark Your Calendars!
I Encourage All Fans and Curiosity Seekers who are interested to please visit and press the LIKE Button on The Official Eric and Shaye Facebook Fan Page to receive up to the minute Updates and Breaking News regarding ERIC AND SHAYE my upcoming feature length documentary about Eric Fournier and Shaye Saint John… https://www.facebook.com/EricandShaye and to please bookmark The Official Website for Eric and Shaye (Under Construction) here… http://ericandshaye.com/
Thanks Again for Your Loyal and Heartfelt Support for
ERIC AND SHAYE!!
The FUN Has Just Begun!!
All My Best,
Lots of Love,
Producer, Writer and Director
of ERIC AND SHAYE
Accepted to the STRAIGHTJACKET GUERRILLA FILM FESTIVAL, the never released cult film “Recovery House” which Kelly Broich from Collapse Productions directs, and Eli Elliott stars in, makes it’s debut today (MONDAY), and will screen ONLINE FOR FREE for a period of 24 hours. STRAIGHTJACKET is an online film festival created by Laura Grace Robles & Fabrizio Federico.
“The mood of the festival is that of a no-holds barred electric circus where the films chosen will represent the cream of the Les Enfants Terribles of Cinema.”
Recovery House was shelved for some years due to director dissatisfaction and overall frustrations over stolen copies being distributed.
Director Kelly Broich explains:
“We filmed “Recovery House” on the spur of the moment without any thought and I wrote it as we went along over the course of a few weeks. We spent a long time editing the mess of footage and I came to conclusion that while it had its moments, it was deeply flawed from poor structure, to inconsistent lighting — sort of everything is wrong minus the acting. After it was whittled down to 45 minutes from 90, I decided I hated it and would never release it.
Somehow a copy of it was leaked and DVDs made and it’s become popular in the ‘stoner community.’ I’ve even heard reports of a Los Angeles ‘heroin house’ where about 30 junkies get high every night and watch it.
Nevertheless Eli Elliott who stars in the film submitted it to STRAIGHTJACKET, a festival he surmised was the real deal (Broich begrudgingly agreed) and it was accepted.
Go to this link — STRAIGHTJACKET GUERRILLA FILM FESTIVAL — and click on the FILMS tab, then look for RECOVERY HOUSE.
Let us know what you make of it.
The StraightJacket Guerrilla Film Festival starts today and runs through April 7th.
This is a unique film festival in that it is all taking place online. In a time where underground film festivals are either ceasing their existence, or else resorting to showing mainstream works and co-opting the term “underground”, StraightJacket looks to be likely the most relevant underground cinema fest of the year.
Each day brings a new batch of featured works, all for free viewing, on the site’s film page, with a 24 hour window for watching:
SPECIAL NOTE: On Monday, April 4th, the film RECOVERY HOUSE will be making it’s long awaited premiere. This is a film created by original members of COLLAPSE PRODUCTIONS (Kelly Broich, Casey Broich) and it stars Absurdist Video Artist ELI ELLIOTT in his feature film acting debut. We will have a bigger write up on the film soon.
For now, enjoy the current selections screening at the above link.
Philosophy of StraighJacket Guerrilla Fest:
We esteem unhealthy film by supporting inventive distractions to help distort the reality of the strange & curious with psychedelic eyes. Film Anarchy. Mostly endorsed by the individual not the follower. In developing a path for future innovators approaching;
THE FUTURE OF CINEMA Lives on YouTube
Known or Unknown.
Allowing our film mistakes to be SPOTLIGHTED. The gift of anti-beauty as the new beautiful. WE are not concerned about your madness, we WELCOME it.
No film must go left or right, but ZIGZAG