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Personal interviews and intimate access to 16 incredibly talented contemporary painters, documented as they made work over a year.

Episodes on:

RETNA            The Date Farmers      Thomas Campbell     Mike Giant

Jeremy Fish    Taylor McKimens       Cleon Peterson         Andrew Schoultz

Mark Whalen       Tiffany Bozic               Ferris Plock                HUSH

Mike Shine      Richard Colman         Henry Gunderson      Fecal Face

What started as a passion project has grown into an epic 16 episode season that could use a little kickstart to go the last mile. For over a year I followed these artists as they created exhibitions, installations, street murals, albums, and above all paintings. I interviewed them in their studios, their homes, on the road, in the gallery, even while they were working, to get a sense of their history, personality, and drive to create. The interviews at times were intimate, and it was astonishing to see the honesty the artists had in answering my sometimes overtly philosophical questions. I wanted to not simply do a biography of the artist but create a portrait of their life and their work. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, The Creative Lives is the fruit of my efforts to capture the nature of an artist; the struggles they have, the doubts that arise, and the victory of creating something you're proud to sign.

Along the way, however, it grew harder and harder to complete the 16 episodes totaling over 300 minutes when I lost my job. I could not afford the finishing work, and renting theaters in San Francisco and Los Angeles to host the art shows / premiere events I had planned seemed like an impossible dream. But then someone suggested Kickstarter and all of a sudden that dream was alive, and perhaps, with a little luck, together we can still finish the season by next year and premiere the episodes in Los Angeles and San Francisco for the fans.

In collaboration with featured artists and friends we've brainstormed incentives that will hopefully make this a successful Kickstarter campaign. Here is what we came up with:

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"Rhino Beetle" by Tiffany Bozic

1 Color Screenprint donated by the artist.

Dark Grey Edition 

Red Edition

Dimensions: 11"x17"      Numbered Edition of 20        Signed by the artist

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Colby Poster Promotional Poster for The Creative Lives Kickstarter Campaign

Dimensions 22"x28" 

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Limited Edition Jeremy Fish T-Shirt

White premium cotton T-Shirt, available in sizes XS-XL, please specify your size when ordering.

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"Count Cool J" by Ferris Plock

13 Color Letterpress Print on Birch Veneer by Aardvark Press 

Dimensions 13"x16"       Numbered Edition of 100       Signed by the artist

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"Drowning Horses" by Andrew Schoultz

2 Color Letterpress Print on Somerset Velvet Paper by Aardvark Press 

Dimensions: 16"x12"      Numbered Edition of 100        Signed by the artist

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Limited Edition Mark Whalen T-Shirt

Black premium cotton T-Shirt, available in sizes XS-XL, please specify your size when ordering.

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Limited Edition Henry Gunderson T- Shirt

White premium cotton T-Shirt, available in sizes XS-XL please specify your size when ordering.

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The Creative Lives Sketch Kit

12" ruler with two pencils, an eraser, and sharpener. Custom printed with The Creative Lives logo. Colors may vary.

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Also being given away to our generous donors will be tickets to the premiere events, digital copies of the season, as well as the opportunity to become an Associate Producer or Executive Producer with The Creative Lives so that you can see your name in the end credits of these magnificent docs for generations to come.

Thank you so much for your time and support, please give what you can, and then go out there and create something because that's the fun part.

G. Lewis Heslet                                                                                                       Producer of The Creative Lives

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  • Every Kickstarter dollar raised will go toward the following: production and shipping of the incentives offered, a professionally finished edit of all 16 episodes, a professional audio edit and mix, professional color correction, theatre rentals in San Francisco and Los Angeles, art show and event production, and digital release of the episodes online.

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  • I started the project about three years ago by doing shorts on Barry McGee, Futura, Kelsey Brookes, Mark Dean Veca, Megan Whitmarsh, Porous Walker, and New Image Art Gallery, which I released just under two years ago online at http://thecreativelives.com. Since the realease of the first season I have wanted to follow up with an even bigger and better season that would include more artists and a longer format. While the first season was 4min-9min shorts this new season would be full 18min-22min episodes that would go deeper, farther, and spend more time with the artists. What resulted was an overwelming 300 minute second season that I am currently trying to finish with this kickstarter campaign.

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  • If funding comes through we will book the theatre in January for the soonest possible date, we anticipate this will occur in late February or March of 2012. Venues and dates will be announced once the theaters are booked and specially printed Kickstarter Tickets will be accepted at both locations.

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