Thursday, April 30, 2009

Traveling man

Posted on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Thanks to Andy Smetanka for his enthusiastic review of Harrod Blank's new film about art cars, Automorphosis, one of the films screening at this year's Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (see cover story, February 12, 2009).

In the review, Andy mentions the memorable evening, in 1993, when he watched outdoor movies at an ice cream parlor. I was the cinema man on the bicycle, hosting outdoor screenings in my first of many cross-country tours. Blank's film, Wild Wheels, was certainly the star of my free film festival.

My traveling film festival is called Highway Cinema (www.Highway Cinema.homestead.com) and has presented more than 700 free screenings in the United States, Mexico and Canada. After Automorphosis has its tour of film festivals and cinemas, Highway Cinema will once again roll (or row, depending on if it's by land or by sea), with Blank's latest film in tow. Blank's art car film is truly a brilliant exploration into the world of art, cars and the hearts and minds of the people who create art cars.

Please make note of one error: The director of Oh My God! It's Harrod Blank, as well the excellent soundman, et al, for Blank's films, is named David Silberberg. Please let your readers know this.

Best wishes to all of the filmmakers, film fest staff and appreciative audiences at this year's Big Sky Doc Fest!

Hunter Mann

Douglas, Ariz.

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