Excited to finally release the video I directed for Gotta Groove Records in my hometown of Cleveland Ohio. It's a procedural doc on how records are made and the underdog story of Vince and Matt and all that they have built on their passion for music and manufacturing.
Huge thanks to John Pope and Mike Bacanu for the beautiful cinematography. Special thanks to Joey Artino for his ariel camera work. A big thanks to Michael Seifert and all his bands/friends. He did the SFX, mix and the music supervision. Lastly, thanks to Allan Stallard and Animal VFX for the color work and gear support. Allan crushed the vintage look.
We have been getting some great press for Forced Perspective. We have recently been featured in the New York Times, Juxtapoz, Cleveland.com, BraveWords.com, Inked Magazine, Alternative Press, Examiner and many more.
Feeling very grateful for the people who are talking about my work. As a director, it feels gratifying to see people connecting to what you put out. Very excited for the release.
Very pleased to announce our companion book to Forced Perspective, and the blu-ray DVD packages through IndieMerch.com. Click HERE to order. Details below:
Poster - Offset print, signed by Derek Hess & director Nick Cavalier, 21" x 28"
Fine Art Print - Only available in exclusive bundle, silk-sceen print, limited to 100, 22” x 28”
DVD & Blu-Ray – “Forced Perspective” is an intimate portrait of iconic artist Derek Hess by filmmaker Nick Cavalier. Since he was a young boy, Clevelander Derek Hess has had a “knack” for drawing. As the son of a WWII veteran and professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Hess also has had a deep appreciation for the discipline and training necessary for creative growth. Nick Cavalier’s FORCED PERSPECTIVE – evokes Hess’s favored artistic technique of manipulating an object’s size in order to create the illusion of distance. It also traces how these values transformed Hess from an unknown concert poster illustrator at Euclid Tavern into an internationally renowned t-shirt designer, post-hardcore concert organizer, and fine artist. In extensive interviews, Hess opens up about his artistic process as well as his ongoing trials with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. Through his intensely expressive mixed media art, Hess not only works through his demons, but also inspires his fans from around the world to do the same. An impressive tribute to Hess’s oeuvre, Cavalier’s documentary highlights the unique perspective this artist brings to the art world.
Director: Nick Cavalier
Running Time: 1 hour 36 mins
Book - The new companion book to the award winning "Forced Perspective" documentary includes over 125 pages of amazing film stills and iconic artworks spanning over 25 years of Derek Hess’s life and career, plus brand new exclusive content you won't get from the movie.
Classic Hess works reproduced include "Burned Out," "Suicide Note," the indelible "Hemorrhage," his poster for Obama campaign, the notorious Barney the Dinosaur suicide flier that earned him a censorship threat from Pearl Jam, and much much more.
A behind the scene look at the production of the film and an introspective look behind “what makes the art talk” for each era of Derek’s life corresponding to the chapters in the film. A one of a kind collector's item for film and Derek Hess fans.
Comes with Bonus DVD that features:
Derek Hess – Deleted Scenes
Unearth – Deleted Scenes
Stipe Miocic – Deleted Scenes
Cleveland Artists – Deleted Scenes
Film Premier – QA with Derek and Nick
Euclid Tavern Photography
Tales From The Euclid Tavern
Behind The Scenes – Making The Music
8 Teaser Vignettes
SXSW Finalist - Title Sequence
Don't forget to preorder the film on Vimeo! The film Releases April 12th through Gravitas Ventures.
Forced Perspective at the 2016 Canton Film Festival.
Friday, April 22, 2016 - Admission $5
6:00pm Doors Open
7:30pm Forced Perspective: The Story of artist Derek Hess
Post movie Q&A with director Nick Cavalier
As part of WCSB 89.3fm’s 40th anniversary celebration and Cleveland State University’s Graduate Student Appreciation Week, WCSB & the Graduate Student Association present the film and discussion of “Forced Perspective – The Story Of Artist Derek Hess” on Wednesday, April 6 in the MC Auditorium starting at 6pm.
WHERE: CSU Main Classroom Auditorium
2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
Followed by Discussion/Q&A with Derek Hess and Nick Cavalier
Preorders are now open for my first feature film "Forced Perspective" through Gravitas Ventures. Very proud to be working with them, they are a fantastic company. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen (You know who you are), and thanks to Geoffrey Clark and Lisa Lapan at Something Kreative for seeing this through.
We plan on pushing this out big time on March first, but feel free to support us and share the link below now.
As we prepare for our release in the coming months, we are booking out college, art school, gallery, theatrical and non theatrical screenings across the US. Both Derek and I are available for appearances and QA. Shoot us a message here if you have interest in having us.
If you have not seen the film, it's a a biographic and allegorical hero story about Derek Hess. The film follows his rise to fame through concert posters in the early 90's, his struggle with alcoholism and bipolar and how those demons affect his art. It's a portrait of an artist in the modern age, and it takes a raw look at creativity and it's link to substance abuse and mental illness.
My hope is that the film inspires future artists to create compelling work, and that Derek's story offers insight into success with integrity in the arts. For more information, check out our facebook, and twitter.
Check out my 2016 Director Show Reel.