Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Guest of Cindy Sherman

It took a while for Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008), a documentary by Tom Donahue and Paul "H-O" Hasegawa-Overacker, to emerge from the shadows and become available in digital format. Not sure if this was because of the Great Recession or because certain people wanted it delayed.

In this mosaic of a film, we follow Paul H-O on his arc from goofy arts show host in NYC to "Guest of Cindy Sherman" and beyond. Essentially, he is in the right place at the right time but, becoming his own worst enemy, he crumples existentially. Why does he "win?" Why does he "lose?"  There's more to it than the fickle finger of fate -- he actively goes for it, gets it, falls in over his head, becomes ungrateful and ungracious, and loses it. What is "it?" Friendship, intimacy, significant moments with Cindy Sherman, who is seen becoming more and more sought out by "everybody," more famous, wealthier (as in millionaire -- pretty nice change for any artist). All interesting. The footage of Cindy Sherman is particularly absorbing. Not sure what H-O's original intention was here, but he comes off as "out of his league" while Sherman comes off as a very cool person and artist. Groovy beans.  

Today's Rune: Harvest.  

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