About the Book
After all, time is always running out for artists (all of us…), and here, page after page, we get examples of people creating their visions, making something real that could have remained unrealized. For sure, Schmidt and his wife, Julie Schachter (a noted pinhole photographer), have assembled a strange and diverse collection from their friends and associates, plus odd discoveries. And surprisingly, it is a pleasure to behold. The real point is, while not everything is great art, the overall collection represents dreams that came true, and if the reader gets anything out of thumbing through this unusual survey, it's that it is time to drop everything and get busy on their art, whatever it may be. The artists included here have given up on making excuses.
Features & Details
Rick Schmidt has been creating films since the seventies and "Sticky Wicket" is his 26th feature. His films have been screened in film festivals around the world, including Sundance's Dramatic Competition (Grand Jury Prize nomination), Slamdance, Rotterdam, Berlin International, New Directors/New Films, the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and has received critical praise from top film critics. Schmidt is also author of "Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices" which is considered "The Bible" of fledgling filmmakers and has been credited with influencing filmmakers Kevin Smith, Vin Diesel, Tom DiCillo and others. His "Extreme DV" (Penguin/Random House Books, 2004) is for the digital filmmaker who has an improv story to tell. Since 1995 his "Feature "Workshops" have helped dozens of aspiring filmmakers to make their first feature film, and their "Chetzemoka's Curse" has been certified Dogme #10 by internationally acclaimed Dogme 95 filmmakers Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.