Journey into ‘Wastedland’ New York artist turns IAO Gallery space into an immersive setting for his post-apocalyptic short film by Brandy McDonnell
This story appeared in the March 5th Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE)
“There are many practices of guerrilla filmmaking that were being executed during the filmmaking process of ‘Wastedland’; most notably, we didn’t ask for permission to shoot anywhere. We saw a location behind a fence, we either cut a hole in the fence or we found the hole. And that’s how I approach not only my art but I also approach life. I’m not waiting for someone to hand me an opportunity; I’m going to create the opportunity myself.”
UMKC’s Independent Newspaper: “Wastedland 2: Artists Bring Unique Film Screening to Kansas City” by Madison Noordhoek
“Collaborative artists foster revolutionary ideas while thriving off each other’s creativity. Jaclyn Danger, co-founder of screening collective The Cannonball Roarers, hosted a unique “secret screening” in an undisclosed location of Kansas City. Danger’s mission is to screen off-the-radar films in the urban environment to provide a more enhanced viewing experience. She has teamed up with her colleague, Matt Lloyd to launch the latest screening of Wastedland 2, a film produced by Andrew H. Shirley. […]
The first impression of the dopey, animal-like characters struck the audience with laughter and remarks such as “Sounds dope!” or “I love to paint, I love beer!” The film progressed silently, keeping the audience intrigued with the drunken vandals activities being projected onto the cement wall in front of them. The characters relate to the audience when they propose questions such as “What are we doing here? Is this a total waste of time?” and of course, “What’s the point?” These are questions everyone asks themselves at some point in their lives.
Their question is finally answered when a robotic character tells them “The fact that you asked the question, is the reason for the question itself.” Failing to interpret such an ambiguous response, the spirit animals follow suspicious wires to discover the source, and also the “truth”. Audiences will have to watch the movie in order to discover the enlightenment for themselves.” FULL ARTICLE HERE
The Cannonball Rollers‘ Jaclyn Danger’s photos can be seen here art work on walls by H8U crew
See more photos from Richmond and Detroit here …
Photos by Christian W. Gregory, EKG and Jacob Cunningham from the WASTEDLAND: RICHMOND SHOW 11/4-26 at Gallery 5 in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood’s old Police / Fire Station. Close to 600 people attended the opening night with standing room only for two very “activated” screenings.
Special thank you to Nick Crider for his co-curation and production assistance.
Exhibiting artists included: Amy Smalls, Andrew H. Shirley, Cheylene Tattersall, Conrad Carlson, DARKCLOUDS, EKG, George Vidas, Greg Henderson, NOXER, RAMBO, Ryan C. Doyle, William Thomas Porter, UFO 907 and several Richmond vandals.
photo by Phil Conners
“Wastedland had the feel of a 90’s rave setting mixed with a 907 Mad Max vibe.” -DONT
“A new Wizard of Oz for the Anarchist Street Youth.” Charlie Ahearn Director of Wild Style