Sunday, August 7, 2011

Carl Knickerbocker Film Screenings

Urban ReThink hosted a screening of two Carl Knickerbocker animated puppet short films as well as "The Painting Lesson", a live action film that is loosely based on Carl's art and life. I really liked "The Painting Lesson." In this film an artist who really looks like Carl was painting in a night club to make ends meet when he meets an alpha business woman who asks him for a painting lesson. One thing leads to another and they end up sleeping together. She has a dream about Carl's blue and green dogs. The animated dogs circle each other sniffing butts. She is rude to him from that point on. They fight. He paints her pooch green and in the end she creates a huge angry mural on the street in front of his home. He realized this is the best painting she had ever done. She didn't need lessons from him anymore. The media embraced her. I absolutely love this film. It is a shame it was never distributed.

"A Dog Goes from Here to There" was a short animated piece that Carl wrote and directed. His vibrant Urban Primitive paintings are bought to life to illustrate a whimsical poem written for children. Carl's most recent film, "SP #2" is surreal and non-linear. He just recently finished the production and is now sending it out to film festivals.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

1 comment:

knick said...

Thanks for the kind words.