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Iconic Cleveland-Based Artist DEREK HESS Releases Intimate Award-Winning Documentary ‘Forced Perspective’ Today

Derek Hess - Forced Perspective

Renowned Cleveland-based artist DEREK HESS has tested the waters of both the music and art world for over 20 years. Recognized internationally for his poster work with bands such as Pantera, Pink Floyd and Pearl Jam, as well as being featured brands like MTV, Vh1 and TLC, Hess’ art has been featured everywhere from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the infamous Louvre in Paris.

 

After enriching the art and music world with his intricate and emotive drawing-based-art for over a decade, Derek Hess has finally translated his medium to film by way of his new documentary, Forced Perspective. This intimate self-portrait was directed by filmmaker Nick Cavalier and has already won awards at the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Beverly Hills Film Festival and many others. Forced Perspective isn’t just your average docu-story or even a biopic, but rather a journey through Hess’ struggle with alcoholism and bipolar disorder and how these demons affect his artwork. This exploration presents a voyeur into Hess’ personal life, revealing his process and philosophy. Forced Perspective showcases the evolution of a celebrated artist and his effect on music and culture while highlighting the link between creativity and mental illness.

 

Today, Forced Perspective is available for purchase via IndieMerch in DVD and BluRay formats, as well as for download and streaming On Demand via Vimeo. IndieMerch has several physical packages available, including signed limited edition posters, a 125-page Forced Perspectivecompanion book, limited edition silk-screen prints, and more. In addition to the full-length film, the DVD/BluRay includes deleted scenes, a film premiere Q&A, behind-the-scenes footage, teaser vignettes, trailers, and more.

 

In celebration of today’s release, two exclusive film teaser vignettes are available for viewing now – one via Inked Magazine and another via Cleveland.com. These particular selections explore the connections between mental health, fine-tuned consciousness and artistic expression.

 

Derek Hess first drew attention to his art by creating posters to advertise the bands he booked at Cleveland’s Euclid Tavern. Posters for bands such as Helmet, Cop Shoot Cop, Jesus Lizard and Soul Coughing attracted people to the growing underground music scene in Cleveland while gaining Hess notoriety all over the world for his artwork.

 

In the early 2000’s, Hess began holding concerts in Cleveland named Strhessfest where Hess’ favorite bands would play such as Clutch, Converge, Every Time I Die, Unearth and Stretch Arm Strong. The bands were mostly hardcore and metal bands, both local and national, whose songs had the same subject matter as Hess’ art: dark tones, heartbreak and depression. Strhessfest eventually expanded into Strhess Tour and lasted five years, touring both the US and Europe with bands such as Shadows Fall, As I lay Dying, Thursday, Bleeding Through and Poison The Well.

 

Forced Perspective offers incredible insight into the life of Clevelander Derek Hess and his struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder. Nick Cavalier’s presentation of the world-renowned artist’s life and his work is visually stunning and engaging – while digging into the complicated issues that many people face.”

– Patrick Shepherd, Cleveland International Film Festival

 

“I met Derek Hess on the Victory Tour, I believe it was in March of that year. Cold and snowy, the show got moved to his art gallery and it was a great show, made some new friends. He’s had such an important role in music with his art. So many great metal covers and hardcore bands. Designed a shirt for us and every day I walk out of my room and see his painting he gave me a long time ago. Good guy, that Derek Hess – great artist.  This documentary is filmed beautifully and also gave me a dark, emotional feeling. It captures the true Derek we know and appreciate. And how his struggles with addiction and life affected me in my own struggle. I think we all grew up with flyers and shows and he was a big part of that for the Cleveland scene.”

– Eddie Reyes, Taking Back Sunday

 

“Nick Cavalier’s study on Derek Hess is an affirmation for people stirred by the underdog spirit. You don’t need to be a rarefied art scholar or a street-elite music fan to feel for Hess’ failures and triumphs. The only people who won’t enjoy this film are the ones who prefer their culture served to them on a stick.”

– Jason Pettigrew, Alternative Press Magazine

 

Forced Perspective is raw. It is emotional. It tells of Derek’s story and struggles, as well as the stories of those who connect with his art. This film has given me a new perspective on Derek’s work. As a person who also struggles with mental illness I am able to connect on a very personal level. As a fellow artist I am empowered to dig deeper into my own psyche to deliver something more. This film boldly tells the story of what it is like for an artist to create, deliver, maintain and continue on despite the darkness and the pressure of fame. As I am sure Derek could affirm, the struggle to be loved can be harder than the struggle to be known. This film will touch many and I look forward to seeing the impact.”

-Amy Bleuel, Project Semi Colon

 

 

Accolades:

Official Selection – 2015 SXSW Excellence in title design

World Premier – Local Heroes Award – 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival

Best Cinematography Award – 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival

Official Selection – 2015 Indy Film Fest

Official Selection – 2015 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival

Best Documentary Award – 2015 Kingston Film Festival

Best Feature Film Award – 2015 Reel Indie Film Fest

Best Art Documentary Feature Award – 2015 Atlanta Docufest

 

Credits:

Directed & Edited By: Nick Cavalier

Produced By: Martin Geramita

Executive Producers: Chris Rentner, Evan Hareras & Beau Miller

Cinematography By: John Pope & Sergio Salgado

Titles And Color By: Coat Of Arms

Location Sound Mix By: Ben Stockton

Post Sound Mix By: Chuck Bein (See Music)

Original Music By: Matthew Santos, Chihsuan Yang, Joel Coan, Dustin Currier & LT Magnotto

Additional Music By: The Felix Culpa, Thereafter, Chris Zabriskie

 

Distributed By Gravitas Ventures:

http://www.gravitasventures.com

 

Learn More about Forced Perspective:

http://www.forcedperspectivefilm.com

Follow: http://www.twitter.com/forcedfilm

Like: http://www.facebook.com/forcedperspectivefilm

 

Learn More about DEREK HESS:

http://www.derekhess.com

Like: https://www.facebook.com/derekhessart/

Follow: https://twitter.com/derekhessart

Forced Perspective – The Story of Artist Derek Hess

Derek Hess - Forced Perspective

As part of WCSB 89.3fm’s 40th anniversary celebration and 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.

Light refreshments and reception at 6pm in MC Auditorium lobby with film starting at 7 pm and discussion with the director, Nick Cavalier & the artist himself, Derek Hess afterward.

 

Renowned Artist DEREK HESS Releases First Trailer for the Long-Awaited Documentary “FORCED PERSPECTIVE”, the Life of Artist DEREK HESS

Derek Hess - Forced Perspective

“Forced Perspective” is a documentary film showcasing the life of artist DEREK HESS directed by Nick Cavalier. The film illuminates Derek’s struggle with alcoholism, bipolar disorder, depression and watches him triumph over his personal demons while showing how these experiences help shape his artwork. From Derek’s early flyer work and celebrated sketches to his elaborate mixed media pieces, this film showcases the evolution of Derek’s art and the emotional ripples it leaves behind in the world.

 

“Forced Perspective” is now in post-production and is expected to be released in 2015.

 

Take a first look at “Forced Perspective”here:https://vimeo.com/93108390

 

Check out some stills from the “Forced Perspective” here, as well.

 

You can follow the film:

http://derekhess.com

http://forcedperspectivefilm.com/

 

Donate to “Forced Perspective” here: http://forcedperspectivefilm.com/contribute/

MORE INFORMATION ON DEREK HESS:

Derek Hess’s work has been recognized in both the music and art world for over 20 years. Hess began creating promo flyers for shows in Cleveland, that soon gained the attention of a multitude of bands as well as the Grammy Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre in Paris where he is part of the permanent collections. In addition to countless cd covers and gallery shows all over the world, he has been featured on TLC, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, Newsweek and Juxtapoz to name a few.

 

Renowned Cleveland, OH-Based Artist DEREK HESS Releases his First Limited Edition Book, “HE AINT NO VARGAS”

Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 500 Hardbound Copies

Forward by Playboy Executive Editor Jason Buhrmester

Derek Hess book cover

He Ain’t No Vargas is a limited edition book containing an extensive collection of grease pencil nudes by Derek Hess that utilize Playboy magazine covers as canvases. The pieces were created using 1960s and 1970s era Playboys— the very same issues Hess first discovered as a fourth grader. The nostalgia brought back by the taboo material of Hess’ childhood made the project even more fun for the artist. Drawing loose and fast, Hess was able to capture the vibrant feeling of the figure.

The book has drawings spanning from the beginning of his experimentation with Playboys back in 2010 all the way into his most recent works done in August, 2013. Vargas refers to the artist Alberto Vargas, who was responsible for the pin-up nudes in Playboy for decades, and the book title is a tongue-in-cheek shot at Hess and his ability to draw. Hugh Hefner gave his personal blessing, perhaps giving the book the highest praise one can receive from Playboy magazine.

 

Purchase your copy of He Ain’t No Vargas here http://www.indiemerch.com/strhesspress

 

Watch a special book video trailer via Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/72745488

Derek Hess’s work has been recognized in both the music and art world for over 20 years. Hess began creating promo flyers for shows in Cleveland, OH. These flyers soon gained the attention of a multitude of bands as well as the GRAMMY Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre in Paris which he is part of their permanent collections. In addition to countless cd covers and gallery shows all over the world, he has been featured on TLC, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, Newsweek and Juxtapoz to name a few.

 

 

ECO: New Works by Steve Ehret at Translations Art Gallery

ECO Exhibit

To explain how excited I was for the debut of ECO the new showing at Translations art gallery in Canton, someone had to point out that Steve Ehret’s art had been hung from the ceiling across the gallery, rather than plastered to the walls before it registered.

Indeed, from the first steps taken into the gallery, it was apparent that this was no ordinary show. Curator Craig Joseph explained that ECO has been in the works for about a year and that he and Steve had been in contact hammering out the details to make it a special event.

Though Steve may be best known for his colorful creatures that range from friendly and furry to fierce and frightening, this collection is almost completely devoid of any living beings at all. Instead, the focus is on where his creatures live, breath, eat, work, play, and from the looks of it, where they collect clouds.

Sure, the keen eye will detect something slithering from a cave here or peeking its bulbous eyes above swampy waters there, but the main focus is pear shaped dwellings, trunks jutting from the ground and expelling mysterious smoke, ladders leading into the abyss, exotic plant-life, observation towers thrusting upwards, and…the skies. Breathtaking and magical while simultaneously welcoming and foreboding, Steve Ehret’s skylines are a mixture of emotions that seem to attract the most attention from the growing crowd. ECO: new works by Steve Ehret is showing at Translations all month, and I strongly suggest you go in with an empty imagination because ECO is an enormous buffet of creativity.

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