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 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




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



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


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We need your artistic masterpieces for The Art Event of the Century!

We’re BACK!
An Artistic Tribute Celebrating of 45 years of TV Horror Host Legend THE GHOUL!



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Saturday, March 5th
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Cleveland, Ohio


What are we looking for? Anything Ghoul related! The Ghoul himself! Froggie! Bad Horror Movies!

The best news? The gallery takes no commission! You just cover shipping costs!

Please email your masterpieces to ‘” so I can post ’em before the show!


And to see what we plan to top, here are highlights from our first Ghoul art event!

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MOONSPELL to Return to North America This Winter With Epica!

Moonspell 2016 Tour

Portuguese Dark Metal pioneers MOONSPELL first brought the dark flames to their native country – and then set the rest of the world aflame with milestone albums including Irreligious and Night Eternal. Now with their eleventh studio album Extinct, the band has erected yet another monument in the realm of gothic music.


In support of the album, MOONSPELL toured across the world and they are not ready to stop anytime soon.  The band is pleased to announce that they will be returning to North America sharing the stage with Symphonic Metal legends Epica.  The tour starts January 21st in New York, NY and wraps up with an appearance on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise.  A list of all dates can be found below.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM in all local time zones.


MOONSPELL frontman Fernando Ribeiro commented on the upcoming tour:


“We are thrilled to return the US, alongside our friends in Epica. This will be our first tour of the year so we will for sure celebrate with our American and Canadian fans. It is a real honor to share the stage with Epica.  We will be sure to haunt this tour with our absolute Portuguese darkness. Under the spell!”


Extinct was released this past March in North America and is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records Webstore, and Amazon.




1/21: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

1/22: Toronto, ON @ Opera House

1/23: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater

1/25: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom

1/26: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub Music Hall

1/28: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights

1/29: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

1/30: St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room

2/1: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater

2/2: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

2/3: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

2/4 – 2/8: 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise


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Announcing the ALLELUIA! THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL Musical Film Tour 40 City Circuit Begins Next Wednesday, August 26th

Alleluia musical tour

Hell ain’t got a prayer that could stop this tour: Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival, the sequel to cult-sensation film The Devil’s Carnival, will be featured nightly on its special musical road show tour, stopping in 40 North American cities this summer and fall!


But before we discuss the tour, a bit about the film: Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival features a thrilling cast full of top horror and classic mainstream film stars, in addition to some of today’s top musical talent in acting roles! Fantasized by the team of celebrated film director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV) and writer-actor Terrance Zdunich – who also collaborated on musical cult films Repo! The Genetic Opera (which The Hollywood Reporter embraces as “this generation’s Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and the original The Devil’s CarnivalAlleluia! The Devil’s Carnival stars Zdunich, in addition to actors Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch, Knightrider, Dodgeball), Adam Pascal (RENT), Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood), Briana Evigan (Step Up Film Franchise), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and many more. Additionally, chart topping musicians Emilie Autumn, Tech N9ne, Danny Worsnop (We Are Harlot, Ex-Asking Alexandria), Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Ogre (Skinny Puppy), and Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence) and more grace the screen in this macabre masterpiece.


In Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival, Lucifer (Zdunich) incites Heaven’s wrath by dispatching train cars full of condemned souls a-crashin’ through the pearly gates. God (Sorvino), in response, readies his top negotiator, The Agent (Pascal), for a trip down to The Carnival to put an end to the rebellious deeds. Take an insider’s look at the first scene from the film and the opening music sequence “Shovel and Bone”, in addition to three film teasers featuring Tech N9ne, Danny Worsnop, and Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey here via Loudwire:


Now about that tour… Each evening of the Alleluia! Tour will begin with a live, local and little opening act (although these pre-show routines may include dwarves, the word little refers to their running times—think of movie previews with a pulse), followed by an introduction to the evening and film by director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer-actor Terrance Zdunich. A screening of Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival will follow, which will be concluded by a live audience Q&A session with the above filmmakers, where they will discuss their films and reveal sneak peeks of upcoming projects.


Exclusive Alleluia! merchandise, as well as intimate meet ’n’ greet opportunities with Bousman and Zdunich, are available for purchase at every stop, but tickets and VIP experiences are limited, so pre-orders are recommended. Note: personalized autographs and photo opportunities with the above filmmakers will only be available with VIP ticket packages.


Step right up and get your tickets and VIP packs here!  


Now is your chance to witness the unruliness of Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival in your own town – visit this theatrical, musical road show as it traverses North America! Proceed with caution – this film and the coinciding daily activities at each tour stop may contain adult language, subject matter, and perhaps some tasteful violence…


The tour began with a bang in Hollywood, CA at the Egyptian Theatre on August 11th, featuring the official premiere screening and a star-studded red carpet. The first tour date lands in Tucson, AZ on August 26th and runs through mid-August, making its way back to Los Angeles on October 18th. Fans across the pond – don’t fret just yet!  Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival also has an evil eye aimed at Europe for next year…



8/26 – Tucson, AZ @ The Loft Cinema

8/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ National Hispanic Cultural Center

8/29 – Dallas, TX @ Gilley’s South Side Music Hall

8/30 – New Orleans, LA @ The Prytania

9/1 – Jacksonville, FL @ Sun-Ray Cinema

9/2 – Atlanta, GA @ Lefront Theater

9/3 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

9/4 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Hanesbrands Theatre

9/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ritz East

9/6 – Baltimore, MD @ Harbour East

9/7 – New York, NY @ The Beekman Theatre

9/8 – Toronto, ON @ Revue Cinema

9/9 – Brookline, MA @ Collridge Corner Theater

9/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Irving Theatre

9/11 – Chicago, IL @ Patio Theatre

9/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Riverview Theater

9/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Screenland Armour Theatre

9/16 – Denver, CO @ Mayan Theater

9/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Fort Douglas Post Theatre

9/18 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

9/19 – Portland, OR @ Joy Cinema

9/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theatre

9/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Giordano Theatre

9/24 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Frida Cinema

9/25 – San Diego, CA @ Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas

9/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theatre

9/29 – Austin, TX @ Southwest Theaters

9/30 – Shreveport, LA @ Shreveport Little Theatre

10/1 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Grand Cinema

10/2 – Birmingham, AL @ The High Note Lounge

10/4 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Pitcher Show

10/6 – Winter Garden, FL @ Garden Theatre

10/7 – Columbia, SC @ 701 Whaley

10/9 – Louisville, KY @ Baxter Filmworks

10/10 – Columbus, SC @ Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse

10/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Capitol Theatre

10/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Regent Square Theatre

10/13 – Detroit, MI @ Cinema Detroit

10/15 – Montreal, QC @ Rialto Theatre

10/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Downtown Independent



Those who have attended Repo! The Genetic Opera or The Devil’s Carnival tours in the past can attest to the fact that these events are not traditional movie screenings: audience members are encouraged to dress-up, sing-along and participate. The Alleluia! tour will be no different, so attendees are encouraged to dust off their halos and red noses and come prepared! We’ll see you there – at The Devil’s Carnival!




Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival is imagined by the team of celebrated film director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV) and writer-actor Terrance Zdunich – who also collaborated on musical cult films Repo! The Genetic Opera and the original The Devil’s Carnival. Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival is produced by Sean E DeMott for Execution Style Productions, Chris Bonifay for Limb from Limb and Chang Tseng, and executive producer Brian Perera for Cleopatra Records. The music and lyrics for the film were composed by Saar Hendelman and Terrance Zdunich.




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