Monday, October 11, 2010

In Their Boots on PBS

Almost two years ago, I had the honor of being interviewed along with local artist Charles Bennett as well as political activist and artist Debbie Boen for PBS's documentary series, In Their Boots, which focuses on the struggles and lives of our military and their families.

I owe a thanks to Debbie for roping us in on this project. Debbie and I were acquainted as artists through a political exhibit and open-mic event I curated with Gikuyu Wamuiru back in 2006, entitled Tour of Wurdz: Let's Get Political. Debbie really set the show off since most of her work is politically themed. You can read more about Debbie's work and efforts as an activist in an article posted today by Business Clarksville. She has a fabulous life-size cutout of George W. Bush with a voice bubble where you can choose from dozens of famous blooper Bush quotes. After choosing your quote, we would take pictures of patrons of the exhibit posing with Bush. Debbie and I went on to work together on a few more political exhibits I curated including "How I Learned to Stop Worrying..." and "We the People" (both at The Icehouse Cafe.)

The episode of In Their Boots we were interviewed for which was simply entitled "Clarksville" aired recently and is available to view online. My hometown of Clarksville, TN borders Fort Campbell, KY which has been home to the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army since World War II. Clarksville is considered a military town rich with such heritage. Countless military families have made a permanent home here after serving in the armed forces. This show takes on many aspects of being a military town including artists and how they interpret their feelings about and toward the war and our troops. While Charles and I are in the documentary with Debbie, our verbiage ended up on the editing room floor. Debbie had some wonderful things to say about the artistic process in regards to their subject and I hope you all take a chance to see the show...

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