This is a film about an artist with an obsessive love for Motorcycle Art. Linus Coraggio has created over 90 Motorcycle sculptures of metal and other materials since 1986. An outsider artist who works in many mediums and at many scales, he was a founder of the Rivington School of Art in the East Village in the early 1980’s and the architect behind the Gas Station, a seminal art installation/community/concept “outstillation” that was ultimately demolished amid a wave of gentrification in 1996. Despite sporadic recognition from the established art community he pushes on, and this talent for survival and creation is revealed in the series of choppers he has spent over thirty years creating. The Motorcycle Art of Linus Coraggio includes a sequence from 2009 of Coraggio working in his Bushwick studio and chronicles six months in the life of the artist as he explores the rich and classical tradition of how his Motorcycle Art fits into the dreamscape of American consciousness.
Thomas W. Campbell is a digital storyteller and a transplanted Vermonter who moved to New York City as a kid and never left. After studying screenwriting at NYU and having his sound design and music performed at downtown art spaces such as La Mama and The Kitchen he began a career as an independent film and video editor. This experience spanned the industry transition from film to digital video - and included editing over 20 award winning artist biographies, a feature film, and hundreds of short docs, narratives, and industrials.
Thomas earned an MFA from City College for documentary production and his thesis film - Birth of the Sun - played in numerous festivals in New York and around the world. His most recent shorts, Rooftop Serenade (which was shot on film) and the hand-crafted animation Under the City the Blue Bag Dropped have both found success on the festival circuit, including most recently at the Coney Island Film Festival, the Cinema on the Bayou Festival, the Three Minute Film Festival in Santa Barbara, CA.
His current project is a documentary about the artist Linus Coraggio.
Thomas became a member of the National Board of Review when they gave him an award and has contributed to the organization over the years by writing film reviews and moderating over 60 post screening Q and A's with film professionals such as Michael Haneke, Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Pedro Almodovar, Barbara Kopple, Oliver Stone, and most recently Chan-Wook Park, James Gray and Syrian director Firas Fayyad.
He has taught documentary production to high school students at the Tribeca Film Institute, film/video production and theory at Adelphi University from 2002 - 2013, and sound design for film at Hofstra University since 2006.
Thomas is currently the Technical Director of the Communications Department at Adelphi University, where he tries to keep a bit of humanity alive as we move deeper into the technological revolution.
Director : Thomas W. Campbell
Producer : Thomas W. Campbell
Category : Short Film in Competition
Length : 38 minutes
Country : USA