At the end of last year, I gave a set of postcards to everyone who contributed at least $25 to the film. Now that 2019 is drawing to a close, I'd like to offer some additional thank you gifts in time for the holidays, to those new contributors who donate $75 or more to our project through our Fractured Atlas donation page.
UPDATE: I've actually added additional prints and postcards to this rewards perk! All those who have already donated shall still receive these additional items!
This set is limited to 25 copies only, and includes:
Eight postcards, now including THE SHOOTIST, CHINATOWN, THE STING, FLASH GORDON, and both the original and rerelease poster illustrations for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.
Seven of these postcards are double-sided (see the top two rows for comparison), while...
I just returned from yet another trip to the East Coast, having traveled through four states in less than two weeks. I managed to spend some time with family, revisit old friends, and film some additional interviews for the documentary -- the latter of which I'll be detailing here soon.
I was also able complete a very important errand before my return flight to Los Angeles. I handed the Richard Amsel AIDS quilt panel over to the staff at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where it will be viewable to the public for the very first time, before its eventual inclusion within the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C.
I've long sought a proper venue to debut the panel, as most places hosting portions of the quilt did not have room for additional entries. I also believed that, since Amsel spent the...
I’m heartbroken to learn that Bob Esty passed away last Thursday, Sept. 26th.
Bob was a close friend of Richard Amsel’s, and he was among the first people I interviewed for my documentary. The filming, which took place almost four years ago in Esty’s West Hollywood apartment, was filled with laughter, bawdy humor, touching remembrances…and more than a bit of singing.
For those who knew Esty, the latter will hardly come as a surprise. Esty has been referred to as “The Man Who Created Disco” – a musical genius who collaborated with Cher, Donna Summer, Sally Kellerman, LaRue, Billy Preston, Dusty Springfield, and Barbra Streisand. He was a music producer, arranger, composer, songwriter, and singer, whose work included such songs as “Take Me Home” and disco-era films such as THE MAIN EVENT, TH...
The past few years I've tried reaching out to a number of people whom Richard Amsel had created portraits of. One such person was Valerie Harper, who sadly passed away Friday after a long struggle with cancer. My sincere condolences go out to her family and friends. How I wish I could have met her.
Below is Amsel's lively portrait of Harper for the cover of TV GUIDE.
In less than two weeks, Comic-Con descends upon San Diego. It's probably the biggest and most publicized pop cultural event in the world, and it only gets bigger each passing year. I've gone a number of times -- as a visitor, a panel participant, and as an artist -- and there's nothing else quite like it. It's fun, exciting, but also exhausting, expensive, and claustrophobic. All qualms aside, it's always a memorable and worthwhile experience.
This year's event includes a very special panel that's dear to my heart, and some of its key players are featured in my documentary.
MASTERS OF THE ILLUSTRATED FILM POSTER takes place on Friday, July 19th, from 1-2pm in room 23ABC at the San Diego Comic-Con Convention Center. Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood and artist Paul Shipper, it's sure to be worthwh...
I know it's a bit overdue, but I'd be remiss not to mention the opening of POSTER HOUSE last month! I definitely need to make plans to go there later this fall...
Poster House is the first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the art of posters.
From their official website:
Through exhibitions, events, and publications, Poster House presents a global view of posters from their earliest appearance in the late 1800s, to their present-day use. Poster House takes its mission from the medium, aiming to engage and educate all audiences as we investigate this large format graphic design and its public impact. ...
For a poster to succeed, it must communicate. By combining the power of images and words, posters speak to audiences quickly and persuasively. Blending design, advertising,...
Last summer I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazingly talented Andrea Alvin at her lovely home in Rhinebeck, New York. She provided wonderful comments on Richard Amsel's work, as well as the artistic legacy of her late husband, John Alvin.
Rhinebeck resident Andrea Alvin, together with her husband John Alvin, produced some of the most iconic movie posters of the last 50 years. From Young Frankenstein to Goonies, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Blade Runner, and The Lion King, his illustrations and her designs are indelibly imprinted on the...
My apologies for using the generic NYC photo (thanks Google), but my posts generate a lot less interest without pictures... :)
I haven't been back to the East Coast since last summer, but am planning to return to do more interviews sometime between August and late September/early October. I've yet to work out the details, but as I try to make the most of each trip, I thought I'd do well to post about it in advance.
Right now, I have at least 3 people to meet up with in NYC. I'm also looking to do more filming in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and possibly even Connecticut and Massachusetts.
I've lost touch with some of you, and I'm sorry. I sincerely hope to reconnect and schedule as many interviews as possible. Please reach out to me, and hopefully our stars might align!
Last December I wanted to share a little holiday gift with everyone who supported and contributed to the film by mailing them a set of AMSEL related postcards. While I'm pretty sure I covered everyone, I realize that I might have missed a few of you.
If you made a donation or interviewed for the film, and have yet to receive the set, my deepest apologies. I could throw out some lame excuse about juggling work, moving, and the holiday rush, but who am I kidding? Please contact me and I'll get the postcards out to you shortly.
Five postcards make up the set: four are double-sided (see the top two rows for comparison), while the fifth is a standalone image of the AIDS quilt panel, made in Richard Amsel's memory.
I still have a limited supply of these left, and they'll be sent as thank you gi...
I’m going to make a sincere attempt to post weekly updates from now on. There are so many interviews I’ve done that I’ve yet to mention, though I’m still trying to schedule more in the coming months. Patience is a virtue, but then again, so is activity.
Another challenge I hope to accomplish in the future is better integrating the Richard-Amsel.com/RichardAmsel.info site with this one, so that all news stories can be searched at the same time, and to give everything a uniform look. I’d also like to include some new and improved images, including a number of Amsel works that have never been published before. But there are two significant caveats.
First, I want to leave some of these “rediscoveries” for the documentary to unveil. Each and every image of Amsel art I have personally digitally...