Filmwinter in Stuttgart


It's been quite the season for travel among the staff at FPS. Sebastian had scarcely returned from South America before I was packing a bag for a quick trip to Europe. Flying to Germany and back in six days (in January, no less) is arguably a crazy thing to do, but my most recent film was being screened at a film festival in Stuttgart called Filmwinter, and it was one of those rare opportunities in life that merits a little insanity. Film? Yes, over the past fifteen years my friend Rob Tyler and I have made four documentaries in our so-called spare time (the first three were also made with Eric Schopmeyer). Our latest one is called "Nemo." It's a portrait of counterculture philosopher and performance artist Fred Nemo, legendary for being "The Dancer" for the band Hazel (’90s Sub Pop stars from Portland). Except for some archival VHS, the whole thing is shot on various analog film formats (8mm, 16mm, and 35mm still film shot in bursts), which is all set to Fred's musings on his life and perspectives on art. If you've got about 14 minutes to spare, you can see it here.

And as a bonus, while in Stuttgart we got to visit one of the world's most beautiful libraries, designed by Yi Architects. (Photos by Rob Tyler.)

It was a whirlwind, but definitely worthwhile.

Ady Leverette was a designer and a principal at Fat Pencil Studio between 2011 and 2018.