Digital and Film Work by Thomas W. Campbell
1988 to Present
Thomas W. Campbell is a digital storyteller and transplanted Vermonter who moved
to New York City as a kid and never left.
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Excerpt from the Documentary Birth of the Sun by Thomas W. Campbell
Birth of the Sun is a 27 Minute Documentary about the East Village of the 1980s and the Haitian Artist Grady Alexis. The film will screen once again at the Bullet Space in East Village at the end of July. It is part of a 30th Year anniversary of the closing of the Chocolate Milk Art gallery.
You can watch the complete film for free with the link below.
Watch the Documentary Birth of the Sun by Thomas W. Campbell
Birth of the Sun is a 27 minute documentary produced in 2008 about Grady Alexis, a street artist in the East Village who inspired many, struggled to develop a unique vision, and finally died in a street scuffle with an off-duty policeman. True to the kind of hand-made and found-object paintings and sculpture that Grady created, his story is told through the art and music of people who knew and were influenced by him. Grady lived on the streets for years before becoming the artist in residence at El Taller Latino Americano on East 2nd street. The film also documents the recreation of a signature work by Grady, the mural called Birth of the Sun.
Grady moved between worlds of art, music, the streets, cafes, wherever a creative scene was happening. When he lived at El Taller from the mid 1980s until his death he painted and made music with a colorful and creative group of people. He was especially close to Demian and Ira Palombo, the sons of Bernardo Palombo, the director of El Taller. They lived a unique life of art and inspiration.
The musical soundtrack was created by Demian Palombo, who called upon his memories and experiences with Grady to compose and perform a complex and haunting series of original songs and music. Most of the soundtrack was recorded at present-day El Taller, as both multi-track and live performances. Guest musicians who appear in the film include Quiqie Sinesi, Bernardo Palombo, Jose Valdez, Drummer and Victor Hernandez.
The Motorcycle Art of Linus Coraggio - Short Trailer July 2018
A film by Thomas W. Campbell 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.
The Motorcycle Art of Linus Coraggio is 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 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.
Produced, Shot and Directed by Thomas W. Campbell