The initial impetus for the award came after I received an electronic invitation to the opening of Jason Eskenazi’s “Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith.”  I am familiar with Jason’s work and knew that it wasn’t receiving the attention it deserved so I spontaneously gave him this award and forwarded the email to everyone on my list.

I told Derek Stroup the story of how I made up this award and he laughed.  He was very encouraging and said, “Just keep doing it, the next thing you know people will be sending you their portfolios.”

A month or so later, Jay Nubile happened to send me a You Tube link to a video he and Toby Kaplowitz made for an experimental video workshop.  I tried giving him five stars but the You Tube software had a bug in it and only three stars were given!  This made me mad so I gave Jay what he rightfully deserved -– 6 GOLD STARS ******!

The idea stems partially from my discomfort with traditional media’s methodology for reviewing books, films, art, etc.  I feel these large entities have too much power over what is promoted nationally.  How often does the New York Times review a photography or multimedia book?????  Most of the decisions to review something are coming from editors with an expertise only in writing and editing text.  The visual arts are so dominant in our society yet only a handful of these editors have a strong background in this area.

I’ve always had complex feelings about awards because they foster competition and if someone doesn’t win, the individual often feels sad.  I’m not a person who likes competition or believes people need to be validated by awards, especially in journalism, photography and the arts.  However, awards often promote stuff that might go unnoticed and the psychology behind an award is still very powerful……so the intent is for this to be a friendly, quirky, happy, nice award.

The name of the 6 GOLD STAR AWARD is derived from my early pre-internet days in photography when I used to star my favorite slides so the editors would know which ones to choose.  The best slides were exuberantly given numerous stars.  Despite my not so subtle efforts, these editors have a mind of their own and often choose photographs I don’t want published.  As anyone in field of communications knows these listening skill problems persist to this very day.

And of course….we can’t forget our days in elementary school when we eagerly awaited our gold stars.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Emile Hirsch Wins SL6 for breakout performance in Into The Wild!

Emile Hirsch wins the Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™ for his performance in Into the Wild directed by Sean Penn. This is a breakout role for the young actor and I think it’s of historical importance. He is one of the only Hollywood actors to be able to hold the big screen alone. It’s an almost impossible feat and he did it. Bravo!! Tom Hanks and Will Smith were not able to succeed at this in the way that Emile did. Be proud Emile, You are a rising Star. Hopefully, this award helps you gets some more great parts.


Actress Kelly Macdonald Wins SL6™'s First Entertainment Award

Kelly Macdonald wins the Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™ for her role as Carla Jean Moss in No Country For Old Men. Kelly is an incredible actress with a rare gift. I saw her on TV speaking with a Scottish accent and a completely different personality, I was really surprised. She is one of the few actresses that can truly change her persona and transform themselves into a different person, in this case a rural Texan. I think she should get more parts. Kelly is very beautiful as well, she’s sexy.

I gave this award because I think she should get more recognition and she is in an incredible competive profession.


Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Great Michael Oatman Wins An Unprecedented Second 6 Gold Star Award™

I was looking at some of Michael's work online and I must say I was so impressed I spontaneously gave him his second Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™. This one is for outstanding achievement in art.

He has a major exhibit opening at MASS MoCA this Fall. Check it out.

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