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.


Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blake Lively Wins SL6 Hottest Woman on Planet Earth™ Award

The stunning Blake Lively wins the Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Hottest Woman on Planet Earth Award™. Congratulations Blake!!!! Thank you for blessing us with the bliss of your presence!!!!

I chose Blake because she's has many special qualities — she's hot, a very talented actress, intelligent, and seems like a very kind person. It's a rare combination. She also comes across as down to earth. I believe Blake's a good role model for all women.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Eric Anderson Nabs SL6 All Around Creativity Award!!!!

Eric Chase Anderson wins the Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award for All Round Creativity because he possesses rare gifts as an illustrator, writer (Chuck Dugan is AWOL) and most recently as the voice of Kristofferson in Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Originally, I planned to give Eric the SL6 Book Award for Chuck Dugan is AWOL but I got delayed. I then ended up going to Fantastic Mr. Fox, directed by Eric's brother Wes. Lo and behold there's Eric name up along side George Clooney's, Meryl Streep's, Bill Murray's and Owen Wilson's!!!!!! I was impressed. The movie was excellent and Eric was great as Kristofferson, one of the young foxes! He held own with some of the best actors in the world.

Anyways, because of Eric's role in Fantastic Mr. Fox I decided to expand the award to take into account all of Eric's talents. Please don't forget to check out his wonderful book Chuck Dugan is AWOL. This “novel with maps” chronicles the adventures of the 18-year-old Chuck Dugan as he attempts to find treasure and fix his family. It’s an original story and a real cliffhanger. I read it in one sitting which is very, very rare for me. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

AND most importantly Eric is a modest person who hasn't let the fame go to his head.

Congratulations Eric!!!

Chuck Dugan is AWOL
A Talk With Eric Anderson
The Anderson Boys Grew Up in Texas
New York Times

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Primus Wins The Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award for their Incredible Music Videos

I was turned on to Primus's videos by an old college buddy Dave Lefkowitz (also an SL6 Winner, 5/9/08 ), who just happened to be their manager. I remember when he first introduce me to those guys back in the 80's, they were playing in small bars in San Francisco. Initially, I was unimpressed but by the time the hit the stage at Woodstock in '94 they were one of the best acts. I must say it was a treat to be 3 feet away from Les Claypool on stage. Incredible energy. No one can handle a bass like Les. They're great performers.

I love Primus's music videos. They are one of the only bands who made cool videos. In general music videos tend to be weak, I find them to be too commercialized and poorly filmed. However, Primus managed to put together some really creative pieces. These videos never received enough attention in the mainstream media, thus the award. Congratulations to Les Claypool, Larry "Ler" LaLonde, Tim "Herb" Alexander, the production team and Dave Lefkowitz (manager) for their much deserved Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™.

Southbound Pachyderm

My Name is Mud

Mark Kohr, Director

Wynona's Big Brown Beaver

Les Claypool, Director, Raub Shapiro, Producer

The Devil Goes Down to Georgia


Les Claypool


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sharon Jenkins Wins SL6 for Her Handmade Soaps.

Buy this soap, it great!!!

I'm not one to get excited about soap but these are really the best smelling. They come in cool colors too.

Congratulations Sharon!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dafna Tal Wins Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™ for Bridging the Divide

Dafna Tal wins the Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™ for her project Bridging the Divide. Dafna is an incredibly passionate woman who has undertaken the task of changing how interactions between Palestinians and Israelis are covered by the news media. Rather than focus on violence like the mainstream media, she decided to tell the stories of Israelis and Palestinians who live and work together in peace. Through her work as a peace activist and multimedia storytelling, she has also been able to forge positive relationships between Palestinians and Israelis. Her work is important because it has created a new perspective on life in the Middle East. I feel this is a significant development in media because there is an over emphasis on coverage of death and destruction and doom and gloom. I am happy one young journalist is willing to try to create a more balanced view of the situation.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Kesang Marstrand Wins Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™ for her Beautiful Music

I was at TibetFest and tipped off by Sonam Zoksang that a wonderful musician, Kesang Marstrand, was about to play…….Wow! What an incredible voice!!!!!!! Kesang could win American Idol… the very least be in the top 10.

Check out her new album out, Bodega Rose and see for yourself........

6 GOLD STAR AWARD™, STEVE LEHMAN 6 GOLD STAR AWARD™, steve lehman, TibetFest, Goshen, CT, Connecticut, new york, NY, Tibet, Kesang Marstrand, folk music, music, music awards

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Terrence Howard Wins Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™ for Standing Up for His Rights As An Artist.

Terrence is in a dispute with the executives of Iron Man 2 over his contract and has bravely spoken out about it.

Terrence I love you for standing up to those greedy people who cheated you. You’re a great actor and deserve to be in Iron Man 2. Stuff like that has happened to me a million times. I cannot stand people with no honor.

If you are being treated unfairly fight back (from Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump, Chapter 2, pgs. 58-59).

Terrence Howard Cheated By Iron Man Executives

Terence Howard on IMDB

Terrence Howard on Wikipedia

Monday, April 20, 2009

Marshall Curry Nabs SL6™ For The Priceless Footage of Sharpe James’ Campaign Spokesman.

Marshall Curry, the Director of Street Fight, wins the Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™ for his priceless footage of Rich McGrath, Sharpe James’ Campaign Spokesperson. Street Fight is an excellent political documentary about the Newark, NJ election for mayor. In the film Marshall managed to get this great footage of Rich McGrath, admitting he thought Sharpe James’ treatment of the press was embarrassing (the footage starts 29 minutes and 53 seconds into the film).

As a person with a lot of experience dealing with handlers and PR types, etc., I loved the moment and spontaneously gave Marshall the SL6™ that he deserved. I can’t stand public officials who restrict access to the media and this footage was such a perfect “blank off.” It’s very hard to capture something like that film.

Marshall Curry Productions

Street Fight on Netflix

Street Fight on Ironweed Films

Marshall Curry on IMDB

Marshall Curry Professional Biography

Producer, Director, Editor, Director of Photography

Marshall Curry was the director, producer, director of photography, and editor of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, STREET FIGHT.

STREET FIGHT won numerous awards, including the Audience Awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, AFI/Discovery SilverDocs Festival, and Hot Docs Festival. It also received the Jury Prize for Best International Documentary at Hot Docs and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award. In 2006 it was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy.

The critically praised film was called “extraordinary” by David Denby (The New Yorker), “vastly entertaining” by John Anderson (Variety), and “filmmaking of the first order” by Scott Foundas (L.A. Weekly).

In 2005 Marshall was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of "25 New Faces of Independent Film", and he was awarded the International Documentary Association (IDA) Jacqueline Donnet Filmmaker Award.

In 2007 he received the International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes.

He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Duke, NYU, and other colleges, and he has served on juries for the International Documentary Association and Hot Docs Film Festival.

Before making STREET FIGHT, Marshall worked for a number of years as a Senior Producer at Icon Nicholson, a New York multimedia design firm, where he produced and directed interactive documentaries and websites for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others.

Independently, he has shot, edited, and directed a number of short films including THE DAY THE INDIANS WON, (for the Rainforest Foundation US), which tells the story of the Panará Indians in Brazil who successfully won back their land, and NEGRIL ELEMENTARY, (for the Rockhouse Foundation), which chronicles an education project in Jamaica.

Prior to filmmaking, Marshall taught English in Guanajuato, Mexico, worked in public radio, and taught government in Washington DC.

He is a graduate of Swarthmore College where he studied Comparative Religion and was a Eugene Lang Scholar. He was also a Jane Addams Fellow at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, where he wrote about the history, philosophy, and economics of non-profits.