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, 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

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