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"Here at the Hall of Crazy Women, we don’t discriminate. In fact, we embrace and celebrate all forms of craziness."This is an official petition that this blog never be taken down. That it always provides us with a grammatically challenged analysis of why Brooke Hogan cuts her jeans into buttless chaps. That the writers constantly update us with the latest news on Demi, Tyra, Ms. Taylor, Sherri, Natasha and all the Queens of Crazy. What a delightful dose of mental to go with our morning coffee. Via: The Hall of Crazy Women (and special thanks to Bronwyn for tipping us off)
Director Adam Humphreys, photo by Jonathan BlackWhy Franz Otto? He's like Paul Bunyan. Half "The Best Ever" and half "The Ultimate Embodiment of Badass". I first read about him on this website called, "The Tree Planter Hall of Fame". My goal was to find him and understand what it was about him that made him legendary. It seemed like he was bigger than tree planting, bigger than reality and a part of me was very drawn to him. He seemed like a comic book hero. I started pursued him through message boards online. After a while I quit my job and focused on filming him. I returned to New York, worked for two months in the store and then, went back to Canada and my friend Peter Le and I drove around for three weeks interviewing people. I edited the film back in New York while working at the store. What happened when you finally got in contact with Franz? It was strange. He was flattered, kind of ambivalent. I was scared and nervous. He picked me up in a taxi in Prince George [where he was planting trees] and we got drunk together. The next day, I threw up out the side of his truck while he was driving out to the block so that I could film him planting. How did it feel to make your first film being somewhat of a rookie? The hardest part was realizing that I could not make this searing and incredible "film of my dream." I originally told Franz, 'I want to make a film about you' over the phone. Someone had given me his number via email saying that they wanted to see [Franz] immortalized on film. Are you happy with the documentary? Yeah. I feel as though the film is actually a journey of discovery where as more films set out to relate something they already known or provide an argument. To me the film is about the legend and an impossible world view, desiring a better, more interesting world and self.
"Our documentary focuses on a lot of people who started the industry back in the 1970s, old men saying anti-corporate shit. It's about the subculture and it's folk hero."And so you are married now and living in New York, how does your tree planting life survive? Some of my best friends come from planting. I have people that come through [New York] and stay with me, but I also have "no future" so I always plan on going back to tree planting to pay bills and break things up in my life. My wife doesn't like it because I go away for a long time. I can only call her once every week or so when we are in the bush camps. I suck at working real jobs though. I always get fired or quit. Tree planting makes sense to me. So, tree planting is something for the unemployable? It's for misfits, drug addicts, weirdos, incompetent people, French Canadians. It's like Burning Man, you know, "travelers" and philosophical backpackers, sport jocks who "live to climb mountains and do karate"and artists who hate commerce. Yann Martel and Gavin McInnes were tree planters. Do people get laid while tree planting? Yes, almost everybody. They usually hire a fair balance of men and women. People who would never get laid outside of a tree planting camp get laid. Getting laid is usually based on status. Everyone is dirty [literally]. People only get to shower once a week, they sweat all day and are covered in dirt. Did you ever have any wilderness hook ups? No, I always had a serious girlfriend so, I just observed. Things happened that seemed really incredible and terrible at the time, but not so much anymore like being injured, having your tent flood, bugs, bears, bad food and interpersonal conflict. You don't strike me as someone who fits into the tree planting world. Well, I am angry. I hate society. I like experiencing physical pain and I have a problem with authority. Franz Otto, Ultimate Highballer will screen at Chelsea's PPOW Gallery on December 11th at 8pm. In addition to the film, the space will host photograph's from Sarah Anne Johnson's "Tree Planting Series" 2004.