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Father Time
Paul Pagano, a World War II veteran and an Italian immigrant, used his decorated Patriotic Bus, (painted red white and blue, like the American flag) to show his gratitude and…
The King of Art
Stephen Hooper, known as "Hoop, the King of Art," is a title that he gave himself since he and others couldn't name a contemporary working artist. In a style all…
The Diva of Kitsch
Kate Pearson has decorated her house, her art car, and everything she can in Bisbee, Arizona where she lives. In a symbiotic relationship with her townfolk, Pearson enjoys entertaining the…
The Penny Man
Steve Baker, known as the "Penny Man," was famous in Tucson, Arizona not only for driving around a penny-covered van, but also for wearing a penny-covered Elvis Presley-style jumpsuit. As…
Play Now Rest Later
This is a portrait of an artist couple, Kiaralinda and Todd, who have not only made their home into art environment (Whimzey, in Safety Harbor Florida) but they also enjoy…
Ripper The Friendly Shark
This is a music video of Tom Kennedy's art car, Ripper The Friendly Shark, cut to his own rock and roll musical performance. Tom's altruistic philosophy, that life should be…
Salvation Mountain
This is a portrait of Leonard Knight who lived a simple secluded life in the desert of Niland California where he created one of the more famous art environments in…
The Drive To Be A Star
This is a portrait of Dennis Woodruff, an actor and self-taught filmmaker in Hollywood who goes about getting work in the most unconventional way. He uses his art car to…

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First Edition Part 2 - Interviews with Authors
First Edition was a weekly interview-style television show that aired for three years in the mid-1980s. Anchored by Nancy Evans and John Leonard in the first season and then by Nancy Evans and Walter Clemons in the second and third season, it was the critically acclaimed first stop for eminent…
First Edition Part 1 - Interviews with Authors
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Wild Wheels
Harrod Blank's comic and revealing exploration of Art Cars -- customized automobiles which reflect the individualistic spirit of their drivers. Traveling across the country in his own wildly decorated VW bug, the filmmaker discovers a memorable cast of real-life characters obsessed with transforming their cars into mobile works of art.…
A Poem is a Naked Person
Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about beloved singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Yet it has not been released until now. Hired by Russell to film him at his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, Blank ended up constructing a…
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Driving the Dream - Art Cars
Harrod Blank, who introduced the world to the art car with his moveable epic Wild Wheels, is back with an in-depth look at the personalities behind these multi-wheeled works of art. This time, he focuses on Gene Pool's "Grass Bus", Harry Sperl's "Hamburger Harley", Hyler Bracey's horn and whistle adorned…