- Directed by: Dawn Smallman, and Greg Snider, Far Away Films, LLC and Vanessa Renwick
- Produced by: Dawn Smallman, and Greg Snider, Far Away Films, LLC and Vanessa Renwick
While confined to a psychiatric ward at age 50, Richard “Richart” Tracy made this discovery: “If you want to get out of the hospital – start making art like this. They will get rid of you - fast!" Seventeen years later, he’s turned three residential lots into a massive maze of his artistic, sculptural visions. A true, original thinker, Richart's genius turns your waste into his inspiration. "Out of your garbage, I become you!" This documentary takes a trip through his yard, art, methods and his mind. Wait until you see what he keeps in his basement!
"Directors Renwick and Smallman hit the cinematic jackpot when finding the subject for their documentary, Richart. This short is culled from a yearlong study of front yard artist Rich Art, who has transformed his Centralia, WA home into an overwhelming black and white blur of found and sculptural art. Much like the recently deceased folk artist Howard Finster, Rich is a powderkeg of eccentricities--including an obsession with the number "five"--that are hilariously revealed as he takes film crew and guests on a tour of the grounds. By the end, Renwick and Smallman have accomplished the goal of every good documentarian; to treat their subject with loving respect, and make you wish there were a lot more people like Rich."
-Wm. Steven Humphrey, Portland Mercury