a documentary series by artists about artists in action

Artists Engaged
is a series of weekly episodes chronicling the work artists throughout the U.S. are doing in their communities and in response to the dynamics of the world. This includes brief profiles of artists in their words, video montages of murals, and collaborative music around the country. The initial episode will be made freely streamable on Vimeo June 20th. 

This work has developed out of years of perpetual touring by peripatetic artists Thollem and ACVilla, who have lived on the road with their work continuously since 2008. Zigzagging the U.S. (except during the height of the pandemic), they have been performing and participating in a wide variety of artists communities and centers including libraries, concert halls, independent radio stations, film houses, major museums, DIY spots, universities, jazz clubs, rock clubs, squats, art galleries and more.
Without a home to return to, this lifestyle and creative practice naturally creates opportunities to spend significant time within a spectrum of artistic communities. They have utilized these opportunities to document and collaborate with artists across disciplines as well as with many of the people behind the scenes, developing a unique insight into inner workings, intentions and philosophies of the creators engaged in myriad ways. Throughout this time, Thollem and ACVilla continue to document the work of others, both visually and through interviews and journals, covering a wide swath of those involved in making things happen.

Through Artists Engaged weekly series, viewers become part of an overflowing spring of positivity, perseverance and empowerment.

Murals of Nani Chacon 
is a related feature-length film directed by ACVilla that focuses on this Diné/Chicana artist and her large scale public works that ACVilla collected while traveling with Thollem throughout the US.

We have created a crowd-funding page for anyone who would like to support and engage in the work as it’s created. Contact us if you prefer another method.

ABOUT our duo as Thollem/ACVilla:
As artists, we have lived on the road with our work continuously since 2008 zigzagging the U.S. (except during the height of the pandemic), performing and participating in a wide variety of artistic centers from libraries to concert halls, independent radio stations, film houses, major museums, DIY spots, universities, jazz clubs, rock clubs, squats, art galleries and more. Without a home to return to, this lifestyle and creative practice naturally creates opportunities to spend significant time within a spectrum of artistic communities. We have utilized these opportunities to document and collaborate with artists across disciplines as well as all the people behind the scenes, creating a unique insight into inner workings, intentions and philosophies of the arts engaged in myriad ways.

 

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