Ralph Ziman art car

D7F8AFEA-B64D-4B27-8A19-C7E204182221.jpegRalph is a film maker and activist from South Africa. I met him at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2008 or 2009. I liked his film “Jerusalema” about a tenant revolt and especially the soundtrack. We briefly corresponded on the fact that the soundtrack for his film deserved an audience in the U.S.

Quickly last night, while my wife had already retired, I found a link to him that included a short film or trailer about someone painting up a battle tank to look like indigenous African art.

and1: reminds me of the time I went to a screening of Harrod Blank film about Art Cars at Roxie Theatre and I asked during the QandA if he had contacted General Motors about the possibility that cars would some day be sold direct from factory to dealer to customer with just a primer coat and not the typical sealed acrylic coating, so that artists and hobbyists could turn their car direct to art. Later when someone was making a film about the film opening, or a news crew was there, the producer asked to interview me as man in the lobby and Harrod, who I had never met, cautioned me about not sounding too wack. Brian Moore and I used to send fan letters to Harrod’s father, Les Blank. I bought Brian a personal copy of “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe” — speaking of films about films — direct from Les at Flower Films in El Cerrito — when Brian left The Kennedy School at Harvard to move to SF and pursue film as a career (He had made a doc at Darmtough, “Army Green” about the return of ROTC and majored in drama). Brian later became a neuropathologist and now lives in Denver with wife and two kids. (I left the typo for “Dartmouth” because it is “darm” “tough” to succed in anything, especially film).

More on Ralph as their is world enough and time, lwatcdr.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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