Elk Mound by Chris Mars
Minneapolis (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 14 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 12th 2pm
Drama / Horror
A low-on-luck man takes a house-sitting gig in a small factory town. Soon laid off, bored and lonely, a childhood love of science and naturalism is stirred by an incredible discovery. Elk Mound, the 8th film by renown visual artist Chris Mars, speaks of the confluence of unemployment, isolation, latent passions stirred, and mental illness.
Told in a the artist's signature visual style, live action is set within a unique surrealist environment built of reality, fantasy and texture.
Films by Chris Mars have screened at many of the world's most prestigious festivals and museums including Sundance, SXSW, Starz Denver, Chicago, Florida, Maryland, Jerusalem, Mauvais Genre and Montreal International Film Festivals, as well as New York's Museum of Modern Art and Halle St. Pierre in Paris. Mars's debut monograph, Tolerance was published in 2008, with its follow due for release in 2015. His paintings are continually exhibited the world over, and housed in numerous public collections.
Mars' work - regardless of medium - seeks to raise awareness and sensitivity toward society's so-called fringe members including the mentally ill, the socially or politically oppressed, the misunderstood, the misfit, the outsider. Heavily influenced by the plight of his brother Joe, who was diagnosed with Schizophrenia when the artist was a small child, Mars's work uses a refined blend of realism, fantasy, misdirect and detail to encourage dialog, hope and greater empathy toward those deemed 'different' for any number of superfluous reasons.
To learn more about the artist and his work, visit www.chrismarspublishing.com
Christopher Edward "Chris" Mars is an American artist and musician. He was the drummer for the seminal Minneapolis alternative rock band The Replacements and later joined the informal super group Golden Smog before beginning a solo career.