Feature documentary, THE SECRET LIFE OF LANCE LETSCHER, follows Austin-based, internationally known, collage artist Lance Letscher as he prepares for two gallery exhibitions of his intricately designed paper collage as well as his momentous departure from paper to metal as he creates a large outdoor mural in the hip business district of South Congress Avenue. This opportunity, challenge, and potential new direction in his art takes him from antiquarian book stores to flea markets and junk yards across Texas in search of old signage, tins, and even discarded toys as sources of color and patina for this very high-profile, public work of art. In his studio we are privy to his private space where work tables are piled high with collected materials and tools of his craft: exacto knives, letters, the pages of old children’s books made intriguing by innocent marks and scribbles, album covers, 1940’s store catalogs, magazines, and rare book covers. While he guides us through the process of meticulous cutting, gluing and layering to create his marvelous handcrafted compositions, in which the written word, memory, and color collide, he reveals his thoughts about art and life. Letscher, a master colorist whose art can be seen in both museums and major collections throughout the world, is a charismatic character: articulate, likable, funny and intense. Through interviews with collectors, fellow artists, art critics and friends, along with Lance’s own anecdotal stories and biographical details, it becomes apparent that this artist is as complex as his pieces. The art landscape of both South Congress, and the greater Austin area, past and present, puts this upcoming addition of Lance Letscher’s metal mural into context and serves as a backdrop for The Secret Life of Lance Letscher.
About the Filmmakers
SANDRA ADAIR (Director | Producer)
Sandra Adair, A.C.E. is an award winning feature film editor who resides in Austin, Texas. Adair has enjoyed an ongoing artistic collaboration with film director Richard Linklater, has edited 18 films for him over the past 22 years, some of which include cult classicDazed and Confused, the 2012 comedyBernie and the critically acclaimedBefore trilogy. In 2014 Adair was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Editing for Boyhood. Other accolades include winning the American Cinema Editor’s Eddie Award for best edited dramatic feature for Boyhood in 2015 and winning Best Edited Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival in Wurmfeld. Adair is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and American Cinema Editors.
KAREN BERNSTEIN (Consulting Producer)
Karen Bernstein’s body of work as a producer has been screened around the world at over 100 international film festivals, including Sundance and Berlin. Her upcoming documentary, RIchard Linklater, Dream Is Destiny, that she co-directed and produced will premiere at Sundance in 2016.
She has received an Emmy award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series for her work on Ella Fitzgerald – Something to Live For in 1999. She then received a Grammy award for producing Lou Reed – Rock and Roll Heart in 1998. Bernstein has received notoriety for her role as a series producer for American Masters.
KRISTI FRAZIER (Producer)
Kristi has produced and marketed a multitude of creative projects and entities. She recently completed the feature documentary, “A Single Frame,” with producer Ginger Sledge (Everybody Wants Some, Bernie). In 2014, Kristi produced feature documentary, “Wrenched, The Legacy of The Monkey Wrench Gang” and was a commercial animation producer for many years at the celebrated Celluloid Studios, working on iconic national commercials for top advertising agencies.
JASON GAMBLE HARTER (director of photography)
Jason Gamble Harter graduated from the University of Texas in 2009 with a degree in Radio-Television-Film with a focus on cinematography. He entered the film industry and worked on a variety of high-level productions like international commericals, major network television shows, and studio feature films. Jason has also worked as a freelance cinematographer on narratives, documentaries, shorts, and music videos. His work has been featured on NBC, MTV, Discovery Channel, and in film festivals like the L.A. Shorts Fest, SXSW, and Austin Film Festival.