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Monday, Jan 13, 2014

‘Arts Across America’ film delays explained

Amid complaints by a featured artist, the creators say they’re working hard to get the documentary going

By Kinsee Morlan
Blake Byers (left) and Andrew Fisher Blake Byers (left) and Andrew Fisher

Art Across America, a proposed documentary film spearheaded by San Diegans Blake Byers and Andrew Fisher, got a lot of attention last spring and summer. Through features on local television news and magazines, plus an appearance on The Price is Right, the team touted the film's snappy tagline: "One feature-length documentary following three artists on one train through 12 cities; over 4,000 miles in six weeks." The goal of the film was to travel to major cities and teach art to children in hopes of shedding light on the decline of arts education in public schools.

Artists to be included on the tour were Byers and San Diego artists Carrie Anne Hudson, Jason Feather and Monty Montgomery. The filmmakers raised close to $3,000 in an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign.

Last week, though, Hudson posted a note on Facebook saying she was leaving the project due to long delays and a lack of communication from the filmmakers.

"Although I highly believe in the cause, I have lost all faith in this particular project and especially trust in those in charge," Hudson said in a follow-up message to CityBeat, explaining that one of her former art teachers had donated $2,000 and had been inquiring about the money.

Byers responded to Hudson's post by releasing a video on Facebook. In it and during a conversation with CityBeat, he explained that the project is evolving, more funding was being secured and the exact timeline for the project is uncertain. What is certain, he said, is that the film will be finished.

"I want to reassure you that this documentary will be made," he said. "And all the funds that have been raised will go toward making it."


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