Monday, June 29, 2009
We just got the official Press Release and can't wait to share the news! Kurt Markus will film John Mellancamp on tour this summer armed with two Max 8 Classic Pro Cameras with crystal sync and tons of Pro8mm film. The project will be scanned in native 1080 on our M2 scanner. The test footage we have seen so far looks amazing! We have worked with Markus on Music Videos for Jewel (Goodbye Alice) and we love his camera work and up close and personal technique.
NEWS from Bob Merlis/M.f.h.
606 N. Larchmont Blvd. #102
Los Angeles, CA 90004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KURT MARKUS SETS MELLENCAMP DOCUMENTARY PROJECT
Kurt Markus, whose still work has put him in the front ranks of contemporary American photographers is about to embark on a film project that will document a journey he?ll be taking this summer with John Mellencamp. Markus? extraordinary vision and focus on the American West has earned him critical accolades over the course of his 35 year long career in photography that has seen his work published in Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone, Travel and Leisure, New York Times Magazine, Outside, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue and Best Life as well as overseas outlets. He was recipient of Life Magazine?s Alfred Eisenstaedt Photography Award for his Rolling Stone ?Sports Hall of Fame? shots of triathelete Peter Kotland.
This summer he will accompany Mellencamp with a classic Super 8 camera, capturing him on tour and as he records an album of new songs. Ian Markus, his son, is his assisting cameraman and will film digitally and capture sound. The expectation is that Markus? approach to production will capture the unrefined truth of his experience with Mellencamp over the course of July and August.
Mellencamp will record the album at a variety of historic locations during days off from his forthcoming summer tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Sessions will take place at the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, GA, Sun Studios in Memphis and San Antonio?s Gunter Hotel. Much of the album will be recorded on location using AMPEX 601 tape recorder made in 1951 and an RCA microphone from 1949. At Sun, Mellencamp and a rhythm section will use equipment similar to that which Sam Phillips used when he first recorded Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and the other legendary Sun Records artists. T Bone Burnett, who produced last years critically acclaimed Life Death Love and Freedom is producing No Better Than This as well.
Markus, who was born in Montana and still lives in that state, made his mark in landscape, figure study, celebrity, fashion and travel. Exhibitions of his work have been mounted by the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Hills Gallery, Halsted Gallery, Staley-Wise Gallery, Gallery for Contemporary Photography and Galleria Photology. Markus published several monographs, including After Barbed Wire, Buckaroo, Dreaming Georgia, Boxers, Cowpuncher, and Dune. He has undertaken commercial assignments for Armani, BMW, Sony, Levis, Calvin Klein and Nike.
Staley-Wise Gallery in New York, The Rose Gallery in Los Angelse and Photology in Milan represent Kurt Markus? work.
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John Mellencamp on tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson
July 2 - Sauget, IL - GCS Ballpark
4 - South Bend, IN - Coveleski Stadium
8 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Slugger Field
10 - Dayton, OH - Fifth Third Field
11 - Eastlake, OH - Classic Park
13 - Washington, PA - CONSOL Energy Park
14 - Allentown, PA - Coca Cola Park
15 - New Britain, CT - New Britain Stadium
17 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Exposition Center
18 - Bethel Woods, NY - Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
19 - Syracuse, NY - Alliance Bank Stadium
21 - Pawtucket, RI - McCoy Stadium
23 - Lakewood, NJ - First Energy Park
24 - Aberdeen, MD - Ripkin Stadium
25 - Norfolk, VA - Harbor Park
28 - Durham, NC - Durham Bulls Athletic Park
29 - Simpsonville, SC - Heritage Park Amphitheater
30 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater @ Encore Park
31 - Orange Beach, AL - The Amphitheater at the Wharf
Aug. 2 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavillion
4 - Round Rock, TX - The Dell Diamond
5 - Corpus Christi, TX - Whataburger Field
7 - Grand Prairie, TX - QuikTrip Park
9 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavillion
11 - Glendale, AZ - Camelback Ranch
12 - Lake Elsinore, CA - The Diamond Park
14 - Fresno, CA - Chukchansi Park
15 - Stockton, CA - Banner Island Park