This is the American Dream rising out of Paint and I-phones
Genre: Artistic Documentary Film
Rating: Not Rated Yet – most likely PG
Directed by: Mark Knudson
Story by: Willard Snow and Mark Knudson
Cast: Willard Snow, Jon Anderson(Yes), Mark Schulman(Pink), Johnny Romeo, A/C Alexander,
Produced by: Mark Knudson, and Michael Canyon Drebert
Filming: Southern California
Filming Wrap: Spring, 2020
Release Date: Film Festivals; 2021
Length: 89 minutes
“Armed with just his talent, some paint and an iphone, follow Willard Snow as he attempts to open an art gallery, while painting giant guitar sculptures, real drums, guitars, and large portraits of Rock Star Legends. This is the American Dream rising out of paint and iPhones.”
Many years in the making, this is a true story filmed as it happened. I wanted to put Willard’s beautiful art on the screen as it was being created, set to great rock music, while digging into the issues of talented, capable artists facing obstacles to success. During filming, some very interesting events surfaced that extended the filming. I realized that this story was developing a life of its own. Also, the great original music we found for the film sound-track kept us inspired.
After the investor fallout, when they got the new location for the gallery show gala with the musicians, it seemed Willard and John Felix were on their way. Yet more obstacles popped up. The story kept unfolding before my eyes, so I kept filming and editing. Making this film has been a great experience, heartbreaking at times, and will hopefully inspire other artists around the globe.
The focus of Legends and Idols is creativity; a big subject that encompasses whatever I want to explore. This website will be heavy on art and music but will navigate the variety of imaginative projects that people conceive, fabricate, construct, perform, and generate. I am Willard Snow I draw, paint, and sculpt. I work at my computer mixing up photos and art, filtering and mashing it all together. My insatiable curiosity drives me to continually scope out my surroundings for inspiring people and ideas. I create and I talk about what others create because that is what is important to me.
The execution of the Legends and Idols portraits was catalyzed by the suggestion of a friend. I say catalyzed because all the ingredients were ready, mixed, and waiting to be actualized. The portraits are a synthesis or convergence of my love of music, my regard for the poster art of the 60’s, my education and appreciation for fine art printmaking.
“At heart I am an abstract artist experimenting with patterns, textures, and forms that have been catalogued in my sub- consciousness throughout a lifetime.”W. Snow