The Fred Project: Documenting an Olympian Patron of the Arts started in spring quarter of the 2011-2012 school year as three undergraduate students from The Evergreen State College program Museum or Mausoleum? The Framing of Art, Culture, and Neuroplasticity cataloging Fred Goldberg’s future art donation to the college. Fred Goldberg is a local businessman and philanthropist with strong connections to The Evergreen State College. He was a member of the Evergreen Foundation’s Board of Governors shortly after its inception and has just been appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees. As the cataloging progressed it became a book including a short history about the collection and short histories about the artists and pieces in the collection. The book will be printed in spring of 2013. While working with Fred and learning about his rich history one of us, Aaron Kish, got the idea to make a documentary about Fred and his life. Breanne Fuller was enthusiastic to continue working on the documentary. So in the fall quarter of the 2012-2013 we started working on the documentary.
The original idea of the film was documenting Fred’s art collection and his contribution to, and influence on, the art community in the Olympia area. But, after working with Fred during the spring, and getting to know him better when we started filming in the fall, we learned that art while a big part of Fred, it is actually a very small part of his life. Fred is actually all about relationships and art is one aspect of his life that has created opportunities for Fred to create connections with people. Thus, fall quarter 2012 was spent interviewing Fred and asking very broad questions to get to know him and his life. Then with around 25 hours of raw footage and a huge new range of topics we learned from the interviews, we spent winter quarter 2012 logging footage and refining the major ideas for the film as well as filming additional interviews. Spring quarter was spent gathering additional interviews with people that Fred has influenced throughout his life and working on editing the footage that has been recorded. Time was also spent planning the direction of the film, future interviews, and what footage needed to be re-shot and where we need more in-depth interviews. The Spring of 2013 was also spent developing a Student Originated Study class to bring a crew on board to help complete the film by Spring of 2014. Each member of the class/crew signed up for a certain position but as is the nature of Evergreen and a SOS class we will all be working together very closely and learning from each other.
The crew and their positions:
Aaron Kish: Producer/Director/Camera/editor/whatever else needs to be done.
Lyle Feinberg: Camera 2/assistant editor/and motion graphics/after effects
Nathan Alexander: Sound recordist/sound editor/sound engineer
Rebecca Rogers: Interviewer/2nd assistant editor/2nd assistant camera/and guessing will want to help with audio as well
Samuel West: Promotion/festival submission/business aspects/4th for camera and editing