OTHER LIVES, BENDS IN THE ROAD, AND WHAT-IFs (An Alternate-Universe Novel by Rick Schmidt).
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by Rick Schmidt
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About the Book
In his college days (1968), he regrettably declined to take up a life-changing offer to join an Oregon commune he visited while hitchhiking. He could have remained there, they offered, built his own free log cabin––no more Oakland, California rent/bills––eaten for free while helping at their expansive vegetable garden, working only “when his spirit moved him to do so.” Schmidt explains in this first “Alternate Universe” story how that hasty decision would probably have cost him contact with his young children. And it certainly would have interrupted his ongoing art career. Without attending a video class at the California College of the Arts, he probably would not have gone on to write/direct/shoot/produce independent feature films, along with the urge to write his classic, Viking Penguin how-to, “FEATURE FILMMAKING AT USED-CAR PRICES, which kicked off the Hollywood careers of Kevin Smith (CLERKS), Eduardo Sanchez (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT), and superstar Vin Diesel.
Rick Schmidt has been creating films since the seventies and "Sticky Wicket" is his 26th feature. His films have been screened in film festivals around the world, including Sundance's Dramatic Competition (Grand Jury Prize nomination), Slamdance, Rotterdam, Berlin International, New Directors/New Films, the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and has received critical praise from top film critics. Schmidt is also author of "Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices" which is considered "The Bible" of fledgling filmmakers and has been credited with influencing filmmakers Kevin Smith, Vin Diesel, Tom DiCillo and others. His "Extreme DV" (Penguin/Random House Books, 2004) is for the digital filmmaker who has an improv story to tell. Since 1995 his "Feature "Workshops" have helped dozens of aspiring filmmakers to make their first feature film, and their "Chetzemoka's Curse" has been certified Dogme #10 by internationally acclaimed Dogme 95 filmmakers Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.