Premiere: Adam Kimmel and Leelee Sobieski’s First Film

Published December 7, 2011




Watch the premiere of DAN ATTOE MAKES A PAINTING and fall into the live-action world of artist Dan Attoe’s mind, beast brawls and all. The project was a commission by Adam Kimmel, whose Paris presentations have previously celebrated the Beat poets and featured over-the-top “realistic” masks modeled after George Condo’s paintings. “I was so impressed that Dan rode his trike for hours on end in the 40-degree freezing rain wearing my jeans and motorcycle jacket,” Kimmel told Interview of the Portland-based mixed media artist. “We were all freezing, but Dan never said a word.”

“Float down a river, drink some whisky and then disappear,” repeats Attoe before entering the fantastical verdant display of the five minute film. “We shot him over the course of two days in his home and on his trike in the mystical mountain moss of the Pacific Northwest,” said Kimmel of the protagonist, Attoe.

This is the first time collaboration for its co-directors, fashion designer Adam Kimmel and his wife, actress Leelee Sobieski, Kimmel’s Fall/Winter 2011 line, the designer says, was an interpretation of Attoe’s world which ultimately featured prints for T-shirts and scarves. “Dan is my favorite kind of artist,” says Kimmel. “He is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever met and he’s also one of the nicest.”