60 Writers / 60 Places
60 Writers / 60 Places, a film by Luca Dipierro and Michael Kimball, is about writers and their writing occupying untraditional spaces, everyday life, everywhere. It begins with the idea of the tableaux vivant, a living picture where the camera never moves, but the writers read a short excerpt of their work instead of silently holding their poses. There is Blake Butler reading in a subway, Deb Olin Unferth in a Laundromat, Jamie Gaughran-Perez in a beauty salon, Tita Chico in a dressing room, Gary Lutz at the botantical gardens, Will Eno in a park, Tao Lin next to a hot dog cart, and Rick Moody on a baseball field. The writer and the writing go on no matter what is going on around them.
This film won the International Literary Film Festival award in 2011 for a documentary short film about literature (for films shorter than 60 minutes). The film was screened at the International Literary Film Festival in NYC, November 2011.
Trailer #1, Blaster Al Ackerman / Red Room.
Trailer #2, Blake Butler / Subway Car.
Trailer #3: Gary Lutz / Botanical Gardens.
Luca Dipierro is an illustrator, animator and writer living in Portland, OR. He is the author of the book of fictions Biscotti Neri, published in Italy by Madcap, and of the art zine DAS DING. His stories and drawings have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The New York Tyrant, Gigantic, Locus, Everyday Genius, No Colony, PANK, Harp & Altar, and The Sages of Baltimore. His art has been exhibited in Europe and the USA, and appears regularly on CD, LP, and book covers. Currently, Dipierro is working with writer Leni Zumas (who is also his partner in life) on a full-length animated film called Until I Find It. Dipierro’s work has been called “a perfect balance between creepy and charming” (The Huffington Post) and “sad and beautiful” (L Magazine).
Michael Kimball is the author of three novels, including Dear Everybody (which The Believer calls “a curatorial masterpiece”) and, most recently, Us (which was named to Oprah’s Reading List). His work has been on NPR’s All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as The Guardian, Bomb, and New York Tyrant, and has been translated into a dozen languages. He is also responsible for Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard), a couple of documentaries, the 510 Readings, and the conceptual pseudonym Andy Devine. His new novel, Big Ray, will be published by Bloomsbury in late 2012.
Writers featured in this film