Richart
2001, 23 minutes, SD video

synopsis:
A tour through the mind of obsessive collagist and front yard artist Richard Tracy. While confined to a psychiatric ward at age 50, "Richart" Tracy made this discovery: "If you want to get out of the hospital - start making art like this. They will get rid of you - fast!"  Seventeen years later, he's turned three residential lots into a massive black and white maze of his visions. This documentary takes a trip through his yard, art, methods and his mind. Wait until you see what he keeps in his basement!

credits:
score by The Topiary Kings
co-directed with Dawn Smallman
edit: Greg Snider
cinematography: Vanessa Renwick, Bill Daniel, Dawn Smallman & Greg Snider

awards:
2009 Fargo Film Festival - Honorable Mention : Documentary Short
Microcinefest 2002- Grand Jury Award: Best Documentary
NW Film & Video Festival 2002 "Best of Festival" touring show
2nd Place Black Maria Film & Video Festival 2002
1st PlacePeripheral Produce Invitationals 2001   

review:
"This time Vanessa Renwick's search for the ultimate freakishness of real-life has hit the motherlode- and transcended. "Richart" is a hugely engrossing portrait of an artist whose brilliant eccentricities and habitual art-making resound with chilling depth and awesome, reverberant beauty." 
-Todd Haynes