Tod Dockstader was one of the most important contributors to the art of the late 20th century in the United States. As he worked on commercial and educational projects for a variety of clients he quietly explored the limits of recorded sound. A willful and warm collaborator with other artists, he continued producing new sound works even as his mind was fading from Alzheimer's.
Excerpt from documentary feature prepared for a Dockstader concert and symposium in Berlin, Germany.
The Secret Universe of Paul Laffoley
Filmed from early 2012 until weeks before his death in late 2015, this portrait of the american visionary artist Paul Laffoley follows the digressive course of Paul's thoughts from his earliest self-produced lectures and talks about his work to his preparation for the publication of the first monograph about his art. Using extensive 'fly on the wall' interviews and rare archival video footage, the film minimizes the use of talking heads and emotive statements, allowing the viewer to experience Paul Laffoley in his own words.