DAMAGED / GOODS Jun, 16th 2017
Best known for his photographic work, specializing in celebrity advertisement and fine art, CA born and raised Patrick Hoelck describes himself as a "Street Kid looking for something to do."
"My first childhood memory was a desire to make a movie, I made a ton of 16mm then Digital Video films with friends learning what I could, then music videos , commercials then finally features. Photography came many years later by chance."
Over the course of his successful career, Patrick has had the opportunity to work with some of the best creative minds in the world including Clint Eastwood, Parker Posey, Ice Cube, Vincent Gallo, Emily Blunt, Peter Sarsgaard, Norman Reedus and Dianne Kruger to name a few.
In the very beginning, Patrick noticed that there was always a motion camera on his shoots and always felt he could do more in a day than just walk away with a few photographs.
Patrick's new creative endeavor is called "An Interview", and is a series of 10 minute short films structured like a three act format which the filmmaker describes as "A Journey In Curiosity".
You can follow Patrick Hoelck on Instagram at @patrickhoelck and watch the first series of An Interview at aninterview.tv
AN INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK HOELCK
Aurelien Levitan: Patrick, please tell me how your career as a music video director in the 90's in NYC began?
My girlfriend at the time lived and worked in NYC and she knew a kid named Kevin Bray that was directing videos. She hit him up and asked if Patrick comes out do you think you could find him work? I came and met Kevin and was on set in a matter of weeks. I started in the art department then camera department then moved from lighting and grip into assistant directing then directing at a really fast pace.
Aurelien: How long did you spend developing "An Interview" and how many talents did you get involved before finding who would make the show how you had envisioned it?
Patrick: I'd say we spent a good 2 years going around. We spent a lot of the time with Vice and my friend David Unger until finally getting it off the ground.
Aurelien: The first episodes of "An Interview" involves Norman Reedus, Diane Kruger, Zachary Quinto, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard and Parker Posey. These talents have given many interviews for years. How do you keep your conversations interesting?
Patrick: I like to stick to places that mean something to me. I also found that when you ad an action like boosted boarding with Parker Posey, riding a bike in the snow with Norman Reedus or ballet and chasing down a drone with Dianne Kruger the conversations get very interesting. We don't do canned questions or plug projects. I feel like a lot of interviews have to hit those cords but when you get to move around curiously and avoid a format, I think something fresh comes up every time.
Aurelien: We both started out as a filmmakers then progressively became photographers and now interviewers. What describes you best?
Patrick: I never know how to answer that one. I feel like I enjoy everything that involves expression, cameras, motion, or print. Words, novel, or script are just ingredients in a massive cake.
Aurelien: You've created the app Polaroid Hotel titled after your sold-out book. Are you considering doing a reprint of the book?
Patrick: Not really, I made the app to explore what you can do with the digital world. The commentary part you could never do with a physical book. I have a new project that will definitely have a physical book aspect to it.
Aurelien: How do you see the future of photography as an art form?
Patrick: I think great work always catches the eye, the heart, and the soul. I rarely see great artistic photography, but I am not giving up hope.
Aurelien: With all the creative undertakings you have going on, does the Street Kid now feel satisfied?
Patrick: Simple things seam to satisfy... catching a wave, keeping a meditation ritual, riding a motorcycle, living in the infinite etc.
What's your damage?
Patrick: No idea.