COLLAGE OF MEM­ORY

IN THE SE­CRET LIFE OF LANCE LETSCHER, LAUDED FILM EDI­TOR SAN­DRA ADAIR FOL­LOWS THE ARTIST AS HE TAKES ON A SOCO MU­RAL.

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In The Se­cret Life of Lance Letscher, lauded film edi­tor San­dra Adair fol­lows the artist as he takes on a SoCo Mu­ral.

When Os­car-nom­i­nated film edi­tor San­dra Adair first met Austin collage artist Lance Letscher, she im­me­di­ately felt com­pelled to tell his story. “There’s some­thing about the way he can find pieces that speak to him,” says Adair, “lit­tle tiny pieces that at­tract him, and he cuts them out and makes some­thing larger with a whole other in­tent for the ma­te­rial. It’s so akin to what I do as a film edi­tor.”

And so Adair, a long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor of Richard Lin­klater’s, de­cided to make her di­rec­to­rial debut by fol­low­ing Letscher for sev­eral months at a piv­otal time, as he pre­pared to take a huge depar­ture from his in­tri­cate work with pa­per to cre­ate Big Eye, a metal out­door mu­ral on the side of the South Congress Books build­ing.

“We just don’t know the artists that live among us,” says Adair, who sees Letscher—an in­ter­na­tion­ally shown artist—as some­what of a hid­den Austin trea­sure. “I don’t know how many peo­ple that ac­tu­ally live here know about Lance and the work that he does. I know as an Aus­ti­nite, I didn’t,” says Adair.

Af­ter pre­mier­ing the 90-minute doc­u­men­tary, which fea­tures mu­sic by Austin’s Gra­ham Reynolds, to rave re­views at South by South­west in March, Adair hopes the film can be dis­trib­uted to wider au­di­ences. “It’s im­por­tant to tell those sto­ries, and bring them to the fore­front of peo­ple’s con­scious­ness,” she says. lanceletscher­doc.com

“WE JUST DON’T KNOW THE ARTISTS THAT LIVE AMONG US.” —SAN­DRA ADAIR

clock­wise from top left: Anx­ious As­tro­naut, a collage by Lance Letscher; San­dra Adair pre­pares to in­ter­view Letscher for the doc­u­men­tary; a de­tail of Letscher’s Big Eye mu­ral; ma­te­rial for Big Eye; in the artist’s stu­dio; Letscher at work on Big Eye.

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