There are moments in art when something pierces right through you. I have tears in my eyes as I write this because I cannot believe someone who wrote something so beautiful as “The Origin of Love”, the epic ballad from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is coming to my festival for our screening.
His prolific career includes heading up the music department and key member of the house band at the (in)famous New York club Squeezebox...did I mention we are also screening that documentary as well? He has scored dozens of films and was nominated for a Grammy for his work on Hedwig…but at the end of the day…he is just an awesome person. Rock musicals are in a genre all their own…and as much as I adore Rocky Horrorand Tommy…there is something just so much more personal with Hedwig…it has a sweet vulnerability and tenderness to it….so while rocking out tremendously… we are still reminded that angst comes from a sincere place. It takes a certain boldness to express feelings you know may very well be rejected by the world at large…but to do so anyways… well, that is just beautiful, in my mind. I believe there is a certain fear of sincerity in modern culture…we have to construct what we think people want from us on social media and this fear is apparent in current pop music and film…Trask’s work is sincere, and in the work I have done in the tenure of my career, that is the bottom line in how I judge the quality of a work of art and how it resonates within myself.
His work speaks from his heart…how do I know? Because I feel it in my own.
Please join us at several events where Mr. Trask will attend at our upcoming event in September!