Colorado Creatives

Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Chris Bagley

#30: Chris Bagley

Filmmaker/videographer Chris Bagley studies the fringe artists of Denver and beyond, embedding himself in DIY culture concerns to create documentary portraits of musicians as well as music videos, including Wesley Willis's Joyrides, a 2008 doc about the late savant musician that he co-directed with Westword MasterMind Kim Shively and, more recently, Wheelchair Sports Camp’s "Dance Off” video. Bagley is now exercising his experimental side in creating a video installation for Rule Gallery’s upcoming Marfa outpost in Texas. Where will he take his camera next? Learn more about Chris Bagley as he answers the 100CC questionnnaire.

Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Chris Bagley: Jim Henson planned to open a nightclub in the late ’60s that would've had floor-to-ceiling projections synced to music with go-go dancers. I wish I could go back in time and help make his dream a reality!

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

As a vegetarian, I'm fascinated by the people growing trash meat from stem cells.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year? 

It's not a trend, but I've heard stories about artists like Stan Brakhage dying because of exposure to toxic art supplies, so my hope is that we can continue to make progress toward better materials.

What's your day job?

Almost any kind of video and photo work.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

Some monetary limitations in my art force me to be more creative. With that said, I would love to work on a space elevator.

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Establish an art camp in a re-created Drop City!

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

There are so many people doing amazing work right now, that it's really hard to single out one person. I would love to give a shout-out to the people supporting art by buying it!

What's on your agenda in the coming year?

I have two documentaries that I'm working on: One is about Kalyn Heffernan from Wheelchair Sports Camp, and the other is about Avery Rains from Mr. Pac-Man. I'm also in the process of developing a chat show involving the creative community. That show will likely end up airing on CPT12. 

Who do you think will get noticed in the local arts community in 2015? 

Hopefully, anyone on the show. I'm putting together people for season one right now.  

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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