Colorado Creatives

Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Evan Mann

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

I have no idea...perhaps those cave painters in Lascaux, so I could show them what they started.

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

Three people have been on my mind. Two are my favorite filmmakers: Andrew Thomas Huang and Michael Langan. Their video work is incredible; please look them up. The third person -- I am not sure if he actually exists. Let me explain: There is a Green Day song titled "Good Riddance," and everyone knows it: Something unpredictable, but in the end its right, I hope you had the time of your life. Well, I heard this rumor that the song was inspired by one of the members of the band, who left the world to quietly join an Eastern Orthodox monastery in Arizona called St. Anthony's. 

Supposedly, he is one of the greeters at the monastery and has scars on his hands and neck where his tattoos were lasered off (the lyrics in the song even allude to this). I have tried to research the truth of this story, but have been unable to find any evidence. The story, whether true or not, fascinates me. The person in the story is one I would like to meet, because nobody leaves one of the twentieth century's most famous bands to become nobody in the desert of Arizona. I plan to visit St. Anthony's in July to find the truth.

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