Tacoma Urbanist

Jul. 30, 2008 at 12:15am

Teddy Haggarty To Film Frost Chalk Off Documentary?

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Dave L. reports that Teddy Haggarty may film a documentary this Friday, August 1st at this week's Frost Park Chalk Off (Episode XVII).  They met at the Java Jive the other day.

Dave L. Explains:

I ran into Teddy Haggerty yesterday.  He has been in L.A. working on a much-delayed film for a few months, thus didn't know about the Chalk-Off.  I brought him up-to-speed. 

The public-invited aspect of the chalk-off is very much like a "art slam" he does each month where people are invited to help paint on his canvas.  I wondered if he might want to participate, but he immediately had a vision to come film the event and do a documentary. 

Not just the event itself, but put in the context of similar art forms throughout history.   I went over various aspects and angles of the event with Teddy for over an hour.  Teddy has a fair amount of peculiarities (who doesn't? – especially artists) but this could push this the chalk-challenge to a huge new level.  I asked if I should keep it quiet to keep it natural, but he said it's O.K. to tell everyone. 

So when the post is up for this week's event (or earlier) I will post a follow-up.  He plans to have his people film this week, but he still has to talk to his "production team" and see if they are available.  Then next week he has to return to LA for a while.  Teddy (and his brother) have been Tacoma / Lakewood personalities/characters for many, many years.
Dave L.
Dave L. knows a great many things and a great many people.

One never know what will happen at Frost Park.  There have been some great videos from Elle, Adam and Electric Elliot.   However, a documentary film could certainly add something substantial to the Frost Park phenomenon.  We will see if the film crew shows up.  Until then:

See everyone at Frost Park on Friday 

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by tacomachickadee on 7/30/2008 @ 8:20am
Sadly, Elle and Tacomite are herding hordes of teenagers through LA and earthquakes this week. :*(

by NineInchNachos on 7/30/2008 @ 9:25am
Dave L rulez

by Erik on 7/30/2008 @ 10:15am
Dave L rulez

Dave L. always under promises and out performs.

by Dave_L on 7/30/2008 @ 12:50pm
Means a lot coming from you guys; thanks. But y'all just haven't known me long enough, or talked to enough people. I'll drop the ball one something sooner or later. The Chalk-Off sells itself, but never underestimate what happens when a couple of old guys from Lakewood sit inside a coffee-pot shaped building and chat. And many people who have attended the Chalk-Off are people Teddy knows. I probably will not hear confirmation whether or not the filming will actually take place this week, but I hope it does. After Teddy settles back into Tacoma-time, keep your eyes peeled for his monthly art-slam at Jazzbones. I think some of you may want to contribute to it. He starts with a theme, invites the public to paint, then pulls the piece together himself.

by FunkomaVintage on 7/30/2008 @ 11:06pm
why did Teddy lose his y? and Teddy has a camera? Did he make it himself?

by Dave_L on 7/31/2008 @ 10:32am
I ran into to Teddy again yesterday. He said they’re on for Friday, weather permitting.
Thanks to Erik for helping clean the chalk last night, and to fluffy Scout for letting us in to fill our cleaning buckets.

by Erik on 7/31/2008 @ 12:08pm
I ran into to Teddy again yesterday. He said they’re on for Friday, weather permitting.

Nice. Thanks for lining him up Dave.

by Heather on 7/31/2008 @ 2:17pm
NICE! I sent Teddy an e-mail ages ago, asking him to come compete at Chalk Frost Friday, but never heard back from him. I'll just assume that he doesn't check his e-mail when he is out of town... It can't possibly be that I'm not cool enough for Teddy to read my messages, right? After all, he did draw a portrait of me once ;)

by Dave_L on 7/31/2008 @ 5:38pm
I remember you mentioning his name as a suggestion a while back, Heather. I had been thinking the same thing, but knew he was going to be gone a long time. Plus, the film he was working on had several delays. But he's back, visiting the usual haunts, sketchpad in hand. When I bumped into him I wanted to tell him about the event, but as far as participating, I knew the answer might be no. (I know some working artists that for different reasons are not interested at all.) I didn't expect his immediate reaction to be filming a documentary. But he immediately "got it." I was impressed.

by Erik on 7/31/2008 @ 7:37pm
Currently a 22 percent change of rain tomorrow.


Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

by Erik on 7/31/2008 @ 9:28pm
A green roof group just decided to use Troy's sod picture in their story about NYC and green roofs

Under a recent New York City law, building owners now have the option of installing green rooftops for a 1 year property tax credit of $100,000. Each owner claiming the credit would have to utilize at least 50% of the rooftop space available. The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr.


Word can get out fast, even about Tacoma.

by scout on 7/31/2008 @ 9:43pm
“Thanks to Erik for helping clean the chalk last night, and to fluffy Scout for letting us in to fill our cleaning buckets.”



Perhaps the greatest compliment(s) I've ever received!

You are always welcome to the water and I will help clean sometime if someone will remind me ahead of time.

by Dave_L on 9/10/2008 @ 11:59am
Sorry to bump this old thread, but remember the documentary Teddy, Randy Sparks, and Nate put together for submission to the Tacoma Film Festival?

Well, WE'RE IN!!!! I just got a phone call from filmmaker Randy Sparks - Of the 170-plus films entered in the 5-minute category, and the 50 or so films selected for the Tacoma Film Festival itself, Randy's Frost Park Chalk-Challenge documenrtary is in! In fact, Randy says it will be shown, TWICE:

1. The second of nine films shown at The Tacoma Art Museum Sunday October 5, 3pm

2. The First film shown on the last night at the Grand Cinema Thursday October 9, 7pm

More details later, but congratulations to all involved, and a big Thank you to Randy, Nate, and Teddy!

BTW, I believe my explanation about who Larry Frost was made the cut, and while this is only a minor detail of the tragic event, I have since learned that my statement from the paper at the time that he was the FIRST TPD officer killed in action was incorrect.

by Erik on 9/10/2008 @ 1:31pm
Thanks for the update Dave.

I can't wait to see the film.

by NineInchNachos on 9/10/2008 @ 2:15pm
cool news Dave!