The Artist General - (2013)
Director: Ramtin Nikzad
Music: The Artist General (Michael Masley)
Ramtin Nikzad is back with another interesting short film, "The Artist General." The film is a short vignette about Michael Masley who's character, "The Artist General" holds the United States' first "self appointed cabinet position." Taken in Berkeley, California where Masley has been a street performer for over 25 years. The Artist General provides a short excerpt of a night in the life of a man who is known by musicians and composers the world over, recording numerous albums, and still makes his living under the radar of most. Masley uses handmade finger bows, "hammer bows", long concave dulcimer hammers with bow hair strung underneath, that look like uncut finger nails, as well as traditional finger picking techniques on a large hammered dulcimer called a Cymbalom. Best experienced with headphones. Enjoy!