D.L. Polonsky biography information:
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My name is D.L. Polonsky and I’m an artist, author and filmmaker. I was born on November 3rd, 1960. I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and have lived in Allston since April, 2000. Both my parents and my younger brother are artists, so I’ve been immersed in the arts most of my life. I’ve been drawing and painting since I was four.
I’ve made several dozen short films, mostly with with my brother, on Super-8 since I was nine. When I was 13 I made a 30-min. film on Super-8 titled “Ersatz” about a pulp writer who carries around her dead father’s head and then is urged by a former classmate to burn her novels and the head for her psychological well-being. I’m also showing a Super-8 paper animation of a continually changing face that I made in 1983, with nearly 300 paper cells. I started making films at public access stations in 1995. One of my documentaries on adults with mental illness won Best Show of the Year at Newton Cable. I’ve created, and helped out on, dozens of off-beat talk shows during the 90s.
When the stations went all-digital around 2002, I made several short films on digital video, most notably “To Mock A Killing Bird” a comedy set in the early 1970s about a draft-dodger who escapes to Canada, “Midlife Cowboy” about a cowboy who’s so fed up with our ubiquitous computer he indulges in a little of his own computer-hacking, smashing a computer with an axe, and “A Disease Called Man: The Director’s Cut”.
My films have been shown at Experimentally Ill 1, 2 and 3, Lawrence Hollie and Mike Phelan O’Toole’s indie film festival at the Coolidge in Brookline, and several of my films are online and have been shown on dozens of public access stations. I’m currently shooting a film entitled “Murder, Money and a Dog” at least in part about people’s delusional, over-optimistic reactions to the current economic crisis.
As far as drawing and illustrating goes, I had a children’s book published in 1992 that I both wrote and illustrated titled “The Letter Bandits”. It’s about a thief who steals letters of the alphabet, thereby transforming the objects themselves. Example: “The Letter Bandit stole the T from STUTTGART, transforming it into an enormous pile of SUGAR”. Most of these transformations are illustrated. The book had 5 reviews, all favorable, one rave. It’s still being sold.
I’ve had political cartoons on the editorial pages of dozens of major papers and magazines. Most notably, I had 9 in The Boston Globe from 1986-2000 and 77 in The Boston Herald from August, 2004 to the present. They’re still publishing them.
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