Creative Quarantine: Filmmaker Robert Boocheck

Robert Boocheck and his son

1. How are you holding up?

I’m holding up as well as I can in a tiny NYC apartment. New York is a strange place to be when everything that defines NY – subways, Restaurants, museums, etc.- is off-limits.  All that’s left is the tiny over-priced boxes we all live in here.

2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?

The quarantine has definitely slowed my productivity. Prior to the world going up in flames, I was being quite productive directing commercials and working on a book of illustrations. When the lockdown went into effect my priorities changed. I focused more on self-care and domestic projects like learning to cook and gardening (my apartment looks like a jungle at the moment). The only art projects I‘ve taken on have been small design and crafts projects with my son. I’ve had friends urge me to create/post quarantine cartoons or films but creating for an audience feels disingenuous right now. I commend artists making public ‘quarantine content’ but that wasn’t for me. 

3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over?

This crisis has definitely made me reassess my priorities. I believe the lasting effect it will have in me is the ability to slow down.  I’ve always been concerned with having new work out in the world. I would be anxious if I didn’t have something new on TV or floating around on the internet but when it comes down to it- none of that matters. It’s way more gratifying to teach my kid a design program or cook a meal for my girlfriend. 

4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?

I love how David Lynch has responded to the pandemic. He’s been, in typical Lynch fashion, very zen about it. Working on his projects business as usual. He’s also started giving his daily weather reports again. It’s really grounding to hear him ramble off the insignificant details of the day’s weather. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t. 

Robert Boocheck is an award-winning filmmaker and artist. He has directed music videos for bands such as Death Can For Cutie, Bad Religion, Chromeo, and The Dandy Warhols. His music video work has been featured at the MOCA in Los Angles.  In recent days, his output has been focused on feature film and ad work. He’s directed as campaigns for Google, Samsung, Geico, Johnny Walker, AT & T,  and Little Caesars (to name a few) and directed the ‘M’ segment in the cult horror film ABCs OF DEATH 2 ( Magnolia Films/ Alamo Drafthouse). Boocheck also has an ongoing street art/ comic project called LITTLE LURKERS which is being complied into a book set for release at the end of the year.