Alfred Eaker Bio

Alfred Eaker was born in the Midwest in 1964. He grew up in an intensely religious household. Although Eaker's family was an extreme mix of contrasting faiths, he was predominantly exposed to what he calls, "dyed-in-the-wool, ho de ho, sawdust on the floor, backwoods Pentecostalism," which he rebelled against at an early age. Encouraged to draw during church services as a way to keep himself occupied, Eaker's interest in art intensified to an almost obsessive degree. After high school, Eaker attended art college for two years. During that period, he painted passionately, produced what would be the first in a series of videos, and worked at a series of "grunt" jobs. Eaker never regretted dropping out of art school. "I learned what I had to learn and got the hell out of there. Besides, by doing so, I lived up to the anti-academia spirit which was so prevalent then." Alfred continued to paint prolifically and showed in a number of galleries in the Midwest. After befriending two priests, Alfred converted to Catholicism and that became an intense subject for his art. One of his major projects was theĀ large mural, "Modern Spirituality," at St. Vincent De Paul's food pantry in Indianapolis.

After dabbling in public access and performance art for a number of years, Eaker started an independent film company and has produced a number of independent films: the feature "Jesus and the Gospel of Yes," the short "Behold the Man" (about his friend and fellow artist, the late Ed Sanders), a second feature, "W The Movie," that surreally satirized George Bush, and two short films for the 48 Hour Film Festival, "Hallow's Dance" and "9." Eaker is currently working on a feature length documentary about artist Raymond Thunder-Sky and the Cincinnati gallery named after him. In addition to "Thunder-Sky," EakerĀ is in the early stages of an existential film, entitled Stations," which he is collaborating on with artist Wendy Collin Sorin, poets John M, Bennett and Sheila E. Murphy, along with filmmakers James Mannan and Robin Panet. He has recently completed a feature length screen play, twenty years in the work, inspired by the Pentecostal Church he grew up in. Recently, Eaker began writing film criticism for 366 Weird Movies and Raging Bull Movie Reviews. He is also currently attaining his Masters of Theological Studies at Christian Theological Seminary.

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