clockwise from top
a collage by
Lance Letscher; Sandra
Adair prepares to
interview Letscher for
the documentary; a
detail of Letscher's Big
Eye mural; material for
Big Eye; in the artist's
studio; Letscher at work
on Big Eye.
IN THE SECRET LIFE OF LANCE
LETSCHER, LAUDED FILM
EDITOR SANDRA ADAIR
FOLLOWS THE ARTIST AS HE
TAKES ON A SOCO MURAL.
BY SOFIA SOKOLOVE
When Oscar-nominated film editor
Sandra Adair first met Austin
collage artist Lance Letscher, she
immediately felt compelled to tell
his story. "There's something about
the way he can find pieces that
speak to him," says Adair, "little tiny
pieces that attract him, and he cuts
them out and makes something
larger with a whole other intent for
the material. It's so akin to what I do
as a film editor."
And so Adair, a longtime
collaborator of Richard Linklater's,
decided to make her directorial
debut by following Letscher for
several months at a pivotal time, as
he prepared to take a huge depar-
ture from his intricate work with
paper to create Big Eye, a metal
outdoor mural on the side of the
South Congress Books building.
"We just don't know the artists
that live among us," says Adair, who
sees Letscher—an internationally
shown artist—as somewhat of a
hidden Austin treasure. "I don't
know how many people that
actually live here know about Lance
and the work that he does. I know
as an Austinite, I didn't," says Adair.
After premiering the 90-minute
documentary, which features music
by Austin's Graham Reynolds, to
rave reviews at South by Southwest
in March, Adair hopes the film can
be distributed to wider audiences.
"It's important to tell those stories,
and bring them to the forefront of
people's consciousness," she says.