Forced Perspective Film


“Forced Perspective” is an intimate portrait of iconic artist Derek Hess by filmmaker Nick Cavalier. Since he was a young boy, Clevelander Derek Hess has had a “knack” for drawing. As the son of a WWII veteran and professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Hess also has had a deep appreciation for the discipline and training necessary for creative growth. Nick Cavalier’s FORCED PERSPECTIVE – evokes Hess’s favored artistic technique of manipulating an object’s size in order to create the illusion of distance. It also traces how these values transformed Hess from an unknown concert poster illustrator at Euclid Tavern into an internationally renowned t-shirt designer, post-hardcore concert organizer, and fine artist. In extensive interviews, Hess opens up about his artistic process as well as his ongoing trials with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. Through his intensely expressive mixed media art, Hess not only works through his demons, but also inspires his fans from around the world to do the same. An impressive tribute to Hess’s oeuvre, Cavalier’s documentary highlights the unique perspective this artist brings to the art world.

Release Date : April 12th, 2016

Director : Nick Cavalier

Category : Documentary, Art

Running Time : 1 hour 36 mins

Actors : Derek Hess


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–  Screenings –

4/22/17: Threadless HQ with Hope For The Day

10/10/16: London

10/14/16: Berlin Germany

– Educational Screenings –

11/9/16: University Of Cincinatti – DAAP

4/6/16: CSU and WCSB Presents Forced Perspective

– Film Festivals –

3/17/15 :  Official Selection – 2015 SXSW Excellence in title design

3/27 – 3/28/15 : World Premier – Local Heroes Award – 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival

5/1/15 : Best Cinematography Award – 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival

7/19 & 7/24/15 : Official Selection – 2015 Indy Film Fest

7/24/15 : Official Selection – 2015 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival

8/13/15 : Best Documentary Award – 2015 Kingston Film Festival

10/15/15 : Best Feature Film Award – 2015 Reel Indie Film Fest

11/19/15 : Best Art Documentary Feature Award – 2015 Atlanta Docufest

4/22/16: Official Selection – 2016 Canton Film Festival


Press for Forced Perspective

We have been getting some great press for Forced Perspective recently. We have recently been featured in the New York Times, Juxtapoz,,, Inked Magazine, Alternative Press, Examiner and many more. Feeling very grateful for the people who are talking about my work. As a director, it feels gratifying to see people connecting to what…

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