WILD PROFILE: SHAWN CHRISTENSEN, between James Brown & Jimmy Page

by: Livia Coullias Blanc

March 18, 2012

Who: Shawn Christensen
Where: Brooklyn, NY
What: writer/singer in STELLASTARR / actor / director / screenplay writer

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What’s on his mind today:
I can’t stop thinking about the poster for my short film and flipbooks…

What he is currently working on:
I’m writing this feature version of my short film and getting ready for the Tribeca film festival. They really ask a lot of you so as the days proceed, I’m going to get very intertwined into Tribeca. They want all of you, and it’s fine with me cause it’s my hometown anyway! So yes, I’m going to be into that for the next couple of weeks. Also I need to come up with a draft of the feature version of “Curfew.” With that and the short film, we hope to get financing for the next feature. It’s just a matter of having a good script, but I think that’s the tough part.

What he thinks there is too much of, and too little of:
There is too much politics in all art forms. It’s kind of sad. I’m talking about the politics of how many people are involved in certain aspects of art and how the medium becomes non-artistic because of it. This is something I never need in my life, being political, at any level. The politics of getting your art seen, or your film made or your music heard…those kind of politics …they are never fun. Well there are a lot of things that there are too little of I suppose. There is too little money out there, there are too little resources, and there is too little compassion. There is too little oxygen to breath, too little water, too little oil. Maybe there are too many things that there is too little of.

With whom he would most like to go on a “ tête à tête”:
David Bowie! I’m fascinated with him, because you don’t really see anyone else in any medium that really reinvents themselves as much as he did. I figure a guy like that could easily fill up some “tête à tête” conversation.
What good energy means to him: For me it means ultimately the want to resolve, the need to resolve… When I find negative energy, bad energy, it always comes from a place or someone who doesn’t want to resolve a situation or solve anything. I find bad energy in these people who generally want to start a conflict out of nothing, a drama out of nothing. That’s what I find to be the most negative energy. I find good energy in someone who generally wants to come up with a solution.

With whom he would like to run a country:
Morgan Freeman!! First of all I just want him to be our president! I would really just be making his cocktails and letting him run the country. I would just say, “ Morgan, we’ll do whatever you want to do.” I would let him chose the destinations.

What he would do if he was the president:
If I was the president I would lock all of the democrats and republicans out of congress… and then I would go play golf.

What his most striking moment was:
We were opening up for James Brown and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in London, for about 90,000 people. After we were done with our set we went to the side of the stage to watch James Brown. It was probably 2 or 3 months before he died, but it was awesome. Then my sound guy taps me on the shoulder, he makes a sign to look behind me. So I slowly turn around and there was Jimmy Page standing five feet behind me! I was frozen. I was literally standing between James Brown and Jimmy! For 15 minutes I literally didn’t make a move. That was my most striking moment.

What his earliest memory is:
My 4th birthday. I remember there were candles on the cake. It was just me and my parents. I don’t have any brothers or sisters. It’s the first thing I remember. I woke up one day and it was my 4th birthday! Haha! That’s when life started.

What he considers a fashion “faux-pas”:
Shoulder pads in women’s blazers.

What cracks him up:
Mullets. That really cracks me up! I think it’s ridiculous!

What kind of movement he would like to start:
I kind of missed the graffiti and tagging movement in the mid 80’s, so it’s not so much about starting a movement, but seeing it again.

Who represents his “artistic” family:
Egon Schiele – Bob Dylan – Basquiat – Ingmar Bergman – Kubrick

With whom he would like to grow old:
My wife!

What he would like to leave to future generation:
I would like to leave a healthy planet. What else could I leave that would be of worth! If they can’t breath, they can’t see my art! The best is to leave them a healthy planet and say “good luck!”

What his WILD wish is:
Honestly my WILD wish would be something that I wouldn’t want in print.

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Photos by Livia Coullias Blanc

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