SYNOPSIS – TOM’S CLAN
Tom’s Clan is a short documentary that profiles the sculptural work of California artist Thomas Long and his intriguing tribe of multi-cultural characters. Carved in wood over a span of thirty years, artist Thomas Long has drawn from his travels to Central America, Mexico and the southwestern United States to create a tribe of enigmatic characters. This eclectic mix of influences is revealed in the work as a truly multi-cultural manifestation of the artist’s travels. Ranging from humorous to ominous, the clan possesses an alluring quality reminiscent of Inca, Aztec and ancient Egyptian artwork. The film captures Tom’s creative process in a series of vignettes where he details the myth and his motivation for each character in his clan. Interwoven between these stories we witness the process as he shapes a new character into human form. Working out of a classic live/work warehouse space in a tourist town bent on erasing all remnants of funk, Tom finds himself priced out of his home and studio. Will he continue assembling his tribe or let it be subsumed by the forces of gentrification?