Welcome back for another episode of What Gets Me Going, our ongoing community profile series where we get to know our area’s leaders and creators through their tastes in music, movies, the arts, etc.
Today’s participant is Raymond Rea. Rea is an associate professor of film/video production in the department of cinema arts and digital technologies at MSUM (a mouthful to get out), but in his spare time he is also interested in society, adaptation to trauma, history, GLBT identity, and family (not always in that order). He is also the director of the Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival. The Fifth Annual Festival will take place at the Fargo Theatre, Friday, September 13, 8 p.m., and Saturday, September 14, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
What book, music, movie, artwork, etc., really gets you going? Why?
This summer I read Nevada by Imogen Binnie and it changed my life for the better. The book holds a very smart, extremely real voice of transsexuality.
What artist, musician, etc., inspires you the most? Why?
I’m still pretty attached to the early DIY UK post punk sound, especially bands like Young Marble Giants and the Raincoats.
I tell my students now that it’s not all about throwing money and special effects at your projects. It has to be about your message and your voice.
What’s something you saw or heard recently that you would recommend to others?
Laura Egland’s The Tell! Ok, I know I’m a latecomer. If you haven’t been, you need to go. If you have been, you know you need to go back without me telling you. (If you’re interested in The Tell, you can find audio of every story from this past season over at our Tumblr. Also, the next season of The Tell gets started on October 1. – Your Friendly Neighborhood Ed.)
What local artist, musician, writer, etc., do you admire, and why?
Christian Gion who is a print maker and also Interim Curator at the Plain’s Art museum. Not only are Christian’s prints nicely done but he’s an artist with a pleasantly wicked sensibility. Next time you talk to him, ask him about the recent disruptive action we both made happen.
Any guilty pleasures you’d like to share?
I confess that I enjoy Hobby Lobby (even if they do already have some Thanksgiving and Christmas displays up). It’s always mind boggling to me.
Images: Top, Raymond Rea in his office on the MSUM campus. Photo by the author. Bottom, Chris Gion, Transient Hideout, November 9, 2011, 5:00 PM, Photolithograph on Mulberry Paper, 16” x 25”, 2013, courtesy of the artist.