Artist Q+A: Martin Sommerdag

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Martin Sommerdag, I am a danish artist who writes and directs movies and a I am also a published author. I love modern, abstract and digital art. I think the VHS format still rocks and COPS is still the best show on TV.

And about your new art film, The Orange Tune?

It’s an experimental art video about the danger of daily routines and how hard it is to break free from once comfort zone – because life is like an old vinyl record and if you don’t change the track or melody once in awhile you will feel trapped and maybe go a little crazy. I had the big pleasure of working with the beautiful and very talented actress Inga María Eyjólfsdóttir who has a bright future a head of her. I can only recommend Inga María Eyjólfsdóttir to other film directors in the movie industry. You can read all about THE ORANGE TUNE and also watch it via this link www.filmfreeway.com/project/theorangetune

Why not make mainstream movies?

I do and I have like the mysterious thriller TUNGUSKA DIARIES, which is about an unknown explosion that shattered a large area of forest near the Tunguska river in Siberia. The story takes place in the sixties and follows two nerdy field agents from the KGB science department, who are filming what may be their last minutes on this earth. I also write movies like the action feature HOT TRAFFIC which is about five sexy girlfriends who are celebrating a bachelorette party at a dirty bar in Mexico – they are drugged and kidnapped by a nasty criminal syndicate. But the maid of honor is a suspended and very violent LAPD cop. She is also the sister of the future bride and she will go through fire to bring her little sister home in time for the wedding.

What made you want to do art as a profession?

I believe that your profession is not what brings home your weekly pay check, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling. Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.

What is your attitude towards movies in our time period?

I think the movies in our time period sometimes are more like a full animated movie because of all the CGI effects stuffed into the production. I still believe that the best movies are made in the eighties like BACK TO THE FUTURE or POLTERGEIST – in these movies the story is more important than the special effects and that is the recipe for an entertaining movie.

What is your advice for people who want to have professional careers as artists?

Do not pursuit a professional career as an artist if you only want fame and glory, because then you are in the wrong business. If you want money become a stock broker and if you want fame join a stupid reality program. If you want to have a professional career as an artist, always be yourself and just remember what Wall Disney said; if you can dream it, you can do it.

Where can we view your movies and art?

Just Google my name Martin Sommerdag! I am a film director and a published author. You can also find all my movies including the new art film THE ORANGE TUNE on Youtube and of course on different film festivals around the world.

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