Fuck Lance Armstrong (FLA) is an experimental social art project (2008-present) modeled after a grassroots socio-political intervention. The project has assumed a variety of forms including staged performances and public and private installations and continues to be widely distributed as an award-winning short film. Its objectives aim to explore and ultimately eradicate prevalent notions of celeb-idolatry in contemporary society. Despite its sensationalistic name, FLA is not a movement intended to chastise one-testicle racing cyclists or other self-righteous celebrities. Instead, the FLA project seeks to address the public at large and its worshipping of athletes, genius, and iconic figures, the commodification and objectification of said celebrities as exchangeable entities and corporate advertisements, and most significantly, FLA documents the (generalizable) hero's inevitable fall from grace to failed pariah. The short narrative film FLA was written and directed by Peter T. Christenson; script was written in 2009, production ended in 2012, and it remains available for private screenings upon request.
Film Synopsis: A career-ending cycling accident for the young and eccentric misfit Trevor results in years of misguided and unhinged resentment, sycophantic infatuation, and an oddly therapeutic profession of stealing and collecting Armstrong memorabilia with his two outlandishly certifiable brothers. Attempting to heal both real and imagined wounds, the motley trio fumbles through a complex plan to pilfer a prized Armstrong jersey collectible from local tough guy Frankie Maccarone. As the convoluted scheme unravels, the oblivious and errant brothers are forced to rethink their plan and improvise, further engendering an insane onslaught of errors only to finally verify what they alleged all along: Lance Armstrong is cycling’s cheat of all cheats.
Director / Writer: Peter T. Christenson
Genre: Short, Dark Comedy
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Director Bio: Peter Christenson is an artist and filmmaker. He is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University and co-founder of Left of Centre, a guerrilla-marketing and consulting firm and artist collective started in Detroit, MI. More information: www.peterchristenson.com and www.leftofcentre.org.
Recent F.L.A. Screenings: Edmonton International Film Festival, Cinequest International San Jose, CA, Detroit-Windsor International Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner @ Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Johns Hopkins International Film Festival, Winner @ LongShadow International Film Festival Phoenix, AZ, Carolina Film & Video Festival Greensboro, NC, Faux Film Festival Portland, OR, Mountaineer International Film Festival, WV