ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition and festival

What is ArtPrize? A FEW WORDS FROM ARTPRIZE.ORG   ArtPrize® is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts. Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can participate.

Actor-comedian Eric Schwartz is the guest star on this episode of Maxximillian Presents: THEMATIC—a podcast about topics interesting to creative people.


Eric: Is it the magic of the universe, or a logical explanation? Maxximillian: The magic of the universe is a logical explanation.   Eric Schwartz (@ericschwartz) is a quadruple-threat entertainer with multiple albums of original comedic anthems, dozens of videos that you’ll want to watch again and again, a one-hour special that might make you pee your pants, and a live standup show worthy of Carnegie Hall. He writes sketches. He writes comedy. He writes music. He performs live. He’s on tour constantly. But I caught up with him for an hour and we chopped it up into bite sized pieces. I met Eric for the first time 5 years ago Continue reading

image: night sky over Mollyville at the lake where the Olsens live, but from a distance away

Mollyville Modern Radio Drama—Dystopian Romance for the Expatriate Who Lives Within You

In an isolated valley nestled in a mountain range near the sea, Mollyville exists. Rich with cutting-edge technology and abundant in natural resources, Mollyville thrives as a self-policing, paradise community with beaches, cliffs, exotic forests and a system of unknowably vast subterranean caverns that extend beyond sight. Social media is a construct of the past. No emails. No smart phones. No telephones. It’s a whole new world separated from ours by distance, exclusion from world maps, and self-reliance. Mollyville is completely off-the-grid. “Nothing living shall go without love, companionship or care—not a snake, not a tree, not a house—not ever.” It is a covenant all residents have agreed to uphold on a Continue reading

image: Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Crematorium - fterlife, a paranormal satire from Maxximillian Dafoe—available now, on Amazon.

Afterlife Modern Radio Drama, A Paranormal Satire from Maxximillian Dafoe — Listen Now!

You create your own reality. Step out of time and into this metaphysical journey through futuristic Los Angeles through the eyes of a dead man walking, and a newly minted celebrity floating through Hollywood life on borrowed time. Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? So has Jimmy, and today he’s going to find out. After being asleep for more than twenty years, Jimmy Jennings, has awoken from a coma, dead, in Los Angeles. He’d been ready to go for a while, but now that he’s gone… Where does he go? In a neighborhood across town, Karen, a young woman who has (finally, after years of doggedly pursuing her Continue reading