After garnering rave reviews and a nationwide fan base, Boise author Alan Heathcock has earned a bit of celebrity. But while he enjoys the busy life that accompanies such notoriety, Heathcock is seeking simplicity and solitude as he focuses on his current works in progress with a 30-day residency in Marfa, Texas. Heathcock departed July 20. His housing and necessities are provided by the Lannan Foundation.
"They feel authors need a place of sanctuary to do their work and concentrate in an uninterrupted way," said Heathcock. "You can't bring your family and you can't have visitors. From the time I wake up to the time I go to bed, I'll just be writing."
Heathcock's current projects include a novel and a screenplay for a horror film.
"This imaginative dream that I'm trying to bring to life gets interrupted on a regular basis, and so there's something very interesting about being able to sustain that dream uninterrupted for all of the waking hours of a day for 30-straight days to see what I can come up with and how deep I can get," Heathcock said. "I think I'm either going to really write some incredibly great stuff or that I'm going to end up like Jack Nicholson in The Shining and just become a crazy person. I think as long as the work is going well, I'll be OK. Fingers crossed."
In other Heathcock news, another of the author's short stories will soon be adapted for film. As Fort Apache production wraps up in New York, local filmmakers Stephen Heleker and Cody Gittings are beginning work on a silver-screen version of Heathcock's story, "Smoke."
"We both read the story when Volt was released and it seemed like it always stuck out for both of us," said Gittings. "Thematically, it's really strong."
Boise State grads Gittings and Heleker plan to adapt "Smoke" into a 20-minute short film that will capture the story's theme and visual significance.
"We're really hoping for this to be the kind of short film that could be shopped around at festivals," said Heleker.
Moving from the dusty artistic enclave of Marfa to the cool warehouses of Garden City, Enso Artspace is gearing up to present its second guest artist show, Five Corners. The exhibition will feature drawings, paintings and sculpture by artists Ben Browne, Dave Darraugh, Todd Newman, Marcus Pierce and Cody Rutty, with an opening reception Friday, July 27, from 5-8 p.m. There will also be an artists' dialogue Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6-8 p.m. with Courtney Gilbert, Sun Valley Center for the Arts curator, leading a discussion.