“Hearts’ Lonely Hunters”

From TOROSIETE Museum Artist Beatrix Ost, comes “Hearts’ Lonely Hunters” – a feature film co produced and co written by Beatrix Ost and her son Daniel Kuttner – directed by Daniel Kuttner.



The TOROSIETE Museum Presents a film written and produced by Beatrix Ost, “Hearts’ Lonely Hunters”. Originally released in 1995, this film premiered at film festivals worldwide. Streaming here for the first time ever, Beatrix’s story takes us on a journey through the experiences of a writer from Germany who visits Charlottesville, Virginia to write about Thomas Jefferson. However upon arrival he takes an entirely different journey.


Klaus, a German writer with a thirst for experience and a longing for personal expression arrives in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He is sent to the town of Thomas Jefferson on a journalistic assignment to write about the great man and his achievements.  However, he quickly becomes disillusioned with his subject yearning for a human connection.  A direct confrontation with the racial tensions of a melting pot society enables him to abandon the past and open himself to observing the present.  Lured by his own thirst and longing, his position as a stranger allows him to discover peoples' deepest secrets.  During his stay, he befriends a diverse group of characters searching to fulfill their true dreams and desires.  Among them are:  Mooney Sunshine, a dualistic persona with a haunting childhood secret; Dolly, who is looking for "true love", but always in the wrong places; and Luna, a Zen archer who never misses with her arrow, only in life; to name a few.  To some, Klaus becomes a friend, to others, he is their guiding figure.  But all of them inspire him in his own journey towards "a story dear to his heart."

"Hearts' Lonely Hunters" is about the pursuit of dreams, great and small, good and bad, right and wrong.  Dreams are as individual as the people who have them, but they possess us all.  Whether you dream of love, understanding, or power.  We dream all our lives.  Each character in the film represents the pursuit towards an individual dream.  We wish and hope for our dreams to come true, and sometimes realize that the power to fulfill our dreams lies right within us.  Like life itself, the film does not come to conclusions.  It leads us to questions, and questions lead to answers.  - Daniel Kuttner


The stranger in this film awakens us from our sleep.  He allows us to throw off our disguises and embrace what is true in our hearts.  I am thinking of Michelangelo's painting where two fingers are touching and the power of their simple gesture reminds us that what we need most in this fast and complicated world is compassion for others and the courage to change ourselves.  Life itself is often beyond imagining and so the film sometimes ventures into the surreal, where dreams are living and where the magical awakening of our senses allows us to see the riches of our souls.  - Beatrix Ost

Director:

Daniel Kuttner

 

Producers:

Daniel Kuttner

Beatrix Ost

 

Screenplay:

Daniel Kuttner

Beatrix Ost

 

Director of Photography:

Holly Frank

 

Executive Producer:

Ludwig Kuttner

 

Co-Producer:

Merry Dunning

 

Production Design:

Beatrix Ost

 

Editor:

Olof Karlstrom

 

Music:

Alexander Patterson

 

Sound:

Andy Adams

 

Costumes:

Beatrix Ost

 

Make-up:

Dawn Jacobson

 

Assistant Director:

Jim Hensz

 

Cast:

Hans-Jörg Assman, John Carden,

Savitri Durkee, Bega Metzner,

Emilie Jo Tisdale, Dawn Jacobson,

Steve Tharp, Fabian Kuttner

 

Production:

KO Films

 

Original Format:

106 min, 10,130 feet

35 mm color, 1:1,85

Dolby Stereo

 

Streaming Presented by The TOROSIETE Museum of Contemporary Art

"HEARTS' LONELY HUNTERS" is Daniel Kuttner's first feature film as a director.  He and his mother, Beatrix Ost begain their collaboration with Daniel returned from Los Angeles after a break up with his girlfriend.  Beatrix wanted to make a short film about her sculptures and Daniel had been trying to write a screenplay which he felt proud enough to represent himself with and was possible to do with the means available to him.  Their view of Charlottesville as an artistic and intellectual small town with eccentric and quirky characters were written with the actors already in mind after having seen them in local theatre productions.  Others were friends from New York and Germany who came to join the effort.  Locations were conceptualized according to places that were accessible through friends.  As the crew grew, neighbors helped by providing their guest houses.  Beatrix's farm, Estouteville, burst at the seams with people sleeping in every nook and cranny.  Finally, shooting began for the scheduled five weeks.  An amazing mix of professional and non-professional people working together from the heart with love and appreciation for the creative process were the result of an incredibly smooth and wonderful production.  Daniel went back to Los Angeles for five months of post-production.  The music, he entrusted to a twenty-one year old student from England who had nevered composed for a film before.  "Hearts' Lonely Hunters" is the collaborative effort of a group of people who are not afraid to pursue their dreams.

Our Q&A with Beatrix Ost will be posted soon!  Thank you to everyone that attended!

The TOROSIETE Museum will be presenting a series of exhibitions of the sculptural art featured in the film created by Beatrix Ost beginning in April, 2021.

(Shown: "HearSeeScream", 1994)

Beatrix Ost - Introduction to Beatrix Ost
"Hearts' Lonely Hunters"
Official Trailer
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Red Flower Lake – Interactive Experience

Welcome to the “Red Flower Lake Interactive Experience”. Watch, Listen and Explore! Use the icons to navigate the space and interact with the kiosks.

For best results, we recommend experiencing this exhibition on a desktop computer or tablet. For a mobile device, rotating the phone in landscape mode will allow for better access to controls.

Beatrix Ost – Illuminations and Illusions

The Interactive Exhibition of Beatrix Ost‘s Illuminations and Illusions is below. (Visit the 3D Virtual Exhibition here.)


This exhibition includes a soundtrack which you can launch in a separate window. Return to this tab to experience the exhibition along with the music. For a true olfactory experience, check out Beatrix’s Rose Essential Oil.


Artist Statement

“If your mind is awakened, you know the struggle we wage against an insidious form of helplessness. You pass a majestic tree and you want to bow before the transcendent will which embodies itself in his sophisticated DNA, already tested for its compatibility with the crickets’ song in his leaves, the squirrel hiding in the armpits of his branches, the fruit he feeds the friendly bear passing by.

As a human, you want to bow and assure every species, including our own, that it will be able to continue in its accustomed round. Our children, too. Yes, they should be in school and not fretting about the future.

Let me bow also to that river beneath the bridge, to its fish, its plant life. Let me tread carefully into the grasshopper’s realm, the snake’s kingdom, the bees’ airspace. Let me sing the song of seasons, the glory of the rain, the backbone of the frost. Whatever threatens these things threatens the rose of love.

But our science threatens them, our science which has made us so rich. We are guilty of desecrating them all at the height of our intellectual triumph.

Where are the roses? Our triumphant mind is threatened at its core. We never envisioned the vulnerability we are living today. The idea that it could be too late does not compute, because it forces us out past the ragged edge of silence.

My love is threatened. How could this happen? Indifference slunk in undetected beneath the umbrella of the information age. I wear the frock of helplessness. Don’t judge my elegance alone. Don’t judge the vulnerability of a flower by its beauty. It is there, and deeply so. It is a reminder, a cloak to cover the struggle, the sadness.

My love is threatened.”

-Beatrix Ost, “Illuminations & Illusions”

Backstage of the Mind, 1976
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"Backstage of the Mind"
Oil on Canvas, 1976
The King's Indictment, 2002-19
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"The King's Indictment"
Oil on Canvas, 2002-2019
The Interpretation of Dreams, 1972
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"The Interpretation of Dreams"
Oil on Canvas, 1972
Paradise Paradox, 1986
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"Paradise Paradox"
Oil on Canvas, 1986
Dusk, 1986
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"Dusk"
Oil on Canvas, 1986
Responsibility is a Triumphant Tool, 2019
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"Responsibility is a Triumphant Tool"
Oil on Canvas, 2019
Omnivore's Natural History, 2019
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"Omnivore's Natural History"
Oil on Canvas, 2019
Irresponsibility, 2019
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"Irresponsibility"
Oil on Canvas, 2019
The Hunter Haunted, 1984
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"The Hunter Haunted"
Oil on Canvas, 1984
Nature Politely Declines - Metamorphosis of Order, 2002
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"Nature Politely Declines - Metamorphosis of Order"
Oil on Canvas, 2002
Illuminations and Illusions, 1988-2019
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"Illuminations and Illusions"
Oil on Canvas, 1988-2019
Utopia Lost, 1992
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"Utopia Lost"
Oil on Canvas, 1992
Dawn, 1986
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"Dawn"
Oil on Canvas, 1986
I Should Be In School, 2019
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"I Should Be In School"
Oil on Canvas, 2019
The Edge of Our Silence, 2019
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"The Edge of Our Silence"
Oil on Canvas, 2019
Anything is Possible, 2019
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"Anything is Possible"
Oil on Canvas, 2019
Aphrodite's Well, 2019
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"Aphrodite's Well"
Oil on Canvas, 2019

Available works for Sale from this Exhibition

"Museum of Our Mind", Oil on Canvas, 2020, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Museum of Our Mind", Oil on Canvas, 2020, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$30,000.00

"Museum of Our Mind", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Eco Print by Beatrix Ost - 40 x 40"
"Museum of Our Mind", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Eco Print by Beatrix Ost - 40 x 40"

$600.00

"Museum of Our Mind", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Eco Print by Beatrix Ost - 30 x 30"
"Museum of Our Mind", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Eco Print by Beatrix Ost - 30 x 30"

$400.00

"Museum of Our Mind", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Eco Print by Beatrix Ost - 14 x 14"
"Museum of Our Mind", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Eco Print by Beatrix Ost - 14 x 14"

$200.00

Beatrix Ost's "Illuminations and Illusions Original Soundtrack" - Compact Disc by Red Flower Lake
Beatrix Ost's "Illuminations and Illusions Original Soundtrack" - Compact Disc by Red Flower Lake

$25.00

"Aphrodite's Well", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Aphrodite's Well", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$17,000.00

"Anything is Possible", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Anything is Possible", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$10,000.00

"The Edge of Our Silence", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"The Edge of Our Silence", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$20,000.00

"I Should be In School", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"I Should be In School", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$10,000.00

"Dawn", Oil on Canvas, 1986, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Dawn", Oil on Canvas, 1986, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$10,000.00

"Utopia Lost", Oil on Canvas, 1992, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Utopia Lost", Oil on Canvas, 1992, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$25,000.00

"Illuminations and Illusions", Oil on Canvas, 1988-2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Illuminations and Illusions", Oil on Canvas, 1988-2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$30,000.00

"Nature Politely Declines - Metamorphosis of Order", Oil on Canvas, 2002, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Nature Politely Declines - Metamorphosis of Order", Oil on Canvas, 2002, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$25,000.00

"The Hunter Haunted", Oil on Canvas, 1984, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"The Hunter Haunted", Oil on Canvas, 1984, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

Call for Price

"Irresponsibility", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Irresponsibility", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$10,000.00

"Omnivore's Natural History", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Omnivore's Natural History", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$20,000.00

"Responsibility is a Triumphant Tool", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Responsibility is a Triumphant Tool", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$10,000.00

"Dusk", Oil on Canvas, 1986, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Dusk", Oil on Canvas, 1986, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost

$23,000.00

"Aphrodite's Well", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Print by Beatrix Ost
"Aphrodite's Well", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Print by Beatrix Ost

$650.00

"The Edge of Our Silence", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Print by Beatrix Ost
"The Edge of Our Silence", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Print by Beatrix Ost

$600.00

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"Museum of Our Mind", Oil on Canvas, 2020, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Museum of Our Mind", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Eco Print by Beatrix Ost - 40 x 40"
"Museum of Our Mind", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Eco Print by Beatrix Ost - 30 x 30"
"Museum of Our Mind", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Eco Print by Beatrix Ost - 14 x 14"
Beatrix Ost's "Illuminations and Illusions Original Soundtrack" - Compact Disc by Red Flower Lake
"Aphrodite's Well", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Anything is Possible", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"The Edge of Our Silence", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"I Should be In School", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Dawn", Oil on Canvas, 1986, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Utopia Lost", Oil on Canvas, 1992, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Illuminations and Illusions", Oil on Canvas, 1988-2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Nature Politely Declines - Metamorphosis of Order", Oil on Canvas, 2002, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"The Hunter Haunted", Oil on Canvas, 1984, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Irresponsibility", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Omnivore's Natural History", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Responsibility is a Triumphant Tool", Oil on Canvas, 2019, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Dusk", Oil on Canvas, 1986, Fine Art Original by Beatrix Ost
"Aphrodite's Well", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Print by Beatrix Ost
"The Edge of Our Silence", Limited-Edition Hand-Signed Fine Art Print by Beatrix Ost
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