Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off. Triggered

A Film By

Nadeem Uddin

 A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.

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Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.
 Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.

Triggered

A Film by Nadeem Uddin

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Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off. Triggered
 A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest.
Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.
 Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off. Triggered
 A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest.
Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.
 Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off. Triggered
 A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest.
Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.
 Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off. Triggered
 A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest.
Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.
 Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off. Triggered
 A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest.
Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.
 Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.  Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.
 A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him. Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation. Triggered
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest.
Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.
 Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off. Triggered
 A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest.
Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.
 Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off. Triggered
 A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest.
Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.
 Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off.  A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:
 Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest. Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.  Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off.  A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:
 Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest. Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.  Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off.  A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest. Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.  Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.
Triggered
Triggered is the story of artist Charles Krafft’s lifelong quest to piss people off.  A Northwest artist with a stellar pedigree, Charles Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture when a Seattle newspaper doxxed him. In a 2013 hit-piece that foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture, local art critic Jen Graves proclaimed Krafft a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The response was instantaneous: within months, galleries and museums the world over removed Krafft’s work from exhibition and cancelled his participation in shows, symposia and events. Now that his unsavory beliefs were known, Krafft became persona non grata in the very community that had nurtured and celebrated him.  Thanks to nearly two decades of filming, director Nadeem Uddin has revealed that the truth is far more complex. Triggered is the true story of how the Seattle art world ignored, enabled and were even amused by Krafft’s candid descent into the rabbit hole of conspiracy and white nationalism. Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists. Distrustful of post-Watergate government and post-Gulf War media, Charlie devoured the self-published exposés and YouTube videos that promised a truth free of corporate and imperial manipulation.
Like so many Americans, Krafft’s counter-cultural attitude made him a prime target for online conspiracy theorists.
 When his work began transforming Nazi iconography into irreverent and exquisite pieces of Delftware china, no one stepped forward to correct him. But as soon as Jen Graves’ article appeared, even Krafft’s closest friends and colleagues shunned him. These were the same friends and colleagues who had spent the last decade laughing at his pleas for “forgiveness” for the Third Reich, defending his racist and homophobic comments, and basking in the reflected glow of his worldwide fame.  What went unregarded is the fact that Krafft’s growing obsession with Holocaust revisionism very neatly tracks with the growth of a massive glioblastoma tumor in his brain. Doctors and psychologists have recorded cases of brain tumors that change the personality and beliefs of their victims, but in Charlie’s case, the possibility was never pursued. Charles Krafft died in June 2020, having left Seattle for a self-imposed exile in Tacoma.
About the Filmmaker:  Nadeem Uddin was born in Bhopal, India, and studied filmmaking in the US. Nadeem is internationally known for his beautiful and revelatory films on diverse subjects such as the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, and the "Maha" Kumbha Mela, the largest Hindu pilgrimage festival on the planet. He is currently working on a series of films on water, called "Inherent Memories." Triggered is his latest feature-length documentary, on controversial American pop-ceramic artist Charles Krafft. Nadeem lives and works in India and the Pacific Northwest. Importance of a Film About Charles Krafft:  Krafft was an artist who intentionally provoked his audience. He reveled in the role of the gadfly, the fool, the artist who can spot the foibles of polite society and transform them into art that is both beautiful and insightful. Isolated from the beliefs of the artist, his ceramic masterworks are unparalleled in technique and expressive power. His intellect was vast, his discipline monastic, and his wit legendary. While his obsession with Nazis is unpleasant and his holocaust revisionism disgusting, Charles Krafft was also a unique and important figure in the cultural life of the Northwest. His story demands to be told, not only to preserve the important work he made for future generations, but also a cautionary tale on the insidiousness of conspiracy theories and the illusions of social media.  Charles Krafft passed away from a brain tumor in June 2020. The artist had given permission for this in-depth portrayal of his life and work. Triggered follows the artist’s lifelong personal quest for truth, and uncensored artistic freedom of expression.  Krafft’s eccentric life and art were the stuff of Seattle legend. He is known as the missing link between the legendary Northwest mystics like Morris Graves and the masters of low-brow pop like Shepherd Fairey and Von Dutch. Working with the participation of the artist and never-before-seen footage of his life and work captured in India, Burma, Thailand, and the USA, this project is sure to become the definitive statement on this unique artist’s final years. Contributors to the film are not only helping this project come to fruition, but also preserving this story and this life for future generations.