Vic's Video Collaborations with Ronni Raygun Thomas
Known for his own wild, partially animated film scripts, Vickers also was sought out as an actor. He performed both in his own art-video films as well as in many works by art-video director Ronni Raygun Thomas (who recently was named a Tribeca Film Festival director). Both also sometimes worked in collaboration with the well-known director-producer Bob Giraldi. Vickers was often the actor they chose to play the most difficult roles, from a deviant mime to a zombie to a crazed piano player.
The Thomas-Giraldi video collaboration It’s a Small World (2009), which ran as a commercial for the School of Visual Arts, featured a comic "Vickers" character encountering the tiny spaces of a New York life, from waking up in a small apartment bed to having coffee in a minuscule cafe to watching movies on a reduced iPhone screen in a petite living room. Thomas’s Radio Girl (Underground Melody) (2010) also featured Vic's acting performances, in its strange tale of a Downtown “underground” dinner date gone wrong. Vickers' role was that of the Underground Man dining with his girlfriend, a female Radio head, to the tune of the London-based band The Real Tuesday Weld.
Vickers' actor reel (ABOVE) includes his performance in It's a Small World, as well as clips from a few of his other collaborations with Thomas. BELOW are several of Thomas's films or commercials, featuring Vickers Gringo as an actor. They include (BELOW) Mimes of Passion (2009), in which Vickers plays that devious obnoxious mime walking around Coney Island; the piece Radio Girl (Underground Melody); Zombie Proposal! (2009), made as a real-life wedding proposal, and in which Vickers plays the loveable zombie roaming Central Park. Commercial spots (BELOW) include one made for Doritos (starring both Vickers and Thomas himself hamming it up, who plays the sax player in a blonde wig) and for Trojan condoms.