"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found"  James Russell Lowell

UPCOMMING PROJECT: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY (Stage: research/filming)                  past projects

 

Sitting here at the TIFF Light box (2015) with one mister Geoff Pevere, the Man and The Journey..... while shooting Sharits I had to tackle heavy themes of mental "illness", what is the link with creativity.... I became disabled physically with a nasty spine disease; Stenosis, and several other major health issues, what then.... the struggle.... I was in Germany for a screening and after a rather special Q & A, I wondered why I was doing what it is that I am doing.... this 20 something young man came up to me and said "your film gave me a boost, I'm depressed but I will make my short animation film, precisely because I'm depressed". He was all smile, he made my day....

I gave a young man some hope, perhaps a trigger....... perhaps pure coincidence

The question period at RWM, was bliss, maybe it was Geoff, maybe it was because I knew that Bruce Elder (who I had a fascinating lengthy interview with for my film) was there, and my friend Mark Loeser was there, the chemistry, the vapor was just right..... it was the missing element to my puzzle....but the machine had been in motion for quite a while..... it's nice to cross some elevated people sometimes, other than in an echo chamber of posturing phony insignificance that the "experimental film" scene has now unfortunately become....

 

I was talking with Sophie Calle at FILAF, we mostly laughed, somehow, a key was there, a key was also there with Andreas from DOKU ART, the intensity of the brilliant minds be it Alain Fleischer and his trance inducing train ride to Bielorussie or the splendor of Louise (Sandhaus) and her absolutely spectacular book, the deep conversations with Angelo, and of course Chris, Cheri and don't eat the small chicken.......

 

The stigma must end, such is the task at hand  "with no definite future and no purpose other than to prevail somehow" it's just the road ahead.......

 

I am undertaking a big project and if I encounter half the quality people I did when I was doing my previous, it will be worth it.

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