“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”—Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
“Loneliness does not come from having no people around one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.”—
The EarthCircle Films website has been updated with a recent interview of yours truly conducted by Nelson Carvajal of CineFile.com. Topic: Nonlinear Filmmaking. Good stuff - and touches on Refuge for those who saw it at the Chicago International Film Festival and wanted to know more.
“The culture of the United States has always been one of massive internal contradictions
in which surface harmonies breed countercultures that merely represent the dualistic opposite of the previously dominant cultural pieties.
The most massive internal contradiction of American society: a puritanically sexually repressed country that produces and consumes behind closed doors more pornography than any other spot on the globe.”—Bram Dijkstra from Naked: The Nude in America
“It is very hard to live with silence. The real silence is death and this is terrible. To approach this silence, it is necessary to journey to the desert. You do not go to the desert to find identity, but to lose it, to lose your personality, to be anonymous. You make yourself void. You become silence. You become more silent than the silence around you. And then something extraordinary happens: you hear silence speak.”—Edmond Jabès (via aperfectcommotion)
“Unless we completely inhabit ourselves, it’s not possible to be completely present. If we’re not completely present, we’re not inclusive - and when we’re not inclusive, that’s when we exclude others who have different views, different opinions, different upbringings - difference. In presence, we see the beauty in what was previously unbeautiful - in difference and in alikeness. It’s all of life.”—Gina Sharpe
“The camera is a kind of passport that annihilates moral boundaries and social inhibitions, freeing the photographer from any responsibility toward the people photographed….You are not intervening in their lives, only visiting them.”—Susan Sontag
The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.
Homer The Illiad (~1194 B.C.E)
PARTY TIP: You’ll never be as young as you are right now. Go overboard.
Environmentalism is currently marketed as a luxury brand for guilty consumers. The prevailing assumption is that a fundamental lifestyle change is unnecessary: being green means paying extra for organic produce and driving a hybrid. The incumbent political regime remains in power and the same corporations provide new “green” goods; the underlying consumerist ideology is unquestioned.
The future of environmentalism is in liberating humanity from the compulsion to consume. Rampant, earth-destroying consumption is the norm in the west largely because our imaginations are pillaged by any corporation with an advertising budget.
A character is all about the insecurities and desires that lead to falling down and getting up. If you concentrate on plot, their desires will function mechanically and will not be ingrained in the concrete experience of being human.
If the character is truly human they will have built their own self-narrative. Just like us. And just like us, they will pervert it. That’s the sort of filmmaking I love and the sort of filmmaking I strive to do. As a filmmaker, you can play God and show the character where they are blind. Then you show them the light at the end of the film. This is not unlike having a friend. The difference is that you cannot always help a friend but you can decide if a character is going to succeed or fail.
To make films, you must be friends with some characters and enemies with others. No other relationship will do.
I don’t know about you, but I practice a disorganized religion. I belong to an unholy disorder. We call ourselves, “Our Lady of Perpetual Astonishment.” You may have seen us praying for love on sidewalks outside the better eating establishments in all kinds of weather. Blow us a kiss upon arriving or departing, and we will climax simultaneously. It can be quite a scene, especially if it is raining cats and dogs
The most beautiful things we see are not often shared so comprehensively. A parent is always more enamored with their child. A lover is always possessed by their counterpart. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is almost entirely formed by some invisible connection.
A holistic answer to a question I posed a few weeks ago: What is the most beautiful thing you saw today?