Latest from Entertainment

April 23, 2019

Mercury Retrograde and OM Music Sanity

by Caroline McElroy
April 19, 2019

Reviews - Shazam!; Hellboy

by Mike Peros
March 29, 2019

Film Reviews - Us; Gloria Bell 

by Mike Peros
Aya Nakamura's latest  album
March 17, 2019

Aya Nakamura “DjaDja”

by Lisa Bianconi
February 25, 2019

Superbowl 53, Adam Levine and Nipples

by Caroline McElroy
February 15, 2019

Cold Pursuit; Roma; BlackkKlansman

by Mike Peros
Lizzo
February 08, 2019

Lizzo "Juice"

by Lisa Bianconi
January 26, 2019

Movie Review - GLASS

by Mike Peros
January 23, 2019

In Search of Gram Parsons

by Caroline McElroy
January 11, 2019

Noname’s debut studio album “Room 25"

by Andrew Foerch
January 07, 2019

Film Review “Instant Family”

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
December 14, 2018

The Favourite; Green Book; Stan and Ollie

by Mike Peros
December 10, 2018

Raquel Rodriguez "Mile High"

by Francesca del Console
November 21, 2018

Reviews: Widows; Boy Erased; Bohemian Rhapsody

by Mike Peros
November 13, 2018

Graham Bonnet @ The Viper Room

by Caroline McElroy
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:45

Very, Very Independent Filmmakers - Where Did All the Passion Go?

Written by
Rate this item
(2 votes)
via Samantha Ronceros via Samantha Ronceros

So it’s February, the season of love. And while I give in yet again to the lure of Valentine’s Day, it started me thinking about passion in general. What are my passions? What are yours?

Tonight I went to a play about a pianist, Clara Shumann, a brilliant pianist and composer of the romantic era. The play was her addressing the audience and explaining how frustrated she was by her life. Too many children, too little opportunity to perform, always the wife of… She had such a passion for her art that she made it work somehow. Seven kids, mad husband, the constraints of the world as it was then for a women but she still composed and performed, and lived her life.

And it struck me, what are we if not our passions? What is our life if not the pursuit of what we must do. Sure there are livelihoods to be made, children to raise and bills to pay. These are all necessary and even enjoyable, well the kids are at least. But where does our passion for our art really sit in our daily lives? How easy it is to forget that we have anything but our day-to-day commitments and obligations? But what about our obligation to our soul, our sanity and our art?

Very, Very Independent Filmmakers - Where Did All the Passion Go? via the official NoHo Arts District Guide; www.nohoartsdistrict.com

So what can we do when we feel like it is all slipping away? Return to the source - watch the films that thrilled you and inspired you to become a filmmaker. Find the screenplay to your favorite film online. Most of them can be found one way or another, and read it…revel in it. Watch documentaries about filmmakers that you admire. There are some amazing ones out right now. I keep recommending the Spielberg one and there’s a great one about Brian De Palmer too.

It’s like falling in love and staying in love, you have to make a routine of reminding yourself what it is that gets you hot…in a cinematic sense that is.

Read about it, obsess about it, plan your time off around exploring the essence of film. We live in LA for Christ’s sake, we are surrounded by film museums and film festivals and specialized independent movie theatres.

Seek out like-minded film nerds and spend hours in Denny’s arguing over deleted scenes in obscure French films, or how insane Scorsese is or why Tarantino is any good at all, or how digital is so much better than film…or not. Find your tribe, populate your imagination with actors, go to plays looking for characters to write into your scripts, or actors to cast in your shorts. Find your lust and hold on tight like you’ll never let go.

Very, Very Independent Filmmakers - Where Did All the Passion Go? via the official NoHo Arts District Guide; www.nohoartsdistrict.com

If there is one thing I can guarantee it’s that time goes by fast and before you know it you will stop calling yourself a filmmaker because you aren’t making films or even planning to make films. There’s nothing sadder than someone who used to be something.

This Valentine’s Day give yourself the gift of finding your passion for yourself again. Believe that you are worthy of it and focus your world around what you really do. You are a filmmaker damn it, so act like one!!

Very, Very Independent Filmmakers - Where Did All the Passion Go? via the official NoHo Arts District Guide; www.nohoartsdistrict.com

http://thenewbev.com

http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/egyptian_theatre_events

http://www.lacma.org

http://www.downtownindependent.com

https://www.laemmle.com

http://arenascreen.com

https://www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/cinema-television-arts/cinematheque


**** For information on Los Angeles theatre, tickets to theatre in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District, theatre reviews, the NoHo Event Calendar, restaurants, news and local businesses in NoHo, or anything and everything about the NoHo Arts Community, bookmark nohoartsdistrict.com. Follow us on Twitter @OfficialNoHo. On Instagram @NoHoArtsDistrict and Facebook @NoHoArtsDistrict. 

Read 852 times Last modified on Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:48
Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
 
Writer, Filmmaker, Musician. Samantha has Produced over 60 short films and Written and Directed 20. She is the co-creator of 52 Films/52 Weeks and The Cinema Tribe Collective. She has written over 400 LA Theatre reviews and is partners in Xpress Records a Music Publishing Company in the UK.  This year she will be directing her first feature film which she also wrote, developing several others and is writing a children’s book. 
 
 

Leave a comment

Do you have an event, video or news to share?  Drop us an email and you may see it on NoHoArtsDistrict.com