I was not going to write a blog this month because I felt that what was going on in the world with COVID-19 and the protests of the murder of George Floyd by the hands of a police officer.
I felt that my observations and trials and tribulations regarding the Ten Films/Ten Countries: A Cinematic Journey project, were trivial and unimportant. Then I was reminded as I watched the news coverage of the protestors marching, standing, and kneeling, that these faces of all colors and creeds, were united in a cause of injustice. What is art if not the reflection of the human condition, of love, hate, injustice, and the commonality of mankind. I am greatly saddened and angry. We are living through a historic moment that will change most of our lives forever. We should not leave it to just the historians to tell the story. It is for all of us to speak up, express ourselves, show compassion, be kind to each other, respect each other, and come to the realization that we need each other. Art is this and so much more.
Now is the time to have opinions, speak your mind, and create.
The videos that have come from this unrest from individuals on the front lines are a remarkable record of history in the making. The media send out reporters, camera, and sound people to report and chronicle the times, but with the slant of providing information with very little commentary. By default, news agencies report hat they see and make no speculation or judgement, as they should. But the people on the streets give us this information with their take on it, with their emotions involved, and in some cases are the subject in what they are filming. It is important and now completely accessible because we all have a production studio in our pockets, in our hands. We can shoot, comment, edit, and distribute these expressions of outrage, sadness, and humanity right on the spot. No preproduction meetings, call sheets, wardrobe fittings, waiting for the camera department to light a scene, no rehearsals, only action with no take two.
So, go home and finish your scripts plan your film, and make your art and let the state of the world be part of your storytelling. You have the power to connect, express, and create from your heart the most important message you can say about the human condition.