Turn-Ons: Films made for the love of art rather than the love of money (& sometimes shot on a shoestring budget or funded by Kickstarter).
Turn-Offs: Films that stirred the emotions. That's not a bad thing but I didn't have any tissues.
Rate My Date:
- Not My Type
- 1 Night Stand
- Happily Ever After
When it comes to art, I LURVE witnessing the genius of creative thinkers, innovators and doers who choose not to conform to current standards but set new ones. And I get so inspired by artists who are willing to sacrifice their egos by challenging status quo, thinking outside the box and taking risks. The kind of artists motivated by passion rather than popularity. And, even though their vision may be uncommon, they somehow trust their ideas and their gut enough to produce their work and put it out into a world where mediocrity is celebrated with fame and fortune.
I think that's what engaged me most about Tribeca Film Festival's "Moral Fibers" which was a well-curated selection of narrative short films about the human experience; fears, fantasies, vice, loss, hope and making big decisions in the face of predicament. While not every film interested or entertained me, I enjoyed the creative story-telling that strayed far from Hollywood formula and was undoubtedly impressed by the amount of blood, sweat and tears it took to produce something that started as just an idea.
Notable faves of mine were on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum: the heart-wrenching "Record", directed and written by David Lyons, co-written by Brook Hely and Trent Roberts. And the joyfully inspiring "Today's the Day", directed and written by Daniel Cloud Campos, co-written with Tamara Levinson-Campos. Kudos to these brave and talented artists!
But all of the films sparked my imagination and my senses, and definitely provoked thought; if not about the films themselves, about my own passion and motivation as an artist. How willing am I to risk my ego (and perhaps my resources) to put out into the world the work that's closest to my heart?