Wim Wender’s 50 Golden Rules of filmmaking.

I can recall the first time I came across Dan Flavin’s artwork in person. I was completely enamored by it and still am. Yet, I’d struggle to explain exactly what it is that I’m so compelled by in his work. More interesting to me than what an adult would have to say of his work is what a child might have to say. Here are 3 minutes worth of kid’s opinions on an untitled Dan Flavin piece that was installed in their Liverpool school for one day.

3 guys spent 44 days traveling 38,000 miles to visit 11 countries. They filmed their experiences in a rather organized manner to produce three short films: Move, Learn and Eat. I’m exhausted just watching all of that traveling.

Yesterday, I happened upon an online video of a few people building a homemade spacecraft and sending it to the edge space with a camera to record the whole experience. The project had been carried out by two dads and their science curious sons. They were basically having some outdoor fun on a relaxing summer weekend in upstate New York. As it turned out, some of these people are my friends and neighbors. And what they’ve accomplished has blown my mind.

People I Met One Day is a series of short scenes with young people who I met on a single day in New York City. The film captures a sense of youth, a struggle with one’s obligations and restrictions, and the search to find oneself in a city that encompasses everything. The footage was filmed during the height of the 2004 election season, and stored away as a time capsule of sorts. The film was assembled during the Fall 2010.

UK Channel 4 commissioned Lenka Clayton and James Price to create People In Order, a series of short portrait films that reveal something about life by arranging people in scales:

Age / Human beings from age 1-100.
Birth / 34 women arranged by length of pregnancy (weeks 4 - 41).
Love / 48 couples arranged by length of relationship (in descending order).
Home / 73 households arranged by income (400,000 - 3,240 pounds).

While going through some notes, I came across a quote from Mark Twain that I am quite fond of.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

I’ve just returned from some R&R in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The island and people are simply beautiful. The mellow town is painted with colors that are muted from the sun’s persistent baking. Stray dogs and cats are never too shy to beg for scraps. Iguanas bask in the heat, but would prefer to go unnoticed. The otherwise quiet town hums with the buzz of mopeds. Often families of four or five can be seen getting about that way. At night, front doors are left ajar and people can be seen sitting on curbs talking or huddled around TVs that have been placed outside to watch the football game. Sol cerveza and Coca Cola cool the blistering heat.

There are so many this-or-that ways to categorize human beings: tall or short, quiet or loud, upbeat or down trodden etc. There are the more judgmental categories as best illustrated in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a good egg or a bad egg. There are the folks who use the world as their private office to divulge personal issues on their cell phone. Some people will always be courteous and hold open doors for strangers and there are those who just don’t do that. On the subway yesterday, I noticed a woman who fell into one of my very favorite categories. There are those who will ride on the train during rush hour and plaster on their face with make-up and those who are horrified at the very thought of transforming a subway into one’s bathroom.