Hey pals!! I'm so honored and happy that I got to take part in this project!! Check out all of the art and artists who were a part of the Beauty In The Common project @ thecommonyear.com !
I had thought I'd lost any version of this project when I moved a few years ago- but just today I found it on an old hard drive. It made me feel all the feels- so I'm putting it up online. If you watch it- Thanks so much:)
I released Portraits: 20 - 25 at New Art Film Festival in Champaign-Urbana, IL in 2010, though I took my time working on this little by little for several months and actually finished it in 2008. This video wasn't an assignment or any sort of class work, though now after so many years, I'm reminded of an art school final. It might sound strange or trite or even fake... but the truth is that I made this art project because I had a dream that I made it. I dreamt that I can created a song that encapsulated who my friends and I were as young adults, and I made a film for the song. When I woke up I was so moved that I started working on the project that very morning. I don't always take dreams all that seriously, (thank goodness- or else my life would be super freaky) but this time I felt very instructed. It was a gut instinct to act on the idea I'd had in the dream.
To create the time capsule effect I wanted, I gathered a dozen or so of my close friends aged 20- 25, set them in a room, and asked them to talk about 3 things:
1) what confuses them
2) tell me about a fight or a big confrontation they've had
3) tell me about a time when they were proud of them selves
Once I had everyone's stories I cut and wove and looped and smushed them together until I had a 29ish minute long mosaic of a story, so human and genuine. It was so beautiful to me then and as I hear it now, just a few years later, it touches my heart in new and lovely ways. After the story was finished, I set the lyrics to song. Alone in my room I fiddled around with my guitar and hand drums and bottles and sticks and wine glasses. Creating the score to this video had to the most fun and freeing recording experience I've had so far. With song and lyrics finished, all I had left to do was borrow a buddy's digital camera and lurk around town with it for a few days. This video is the first time I ever really used a camera in my life, and was definitely the first time I edited footage on a computer... which is very obvious:) I'm amazed at the footage in this video realizing that just a few years later- the camera on my phone is so superior to the big bulky thing I shot this with. I'm feeling so nostalgic, its amusing.