Film is Life.

By | Begun 06/05/2004
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Audience n. 3. A regular public that manifests interest, support, enthusiasm, or the like; a following. *

Movies Accompany Life

They illustrate our own experience, offering clarity and opportunity for introspection, even decision … show us lives very different from our own … show us what might happen were we to adopt a certain behavior or activity we eschew (for better or worse), thereby warning or encouraging … transport us to times, places, and circumstances beyond our reach (for better or worse!).  They step into, and have the power to influence, our personal narrative, and even, perhaps, our actual journey.

It’s About the Filmmakers

Movies also illustrate the experience of those who bring them to us … articulate those persons’ visions and points of view … demonstrate their gifts (or perhaps lack thereof, lol) … allow us into the life experience of the cast or crew member … show us what interests and holds meaning for them.

But It’s Also About the Audience

Still, a film does not exist solely unto itself.  Rather, its full being is realized only by the participation of us, the viewers, transforming it into a special expression unique to each viewer’s understanding.  Though there are certain empirical elements, it’s a dance between actor/filmmaker and viewer, and as with physical dance, the variations and interpretations are utterly subjective and infinite across person and time.

“But every artist must work in his medium, and the medium of film does not exist unless there is an audience between the projector and the screen.” 
 ~ Roger Ebert

We celebrate the artists.  We celebrate the medium.
We celebrate our own celebration of both.

Film is Life is a celebration of the audience’s experience, a chronicle of my own cinematic safari, and a celebration of the artists who bring the stories to us (and in my case, with a deep and special affection for the actors).

Here you’ll find the odd reference to objective criteria (i.e., performance, direction, cinematography, and the like), but I’m of the view that – almost as with faith, as I’m thinking about it – the conversation really isn’t about imposed objectives and guidelines, but rather how close to one’s own being one gets as one experiences the film.

Just as no one can judge another’s connection to a Higher Power, no one can truly judge whether or not a film is “good.”  Strong opinion and heated debate may ensue between reasonable and thoughtful people, and recognizing excellence via awards is a worthy endeavor, but ultimately it comes down to individual belief and perspective.

It’s about finding your own path, articulating your own Repertoire, and experiencing where it leads you »


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