Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Pancake Mountain

DVD #5 is in production, filming this week. I swear we have enough footage for two more DVDs but let's get this one out first.

SPIN magazine ran one of my photos (from the Jenny Lewis dance party) in their Jan 2007 article on Indie Kid Rock, and the Houston Press ran a big photo two weeks ago from the Guster shoot. I knew about SPIN because they contacted me for credit information but the Houston publication was a surprise - I was checking out our updated media kits and there is one of my photos larger than life - with my son prominently displayed dancing away. I like surprises like that.

Dance Parties coming up - after our winter hibernation. February and March could be very busy months. Bring it on - I'm ready for some fun.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Catching The Big Fish - Suffering


It's good for the artist to understand conflict and stress. Those things can give you ideas. But I guarantee you, if you have enough stress, you won't be able to create. And if you have enough conflict, it will just get in the way of your creativity. You can understand conflict, but you don't have to live in it.

...But the filmmaker doesn't have to be suffering to show suffering. You can show it, show the human condition, show conflicts and contrasts, but you don't have to go through that yourself. You are the orchestrator of it, but you're not in it. Let your characters do the suffering.

It's common sense: The more the artist is suffering, the less creative he is going to be. It's less likely that he is going to enjoy his work and less likely that he will be able to do really good work.

... Some artists believe that anger, depression, or these negative things give them an edge, They think they need to hold on to that anger and fear so they can put it in their work. And they don't like the idea of getting happy - it makes them want to puke. They think it would make them lose their edge or their power.

... If you're an artist, you've got to know about anger without being restricted by it. In order to create, you've got to have energy; you've got to have clarity. You've got to be able to catch ideas. You've got to be strong enough to fight unbelievable pressure and stress in this world. So it just makes sense to nurture the place where that strength and energy and clarity come from - to dive in and enliven that. It's a strange thing, but it's true in my experience: Bliss is like a flak jacket. It's a protective thing. If you have enough bliss, it's invincibility. And when those negative things start lifting, you can catch more ideas and see them with greater understanding. You can get fired up more easily. You've got more energy, more clarity. Then you can really go to work and translate those ideas into one medium or another.

- David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish.

Photo from Jan 13, 2007, Round House Theater, Bethesda MD.