A day with this lady and Lord Huron to cap it off.

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.”
— Karl Marx
“A community is only being created when its members accept that they are not going to be heroes, but simply live each day with new hope, like children, in wonderment as the sun rises and in thanksgiving as it sets. Community is only being created when they have recognized that the greatness of man is to accept his insignificance, his human condition and his earth, and to thank God for having put in a finite body the seeds of eternity which are visible in small and daily gestures of love and forgiveness. The beauty of man is in this fidelity to the wonder of each day.”
— Jean Vanier, Community and Growth (via hislivingpoetry)

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If I acted on all my midnight resolutions I’m pretty sure I would be an Oscar winning filmmaker, a New York Times bestselling author, creator of forty three non-profits, an award winning photographer, and an apostle.


For as long as you live, there will always be a mountain before you. Do not stare too long at its grandeur, for it will paralyze you right where you stand. Instead, reach out to touch its surface, familiarize yourself with its jagged edges. This is the call of life, to feel and know what cuts….


This blog post here is a summary of 19 theses that Brueggemann (OT scholar extraordinaire—if you haven’t read him, do so today) outlined at a conference a while back. They outline the underlying scripts that make up our world and the counter-narrative contained in the gospel—but most…

“Art must be expressed through a true name and surname, not a false one. I am bored to death with heroes more or less imaginary. I want to meet the real protagonist of everyday life, I want to see how he is made, if he has a moustache or not, if he is tall or short, I want to see his eyes, and I want to speak to him.”
—  Cesare Zavattini, "Some Ideas on the Cinema", p. 58 (via shneevon)
“…become readers of any and everything: newspapers, magazines, Harlequin romances, detective stories, as well as novels and plays and poems. For reading is itself a moral act. As George Will once said, there is more imaginative life to be found in reading any cheap thriller than in watching the most sophisticated film. He is not dismissing the cinema, but simply pointing out that it forms images for us, and thus threatens to make us dependent on such previously-formed depictions. Words on a page, by contrast, require us to turn them into images and ideas, and thus to habituate our minds to thinking about something other than ourselves. Reading is thus an intrinsically moral act. This leads to my second plea: I remind my students that, without such thoughtfulness, we are not likely to cultivate an inward life of critique and assessment, of prayer and contemplation, and thus of a truly human existence.”

Why Careful Reading Matters (to Christians)

This is wonderful but I just don’t agree with his value judgement of cinema. Cinema is treated too often as a secondary art. A lot of movies do give you images, I would agree with that. Many are cheap and shallow. But watch an Errol Morris documentary. Watch a film by Terrence Malick. Watch Breathless or 400 Blows. There is so many more. Sophisticated films have as much to offer as the written word. Cinematic vocabulary is less known but that does not make it a lesser vocabulary. This I think comes from cinema being a very young art and the general knowledge of how to watch or “read” cinema being unknown. Cinema is not a secondary art. Novels are not less than poetry. Bakhtin fought this misconception. Cinema is not less than a novel and, for that matter, photography is not less than cinema. They are each different. Each have strengths and weaknesses. But each is infinitely rich and variable.

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Late night working on a short I recently filmed. I really enjoy the editing process. I tend to put it off but once I get rolling I want to piece the puzzle together and hopefully make something wonderful. Now, this hasn’t happened yet and probably won’t again this time but I’ve got to make the mistakes to learn and get better. It’s something I’m learning in more than just filmmaking.