So – its been a while since i’ve posted & i thought this might be a good time to remind myself why this blog:
why blog about film & art?
why do I feel so passionately about film & art?
I started out acting & working in production and then added teaching into the mix. Over the years, i have worked in theatre & film, at little indies & the big studios, in New York & Los Angeles. I have lectured throughout the Unites States, in Italy, England, etc. on film & art, have been interviewed For Print & broadcast while also being able to interview some heavy hitting industry creatives as well.
I feel that all the arts & all those experiences are related and after years of talking film and art with so many people, I felt like writing it all down & sharing it.
To me, Beautiful art & well crafted films are like a full, content, and happy home: they are refuges from the world-places ( emotionally, spiritually or physically) where you can go to recharge, contemplate life, laugh, cry & ponder everything that concerns you.
You can invite people to share your home, favorite film or the art that moves you: laughing over a great glass of wine, getting pulled into a complex film or analyzing the composition of a striking art work. You can also experience them on your own -seeking solace on a cozy couch, dropping into another world created by a filmmaker or letting your mind wander through gorgeous images, music & sculpture at your own pace.
Either way, your home -like great film & enticing art, is always there for you- protecting you,offering a safe haven while you relax, grow & create.
At home, there is always something to do, & with art & film- there is always something to consider.
So, Instead of just writing down in a journal what I teach in my film, art & English classes – I think it is more interesting to blog it all publicly – to share these observations & hopefully contribute to your own desire to see these films and view these artworks.
Being Italian, don’t be surprised if I include food and wine as “fine art” or “fun flicks” because like good film- good food & wines are nuanced & work on different levels.
Also, don’t be surprised at the occasional literary reference -because good film, art & books all tell a story – just in different ways & at different points in time (except for the Italian futurists – who were trying to show you different, continuous time all at once).
And, usually, the posts won’t be too long-( definitely not this long! Brevity can be paradise!
I hope to connect with everyone from all walks of life & various disciplines- including students, film lovers, art lovers, readers, foodies, film makers & artists- & I look forward to an exchange of opinions & ideas.
Hopefully this year has a tremendous variety of creative goodies for contemplation & sharing… & maybe you’ll see familiar films & artworks in a different way. Maybe this blog can become a home away from home, a drop in lounge, where maybe your soul will be as satisfied by the blog, as your palate is by a delicious, hearty homemade soup eaten while sitting on a cozy couch.