A Few Steps Back

Hello Everyone! Happy Thursday.

I’m going to take you back in time a little ways, because I don’t want you to miss out on hearing about past events.

Tuesday, the 15th of May was just like any ordinary day at the Creative Visions headquarters. Meaning there was nothing ordinary or routine about it. As a wide-eyed new intern feeling her way around the many extensive projects, movements and people that Creative Visions is involved with, Tuesday was a sweet treat for my undeveloped pallet.
With many Creative Activist Program (CAP for short) members living in the LA area, we are lucky to be able to invite groups in for informal lunches and round table discussions. Narrowing in more specifically on our documentary makers who were available, we brought together Gene Jimenez of 24 PeacesDaniela Kon of Deeda ProductionsKyle Ruddick of One Day on EarthAnneliese Vandenberg and Austin Peck of Village Beats andMarty Syjuco and Michael Collins of Give Up Tomorrow along with Jamie Chvotkin from Indie Blitz for an afternoon of discussion (and of course a CV style pot-luck lunch). Initially Jamie bounced ideas off the group about distribution of documentaries and the best ways to market them, a subject which Indie Beats knows all about. Being a group that is often pushed to the side by distribution companies who are just out to make a profit, our CAP documentary makers were refreshed by Indie Blitz’s simple mantra of being “pro artist and against corporate greed.”

After about an hour of discussion the group was joined by Gary Ross, currently best known for directing and co-writing the screen play for the Hunger Games. With Gary, the conversation turned from the business of film down to the heart of the matter. Gary confessed his desires to make a documentary one day and praised them for their dedication. Being a director of fiction, Gary placed greater weight in documentaries, saying that he often sat down at the end of the day with a doc to unwind. In a comically ironic twist, all the doc makers agreed that with out films like Gary’s, they would go crazy and those were the films they gravitated towards at the end of each day. They explained that because in life (and documentaries) there are no real good and bad guys, by the end of the day their emotions were so jumbled that the simplicity of a hollywood fiction movie was just what they needed. The discussion also covered placing emphasis on difficult issues (be them social, political or just controversial) in movies and having them reach a smaller audience, or scaling the issue down and reaching many more. Obviously their are positive and negative aspects to each, and the discussion was never intended to reach some sort of conclusion. I think in the end every film maker in the room simply felt relieved to have had the opportunity to discuss and share their own stories and opinions about the field. And of course, we at Creative Visions are always left feeling more enlightened and challenged.

Keep checking back to see who pops through our doors next!

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