On Tour: Newport News, VA

27 Oct

October 21, 2014  | Fly By Light | Newport News, VA

Shortly after I arrived on the Christopher Newport University campus in Newport News, I was welcomed into the university  film club. Listening to each student’s intentions for coming that day was a refreshing reminder of all the different ways that film brings people into a room, from the craft of cinematography and editing to a passion for story analysis, to wanting to have an impact on people’s lives, or simply a chance to meet a filmmaker.  Its not everyday you have the opportunity to screen your work to a group of student film enthusiasts, with primed analytical brain muscles. I jumped at the opportunity to have them offer a critical analysis of the opening of Fly By Light – a sequence which we deliberated over for months.  After being fully impressed with the detail  of their reflections, we shifted out of our heads and into a practical experiment. I explained that the intention for this distribution phase of the filmmaking process is to be as interactive as possible, to be part of building a movement for social and emotional learning through the arts, for creating spaces that honor each person’s inherent value. I invited the students to share on camera “My light is….” and “I fly because…” and I was blown away by the honesty and beauty of their responses. Throughout this tour I’ll be collecting these personal offerings, and will compile them into a group poem. Although the film screening and dynamic discussion that followed that evening was rich with deep insight, diverse perspectives and enthusiasm, I am so grateful that this tour makes space for opportunities to connect and engage with smaller groups as well. The combination is pretty dreamy.

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Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Ellie Walton.
To listen to a podcast interview with the filmmaker, click here.

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