After graduating from “The Los Angeles Film School”, I set off on a ten-year journey to film ‘JOURNEY TO SUNDANCE’, my first feature documentary film about the Sundance Film Festival and independent filmmaking. I was producer, director and host/interviewer in the film.
With the immense footage accumulated over the ten-year period of making the film, and with a goldmine of exciting information and testimonials by experts, I came up with, “THE INDEPENDENT JOURNEY”, a 13-WEEK TELEVISION DOCU-SERIES proposal based in part off the ‘JOURNEY TO SUNDANCE’ feature film.
While filming Journey to Sundance, I fell in love with the still photo and decided to enroll full-time in 2011 at the BROOKS INSTITUTE of PHOTOGRAPHY.
During this period of photography, I met Kiara, an Italian actress and her boyfriend Davide, an Italian director during their visit to LA. We became great friends and they invited me to come to Italy to stay with them for three weeks so they could show me Italy.
I accepted! I was shown the most beautiful sites in Italy and took over 4000 photos of the beautiful country, it’s historic statues and monuments, but more importantly, I took some amazing photos of Kiara and layered them with the Italy photos and created, “DISCOVER ITALY”, the first installment of my “DISCOVER CAMPAIGNS” project.
They’re off to see the Wizard…
Who was responsible for the renaissance of non-studio movies? There has been great debate and arguments for nearly 20 years among and around Hollywood, centering on Independent Film. From Miramax and the Weinsteins to the studios to the “little guys” to Sundance, the questions rage on. Has the Sundance Film Festival become too influenced by the studios? How does the “little guy” who’s made a movie, break into what seems to be a closed system even for indie film?
Enter a team of neophyte filmmakers — Julian Starks, Jennifer Sorenson and Bill Jacobson — who embark on a five year rollercoaster ride to find the answer to the decades old debate: What is Independent Film?
Against the backdrop of the Sundance Film Festival and the yearly pilgrimage of producers, directors, industry “suits” and Hollywood wannabes, these filmmakers and their cameras journey for the answers. They trek to the festival each January for 8 years, and in their search of the original question, each of them is forced to face the issues — and demons — that plague any indie film.
Whether it’s lack of money, lack of time, unexpected losses or disintegrating relationships, this grueling journey takes its toll on these three filmmakers, who ultimately refuse to give up their quest. Passion? Obsession? Stupidity? Insanity? Are these the qualities that define Independent Film?