Thursday, March 5, 2009

This video is just a preview for the film I just recently went to see at the Durango Film Festival in Colorado. This documentary was shot in your traditional format of interviews and fly on the wall sort of scenes. The beginning credits were incredibly well done and the introduction to the project being documented was really engaging and also emotional stimulating. The film work was clean crisp, well edited and extremely personal. The project itself called for a certain aesthetic criteria for the documentation. The project was basically about this guy who goes by someguy who, inspired by graffiti-bathroom walls, took on this project of making 1000 journals to place in the world for the unknown finder to discover and hopefully use. He created a website to track, discuss, facilitate, and document the projects process. Well, the journals ended up traveling the world and touching the hands and hearts of many people globally stirring up quite personal issues and striking journalistic touchstones across humanity that speak to the creative outlet of speaking the silence in journals- publicly. Well, someguy wanted to take the next step in the project later in its development to push it out in to the public even more- whether through a gallery installation or book publication. However, the nature of the project leaves a lot of journals out there floating in space that are not exactly track-able. And how do you chose which journal entries to keep and omit when the artistic framing calls for delimiting the material? I think this video documentary is really quite suitable for framing this project and allows it reach many viewers, giving them a solid idea of the project as a whole and its ephemeral-ness, while being able to see a good portion of the journal entries recorded. All in all- this documentary covered it subject really well and accurately and clearly framed the project but compositionally- as far as the art of film goes, the concept and relay of information couldn't have been really farther pushed graphically and the tempo of the piece generally stayed at one level. ---Kinda makes you want to journal.

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