DOCUMENTARY | 5 – 10 MIN. | CREATIVITY & CONNECTION, HEALING AFTER LONELINESS, HEALTH CHALLENGES, OLDER ADULTS
Elgin Park dives into the life of a reclusive artist turned viral sensation – recognized for creating 1950’s utopias out of pain, love, and miniature cars.a
But What Does It Mean?
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Even when we feel that we have a sense of a film’s meaning, there is often more to uncover.
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Think about a pivotal place in your life that impacted the person you are today. To better understand this location, map it out. First draw the box, or the house, where you were living, or the office, where you were working. Then move on to the road where the house or office stood and try to draw the other boxes or rectangles that represent actual locations from your memory. Draw the roads to the places where your memory takes you. Once you have included all of the key locations from this time in your life and have exhausted your memory of this place, add color and select colors based on how warm or cold your memory is of the place. Once finished, reflect and consider sharing with someone else from your past.
Meet the Filmmaker
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Danny Yourd is an award winning director and creative producer. He has directed and/or produced over 10 documentary films including the Sundance-winning documentary Blood Brother and Almost Holy (Executive Produced by Terrence Malick) which premiered and sold at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Danny’s short films have screened at over 50 film festivals all over the world. His work has been featured on National Geographic, Apple, Independent Lens, Vimeo Staff Pick, Netflix, Starz and many others. Danny is currently a director at Animal.
WHY THEY MADE THE FILM
“Michael Paul Smiths work caught my attention like a lot of people when his photography went viral a few years back. After several phone calls and rallying my long time collaborator and cinematographer, John Pope, we realized we had a very special story. Michael immediately trusted us and opened up allowing us to craft this beautiful story about vulnerability, art and perseverance. Michael gave us the gift of friendship and we will carry that with us the rest of our life.“
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