Director Casey Modderno was a student in my NYU Narrative Workshop class in the Fall of 2012. Not even Hurricane Sandy could stop the production of his thoughtful and elegantly executed 14 minute short film, “Disgrace”. It’s always interesting to watch the evolution of my student’s work and this journey is a reminder that our “Click Here” documentary is really tapping into the paradigm shift that storytellers can take advantage of, provided they persevere.
Way back in the 1990s I met Emily Konopinski. I was a senior at Columbia High School. She was a freshman. What connected us? The fact that we were the only two students with a genuine interest and commitment to the elective filmmaking class we’d decided to take. I acted in her films, she produced many of mine, and this past weekend I had the chance to shoot her wedding to Pete Trunk.
I’ve been working on a film called “What About Us?” for quite some time. If you saw “Premium” then you know I even referenced it within that film. Well, there’s been a lot of internet and real world chatter about the topic of slavery reparations, causing debate within many communities, all of which I find VERY exciting as I’ve picked up the pen again and am hoping to bang out a revised draft before my NYU teaching semester begins again in September.
This is over a year old but I just stumbled upon the video. It’s a Staff Pick by the folks over at Vimeo and a great example of how tapping into universal themes can lead to “going viral”. There’s no trusted formula for success, but this video hits all the right notes and that music is what leads to 1,300,000 views and counting.
Now, whether or not it will change your social media immersion, that’s to be determined. I mean, you ARE watching this on your phone most likely. The irony.