Say What You Need To Say
I was just thinking about how some filmmakers are unethical in their filmmaking. How long do they think they can continue to make films like this before people get sick of them by being liars? I want to state clearly, that I am very vocal about my views, but I don't want to be disingenuous in my filmmaking.
I would say that 98% of the people in my life have opposite views on religion, spirituality and politics than I do. But it doesn't mean I don't hold deep respect and care for these people. There is a difference between challenging beliefs and challenging people.
Most of my adult life has been spent on gaining knowledge of the mind, spirituality and politics. So this is my passion. Most of who I have been since a child was challenging authority and challenging the status quo. People who know me dearly know this is who I am. But people who truly know me know I am a very caring and empathetic person, as well as pissed off and angry.
So while I may challenge any belief system that exists, it does not mean I wish harm or pain, or suffering to anyone I know. My films are to examine the world we live so that we can live in a better place. My "fuck-you" attitude, while some do not understand, comes from deep empathy from watching people in this world manipulate people because they want something to believe in.
I can’t say this is the most effective strategy and may cause more harm than good, but it is something I try to work on because of how emotionally effected I get when thinking about the suffering that is caused by these systems.
Some people may wonder why I still choose to be a part of, or associate myself with things that are opposite of what I believe. Whether I help a church organization or help spiritual people create videos through my production company.
Because I believe that you don’t always have to agree with someone to be a better person, and that I have always tried to take an open minded approach to how I live my life.
This may confuse people, because of course, we want people to be in these little boxes, to able to figure out who they are, and what they do.
I believe I have learned a lot by opening myself to new experiences, and helping those, even those you do not agree with. If countries could learn to do this, imagine what kind of world we would live in.
It’s not my fucking problem if people are confused about it. This journey is the exploration for me to find truth, not hide behind bullshit labels.
The point I am trying to make is that my filmmaking is to find out the answers to these questions. I could be wrong about all of it. But I am not going to know unless I try to find out.
My job is not to make everyone happy. My job is to question things, and explore new ways of thinking. Sometimes that means challenging old ideas.
While there are a lot of people I could throw rocks at in my exploration, it is not my intent to stone everyone that I come across that has a different opinion then me. There are people who are genuine in their journey who are just trying to discover the same shit as me.
For those I can have an intellectual conversation with. For other, who wish to hide behind labels and boxes, and bullshit, well, I got plenty of shit to throw your way if I need to. And I will.
All in all, I don’t think you need to be a fucking lair to make a film. Yes, we are not all perfect, and yes we are biased in our opinions. I have said, and I am sure I am going to say shit that I will regret, or that I was wrong about.
The point is to try to figure out what is right or correct the best of your abilities. If people think I am not going to piss people off, they are sadly mistaking. If people think I am not trying to make the world a better place, they are sadly mistaken.
That is the duality and dichotomy of reality. There will always be two-sides to the story. It’s just a matter of finding out what that story is.