It’s been one hell of a year: I quit my PhD program. I founded IGORoamandreport. I had my car stolen. I made a documentary. I suffered unemployment for three months. I worked on a movie set. I went broke.
Yes, 2010 has been a wacky year filled with dramatic personal highs and unspeakable lows. Leaving graduate school, I was thrilled about breaking the chains of an unhappy future and jumping head-first into unknown waters. At times, however, I’ve felt lost and alone on my journey. At other times I’ve celebrated incredible breakthroughs.
Drawing by Katie Beck
For good or bad, I feel as if 2010 was a year in which adult life decided to beat me over the head with a shovel on more than one occasion. It was a year in which the comfortable routine of 17 years of schooling disappeared to reveal the inner me, a kid in his early twenties, stripped naked and trying to make sense of the greater world around him. Continue reading
The Final Mini-Doc in the Six Part Series!
The past two weeks have been amazing and equally as hectic. On November 3rd, my full 23-minute “Stories from the Emerald Necklace” documentary was finally premiered at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s annual meeting. I was told it was met with gasps, sighs, laughter, and applause. I have no personal recollections of this since I was transformed into a zombie-like state as soon as the screening started – unable to comprehend my surroundings, out of tune with the movie, and generally perplexed and stupefied that the big moment had finally arrived. Nevertheless, I was assured by those attending that they liked it very much. In the middle of all this commotion, I have worked as a Production Assistant on a feature film over the past two weeks – 12 hour days and little sleep. More juice on that experience here. Let’s get to my last “Story.” Roger Gottlieb, a master storyteller and author of A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth, recounts a time when city dwellers had to unite to save the west bank of Boston’s best kept secret, Jamaica Pond, from apartment developments. Roger is a fascinating individual and I hope you enjoy his story.
Only on YouTube: My extended interview with Roger.
See last week’s premiere here – Restoration and Revival of the Muddy River
The Fifth Short Documentary in the Six Part Series!
On November 3rd, in three days, I will be premiering the full, twenty-three minute masterpiece that combines all six “Stories” documentaries into one film at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Annual Meeting. I can’t tell whether I’m more excited or nervous as I look ahead to 200+ pairs of eyes viewing my work. I’m fairly certain the masses are gonna like it though and I’m crossing my fingers that another project will present itself out of this showing. In the meantime, enjoy another installment of the “Stories Project.” Bob Nesson, documentary film maker and producer of “The Muddy River Chronicles” recalls a lifelong connection to Boston’s Muddy River. From memories of a dirty and ignored waterway in the 1970s to today’s Riverway restoration and revival, Bob provides insight into the history of the Muddy River and how he was inspired to make the “Muddy River Chronicles” in an effort to build awareness of this part of the Emerald Necklace.
See last week’s premiere here - Nora Lutz and the Pond Jam
Scroll down to see two of the ‘Stories’ videos I am publishing!
This summer, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a nonprofit oversight organization of Boston’s historic Emerald Necklace system of parks, launched the beginning of a brand new venture – the Stories Project. The Stories Project is meant to video document the broad variety of stories that come from the 1,000,000+ people that visit the park system every year. The Emerald Necklace is a 1000+ acre linear park system outlining the city of Boston that includes six parks in total, each with a different character and motif. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and completed in 1891. The Stories Project is groundbreaking for the Emerald Necklace; it marks the start of creating a historical database of experiences formed at these historic parks and promotes and encourages use of the parks through a series of creative and compelling high definition videos. These videos are being posted online and eventually will appear at the Conservancy’s new visitor center, opening in the fall.
[Update: All Six 'Stories' Videos Now On IGORoamandreport]
How do I know all this? I’m the lucky son-of-a-gun that was hired to develop a vision and produce the novel video project. Yes, it is my responsibility to find, collect, produce, and report Continue reading