FilmCourage.com celebrated 8 years on April 9, 2017. In those 8 years, much has happened. Here are 8 truths we’ve discovered at Film Courage during this time. Much of this can be applied to many things in life such as going to college, making a film, writing a book, creating a webseries, etc. Please take from it any nuggets that may apply and leave the rest.
Thank you for helping us stay afloat during this near decade of interesting times.
1. New Ideas are the spark of life. Sustained interest takes daily work and is never as easy as it appears.
2. Start small, build later. Whatever the endeavor, the smaller you start the better, because it ensures that high-overhead won’t wipe you out down the line.
3. Embark on something because you find it interesting or it makes you think. Social media hits, perceived success, pats on the back are nice. Facing the computer on a daily basis should come from a general interest of what stirs you. An endeavor doesn’t even have to be something that is your first love. It has to be something that stirs up an intensity inside you.
4. There will be days when you lose interest in something. On those days, take a break. Come back to it in the morning.
5. There will be people who’ll tell you in numerous subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways that your idea is faulty, sucks, will never work, etc. Consider the source, take thought that some of what they’re saying may be true and may not be true. Then proceed with what you want to do anyway.
6. What is interesting to you is usually interesting to others. Stick to this rule. Aim to generate thought-provoking, if not debateful, conversation.
7. You can’t please everyone.
8. If you can imagine something else you’d rather be creating, do it! But if you can’t think of anything else, no matter how painful, dull, confusing a creative endeavor becomes, know your reasons, and reinforce to yourself the ‘why‘ of what you’re doing.
THE BEAT OF THE BAT is a full-length documentary that tells the story of the music of the 1966 “Batman” Television Series and how composers Neal Hefti, Nelson Riddle & Billy May gave Batman his first real musical identity- and one that has remained inexorably tied to the character for over 50 years!
In fact, if you saw the just released “Lego Batman Movie” you might have noticed the numerous references to the music of the TV series.
And face it, you can go up to anyone, anywhere in the world and sing “Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na!” and they will instantly know what you are talking about!
The music was as important to the show as the bright colors, campy dialogue and tongue-in-cheek performances. Yet, strangely, the story of how it came to be has never been told… Until now.
EXODUS documents the journey of Syrian refugees as they cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece. In the winter of 2015, over three thousand refugees attempted this treacherous crossing everyday, all in hope of seeking asylum in the European Union. It’s a life and death gamble that they are willing to take, all for a chance at a new life away from their war-torn homeland.
FREAK OUT: Matan, a soldier in the IDF, sets off for a week of patrolling in a remote base in the north of Israel with three soldiers whom he doesn’t know. As the week progresses, the soldiers begin to question whether they will come out of this experience alive.
THE HOLLY KANE EXPERIMENT: An obsessive psychologist attempts to reprogram her subconscious mind, but when her actions become increasingly uncharacteristic she fears her experiment is dangerously out of control.
AMERICAN TRIAL seeks to discover what a trial in the Eric Garner case might have taught us. How is our legal system designed to handle cases such as Garner’s? What verdict may have been returned after all the evidence was presented? More importantly, what conversations, perspectives and emotions went unexamined because of the grand jury’s decision?
Similarly to fiction courtroom dramas, the lead characters of this documentary will be the attorneys leading the prosecution and the defense. Our camera will capture them as they develop their public arguments and individual positions. How do they decide which witnesses to summon? How do they prepare for their court appearance? Are there any discrepancies between their systemic role and their true feelings regarding the case?
The film will also follow a news crews covering the trial and reporting on race relations in America within the context of the trial and the movement for black lives. They will travel across America to discover what public figures, intellectuals and activists think about the Eric Garner case, as well as other similar cases through the prism of racial relations in the United States.