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Director Paul Blackthorne’s statement about
THIS AMERICAN JOURNEY:
Acting is my day job, enjoying characters and wondering what people think makes them happy. Along with that, I love photographing people and I love getting lost in places I’ve never been. In my experience, that’s when interesting things tend to happen.
I’ve lived in the states much of my adult life, having fallen in love with the place as a kid. A few years ago I’d just moved back to a Brooklyn neighborhood I hadn’t lived in for 15 years and the American dream had well and truly hit the fan, this proud country was on its knees and it was struggling.
Around this time, I was spending much of my time flying back and forth between my gentrified east coast, west coast bubbles peering out the plane window wondering what the hell was going on down there, how was the American heartland dealing with these tough times?
My old neighborhood had changed somewhat in 15 years; bullet proof delis had been replaced by fashionable eateries and quirky cafes. An Australian photographer called Mister Basquali owned one such place I had come to enjoy….(read more here).