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Post by Dionysus » Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:58 pm

Thanks James. I head up the housing but the program provides the other elements. I believe we are certainly unique in western MA..
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Post by JamesN. » Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:44 am

Dionysus it looks like you've definitely found a great "bliss" groove if you don't mind my saying so. Very inspiring to hear about; and having such a diversity of outlets probably helps to provide a good balance as well. (At my age I'd be totally exhausted by the time my head hit the pillow; but oh how rewarding it must feel at the end of the day.) Bravo and best of luck as you move ahead! 8)
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Post by Dionysus » Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:03 am

James, I'm 68.
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Post by JamesN. » Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:28 am

Dionysus wrote:James, I'm 68.
Of course Dionysus; age is not what's important. Best of luck.
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Post by Andreas » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:57 am

D and Carmela, so nice to see you back, hope all is well.

Indeed best of luck with your projects.
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Post by Dionysus » Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:42 am

Andreas. Hello! How are things in your neck of the woods?
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Post by Andreas » Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:45 pm

Considering I am from Greece, doing good, I guess, lol. Struggling with survival, trying to follow my dreams which is directing and writing, for the cinema though. Can't seem to formulate a coherent myth still (my thoughts are too chaotic lol) but I'll get it hopefully.

Yeah not to bad.

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Post by JamesN. » Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:02 pm

Andreas wrote:Considering I am from Greece, doing good, I guess, lol. Struggling with survival, trying to follow my dreams which is directing and writing, for the cinema though. Can't seem to formulate a coherent myth still (myth thoughts are too chaotic lol) but I'll get it hopefully.

Yeah not to bad.

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Andreas; John Lobell has several video clips and a new book out about "Visionary Creativity". Here is one which you might find of interest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7MYESCJ9VE


(He also has his own youtube channel.) Architecture seems to be his forte'; but as you just saw from his last clip: "Joseph Campbell - Symbol without Meaning"; his knowledge about Joseph covers a wide background. I just got the book this particular clip covers and it is excellent. (I especially like how he combines forward-looking themes and technologies with Joseph's ideas that encourages one to think outside-the-box as it were. Since Joseph died in 1987 and the internet; smart phones; and social media had not really even come into play as of yet; (the PC was just barely in it's infancy); it raises the point that a whole new paradigm of human activity has come into being and this book and themes cover that. Maybe it will give you some ideas. See what you think.


Cheers
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Post by Andreas » Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:24 pm

Wow James, that is awesome. Perfect for Sunday morning with a freddo cappucino.

Thanks, really appreciate it. :D
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Post by JamesN. » Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:33 pm

Hope it is helpful Andreas. :)
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Post by Dionysus » Sun May 01, 2016 12:09 am

Andreas, In my theatre, tho' I look for regional and locally written pieces, and although i live in an area in which we have writers and artists, galore, it is still difficult to meet our criteria. Finding a writer who shares your cinematic vision becomes imperative.

With plays, of course, it's easy enough to get the rights to a piece which interests you and fits into your artistic vision and is malleable enough to shape into a form which you find suitable.

My theatre partner and I actively seek out pieces that explore the human condition. I believe that all human activity is informed by two facts. How we adjust to being alone in the universe, and how we adjust to our own mortality. This is, perhaps, an oversimplification.

Campbell's The Creative Mythology, a wonderful read, may offer you some insights into gathering elements for your own cinematic mythology. At any rate i wish all the best. And may the muses smile on you.
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Post by Andreas » Sun May 01, 2016 9:46 am

Thank you for the advice D thats really nice of you.

I am really struggling with metaphor and its nature of potentially being misunderstood. But mainly all my efforts focus into finding a way to mythologize this technological world we live in and its relationship to our psychology.

Anyways, thanks again. I go watch James video. :)
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Post by CarmelaBear » Sun May 29, 2016 9:33 pm

Oh, how I love to hear your voices!

This is great.

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Post by JamesN. » Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:44 pm

I caught this clip from historian Ken Burns Stanford's commencement address. He expresses certain sociological and political issues that have been difficult for many to clarify during this particular campaign season as well as articulating what is really at stake; which is namely the ability to discriminate the difference between image and substance behind the mask of political "persona"; and the far reaching implications of this impact. Lastly he points toward the future with many of the inspiring themes that can be recognized from within much of Joseph Campbell's work. (Highly recommended.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F8zCQ4YnZ8
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Post by Roncooper » Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:17 pm

James,

Ken Burns makes high quality, accurate historical documentaries. I have enjoyed several of his films.

In this speech he gave a historical context for Trump as a president. He didn't pull any punches.

I think people who don't have a long view of history need to hear this.

Thanks
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