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Buying a stairway to heaven

Well I got rejected from Teach for America. It's probably for the best, my heart wasn't necessarily in it and it could have been an excuse to not do what I know I really should, which is try to become a writer and/or filmmaker. My ideal plan right now would be to take all four courses Columbia offers in its film department over the summer, work my ass off to get top grades, and set myself up to apply to a film graduate program next year. Phi Beta Kappa might actually help with that (both getting into the classes I want and applying to the schools.) I've been saying for a long time that after college I don't want to go back to school right away, but when I think about film and writing I actually am itching for this semester to be over so that I CAN go to school and start that part of my life. Getting cut loose from TFA was kind of a downer, and it took some junkfood to get over it, but I feel ready to start the next phase of my life. I'm frustrated at the moment since I don't have time to write creatively with all the coursework I have to do, but that's only for another month and a week and I can deal with that. I've been dealing with it for over 3 years now.

So now what I have to do is beg borrow and deal my way into those courses. It's almost too bad I applied for graduation, if I hadn't I'd be all set. Looks like my accelerated graduation plan has bitten me in the ass.

I went and saw a film with a couple of friends yesterday, after I got the news about TFA and wanted to do something to feel better. It was called My Architect and it was outstanding. It should be on HBO pretty soon but if you have the opportunity to see it on the big screen it's well worth it, since it's an incredibly visual film for a documentary. There were a variety of reasons why this film resonated with me. For one it was about a boy trying to understand his father, who died when he was 11 years old. For another it's about an artist who didn't really come into his own until his 50's and didn't create that many buildings but what he did create is a lineup of significant masterpieces. Something I.M. Pei said really struck me. He said that production doesn't matter, that construction 60-70 buildings isn't really that important from an art perspective, it's the masterpieces that you leave behind that are important. Orson Welles only made 3 or so major films and a bunch of junk but that doesn't matter. His impact and his art still stands the test of time. It was also a film created by a man in his 30's and it's his first impotant film. That matters too.

Anyway if you have a chance I'd suggest you see the movie. The way the architecture is presented alone is important and impressive. It's not a perfect movie, it's a little bit bloated and at times a bit empty, it lacks focus in the way it splits time between the son and father, and it doesn't show ENOUGH of the buildings even if what it shows is astounding.
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