Taking It To The Next Level
*Editor’s note: Nathan McKinney will be contributing to this site. This post serves as his introduction. -Dale*
Iâ€™ve always admired people who find a way to take their passions, convert them into a practiced hobby, and stick with it enough that it becomes a vital part of who they are. It requires considerable dedication to turn something that you love into more than just a thing you do from time to time. Iâ€™ve been trying to figure out a way to marry up my passions in such a way that I can continually be inspired enough to dive into them long term. The adventure I embark on this weekend is an attempt at that.
The passions I intend to marry up are movies, writing, and a little bit of film making.
For movies, in the last several years, Iâ€™ve slowly ramped up to seeing a enough of films to give myself a wider view of the industry. I dedicate time and energy into chasing films that are off the beaten path. Itâ€™s not uncommon that I seek out a movie, on the only screen itâ€™s playing in town. Sometimes Iâ€™ll see a few films back-to-back in the same day. Most of the films I see are independent or foreign. I will watch plenty of mainstream film, but I donâ€™t generally waste my time on the uninspiring Hollywood stuff unless itâ€™s getting reasonably good reviews, or if itâ€™s part of a genre or license I have an affinity for, like science fiction or comic book movies. By the time the awards season rolls around, Iâ€™ve usually seen most of the contenders and am usually scratching my head at what got overlooked.
Iâ€™ve always loved to write. Iâ€™ve taken vast breaks from the hobby, but off and on, Iâ€™ve always plied my hand at churning out a blog about this or that. But Iâ€™ve struggled to keep the fire lit. By focusing my writing efforts on movie reviews, it should be easier to maintain that vital and constant inspiration with each new film Iâ€™m watching, and since itâ€™s a hobby I already spend a lot of time on, I feel I can speak to film critique with a minimum of authority.
Lastly, film-making. My passion for film goes beyond the watching. Iâ€™ve started to explore the world of developing my own films. And while stand up film review videos arenâ€™t exactly the artful hallmark Iâ€™m aspiring to, they will give me some experience and will work well in hand with the written reviews.
That brings me to this weekend, when I will be attending the True/False film festival in Columbia, Missouri for the third time. Iâ€™ll get into the details of that festival as the weekend progresses, but for now, letâ€™s just say Iâ€™m excited to give you my perspective on one of the greatest documentary film festivals in the nation. Thatâ€™s a statement I have little basis on which to profess, seeing as True/False is the only documentary festival of its sort Iâ€™ve attended, but based on my past two yearsâ€™ attendance, I have a hard time believing it could get much better.
So stay tuned as I take you to Columbia this weekend. Weâ€™ll talk about film. Weâ€™ll talk about how to attend a festival and Iâ€™ll help you figure out if festivals are right for you! Iâ€™ll be reviewing each movie I see over the course of the weekend, as a video during the day, and then a written version in the evening, each will show up in my Facebook feed, as well as be hosted by my buddy Dale Maxfield over on his site dalemaxfield.com. Daleâ€™s dedicated himself to his own version of this hobby for three years now, so it seems like a logical place to live for the short term.
Thanks for tuning in. Thisâ€™ll be fun!