Ken’s fingers and Bernard on Passion

Ok – I was warned.

When Rick gave me the tapes from the 1997 APL conference here in Toronto, he did mention that it was just a couple of regular folks holding the camera, not.. hem… filmmakers or videographers...

And not to complain, but what am I going to do with… well… Ken’s fingers?  They’re not even his fingers themselves, just the shadows.

The shadow of Ken’s fingers.

Well.  It’s poetic.

The truth is I’m feeling ten steps behind this week.  I was really looking forward to meeting Benoit Mandelbrot.  Damn.  Damn!

Time feels like water slipping through my fingers.

Since it’s too late to phone any of my friends, I flip through Sheila Curran Bernard’s Documentary Storytelling for Film and Video, to page 32, Passion and Curiosity:

‘Do you care deeply about your subject?’ – well, yes.

Passion is going to be your best weapon against discouragement, boredom, frustration, and confusion. Passion is not the unwavering conviction that you are right and the whole world must be made to agree with you.  Instead, it is the commitment to the notion that this idea is exciting, relevant, and meaningful, and perhaps more importantly, that it’s something you can look forward to exploring in the months or even years to come.

Years to come.  I should be running like crazy in the other direction.  Damn.  And I won’t back down.

My sincere condolences to the Mandelbrot and Halle families. The world has lost a great man.


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