n. 3. A regular public that manifests interest, support, enthusiasm, or the like; a following. *
Movies Accompany Life
They illustrate our own experience, offering clarity and opportunity for introspection, even decision … show us lives very different from our own … show us what might happen were we to adopt a certain behavior or activity we eschew (for better or worse), thereby warning or encouraging … transport us to times, places, and circumstances beyond our reach (for better or worse!). They step into, and have the power to influence, our personal narrative, and even, perhaps, our actual journey.
It’s About the Filmmakers
Movies also illustrate the experience of those who bring them to us … articulate those persons’ visions and points of view … demonstrate their gifts (or perhaps lack thereof, lol) … allow us into the life experience of the cast or crew member … show us what interests and holds meaning for them.
But It’s Also About the Audience
Still, a film does not exist solely unto itself. Rather, its full being is realized only by the participation of us, the viewers, transforming it into a special expression unique to each viewer’s understanding. Though there are certain empirical elements, it’s a dance between actor/filmmaker and viewer, and as with physical dance, the variations and interpretations are utterly subjective and infinite across person and time.
“But every artist must work in his medium, and the medium of film does not exist unless there is an audience between the projector and the screen.”
~ Roger Ebert
We celebrate the artists. We celebrate the medium.
We celebrate our own celebration of both.
Reel Happiness is a celebration of the personal experience of film, and an exploration into how one can use one’s love of it to lead a stronger, happier, more meaningful life.
It’s about finding your own path, articulating your own Repertoire, and experiencing where it leads you »