In recent years most films have been and continue to be shot live in front of an audience using a unique method. These few words lend description to this way.
“The room quietens as another film subject emerges deliberately from the audience. She, or he, approaches the Inner View Camera with something to say. Something worthwhile speaking. Words that have purpose, and an obvious use in his or her world. Perhaps even to the world at large. Words that set out to convince us all.
The subject sits. Close to the camera. Close to me. Eyes closed, ever deepening breath, as the spartan words of instruction remove any requirement from our time together. The point of being here, that was so vividly etched into a previously important list is now lost, as the image is cast in high contrast black and white to a large screen. Arrestingly beautiful. Always. We are all to be included unreservedly in this experience of the human soul made visible. Of humanity witnessed.
From a palpable and utter stillness, it is as if the subject ‘is spoken’. Words. And space. And an unbridled vulnerability of such profound importance that the audience cannot turn away.
Here there is nowhere to hide. Here there is no need to hide. Here there is the surrender of control, the control that kept us from seeing one another. From seeing ourselves. Here, for this moment in time there is freedom. And an experience that will most probably live deep within each of us.” Nic Askew
Series Intro By Nic.
All Film Portraits have been made with the INNER VIEW METHOD.
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Living through the protracted experience of dispossession, Jeff Mitchell alongside others has seen a way through the pain of generations. Some in the Klamath Basin have a collective realization that when one truly knows another there is the vast possibility to transform everything.
In the search for the 'Soul of America' I know the voice that will point us there has a very particular tone. Such tone comes from a place beyond the opinion of right and wrong. From presence without need to convince. Michael spoke with this tone. Might we find the courage to be a little kinder in the absence of tragedy.
A fixation on unexamined business goals or targets can lead to personal destruction, the destruction of colleagues and organizations, and even the destruction of nature. This examines the possibility of pausing, questioning and tapping an inner wisdom before deciding on goals.
'... a fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable to their faith before they explore it.' This is perhaps what so many of us do with the conversations that fill our everyday. And it raises questions. A film about the nature of curiosity starring the ever curious Seth Godin.
Nic once made a film of Dominic Miller, Sting’s guitarist of nearly 20 years. Dominic turned to Nic and said ‘You play the guitar, why don’t you record your own film music?’ From that moment Nic has written and recorded all the tracks that back his films. The guitar has become a subtle but integral part of the experience of the film.
‘… and they call me a migrant. And they call me a thief. And they call me a beggar man. An asylum seeker. And I was once a teacher. I was once a family man. I was once a dreamer. A community leader. I’ve seen friends and family all scattered and broken. And we don’t know why the cruelty keeps raging.
The power that made the body heals the body. Nature needs no help, just no interference. We live in an age where awareness of the right thing to do in respect to our own wellness is ubiquitous. The challenging question is why we do not. Why would we not choose to live in a state of ease?
Nic's methodology is quite unique. To my experience he combines mastery of film making with an age old process sometimes called diatic. His work reveals what is below the surface of common understanding. An essence sometimes called love, or consciousness, or grace.