These Soul Biographies are the work of NIC ASKEW, since 2005. Many of the films have the unbridled experience of human awareness running through them. Do allow yourself to become lost in the Collection under the spell of full attention. They do not work with the usual human inattentiveness. You will not see the subject. Do not attempt if distracted.
Most films are between 1 and 10 minutes.
Films marked *** are screening for NIC’S FILM LIST – password emailed on joining | ** are playing for everyone now | * will screen in the future
'... there's so much love in my heart that its scares people to the point where it scares me sometimes.' This is beautiful. Watch this gently. Watch this attentively. Watch this with yourself in mind. And know this. Wherever I go. Wherever I look. I find people like Anita. I find people like you.
This footage is revealing of what is under all Soul Biographies. Most probably a must for all drawn to the nature of these films. There is a field. This field is the very atmosphere in which I film. It elicits something different in nature. In Dallas, I sat in this field. This time, in front of the camera. And this is what happened.
Singuli nobis resistere videtur, unum, sicut et nos clamamus testimonium quod sumus. Et sicut vocem de secreto per actiones, nostris omni die, ulterius non a conspectu suo. Praeterea, ex experimentum uno eodemque pulsatio. Sed in in mico momento uno non posset Meminisse non sunt anima separata.
"It’s 2am. You’re wide awake. Feeling alone. Unseen. And inexplicably lost. Discontent despite all that you have around you. The people. Your life. Your dreams. You wear a face that tells the world you’re OK, but you’re not. You’re bone achingly tired from the relentless game of belonging."
We level our ire at the world around us. The world with which our opinion so often disagrees. But might our energy be better focused on the experience within our own personal jurisdiction. This was filmed from deep within the experience of a thoughtful life lived through desegregation in Alabama. This film is the epitome of the experience of peace.
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.
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.
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.