2.5 weeks and 17 interviewees later...
What's great about this documentary project is that nobody in college teaches you how to do this kind of stuff. Under the unpredictable labor of navigating foreign cities, keeping a tight film schedule, and trying not to step on anyone's toes (let alone an interviewee's) -- you are running solely on the fuel that is your 21 years of life experience.
Despite the Internet and all its free, researchable information, every interviewee is basically a wild card. Ben films, and I interview, and every experience with each new subject has been hugely different. For example, with one subject I'll feel as though I'm trying to break through a veneer of egotism, reaching and prying for the smallest relief of honesty -- something that isn't rehearsed. And with another interviewee, it'll feel as though the honesty gushes forth with so much force that perhaps the world isn't ready to hear it.
I don't want to cop out and say my experience for the past two weeks has been Interesting. That word doesn't do it justice. While I speak to these artists who've inspired my own art practice, I've had to tell myself that I'm no longer the young student who's researching "5 artists I feel a kinship to," but that I'm there in the same room with them, sitting face-to-face, with a strong, directed purpose -- to question their art practice in the larger context of our society's use of biotechnology.