Real World Injection

2.5 weeks and 17 interviewees later...

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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.