April 5, 2012

THE VOYAGERS recently reached over 75,000 views on Vimeo, and in late March it won another award: hooray! Awards make me feel good, but the continued stream of passionate responses I’ve received from strangers all over the world to THE VOYAGERS makes me feel… awed. Like this email I received a few weeks ago (I’ve removed identifying details), which destroys me every time I read it:

My partner of many years passed away recently, after a battle with cancer. His passing was quiet, calm and surrounded by music in our home. I gave him strength and love, and he showed me what grace is. Not a minute goes by that I don’t think about him, and I’m forever grateful for the time we had together. As you said, “We have to open ourselves up to contact, even with the possibility of disaster.” He would’ve loved your film and I’m glad I saw it. This is what art can do, it can amplify a single, searing moment and then it can reach across the universe and hold us all together in our common humanity. It is a reflection of the best we have to give, and then it demands more from us, to be better. The human potential is infinitely destructive, but more often it is wildly creative. He understood this about art and music, and it was his life’s calling to share that belief, and remind us all of the heights we can reach. I’m glad you shared your very personal film with the world and wanted you to know how much it meant to me.