2017 began with a new project in motion and this is a definite work in progress.
Talking to my photography + filmmaker mentors early in my career, each one of them placed a heavy emphasis on the personal project. Work done not for money, fame or acknowledgement, but because of a magnetic pull towards the project. From my little experience in the world of commercial filmmaking, I've grown more and more aware that the projects I work on for clients are not necessarily my own. After watching Wonderland a few years ago, I really began to understand the path I was taking in my career.
Personal projects are a space where I can explore and create, uninhibited. A space where I can find the fullest expression of myself and my collaborators.
I first met Francis in my second or third year at UBC. A talented spoken word poet, we met a few times while being a part of the Passion Project (a sweet little community a few mutual friends started). This past October, at a screening of The Africa Yoga Project, we reconnected. Like old times, Francis gave a spine tingling performance for the crowd.
We later caught up and I learned about his story over past two years and what he's up to now. I knew in my gut there was a story to be told.
This is a story about chasing dreams. About the healing power of music. About the courage to get back up. About the hustle. And about the power in community.
I'm so excited to share this with you when we launch this in April!
Check out his latest mixtape drop last month: