Today having just arrived home after a long trip, I decided to take a break from doing the laundry and catching up on emails to open up a box from Grendel Books on 18 Ireland Street — even the address sounded magical. I found a beautifully wrapped little book, padded in bubble wrap and tissue paper as if it was a precious object. It was a small little paperback that fellow filmmaker Stephanie Castillo recommended I read and that I had ordered before my trip.
Some passages in the first few pages felt as though the author were talking directly to me — addressing my fear of never catching up with things, my guilt at laying aside bill paying to discover a little gift. I’m sure the whole book is full of wise little gems and I will refer to it often. Here are a couple:
” If you are too choosey about the spaces you visit, you may miss Inspiration Point.”
“Every film is a voyage into the unknown. You set out for great India and arrive at a very small island in the Caribbean.…I have never begun a film, however well prepared, that did not prove to have a life of its own and lead me to a region where I did not expect to go. What safaris! What narrow escapes! The maps can lead directly to quicksands and the jaws of dragons. Yet sometimes the end of the trail may be quite near King Solomon’s mine.”
Thanks to Stephanie Castillo (veteran Kauai filmmaker) for recommending I read this. It comes at a time when I feel a little buffeted by the winds and, having just given up my part-time job, facing a future full of unknowns. It’s heartening to know that it’s part of a process every filmmaker faces.