Debbie! Wow! I’m really stunned and impressed with how you are continuing to explore this project. It looks like you’ve assembled an amazing team of collaborators, which is no easy task. I can’t wait to see what you do next. Keep Colette and I “in the know”.
All the best,
Matt— A note from my Dance for Film professor at the University of Florida. Thank You Matt!
Two new film ideas are currently in my brain/in the works. I look forward to working on them and collaborating with new people. There’s so much to learn and know about this topic and so much yet to explore. Can’t wait to tell you guys more! :)
The Fritz Project
Welcome to the Fritz Project.
Starting off as an experimental film assignment Fritz has opened a lot of proverbial doors for me. As described in the blog’s bio Fritz was my great-uncle, he is the launching pad of inspiration for this project but in reality this has become so much bigger for me than lamenting the loss of a loved one. I drive myself into art, that’s what I do. Come rain, come shine, come pain, come anything really I find my curiosities, worries and eccentricities best received in the world where imagination meets production.
After my uncle’s passing I became intrigued by the mental illness that consumed him for most of his life: schizophrenia. I didn’t understand at first what it meant to be schizophrenic and of course I’m not entirely sure that I understand at all even now after hours of research. This led me through a series of questions: What is schizophrenia? What is it to be mentally ill, or abnormal? who defines the standard of mental health? What is a normal mentality really? Aren’t we all a bit crazy? And perhaps most personally significant for me at the time, what makes me and my uncle the same although we are considered vastly different?
In addition, I feel that we live in a world of self-diagnosis. We are so quick to label each other, even I am the first to tell friends “I have commitment issues” or I remember a time in which I would have considered myself “depressed” Why do we insist of giving a grievous title to our circumstances? In retrospect it all feels like self-fulfilling prophecy.
With these questions at heart I set at creating my first work, a short 5 minute film as a part of what would become The Fritz Project. Using gestural dance experimenting with the temporal lobe/frontal lobe areas of the brain in movement I created the one woman show of mental struggle in a hopefully insightful video. The process was special for me because I became completely immersed in it. From music editing to singing, dancing, video editing, even filming the project was my carefully constructed baby. And I needed that at the time.
However, the aim of this project now is to grow, expand… I’m sure it’s specific goals will change over time but as it stands:
The aim of The Fritz Project is to answer these question of mental illness through the arts, dance, experimental theater, music, visual/audio art, and film.
I hope that you will stay tuned
Oh and Feedback/Images/Inspiration are WELCOME