This little Florida college town is very special to me.
It’s where I made my first films/videos (long live Dogma 93!), where I was and (continue to be) inspired by so many amazing creative people, where Scott and I met and worked on our first project together and most currently where “All Well And Fair” takes place.
Gainesville, with its memories of a liberating and creative past and with all the warm and welcoming people who still live there today, has become an oasis to me – a place I try to visit whenever I get the chance to re-energize and put my endeavors and my life back into perspective.
My feet in Gainesville (in Nick’s shop).
Having gone back last year to film the continuation/10-years-later of “All Well And Fair” has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my career so far. Of course being back yesterday/today was as fun and a “homecoming” as always – but it did made me wish I was further along with cutting “All Well And Fair” together. I don’t even have a trailer yet. So that’s the next goal: cut together trailer for AWF.
Besides catching up with friends and most of the AWF families, I was also very lucky and glad to run into Rob McGregor, who I had unfortunately lost touch with and who is one of the most talented musicians I came across in Florida. He had originally recorded the Dioxindolly song, which appears in “All Well and Fair”. It looks like he has the original DAT archived. YEAH! (It’ll make a world of difference compared to the VHS version I have).
Another rare meeting was with Jason Matherne, the creative mastermind behind GooneyGooGoo Productions, the infamous “shorts shorts series” and Due Process and many other video, visual and musical productions a collaborator of Scott’s from back in the day.
So all around great times in Gainesville and I can’t wait to be back in February.