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Going Out

The weekend started Friday by working on the story structure for EOE until 3:30 am.  The next morning came much too early and was followed with more progress on EOE.  With all of this work, I have been neglecting from my leisure time and haven’t stopped to smell the roses.   Saturday night I decided to take a break from editing and I went out.  I didn’t “go out” in the way that you may think.  “Going out”, to many people means going to the bars.  “Going  out” to me means venturing out into the world to experience something great.  The traditional expectations of going out seem boring to me.  I don’t like limiting my experience based on what’s popular or easy to do.  Whether it’s a bar or simply walking down the street, going out is an opportunity to experience the uniqueness of each moment in a setting outside of your house.

I took a drive around town just to see what was happening, to see what I wanted to do while I was out.  Living life means opening your self up to the spontaneity that it may bring.  Saturday night it brought me to the University of Wyoming campus.  It was freezing, the wind was blowing, and I was completely exhausted from the last few months of editing and shooting.  That wasn’t what was on my mind though.  The moon was low in the sky, spilling perfectly balanced light onto the symbolic Bucking Horse bronze sculpture of Wyoming.  I found my experience for the night.  At first I just looked at the scene and then decided to take a few photos to share the experience with others.  Here are a few shots of “going out” this weekend.  For me, it was incredible.  It gave me a well-needed break and reminded me that simply opening your eyes to the everyday beauty of living can be the inspiration that can’t be found anywhere else.

Mark


Tired, sleep deprived, and inspired at Sundance Film Festival

These three words can sum up this weekend.  Tired, sleep deprived, and inspired.  Despite the predicted record snowstorm, Carrie and I still decided to make the drive to Park City, UT for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Everything that was predicted, was delivered, and then some.  The snow came in huge wet flakes that covered the bustling town of Park City.  Along with the excitement of extra 50,000 people in town for the festival, the snow made sure that our car got stuck at least 4 times.  The films also lived up to the ongoing hype of Sundance.  We had the opportunity to see the premieres for two films including Bones Brigade, which I have been looking forward to seeing ever since it was announced as in production.  This was skateboard and filmmaker legend, Stacy Peralta’s newest film.  I actually fell into the opportunity to ask Stacy a question about passion and filmmaking during a morning Q&A session.  That’s a whole other entry though.  The other film we saw was Declaration of War.  The weather was so bad that the director couldn’t even make it in for her own premiere.

Of all of the celebrities wandering about, I found my highlight of the weekend.  I had to opportunity to talk face to face with Glen Friedman.  If you don’t know who Glen is, a quick Google search should do the trick.  Basically, he is one of the most influential photographers of the last 30 years.  His roots are in the early skateboard and music scene of Southern California.  I’ve been looking at his photos in magazines since I was little and to get the opportunity to meet him was incredible.  Once again, that is a complete other entry for another day.  Rather than talking all day about the festival, I’ve decided to just show you some pictures.

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This Tuesday I’ll be headed to Cheyenne, WY to interview Governor Matt Mead for Energy! O Energy!  Check back for details on what he says about energy in Wyoming.