PROGRESS is a short kinestasis (still-photo animation)
and live-action experimental film exploring the development of human
progress and the dangers inherent in the advancement of civilization and
All through my childhood, I struggled with finding a way to
communicate with others. Being a stutterer made verbal communication
difficult and emotionally painful, and I searched for others ways of
expressing myself including drawing, painting, still photography, and
When I was sixteen I took a film class in high
school. I was inspired by my teacher, Harvey Daniels, who revealed the
magic and wonder of the moving image to me. I teamed up
with a friend, and we made PROGRESS as our final class project.
creating the film, and felt a sense of joy and purpose. When we showed
the film in class, people laughed and cried. I felt a chill shoot up and
down my spine as the flickering light and dancing celluloid images
touched the hearts and minds of others. Time appeared to stand still,
and I experienced a feeling of deep connection with everyone in the
room. I felt that I was communicating deeply with others for the first
time in my life. I also had a sense of great mystery, as though I had become a
channel for something greater than myself. Suddenly, I knew that this
was my path, my gift, my calling.
8; Color; Sound
Awards and Honors: FIRST PLACE, PBS Young Filmmakers Festival,
KODAK TEENAGE MOVIE AWARD, Eastman Kodak Company, USA, 1974.
Exhibitions: Kodak Teenage Movie
Award Festival, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, 1974
PBS Young Filmmakers Showcase, USA, 1974.