The following is a post from Calvin Tran, one of SFL’s Campus Coordinators.
May 9, Monday, one night only — I directed a play.
It was incredibly dark and poignant — a biographical play about Harry Pauly, a gay man who survived true horror during the Holocaust.
You can watch it here:
It took only about 3 weeks to produce, although I should probably have chunked out a bit more time for this. Thankfully, the script was written by a good friend of mine and I had a great team behind me to get this project done. It really was a great experience working with all these moving parts — the producer helped me land a location, my art director handled all the costuming and props, my actors brought their own intuitions to the table. Truly something I feel proud to have been a part of.
Why did I produce and direct a play?
I’m a film student, so technically theater is still pretty far out of my expertise. I mainly wanted to do a play because I just got sick of doing student films about New York City relationships that ‘go sour,’ but I think that question hints at a bigger question — why did I choose to be a filmmaker and not an economist?
Those who know me when I was applying for university know I have two passions — economics (which I had discovered with the whole fervor of the 2012 Ron Paul run) and filmmaking, which I had picked up when I was in the fifth grade. Both seemed like plausible career paths, but at some point, I realized — I’m so fucking sick of politics — and there’s no way being an economist could ever be non-political.
And you know, electoral politics has nothing to do with policy prescription or discourse. With this current election cycle as the most apparent example, no one gives a shit about any actual legislation being debated (if any) — it’s all running on culture. This is a battle of “my culture against yours,” my framework of ethics against yours, Rightism with its back against the wall versus academia-dominated Leftism. (more…)