It's Joshua Tree
I love a backstory.
One of my favorite films, with my favorite opening scene, is "Paris, Texas". (Directed by Wim Wenders / written by L.M. Kit Carson and Sam Shepard)
The film opens to this amazing desert vista. Ry Cooder is gently playing in the background. The majestic landscape is breathtaking, only to be interrupted by one Harry Dean Stanton walking aimlessly across the scene, wearing a Red Baseball cap, carrying an empty gallon plastic water bottle; as if carrying it gave him rights at the next watering hole; as if carrying it helped to quench his thirst; as if carrying it brought a sliver of focus to his endless walkabout.
He attempts to take one last drink from the empty container, then, discards it.
Why is this man in this place and time? Is this his destination? Does he have a destination? Is his gaze focused or random? Will he make it thru the day, or is this his last?
I arrived in Joshua Tree with the same frame of reference. Aimless, yet focused; desolate, yet determined. Instead of an empty water bottle; I carried a camera.
I entered the scene literally falling from the sky and landing in the desert sand. Standing up, dusting off my shoulders, asking favors from some very gracious people, and setting out with nesting instincts to make a home in this place.
welcome to my world.
Ostensibly, I came here to teach filmmaking in one of the most amazing places in the Universe; To live under the stars and to film the Milky Way flying across the night sky. But thru the passing of time, my true calling was soon to be revealed.
I was completely oblivious to the surrounding community when I got here. But slowly, I would meet someone in some amazing way - on a snowy day - or a knock at my door. Slowly I was accepted into the community. And I began to discover many amazing people - who also happened to be very talented artists, painters, writers, photographers, visual artists and musicians.
Everyday I meet another amazing person.
For me, I see the world visually. And as a filmmaker, I ache when the cameras aren't rolling. I would see these amazing performances by local musicians - night after night.
I had to start rolling film.
This has now become my life's passion; To showcase these amazing musicians in the light that they deserve. I'm guided by some amazing souls - some who are no longer with us - some who are living in Joshua Tree - and some, special people, who cannot be here right now.
I created this site so that you can join me on my journey.
(whispered silently, on a moonless night, under the Milky Way) It's Joshua Tree.