Photos taken in June for HUMANITY.TV
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My first day in Tirana was fascinating. We were lucky enough to spend the morning with Iris Elezi, of the Albanian Cinema Project, who introduced us to Maks Velo, an artist who was punished and imprisoned for his work during the communist dictatorship. We were so fortunate to gain amazing insight into this country's history through Maks and Iris. The people we have met so far and very genuine and serious-mannered folk. There are still remnants of communism all around (including this pyramid, below), but the city is also searching for its new identity as a free market.
Albania was the first country to be declared an atheist state (under the dictatorship) but since the collapse in 1991, Christian and Muslim practices have returned.
We also spent time with the folks at Tirana Express and a cultural critic here. Tomorrow, we rent a car and head North to Shkodër for a few days.
Great news: food and drink is CHEAP!
Filming for Humanity.
Early this morning we took the ferry from Tarbert to Uig. We had a "proper" Scottish breakfast on the ferry. I had eggs, beans, mushrooms, potatoes and toast, while Kerrin opted for the six types of meat (including black pudding, YUCK) that they offered. Last night we stayed at this place, that I would definitely recommend if you are traveling through the Isle of Harris. Today, we explored the Isle of Skye and filmed the gorgeous work of artist, Julie Brook for Humanity.
I really can't even begin to explain the diversity of landscape we have been able to see in the past week. We have taken thousands of photos, videos and sounds and every corner we turn are tempted to collect more. Scotland is gorgeous but the highlands and western isles have my heart. This place is gorgeous. (Filming for Humanity).
I took the old 35mm out for a stroll last night in Pittsburgh. Not much to write home about, but I liked these moments. Enjoy.
2013 has been an amazing experience. I am extremely grateful to all of you who have supported, shared and helped bring Hollow to life. There is still work to be done, but I can safely look back on 2013 with full satisfaction and gratification. I feel so lucky that we have been invited to screen and present Hollow 23 times in a 5-month period. We have traveled from California to NYC and from Appalachia to Amsterdam. We have won several awards and were most recently chosen for IDFA's DocLab. Nearly 80,000 people all around the world have experienced Hollow online since June 20. We're looking forward to experiencing what 2014 has in store for the team and community. We have several more Kickstarter-backer screenings to hold, but here are some university and conference screenings that are already lined up (starting in January): OSU, Davis & Elkins, Shepherd University, Wheeling Jesuit University, iDocs, Appalachian Studies Conference and Vermont College of Fine Arts.