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Film Preview: I Live For Art

Oregon-made film chronicles creativity's ups and downs.

By GARY FERRINGTON

“One of the primary revelations that came as we worked on this film was that creativity takes courage.” Renee Slade and Ri Stewart, filmmakers.

Anything that exists must be first imagined, suggests Stanford University professor and composer Mark Applebaum, who along with colleagues musicians-composers Brian McWhorter from the University of Oregon and Juilliard and Manhattan School faculty member Mark Gould, share their “prolific and innovative” creativity with viewers in a new documentary, I Live For Art: A Journey Into Meaning and the Creative Process,  by co-directors/producers Ri Stewart and Renne Slade of Bluedot Productions from Yachats, Oregon. The film shows Wednesday, September 17 in Eugene and Thursday, September 25 in Portland.

Photo 1: Brian McWhorter shares, “Maybe it’s not really the creative insight we’re looking for, but the dark night of the soul,” with Mark Gould. Photo: Bluedot Productions.

Photo 1: Brian McWhorter says, “Maybe it’s not really the creative insight we’re looking for, but the dark night of the soul,” with Mark Gould. Photo: Bluedot Productions.

Contributing perspective to understanding the creative process are mythologist, storyteller and author Michael Mead, theoretical quantum physicist Amit Goswami, and festival/event producer Elliot Rasenick.

It is the creative risk takers, Applebaum and McWhorter note, who are willing to let go of and challenge their own limitations. And that allows them to enter a state of flow in which problems are clarified and solutions imagined — sometime easily, often not. Although they seemingly disagree on specific sources from which inspiration might arise, they both agree with University of Oregon physics professor Goswami’s observation that this ability to imagine, or image solutions, is one of the wonderful attributes that makes humans, human.

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