Shout out to Kurt for the bumper. Much appreciated. Fifty-two percent of the state of New Mexico is now in what is considered to be “exceptional” drought. I begin to compile footage, stills, and copy in an attempt to tell this story. These films are nothing more than visual sketches of projects ranging from the well-worked, mostly flush to the random and yet unknown. Although this film is only four and a half minutes long, the footage required four trips over four weekends and still only begins to scratch the surface of the scratch on the surface.
My job as a fledgling filmmaker is to record, everything. Sound, sight, form, and shape hoping that something cohesive emerges. The idea behind the films in this series has nothing to do with perfection or final say. This series is about going, taking a look no matter what kind of time or resources you have to offer. (In my case, random weekend shoots.) The world is full of information, data, and perspective but there is nothing like seeing something for yourself. Squatting down and feeling the Earth while trying to make sense of the shelled remains. Being in the field is the juice. When the bell rings and the first steps toward full contact are taken I want be there, in front.