Before the World Turns Off Its Heart
Sometimes while conducting interviews someone says something that can just catch me off-guard. The statement I heard Jung-Ho Pak make three years ago did just that. He said that art is important – and that artists are fighting against time and technology; before the world turns off its heart it is imperative that institutions like Interlochen realize that what they are doing is fighting for humanity. That phrase stuck with me, I asked several more people of note that I interviewed for various projects since 2015 to respond to the question, why is art important. In the end, I had over 4 hours of statements from almost 15 different conductors, composers, dancers, art directors, creative directors as well as others. I distilled it down to 4 minutes and created this video clip for Interlochen this summer. It is a call to action for the world to stop and think. If art is completely stripped away from the youth educational process, what kind of world will we end up with?
Interlochen Center for the Arts
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/CINEMATOGRAPHY