The Chelsea Film Festival will open its Fourth Edition with the NY Premiere of Dramatic Feature Film, “Misfortune,” directed by Desmond Devenish, on Thursday, October 13 at Cinepolis Chelsea. Devenish (director/producer/co-writer/actor), Xander Bailey (actor/co-writer) and Sarah Kinga Smith (manager/executive producer) are confirmed to attend the NY Premiere of the film, and there will be a post-screening Q&A moderated by 2016 Jury Member, Dana Verde (screenwriter/director).
Yesterday was a grind.
And not for any particular reason.
The energy of the day seemed to tug on me like a 50 pound weight.
Everything was like moving through stiff mud.
It dawned on me that there is just an energetic force that hits you upside your head sometimes. Some people call it Mercury Retrograde, others, just a bad day, and some, the attitude you carry.
But what I am learning, is that like a fighter that's gotten wailed on a few times, there are mornings or afternoons when you will feel a little punchy, a little loopy. The dear things you hold will be thrown into question. You'll start to look at your shortcomings, weaknesses, ego issues, whatever...
And then if you can recognize it as just a handicap and nothing more, you'll be okay. No batter is gonna go 4 for 4 every single game. At least for now.
We, in the form of humans are constantly looking to create that edge. Become the superhuman. Tapping into better diets, workout regiments, elevated thinking, quicker response time, leveling the playing field, head-to-head with technology.
Some of us feel smarter because we can text faster. Impatience and shorter expectancies abound....
Emails sent past a day now are considered in the lag-zone.
I'm okay with the speed. Leaves less space for stalling. But... the thing to keep in mind, is that we are all going through this shift. Many are freaking out, because they don't quite know what to do with themselves. A lot of people are quitting their jobs. They aren't satisfied with the status quo.
We were in my belief built for greatness. And yet, we spend so much time putting ourselves down, putting each other down; whether engineered or Pavlovian, all of the weak pulling each other lower into the abyss.
It calls for a greater passion. A greater belief in each other.
That greater purpose.
We ALL have it.
I drove past a homeless man last night, who was walking near the Hollywood Bowl, where people were enjoying themselves and celebrating life in the form of music.
This man looked so beaten, so fraught with direction. And that's what troubled me the most. His lack of direction. Not even where he was going to find his next meal or rest his head.
I think that we can all take a page from that, is that what is our ultimate direction? That is one of the most valuable things in life.
Without direction, we are all goners.
Specifically, the direction of what you stand for, where you are from, and will return to from your mission.
In other words, moving closer to you.... and not away from.
Competitiveness and guilt are just indicators. Bar setters.
But eventually you will transcend all of that.
I'm sure of it.
The same way Olympians keep breaking records, year after year, after year, we too will keep rising.
It is happening right now.
There is better music, stronger art, fiercer talent, mindfulness to food and health.
We are rising from the decadent ashes and responding to the apathy and mindless self-congratulating.
We are going to rebuild our morale. As a country, as a world... all of the above.
We will be split into chasms.
Some will doubt and count each other out, as a viable solution to keeping this planet up to speed.
But others are going to take that weight. They will carry on the backs the weak and disenfranchised.
We must now more than ever, have each others' backs.
Break egos in half and build one another up.
We are only as good as the people we see every day, or else we are done for.
A collective consciousness, if you will.
I do believe, even in the face of cynics and haters and lost souls that we, all of us, have a great shot here.
We may look like the world is in chaos and disarray, but it's a purging for sure.
A ridiculously loud wake up call.
Don't get sucked into the lethargy and negative hype.
You can switch it.
True, these days are getting harder, but it will require each of us to dig that much deeper and transform into the being that you always were...
But didn't quite know until right now.
Be prepared to go on forever.
It does sound extreme.
But you will have short breaks.
And ultimately get spun out on the other side.
It must be a labor of love.
Or else you will lose interest fast.
Realize you are gaining serious skill sets every time you take additional steps forward.
All of that minutia is sharpening your acumen.
Making you into a well-oiled machine.
It may become drab and mindless.
But, so what.
There are an infinite amount of worse things that you could be doing.
Remember the greater cause.
See the mountain top.
You are only competing with your own determination and will.
You can have your goal.
If it is a must, it will be yours.
We will climb together.
Amanda Svanberg interviews Desmond Devenish about his upcoming film "Misfortune":