Academy & Emmy nominated Frederick Marx is either clever or lucky or both because he is able to follow his life’s passion and is able to live it every day. His mission as a filmmaker is “Bearing Witness, Creating Change.” Human change, human transformation – one story at a time.
There is One of the most acclaimed and successful documentaries ever, HOOP DREAMS tells the story of Arthur Agee, William Gates, and their families over a four and a half year period, covering the boys’ entire high school careers as they pursue the elusive dream of professional basketball success. It is a three hour documentary following two teenage inner city Afro-American lads to play basketball professionally.
Frederick gives back to the film making community to with workshops and talks Speaking topics include:
- Buddhism and Film
- What young filmmakers need to know
- Living a life of mission
- The role of documentary in social justice
- The changing landscape of independent film production and distribution – a 40 year perspective
- Journey From Zanskar and educating your own children
- Take the Zanskar vow – become a social change agent
- The necessity of rites of passage and mentorship for youth
The was a topic in the interview that Frederick spoke about in more detail. talking about the ordeals of travelling and shooting film out on the trail. He tells us about what cameras he was using and how he had to make do with other cameras when the main camera no longer was available to him. He got inside the lives of the people that were the subjects of the movie as should happen in a good documentary. The monks were able to tell their story to the world with the help of Frederick, who is clearly a talented and intelligent independent film maker.
I have to admit I learned a lot listening to Frederick and you will not be disappointed in hearing the podcast
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