Post-Vietnam, Paul bought a trailer for his family to live in. He has been building a house around the trailer ever since.
The story: Post-Vietnam, Paul bought a trailer for his family to live in. Annoyed by how bad living inside a mobile home during winter could be, he took matters into his own hands and started to build a house – around the trailer. He never made any blueprints. As the house took shape, he would take a part of the trailer apart, carry it out back and burn it.
25 years, 4 floors and 100 windows later, the house is almost done.
A portrait of a 20th Century man, redemption of the spirit and the house as a teacher
I’ve been working on a film about my Uncle and his incredible house for the last 2 years. I've finished editing and now need to raise funds for a sound mix, color fix and making an HD tape for exhibition. The hour-long film isn't a how-to, or just about the massive house, but the journey to get there after conflict. I have made the film for Paul and myself and have no allusions about what it is – an artsy portrait rather than a traditional documentary or question and answer session. I think people will find something to connect to and hopefully be inspired by the things Paul is doing to take control of his life.
I’m raising a small amount to pay for the tech stuff to truly complete the film and get it to theaters: sound, color, HD copies, posters, shipping. I’ll start showing it in special screenings this summer, starting with Cinefamily in Los Angeles. But also, some of the money will go to Paul, as he is agreed to personally dig in his land to offer unique rewards to investors. He’s hardcore.
Paul is offering a variety of rocks from his land, including smaller, flat rocks he calls focusing stones, as he describes:
“In the film, you show the area down in the basement where these stones came from, and you show the piles of them that I am drawing from ....
There is a very unique history to those stones ....
They were down underneath the glacier that went through here some twelve thousand years ago, right down where the rock supporting the glacier was ....”
And then larger rocks:
“I have been taking rocks from down below the house, where I dug it out, rocks which you show in the film, I think, and I have been cutting them so they stand up like miniature mountains, which is what I am sending you, your own personal mountain to climb ...
Be like an ant ....
Every day, I am making more mountains ...
I find them fascinating, the age of the rock and what it has been through to get those scars on it ...
And I wonder where it came from ...
There are rocks side by side which are totally dissimilar, some very scarred next to others that are still rounded ....
How can that happen?”
This isn't late night TV self-help crap, Paul is for real. I hope the film does that justice.
original inspiration, May, 1969:
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