As Socrates tells it, your story begins the moment Eros enters your life. --Anne Carson
Someone once told me I was “in love with love.” It’s true--I was a romantic. After all, I’d formed my ideas about love and life from books and movies. But after my second marriage ended and Pluto was demoted, nothing made sense any more. And so I set out to make a film to unravel the mystery of this elusive passion—ECCENTRIC ORBIT, a Meditation on Romantic Love.
I have been making this film for almost 15 years, in between other projects, with the incredible support of friends. I have a rough cut and need to do only a little more shooting. It’s really exciting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In the film, I weave my own stories of love and loss and finding love again with home movies, still photographs and text from books and poetry to further illuminate the journey. I talk with friends, my first love, even my first ex-husband. I interview people on the street and I ask everyone to tell me their love stories and answer some questions: What is the state of romantic love in the 21st century? Do people believe in soul mates? Why is it so hard to stay in love when falling in love is so easy? And finally, Is there such a thing as true love or does it only exist in fiction?
Along the way, there are digressions about the cosmos, chaos, black holes, Saudade and the quixotic nature of memory. For imagination is the necessary catalyst in love, as in creativity. And perhaps the culprit, in the case of love.
ECCENTRIC ORBIT will make you remember your first kiss, the delirium of falling in love, the intensity of your first love, the physical pain of heartbreak, the suffering associated with passion, jealousy, and the bitter-sweetness of reconnecting with a former lover.
My dream now is to get the film into the world, into the lives of strangers, because it’s not just my story. For anyone who has ever been in love, this is your story too.
I’ve reached the point where I need your support. The funds raised during this campaign will be put towards:
- The final filming and editing
- The film score by Christopher Tin
- Sound design and mix
- Color correct and online
Please share this KICKSTARTER campaign with your friends and family, your ex-girlfriend, your couples therapist, the guy who got away, your first love and anyone else you know who's ever been in love. You know how--Facebook and Twitter.
And please donate WHATEVER you can. Any amount will be gratefully received.
I feel like the luckiest person on the planet. I’ve been making documentary films for many years and have been honored by three Academy Award nominations, the first being FRANCES STELOFF: MEMOIRS OF A BOOKSELLER, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, went on to the Berlin Film Festival and many others. THE EDUCATION OF GORE VIDAL also premiered at Sundance. RUTHIE AND CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE premiered at The Berlin Film Festival and went on to garner fourteen awards at various festivals.
One of the best things that ever happened to me is that after getting an MFA at NYU Film School, I got a job at Maysles Films. I worked there freelance with David and Al Maysles and Susan Froemke for twenty years. That was my second film school---that’s where I learned the power and beauty of Cinema Verite. Of the eight films I did with Maysles, LALEE’S KIN is my favorite. It premiered at Sundance and played at many other festivals before being nominated for an Academy Award and a Spirit Award.
ECCENTRIC ORBIT is different from the kinds of verite films I’m known for. It’s part essay, part memoir and I have to say, making such a personal film has been a daunting but exciting challenge.
Risks and challenges
The primary challenge now is funding. I have taken it this far with the extraordinary help of friends and community. My goal is to be completely finished by the end of the year. That's why I'm hoping you will want to become a part of our filmmaking team, our all important team of supporters.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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