Favorite Quotes: Martha Graham & The Quickening Of Unique Expression


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“There is a vitality,  a life force,  an energy,  a quickening that is translated through you into action,  and because there is only one of you in all time,  this expression is unique. And if you block it,  it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ― Martha Graham

I found this quote on Allison Iris’s web site showcasing her incredible abstract paintings. The quote resonated for me. Enough so that I wanted to repost it here. Martha Graham’s observation embodies my approach to filmmaking, one that has taken me many years and many trials and tribulations to begin to understand. It is why I am now wholly committed to making “my” films, the way I want to make them, and not playing by anybody else’s rules. This is not to be stubborn or to be a rebel, but to honor myself and what it is I want to say and what the experience is I want to impart. Accepted or rejected, it will be the truest sense of who I am. This has always been the goal for me. However, I am only now coming to understand its great importance to me and the sacrifices that attaining such a goal entails.

Unique expression –and the undisguised vulnerability that inevitably comes with it– is one of the main things I focus on in my Acting Workshops. Each actor –each artist– has the ability to create and express something wholly personal, something no one else ever could in quite the same way. It is what separates us from all others in the audition room. This form of expression is our most personal gift and –though it sometimes requires as much un-learning as it does learning– our greatest strengths rise to the surface when we embrace it.

“…if you block it,  it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”

Favorite Quotes: Martha Graham & The Quickening Of Unique Expression

Actor Harve Presnell Dies at 75


Harve PresnellMany of you may not know Harve Presnell by name, but you certainly know him by face and the dozens of familiar roles you’ve seen him in. From numerous guest starring roles on just about every TV show imaginable from his first role on ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS through RYAN’S HOPE, LOIS AND CLARK, FRASIER, DAWSON’S CREEK, STAR TREK: VOYAGER, and his final TV appearance earlier this year on COLD CASE. And so many incredibly memorable film roles like William H. Macy’s father in FARGO and General George Marshall in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, through FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, EVAN ALMIGHTY, FACE/OFF, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, PAINT YOUR WAGON, and his first film role in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN… The list seemed near endless. Like so many others we’ve lost of late, his presence will be missed.

Presnell died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

Actor Harve Presnell Dies at 75

Versatile Actor Karl Malden Dies


malden190Karl Malden, the award winning actor best known for his roles in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ON THE WATERFRONT, PATTON and the hit TV series THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, has died earlier today at the age of 97. 

His body of work is well represented on DVD and I highly recommend checking out any number of his films, from the best known to the most obscure. No matter what the film, you will never be disappointed with Malden’s performance. He was a true artist and professional. And he will be missed. 

Versatile Actor Karl Malden Dies