This week on TFS I am posting a video that reminds me in more ways than one that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This video is a montage of images set to a psychedelic track that is reminiscent of the slice of life videos that are so prevalent in DSLR films today. There is a common thread that links the Beatnik and Hippie culture of yesterday to the Hipster culture of today and the sometimes tense juxtaposition with the local indigenous population that they both share. This video resonated with me partly because I rarely see slice of life videos of Downtown NYC from this era.
But there was something more personal that connected me with this video which highlights the common thread between different generations. You see one of the directors of this video is Tom Hurwitz. As a young Production Assistant working on film sets in the late 90′s I worked on a TV documentary in which Tom was a cinematographer. To me he was this old guy who I assumed had little if anything in common with me. Then today totally by accident I came across this video. It illustrates a common thread linking our generations that made me see Tom in a different light so many years later. Now almost 15 years after working with Tom on that gig, I am creating films like Tom with the prevailing social movement as it’s subtext. A poetic illustration that “The more things change the more they stay the same.”