for bin who sent me this
Walden by Thoreau
Walden by Mekas
Thoreau spent two years in a cabin by himself near the Walden Pond in the woodland near Massachusetts. He lived simply and spent considerable amounts of his time reading and writing. He received guests regularly. He regarded his sojourn at Walden as an experiment to live a simple, agrarian lifestyle, away from the dehumanizing effects of the Industrial Revolution and, through nature, to sensitize his awareness of how one’s life is lived and how one might choose to live it more purposefully.
Almost a century later, Jonas Mekas, shooting film diaries of his friends, strung up a 180-min portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s and a groundbreaking work of personal cinema.
I stayed for 2 years near the reservoir in the east. I’ll be moving soon.
We met in 2004 at the Southeast Asian Cinema Conference. With Alexis et al. We met almost every year since. We should have met again in Ho Chi Minh this month. We did not. I was bogged down with work. You too. And now, we will meet again, at a better place.
There are many things I will remember you by:
You, thanking Gaik for organising the first conference that brings scholars and practitioners of Southeast Asian Cinema together.
You, delivering your paper on the complexity of archiving when I invited you to Singapore in 2005 for the Forum on Asian Cinema, AFA’s first public event that launched the organisation.
You, taking the lead to bring everyone to Kuala Lumpur in 2006. As usual, not everything went as planned but it was fabulous already. You delivered the best closing address, thanking everyone, the guests who came, every student who helped. Everyone. Except yourself.
You, coming to Singapore again for the Symposium on Southeast Asian Digital Cinema in 2007, joining Khavn, Mui, Mirabelle on the panel about film communities. You also helped to judge the student competition and again, helped to give the closing address to the symposium.
You, remembering Yasmin in your love letter for her.
You, sharing the same birthday as me but of course you live a much more charming life than I do, first as an actor, and later an inspiring teacher and writer.
Thank you for always thanking us and making us feel appreciated.