The [ahr-tuh-zen] project: Jeremy Thomas

“I make just so I don’t drive other people crazy.  If I’m not making something, I’m not happy.” – Jeremy Thomas

I couldn’t agree with Jeremy more.  As a filmmaker, there are times when I need to just make something, if only to scratch the creative itch.  So, I drove from Los Angeles to La Mesilla, NM one week, my car full of production gear and my favorite location sound recordist, Durand Trench, in the passenger seat.  We spent three days with Jeremy.  Not only did we document the process of his INFLATABLES series, I gained insight on the impermanence of art; his art in particular, and also the “give and take” we all encounter in our creative journeys.

I worked with my editor, Edward Chin, and crafted Jeremy’s story.  We've recently asked composer Matt Bowen to create an original score for the film, and I couldn't be happier.  What resulted, in my opinion, is a great dialogue of art in the words of an introspective badass… strong enough to manipulate metal, but humbled by the force of his passion.

I hope you enjoy this short documentary.  And I hope it inspires you to make.

-Ric