Collaborating in the Creation of a Feature Documentary - Art as a Weapon
Initial filming of Brilliant Burma Art Studio street artists took place over three days in late January, 2012. It continues as the street artists film and document themselves and the others they work with as they continue to explore the power of street art, begin to teach workshops at migrant schools in the area, and organize other projects like Inside Out on the Thai-Burma Border.
As is often the case, what happened wasn't planned. Burmese street artists living on the Thai-Burma Border were forming an organization and Jeffrey Durkin was making a documentary. It was all happening at the same time and place. We were introduced, and a collaboration developed, built on the coincidental harmony of purpose. It was synergetic and transformative. Burmese street artists got a unexpected opportunity to learn about and become film-makers, and the film-makers became teachers. Some of our street artists now aspire to become film directors and Director Jeff Durkin was inspired by the experience and now teaches film-making to school children in his home, San Diego, California.