I Could Have Been A Tree Instead
Albert Schweitzer describes the concept of reverence as, “Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverence for life contains all the components of ethics, love, empathy, peacefulness and the power of forgiveness.” Reverence is most simply and essentially defined as a deep respect for someone or something.
For artists Beatrix Ost and Michelle Gagliano, that someone/something is the earth. Bearing witness to the changes taking place in our planet’s environment, Ost and Gagliano create works of art that aim to visualize and disseminate information about the urgency of the state of the world and encourage others to cherish our planet’s transubstantial beauty.
Discussion with director Abel Okugawa and film subjects Michelle Gagliano and Beatrix Ost. Moderated by Ty Cooper (VAFF).
Friday, October 27
Violet Crown 4
Director: Abel Okugawa
Runtime: 30 min.
Abel Okugawa specializes in creating cinematic sound and audiovisual art in the forms of NFT artwork, television, film, and interactive projects. His unique blend of electronic music fuses the urban with the organic.
Beatrix Ost is an artist, writer, fashion designer, and ambassador of peace. She has written screenplays, produced movies and theater, and acted in films and on the stage.
Michelle Gagliano is a Virginia-based artist.