From Graffiti To Film: A Healthy Respect For Illegality

From Graffiti To Film by vagabond ©
From Graffiti To Film by vagabond ©

“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
– Jean Luc Godard
“It ain’t where you’re from it’s where you’re at.”
– Rakim (from Eric B & Rakim’s – I Know You Got Soul)

A while back one of my best friends Omar Villegas did an interview for a graffiti website that was interested in my work as a filmmaker and wanted to know how i went from doing graffiti to making films. The website (which shall remain nameless) never posted the interview for reasons unknown to both Omar and myself. The video was shot in July of 2009 and has never posted online in its entirety.

i decided that this was a good venue for posting the whole interview here and Omar agreed. The video was divided into three parts for uploading purposes. i speak at length about my film MACHETERO. On the surface of things graffiti and filmmaking may not seem to have very much in common but the filmmaking i do for the most part exists outside the confines of legality. i have a healthy respect for illegality.

One of the guiding principles in the making of my film was that i was setting out to create something and would not let permits or permission get in the way of what needed to be done, with what needed to be expressed. So wherever i could get away with it (and even a few times when i didn’t) i did what i wanted to do whether because it was more important than “legality”. Check out the film’s website or Facebook Page or IMDB page.

– vagabond

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