John, what wonderful programs and what a gift you’ve given your children by fostering their unique processes of healing in this way. I remember, after my mother passed away, how very much I was mindful of my father’s grief and, too, of his utter devotion to and beautiful love for his children. Being an empathetic child didn’t lack for some intensely heavy shit at too young an age; but I can now see the gift of it. I mean, having both witnessed and experienced the aftermath, during that time I also got to dream of a life that would be lighter and happier. Some may argue that it’s a form of escape. Ok fine. But I mostly see it as a roadmap, loosely navigated- with detours and pit stops- creating and evolving into the life I’m now living. Which is lighter and happier. I wish you, your children and your in-laws similar hope and peace as you honor your grief. I so enjoyed reading your insights (beautifully written!). Thank you so SO much for offering a fresh voice.
Writing (and ultimately directing) characters that live inside a stylized crime-movie world means trying to walk that fine edge and create the alchemy I mentioned above. It’s a dangerous thing to attempt, because you want to honour the genre without simply rehashing old tropes, indulging in nostalgia for its own sake or, at worst, playing an embarrassing kind of dress-up with style when you don’t have any substance to back it up. (Thankfully, there are no fedoras in my script.) You have to be thoughtful and meticulous about which conventions you uphold and which ones you subvert.
This is absolutely incredible! I greatly admire your work and accomplishment! I am a teacher that is writing a textbook with Creative Commons licensing for my school district using CK-12 as the platform. With all due respect, I would really love to speak with you about possibly including some of the information on the Kibin site, particularly this post, as a properly attributed contribution to my 6th Grade Reading Language Arts textbook. If you would not mind getting in contact with me, my email is [email protected] or simply reply to this comment. @naomi_tepper:disqus