The following are comments on certain words pertaining to One
Youth: How to explore the conscience of today’s
adolescents, the evident confusion and chaos that must exist when dreams
are shattered by this volatile modern world where they face adulthood
too quickly and the insensible, hysterical violence that becomes their
The Body: The only instrument a human being has to
reveal identity; that mystical, carnal and mortal piece of fleshy space
that gives us the capacity to take action however beautiful or tragic.
Pierre, our adolescent hero in One to Another, revolts with
his body, sexually. James Dean took it out on a fast car in Rebel
Without a Cause.
Sex: We are born into civilization without choice,
indoctrinated into the necessary evils of governments and religions.
But we have also earned the right to our illusion of independence.
Once I figured that out, sex became easier to celebrate in my personal
life and in films.
Freedom: Our lives are doomed to meaningless illusions
in this struggle for survival. Maybe we understand the meaning of freedom
when we die.
Violence: We seem stunned in an age of information,
where for our survival we have had to gradually disengage from the
moralistic moorings that we had imagined for ourselves. We close our
eyes, cover those of our kids and hope that the storm passes. Those
who cannot escape it react in an explosive way.
Nature: The link to God and the only real thing worth
Duo: Pascal Arnold is my partner. We co-produce and
direct our independent movies in France for an international audience.
He, a Frenchman, and myself, more American than French, naturally form
a confrontational couple who, through dialogue and sweat, allow our
egos to evaporate so we can concentrate on making the film. We are
idealists, dedicated to asserting the artistic tradition of allowing
ourselves complete freedom in creating our films.
French/American: I am one of the last baby boomers,
military brats born in Germany to a USAF Officer and a French mother.
I grew up in many parts of the United States and started my profession
as an actor and director in London and Paris. Someone once told me
that the more an American lives in Paris the more he realizes how American
he is. I try to cultivate my hybrid quality by living in both countries.
Actor: Someone who should have the privilege of knowing
how to be nothing and have fun…even when not acting. A somewhat
spiritual profession that, when paid for it, you take the money and
Industrial Cinema: The weekly blockbusters help us
keep score on what is the best movie every year. It’s fun to
see all the advertising and new gimmicks. Fortunately, we don’t
get the chance to miss these epic productions. They fill up most of
Digital Revolution: Ten years ago there were only
one or two official voices to fill the void of our doubts. The studios
provided the entertainment. That is no longer the case. Today the power
of communication is moving away from the corporate center and towards
the periphery, on individuals who are interconnected worldwide. The
new technology has not only created a new wave of independent filmmakers,
it is also inventing new ways for images to be consumed, cheaper and
without industry censure. With the creation of these new markets it
looks like the wave has the potential of a tsunami.
The Craft: Pascal and I are not only co-producers/directors.
Sometimes we write together or one of us chooses to direct the photography;
sometimes I act. The digital revolution allows us to assume more artistic
control of our product and also to familiarize ourselves with all facets
of our craft. We want to guarantee a human touch. With the world as
our stage, we are discovering with our small crew the same euphoria
and innocence in making movies as in the days of Mack Sennett 100 years