A film by David Waingarten
"This is Now" follows the spiritual journey of a young man as he wanders from Portland to Seattle, talking with friends and strangers along the way about the ordinary and extraordinary events which changed their lives.
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In this scene, David visits his old friend Greg and hears the story of the tragic loss he experienced.
Actors Jef Greilich and Greg Hamilton had in reality met for the first time just hours before we shot this scene. It is the only scene in "This is Now" which we shot using two cameras. I didn't want to make Greg tell his story twice.
A note about Greg Hamilton; He's an amazing man. That film collection is his and he has a standing rule not to let you leave his basement without taking a film home with you (my last score was a fantastic and rare documentary about Martin Luther King which he preserved from a 16mm print). Greg's honesty and grace make his performance and this scene one of the most moving in the film.
David lets go and begins to dance on a rooftop in Georgetown, Seattle.
I really like this montage. The idea was to show small moments of awakening when David breaks free from his thinking and embraces the world around him.
That's my old friend Anna Fritz playing the cello, recorded in her bedroom on our last night shooting in Portland. She used to play this piece for me when we were in a band together and I never forgot how moved I always was by it.
In this scene, David asks Gary why he feels so afraid to let God in.
I like this scene because Gary is so simple and honest in his answers to David's complex confusion, basically telling him that there is no problem but the thought that there is a problem.
When shooting scenes with Gary, I made sure we had 2-3 hours blocked out to allow the conversation to expand in any direction it needed to.
David wanders, stumbling into places and moments which open him up as Gary talks about the nature of awakening.