By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“For six years, every day, I have been doing 250 tweets. It’s like the Japanese haiku. You can make a poem with just a few characters. You can make it philosophical, psychological. It’s a spiritual form. My father believed that when you die you rot and are finished. I do not have a metaphysical upbringing, but I cannot say God does not exist. Life is not ‘by chance’. Like a monkey we cannot understand it. But step by step, through our lives, we see so many synchronicities and synergies, so many miracles. There is a union in everything. Church, though, the organised church. That is a political and economic sector. Very bad! My church is polyvalent. It contains all the arts! Not just arts. You have philosophy, science, psychology, as well as music, sculpture, architecture, dance. You have everything. My goal is not money, and not taking money. Not when it goes against what I want to do. I must refuse to change a word or an image. Even if I have to be a sacred beggar. It is art, and art is life. We need to take a risk to lose everything!”
~ Alejandro Jodorowsky

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

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~ Anthony Bourdain