By Scott Moore
We recently learned that ‘Reparando’ is an official selection of the 2011 Omaha Film Festival. This is good news for a few reasons. First, it is another opportunity to share the story to a new and diverse audience. Secondly, it adds more credibility to our project. And thirdly, I get to re-connect with some of my college friends.
The Omaha Film Festival has stirred up some memories. Its been 20 years since I first walked on to the campus of Hastings College. Hastings is a small town in the middle of the continent. For a Navy Brat, is was about as far away from the ocean I could have gone – at least on the continent of North America. It’s a long story to explain how I actually got there in the first place, and even longer to explain how all my siblings ended up there as well. We are all Hastings grads. Hastings is a part of our story. I’m looking forward to catching up with old classmates, enjoying some good food and conversation. I’ll probably even do some dancing … but probably not the “running man”.
A lot has changed in 20 years, but a couple things have stayed the same. I am still passionate about creative storytelling, and I am drawn to stories involving culture. High school in Okinawa, Japan certainly impacted my worldview. But so did college in small town America. Both extremes helped me realize the fact that people are people, no matter where you go. There are fears and flaws in every culture. But there are also beauty and richness. To enjoy the beauty, we must embrace the flaws.
I have also realized over the years that I am full of flaws … pride and envy … lack of patience … pride (I include it twice on purpose) … just to get the list started. On their own, these would be considered tragic flaws. I am Hamlet, Macbeth, and Anakin Skywalker rolled into one. Thankfully my flaws are countered with a belief of something bigger than myself. I believe in a story bigger than mine. I am not the leading role, but a mere extra at best. I am the captain of my destiny, AND I willingly give up the ship to a navigator who knows all. I thought I knew, but I only thought …
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