Experiencing Interruptions?

Just be an Artist

Seattle mural artist Josie Rice invited our crew to capture the moments that so many in the art world keep hidden. Josie breaks down what it means to be an artist in the Northwest and how she keeps motivated to create new works.

  • James Ward
  • Marissa Brent-Tookey
  • Jason Williams
    Director of Photography
  • Josie Rice
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 23, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - James Ward

My passion for the arts and my desire to show Seattle is the center for a thriving creative scene is the reason I continue with video production.

My goal as a filmmaker is not to be "famous" but to be highly regarded among my peers in the liberal arts and push my colleagues to achieve greatness.

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Director Statement

At a time where my drive as a filmmaker was slowly dwindling because of naysayers around me, I felt something that was worse than melancholia, I felt nothing...about anything.

As I was walking home I look down this disgusting ally and find Josie's artwork on a shed and felt invigorated. After a long search, I sat down with Josie and discussed what drove her to create such beautiful, and time consuming, pieces.

Josie, and "Just be an Artist", are both inspirational to me and came about at a time where I was looking for an answer to why I should continue as a filmmaker.

I hope that those who are in the same situation can be motivated by this short documentary and pursue what makes them individuals.