I suppose as a 67 year old first-time filmmaker, I am an anomaly, but as a film teacher and critic with over 40 years experience, I have been preparing most of my life to put to use the lessons I have learned and taught from the narrative films of Kurosawa, Fellini, Kubrick, Lean, Truffaut, Chabrol, Welles, Hitchcock and Reed -- and the documentaries of Burns, Moore and Morris.
One film that I am currently submitting is a shortened (179 minute) version of a 9 hour 23 minute episodic film. This shorter version is intended to stand alone as feature documentary and is conceived in two parts. The other is the longer film which affords one the opportunity to live for an extended period in the company of a humble genius and some of his admirers (among them: Dana Gioia, Stephen Sondheim, Austin Pendleton, Donald Hall, Rhina P. Espaillat, Brian Bedford, John Simon, Alicia Stallings...)
Both films concern one of our most neglected and important writers, Richard Wilbur, the second Poet Laureate of the U.S., and each is something of a masterclass in creativity, poetry, humanity, and how to conduct one's life with dignity and grace.