I Need a Dick

By , May 26, 2011 10:04 PM

Do I have your attention?  I thought I might.  But I’m going to keep you in suspense for just a little bit…

Where do you find inspiration?  For me, very often, an aspect of inspiration is actually the surprise at where I find it.  When I least expect it, I am transformed.

Let me explain that when I talk about inspiration, I’m talking about something that usually feels like it originates from outside myself and makes a direct connection with my heart.  It’s not simply an idea that my mind concocts.  It’s powerful, brilliant, exciting, whole, magical, and normally not something I would have expected to be able to come up with on my own because it’s somehow bigger than I am or is outside the box of my usual reality.

About a week ago a friend and I attended the Indie Colorado Cinema Experience during which we watched about 7 short films either filmed or produced in Colorado.  After each screening, if the director was in the house, he or she would field a few questions about their work.  As you might expect with such an event, the material was varied—everything from a humorous training film about customer service, to a few dramatic pieces, to a documentary about haunted places in the state.

One film sandwiched in between the other offerings was a film noir style short.  What really stood out about this film was the dialogue.  It was hysterical!  The language was barely recognizable as English given what a normal conversation today sounds like because it was all in extreme beatnik slang.  Even though the words in many cases didn’t seem to have anything to do with anything, what the characters were communicating came through clearly.  It contained the best line of the evening, delivered with a straight face by a woman: “I need a dick.”  She was, of course, speaking that line to a private detective, but I found it to be a simply fascinating, rich line.

That single sentence sparked quite a conversation between my friend and me.  And, naturally, she and I had a good laugh about it also.  The director of that film said she’d been inspired by a book about beatnik slang.  I felt like the director was able to pay her inspiration forward.

That’s what it’s all about.

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