Tonight I projected a sneek preview screening of Angela Zito’s film “Writing in Water”. I don’t usually watch the movies that I project, but I couldn’t look away from this one. It’s about Chinese calligraphy, which might sound boring, but the film isn’t actually about calligraphy. It’s about beauty and art and peace and the meaning of life. And you cannot imagine the precision that these old, retired Chinese men move their brushes with, it’s unbelievable. The teacher was 88 years old and still writing calligraphy in the park using water. In one part, one calligrapher creates the sign through his body, and it is so moving. And Angela is so smart, such an amazing Q&A afterwards. I don’t know, it was just awesome. I told Angela that after the screening, and she thought it was wonderful that I enjoyed it.
“Mr Van Doren, I’m also from New York, a different part of New York. I’m happy that you made the statement, but I cannot agree with most of my colleagues. You see, I don’t think an adult of your intelligence ought to be commended for simply, at long last, telling the truth.”—Quiz Show