Kareem Mortimer: Perfectly Imperfect
By Kareem Mortimer
May 1, 2015 - 2:15:39 PM
Whiplash (Rated C) plays daily May 1-7th at The Island House Cinema at 6:30pm
Unfinished Song (Rated B) plays daily May 1-7th at The Island House Cinema at 8:45pm
Perfection is the most uninteresting thing to me as an
artist. I am more interested in the process of getting to perfection. The journey is
the most important part of the process, the bumps, the false starts and
perceived disappointments. The journey is probably the most imperfect moment,
but it is the one that contains the most beauty, as it is where growth happens.
So to me, maybe in a way
imperfection is perfection.
I am in the process of closing the financing on my feature
Cargo. Cargo started in earnest in 2011 after Wind Jammers and Children of God
were released commercially within a month of each other. An investor that was keen to fully invest in a project that
involved the topic of human smuggling approached me. This was the perfect situation
except one caveat-I did not have a script and at that time was not interested
in doing a social issue film. It would take an entire eighteen months before I
would complete a script. During that time, I focused on editing, producing
three feature length documentaries, making art, getting married and developing
the short film Passage.
In late 2013, I delivered the script to the
investor but at that time his focus had changed; he was no longer interested in
financing films and suddenly we were without a backer for our film. For a few weeks I wondered if I blew my
“perfect” opportunity. I really
thought we did. Everybody said it and those who did not say it—felt it. Now I know, I had not; this was not the
journey we were to have.
like a straight path from one feature to another was a three-year journey into
growth and evolution as a person and an artist. Now, I am in a much better place to make this film than I
ever would have in 2012. I am in love with this story and feel such a responsibility
in telling it right and have the dynamic board of Best Ever Film, the wonderful
ensemble cast and my experience as a film buyer at The Island House Cinema.
None of these things I had in 2012.
This week at the Island House two characters in two films
face the sometimes difficult and painful road to keep up with an illusion of
being perfect. In Whiplash, Miles Teller plays a drummer at a conservatory in
which his instructor uses verbal abuse and intimidation in search of the
perfect musician. In the comedy Unfinished Song, Terrance Stamp discovers the
transformative power of music when his wife is stricken with cancer and his
seemingly perfect life is shattered. He then sets out on a journey that is
heartwarming, sweet and ultimately one that brings happiness.
No journey is perfect and in my opinion that is just wonderfully
(Rated C) plays daily May 1-7th at The Island House Cinema at 6:30pm
Song (Rated B) plays daily
May 1-7th at The Island House Cinema at 8:45pm
must be made at The Island House at 242.698.6300
About the author: Kareem
Mortimer is an award winning filmmaker and artist who has completed
several films including
Children of God, Wind Jammers, Passage, Float
Eleutheran Adventure. He is the President of the production
company Best Ever Film and is the curator of the film program at The
Island House Cinema, a boutique 48 seat theater in Western New
Providence dedicated to showcasing the best in independent, foreign,
art, Caribbean and Bahamian film. He is also in development of the
feature film Cargo.
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