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life, all sorts of spiritual tenets, all ideas about what the mean- ing of life is. Everyone was at least approaching the film with earnestness. I almost put the ki- bosh on it after the first several days of casting. People came in ready to demonize others. And then Norbert Leo Butz walks in and is able to play a pastor, who is incredibly flawed, with such authenticity. It’s (the actors), too. I can only take so much credit.

SM: You spoke earlier of the cast and crew’s commitment to the subject and your dedication to thwarting jaundiced ways of thinking, but I did find myself laughing out loud throughout the movie, enough so where as to think this qualifies as satire.

VF: Give me an example.

SM: There is a harrowing car acci- dent that for me turned humorous thanks to the addition of a baby placed in a 60 quart thermal cooler that her negligent, drug-crazed, parents used as a makeshift bassinet. Aren’t you in some way commenting on the hypocritical behavior of these purportedly God- fearing characters?

VF: Think back at 15, 16 or 17 years of age. Imagine all those respon- sibilities of becoming a parent. I know what my frustrations are as a 38-year-old mother of two that’s balancing a major career. I don’t have nannies. I’m there fending for myself when it comes to raising my kids. In defense of the character and her maternal frustration, I know that moment of placing a

VF: Bassinets are expensive. They did the best they could. You have to suspend disbelief in order to buy into the weariness of that lifestyle. If you ever spent any time on a tour bus, you know what a bleak existence it is. And if you are trying to bring a family on board, it’s impossible. And a 15-year-old at that with squashed dreams? We all do things in exasperation that are not potentially “the right way.” It is nervous laughter because we can recognize ourselves in it. I would not have put that up on a screen had I not identified with that exasperation on a very deep level. It’s these very negative moments in our lives that open us up if one is able to confront them and acknowledge them.u

child in a cooler. God knows what [drugs] they are smoking. That’s second-hand smoke she and the baby are inhaling. The frustrations at that level, being placed in that predicament at 15 years old, is overwhelming. It’s not funny at all. I’ve been on a nine-city express tour and the kids come with me. I know what it is trying to balance my life, and I’m living in posh hotels and flying first class with my kids in tow trying to be the best mom and ca- reer woman that I can be. Corinne is frustrated and she does strange things with that frustration.

SM: Maybe what I was talk- ing about had more to do with nervous laughter because there is something about the hypocrisy surrounding people who pres- ent themselves as children of God that would allow a baby to be exposed to this heroin haze and placed in a giant Thermos instead of a bassinet.

FROM PAGE 23 ART photography trip.”

“I use a traditional 8x10 view camera—similar to what you would imagine Ansel Adams using,” said Horne. “Though this might seem like it is ‘old technol- ogy,’ the final image quality is unrivaled by anything digital.” Like many of the artists with

booths throughout the park, Horne will be unveiling some new pieces, one of which was shot 3,000 ft. up a cliff in Arizona, and another of the vast La Jolla seascape. He will also have a video display looping his travel journals, telling the individual stories and adventures that produced each photo. Horne will also be selling some of his photo- graphs in a silent auction during the event.

In addition to live mu- sic—including the San Diego Symphony, Robin Henkel and Nikki Wilkins—being performed throughout the day, there will be a designated KidsWalk area with interactive booths set up by local organizations where kids can learn a new artistic trade. Ar- tReach San Diego, a non-profit or- ganization that puts art back into schools, will be doing “Australian Aboriginal Art,” instructing the kids how to create images of ani- mals using Australian Aboriginal dot painting techniques. There will also be booths teaching wood crafts, ceramics, percussion instruments, loom weaving and how to make a birdfeeder. For more information, or to

browse the work of some of the participating artists, visit artwal-

San Diego Uptown News | September 2–15, 2011


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