Directors Notes: Meaning, Purpose, and Being All In.

Directors Notes

I am all in on the outreach program for our series of films collectively entitled “Called From Darkness.” There is so much about distribution that includes being frozen out, and not having phone calls returned. I have been in distribution for 40 years, but the digital platform has destroyed many distribution strategies that I am familiar with.  Not to get too far ahead of myself, I just need to make great films with meaningful content that help individuals and transform their pain and isolation into meaning and purpose. I am grateful for team leaders who gathered this week.  

Today I am still thinking about all the vulnerability that was shared at the Recovery Cafe meeting.  I need to review the footage and send the audio to my colleague DeJohn to create transcripts. Today we discussed taking part of Recovery Cafe founder Killian Noe’s presentation on pain/isolation and turning it into an animation. Just an idea for now, but with focus over time it will become a reality.

Pain Isolation Diagram
Pain/Isolation diagram from a presentation by Recovery Cafe founder Killian Noe .

As I am producing and editing this content by myself, I now have to get back to the most recent film that I have been working on for the past three months: a touching piece produced at Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish rehab center/Kibbutz located in Los Angeles, CA. And now I need to create the trailer, but as many of you may know, trailers can be difficult.  How do I show the true depth of content from this 30 minute movie in less than two minutes? This film is deeply spiritual, and it has a lot of amazing music. Regarding the title of this film, I like Faith is a Verb because that is something that the Rabbi said, but for now the working title is “Sanctuary.” Which is a primary goal of a rehab because the environment has to be safe.  I also think that the title “Soul Sanctuary” could work too, as it reminds me of that Santana song “Soul Sacrifice,” but I guess Prince wrote and performed a song called “Soul Sanctuary” as well. The good news is that Beit T’Shuvah is a sanctuary of souls, and gratefully they are doing something about helping addicts.  Only 15% of the people that need addiction treatment get to go to a rehabilitation center.


Rabbi Mark
Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles, CA.