WILD FLOWER FILM AWARDS
I attended a film awards for indie movies a bit ago this month. It was held in the same place as last year and is rather out of the way. The space wasn’t big. The audience wasn’t star studded. The environment wasn’t headline making. It has been held for the past five years and in that short space of time, it has grown quite a lot. The person who dreamt it up and made it happen is a man named Darcy, whom I met at my radio station. He is soft-spoken, prematurely grey-haired, bespectacled, and has a genuine interest and knowledge of Korean cinema history. It was my good luck to meet him and his goodness to invite me to the awards ceremony.
To be entirely honest, I am not well versed in movies, Korean or otherwise. I attend the movie theaters to enjoy a few hours with friends and do my best to suppress my natural urge to predict what will happen next. But what I lack in movie knowledge I can make up in understanding of the hard work that goes into making a film or some big creative project. A story does not have power until it comes from the heart. A film that is a masterpiece is not one with a high budget, all star cast, fast paced plot and great imagery, though those things certainly help. The films that are filled with spirit, thought, meaning, and personality are the ones that make an impact and strike us because they reveal our humanity using different lens. That is all a story is; another way of looking at ourselves and this peculiar, wonderful, bitter, beautiful life we live.
But how it is told depends on the storyteller, and that is where the awards ceremony comes into place. We can go on indulging ourselves with great movies and easily praise the product itself and forget who poured the spirit, thought, meaning, and personality into it to make it come alive.
The Wild Flower Film Awards created a space that offered this appreciation to the movie directors, the story tellers, the magic makers.
“Thank you,” one director said, grasping his statuette, upon the stage as the audience applauded. “I have been making movies for over 20 years… and this is the first time I have ever won any award. Thank you.”