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You don’t have to be a super-fan to make passionate art

If I’m immersed and emotionally engaged with the work, the results will have more chances of engaging the customer and the audience as well. If I’m just going through the motions, then the work itself will probably come across as dry and mechanical. And so the key that unlocks engagement always comes down to finding that vehicle which allows empathy to become passion and flow out as creativity and conversation.

*phaedon* at Cow and Boys film productions editing room

Showing up: filmmaker, video editor, storyteller

Another position I held in Milan, Italy, was with a commercial film production company. The post available was that of an Office Manager. It wasn’t exactly in step with my previous experience as a film school graduate and news video editor, but these same things made me compatible with the spirit of the company. For me, it was an opportunity to get my foot in the door and slowly take steps to achieve more relevant roles in film production, direction, or editing, thereafter.

Banner for Milk CY, a film by Star Phaedon

Quiet activism: an art video

This reminded me of Milk CY, a film I created for the International Day Against Homophobia 2012, in Cyprus. This was two years before the first-ever Pride parade in Cyprus was organised, on 31 May 2014. I was doing volunteer work for Accept-LGBT Cyprus, at the time, and they asked me to create a video that was shown as part of a group exhibition which launched the IDAHO 2012 activities in the Cypriot capital.

Opens Recipe for Resilience: Disease vs Matisse blog post

Recipe for Resilience: Disease vs Matisse

At the close of 2018 my body was going haywire. I became overwhelmed by extreme fatigue, respiratory problems, and incapacitating headaches. I was experiencing heavy depression, constant mood swings and a non-stop flaring of binge eating. I was terrified. I thought I had come down with some permanent damage like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – the …