Busy with filmmaking and speaking, I got a chance to interview and ask Jason Silva, filmmaker, philosopher, and “epiphany addict” some advice about filmmaking and what he wanted to be when he “grew up.”
I grew up in Venezuela and went to University in the States where I majored in film and philosophy. My last year of school, I submitted a short documentary to what was to become “Current TV,” the cable network co-founded by Al Gore. My film explored the intersection of hedonism and transcendence, and struck a nerve with some of the staff at the network. Subsequently, my collaborator on the project and I both got offered full time positions to be anchors on the network.
I’ve always loved “philosophizing” and basking in big ideas — and Current offered the opportunity to wax philosophical about our rapidly changing world and examine the social and technological trends defining our time.
After four years on the network, I’ve decided to focus on some other creative projects exploring the co-evolution of humans and technology — a subject matter that has taken a hold of me. Being a committed techno-optimist and wonderjunkie, I’m endlessly fascinated by mankind’s dazzling technological abilities — an ability to actualize and instantiate our dreams in the “meatspace.” As theImaginary Foundation states, “we conjure up delightful future possibilities, pick the most delightful ones and pull the present forward to meet them!” Those guys get it.
I have been very influenced by Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity is Near, as well as the writings of Timothy Leary, Steven Johnson, Matt Ridley, Kevin Kelly and others.
Advice to people that want to be filmmakers?
I think we have digital tools that allow any of us to create media and build content– the barrier of entry has been lowered– the good content will rise to the top! I suggest: “build it and they will come”
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a KNOWMAD, a modern day FLANEUR- a walking philosopher, strolling interesting cities and offering musings on the world! I love aesthetic experiences!!
Hope you’re a living a BellaVie!