Ladies and Gentleman,
Introducing: Arturo Perez, Jr … The man that connected the dots.
I thought it’d be a good idea to provide some insight from the individuals working on this project. Since this whole project started with a chance meeting between myself and Art I thought he’d be the best person to start with. Despite being an award winning filmmaker and amazing contributor to La Blogotheque, Art has since donated a lot of his time to help film for IC (see some of his aerial shots from THE RESCUE). I asked Art to recall how this whole thing started. Here are his thoughts:
When people ask me what I like best about Take Away Shows I often answer, “Well, the fact that you just never know what will happen.”
That’s sort of the charm of the whole thing. Spontaneity is the name of the game. You take out a camera and you place full trust that life will give you moments that are worth exploring. Moments that could change the way you see an artist, a song, a person, an idea, a point of view.
One of these moments happened on February 4th 2009. Precise, I know. This was the day I shot the Delta Spirit Take Away Show. (You know, the one on the cable car?) [SEE ABOVE]
After jumping on-and-off cable cars, crashing houses and stores, and laying on patches of green grass, I met Kenny. As far as I knew, Kenny was just another one of the tourists that we had picked up that day, a straggler enjoying a musical journey. But I soon found out that Kenny was representing Invisible Children on Delta Spirit’s tour.
I had often heard about Indivisible Children and was continuously amazed at the level of energy and activism these guys were able to amass. We got to talking about lots of projects, thoughts and ideas. He mentioned that IC and La Blogotheque should do something together, and I agreed.
I came back to my computer and chatted with Chryde. Chryde is one of the founders of the now famous Take Away Shows. (He is the happy and lovely guy you see in many of the videos, often with a drink in his hand ;). A true visionary and artist, always thinking and doing a million things at a time.
Immediately after I told him about doing a project with IC, he was in. He didn’t even think twice about it. Chryde was ready to help make this happen. Now, a year later, here we are. Getting ready to take one simple idea that started on a sunny afternoon in San Francisco a reality.
I’m humbled to be a part of this project and excited to see exactly what will happen when we get to Uganda with these three beautiful bands. Should be pretty special.
see more of Art’s work at: arturo-perez.com