dream has always been to make narrative movies for the big screen. As any boy I first fell for the adventure stories like Excalibur, Willow and Die Hard. Then, one day a girl, I had a crush on, took me to see Godzilla. After the movie, which obviously didn't impress her, she asked me, "Have you heard of Godard and the French New Wave?" I just stared at her since the names of the directors she started naming didn't sound familiar at all.
When years later I was blessed to discover Tarkovsky, Parajanov, Bergman, Trauffaut and Fellini my life was changed forever. Suddenly, cinema was more than thrills. Cinema was a magnifying glass examining the human soul.
Cinema in the 21st century is morphing into a curious mix of documentary and narrative storytelling where actors will no longer be able to hide behind technique but will have to come to terms on camera with their darkest and sweetest memories of who they are. To realize that, in the end, there is no need for acting at all. Pure undivided presence will suffice.
It is quite baffling that the film industry continues to stubbornly offer mostly super hero and fantasy entertainment which continues to promote division and resolution of conflict by violence alone. The industry fails to capitalize on cinema's inherent gift to teach, nurture and unite. All the while thousands of people across the globe humbly wait for their stories to be told.
The responsibility to create content reaching for more than a bag of popcorn and a bottle of coca cola falls on the pioneers, the storytellers paving the way now. However, in an age where every view is tracked and analyzed, the consumer also has immense power in guiding the film industry through its metamorphosis online. For me cinema is a love-story that brings us all closer to a unified experience of an earthly wonder anchored in celebration of our diversity.
KAVAL PARK (post-production)
THIS BABA 2014
Collection of Shorts (2008-2012)
Just for fun enjoy a commercial I conceived, produced & directed in early 2020 featuring some amazing talent in front and behind the camera.
I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. My first memory is creating three wolves when I was four years old. They lived in our bedroom curtains.
What can you read now? Start with The Green Card Blog while I wrap up writing my debut novel "Long Nights Moon."
In my home country Bulgaria we have a ritual to commemorate and celebrate the first steps of a child. We set various objects before the child and it is said that whatever object the child pics up first, it will point to his life’s path. I doubt my parents put down a movie camera and if they did I might have chosen its mystery. But in the absence of one, I chose a pen and paper. Here I’m, over forty years later, finally giving writing a chance because of a mandatory stay at home order for most of the citizens of the world. It is never too late to look for that childhood spark of ours, to rekindle it, and to carry it forth valiantly.
Have you ever written a love letter to your mother? Check out mine Ashamed Looking At My Mother.
I love to take photographs. Yet I've never had a gallery show. Until now. Later this summer I will open my first ever photo exhibit right here at www.filmabee.com.