Play with Abandon

A year and a day ago my dear friend, my mentor, my brother in fun, Bernie (Blue) DeKoven passed into the great beyond.

Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and hear his laugh or marvel at his boundless ability to find the fun and joy in life.

I spent the last year of Bernie’s life filming a documentary with him. We recorded 80 interview sessions and 70 readings from his books. It was a life-changing experience for us both.

After he left us, there were months I just couldn’t bear to work on the film. To hear his voice or see him was just too much.

But eventually, I realized what I gift we had given each other. An immortal conversation - the story of his life and his philosophy of playfulness - his life in play.

And it’s my job and my joy to share that with everyone. Since then, I’ve spent hundreds of hours cataloging, categorizing, transcribing, and editing all 80 sessions. Just last week I passed a significant milestone in the project.

All 31 hours of raw footage have now been culled to 19 hours of edited, categorized and transcribed conversations.

What a treasure trove.

My plan is to produce a feature length documentary AND a longer online / streamable series.

Filmmaking is a lot like cooking. You have to prep lots of ingredients before you can begin to assemble any dish. And the recipe is one I get to discover along the way.

I know there are many miles to go. And I know I’ll need additional footage from people and places in Blue’s life but by reaching this milestone, I know there’s an amazing story to tell. And I’m humbled and honored that I get to help him tell it.

Here’s a small glimpse at the treasures yet to come.

When you play with abandon, what you discover is yourself.