‘… things can shift dramatically. We’re not in control. Life is precious.’

In Memoriam. 6 August 2016. Last night, Charlie slipped away from this world.

Charlie,
There is something that will never die.
Can never die.
Something that defined the very
experience of you.
Enigmatic. And beyond kindness itself.
I shall look out for it on the wind.
And recognize it to be you.
Safe travels my friend.
Nic

This short film portrait bears witness to the deep and visceral experience of a devastating illness, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. And to a life well used.

There’s more than a chance that this film will serve well as a deep reflection on the life that we each possess.

‘… if I was able to talk to the entity known as ALS, I’d say let go of me. I get it. I’m learning how to fall. How to let go of my life.

The experience of making this film was extraordinary on so many levels. I shall write about more about it. About a life well lived, and meaningful work. And perhaps more importantly, meaningful community.

We had the chance to screen this film, in July for Charlie and 230 others. Mostly from within his close community on Whidbey Island, WA.

Eric’s Film Portrait will be screening in the Library.

BOTH CHARLIE AND ERIC’S PORTRAIT FILMS WERE MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE KIND HELP OF THE FOLLOWING PATRONS : JOHN BLAXALL AND DEEPA NARAYAN : LYNNAEA LUMBARD AND RICK PAINE : RICK INGRASCI AND PEGGY TAYLOR : GRETCHEN KRAMPF AND PAUL KING : MARIKA PARTRIDGE AND LARRY RAVITZ : VICTORIA AND IAN WATSON : SALLY GOODWIN : GINNY JORDAN : CAROL NEWELL : RICHARD RUSSELL : DAVID FRIEDMAN AND TIRZAH FIRESTONE : CHARLES TERRY AND BETSY : MACGREGOR : ALAN AND ANDREA RABINOWITZ : PETER AND MELISSA EVANS : JOHN STEINER AND MARGO KING : JOEL AND DANA SOLOMON