So i’ve been talking in small tidbits about this doc that I’ve been working on for a while but now that I have a moment to catch my breadth from a month of mad sprinting I thought I’d explain a little bit about what I’ve been up to.
Starting about a year ago I began work on a documentary project focusing on the life and work of Davide Sorrenti. For those of you who don’t know him, he’ was a really talented fashion photographer who found commercial/critical success at the young age of 20-21 just prior to a tragic end as a result of a blood complication stemming from his chronic illness and a small amount of heroin use. Immediately following his death the media pounced on it for its relation to drugs and fashion, spinning an elaborate fable of “heroin chic.”
Sadly, the media circus that descended on his death in my opinion tainted the perception of his work and supplied the world with a truly awful vocabulary for even approaching or discussing his life’s accomplishments. For a number of reasons, and a whole slew that I still don’t understand I feel this powerful affinity to Davide and his work, and thus the project.
With about five or so trips to New York in the past six months we’ve been able to collect interviews with the truly incredible support of the Sorrenti family as well as Davide’s friends.
It’s definitely been an eye-opening experience, but I’ve been blessed to be able to meet and interview some really smart people who have shared their memories and thoughts about Davide. Below are some screen caps from the doc raw out of the camera, so pardon the color.
So here we are, about 80% done with production, and tapped for funds. My next step as the quarter comes to a close will be to make a kickstarter with the footage and stories we’ve collected, and raise a small budget to make one last trip to the big city during the summer with a skeleton crew before delving into post production.
So that’s the project, that’s where I’m at, and that’s the plan. I hope you check back to see how it all goes.