Friday, December 27, 2013

The Boy Who Flies


I get a lot of emails from folks thinking about trying the off grid lifestyle and I am happy to offer advice but rarely do I really connect with any of these folks.  I am very aware of this whenever I correspond with someone (a stranger) about something new I am interested in getting involved in - never expecting to get much of a response.  I have exchanged a couple of emails with filmmaker and PPG pilot Benjamin Jordan about his latest film, The Boy Who Flies.  At my suggestion, he has entered it in the Marfa Film Festival next summer.  http://www.marfafilmfestival.com/  One of the things about this film that really resonated with me is Ben's opening statement that you can see in the trailer above.  I have been fairly successful in getting everything set up here...but now what?  Building stuff is my strong point, but watching plants grow and fighting bugs is not very exciting - so I am taking up powered paragliding.  As I often tell visitors to TFL..I have discovered that I am a much better builder than I am a farmer.  All that being said...I was pleased to get this latest response from the filmmaker.  42,58,35,0,B,0
 
This is so strange, so it's important to share: Often when people tell me that they are getting into PPG I don't get overly excited for them ..but for you, because of the context in which you are living (both environment and lifestyle) I am actually thrilled! This has never happened before. I wish I could be a fly on the wall to document your character and experience. I hope that you will take the time to record footage, even if it's just stuff on a tripod, documenting your physical and psychological transformation. Even if you don't know how to edit it, someone will, and it could make a sweet short.
Stoked for you John!!!
Peace brother,
Ben

7 comments:

JohnnyM said...

Marvelous!

Zole said...

Wow!

Fester said...

I visit your blog daily and never leave disappointed. Keep living the dream John. Can't wait for you to make your documentary.

mary lee said...

Look forward to watching as well. Just keep safe please.

shawn said...

So there I was in bed last night flipping channels. Just happened on a program "living on the edge". John Wells, there you were. Freakin awesome! I don't know when it was taped, the boys were a little less horny (shorter horns). Anyway, I thought it was great. You have a super story to tell and you do it well! I'm especially excited about your newest project.

John Wells said...

I have not seen it yet. Didn't even know when it was going to air. That little segment payed for half of my paramotor gear.

Un Paisano said...

No shortage of dreams = no shortage of excitement. Dream more. dream bigger.