Negative Space

This beautiful short film was featured in Documentally‘s last newsletter. It’s definitely worth subscribing to.

I showed this video to my three children a few days ago; they were captivated, laughed at the end and we discussed it over breakfast the following morning. I love little moments like that.

I think about my dad a lot. He taught me a lot about being ordered and considerate in how I do things, the importance of finding a home for everything and putting it back after using it—something that was more important to him once his brain damage dug deeper and dementia started robbing him of his memories. Not surprisingly, he was an engineer. I often wonder what he could teach me now.

Short film by D. Randall Blythe

D. Randall Blythe
D. Randall Blythe

Just over a year ago D. Randall (‘Randy’) Blythe, the singer in American metal band Lamb of God was arrested, charged and remanded in custody in the Czech Republic over an incident that had happened during a Lamb of God concert in Prague in 2010; that incident had resulted in the death of a 19 year old fan Daniel Nosek.

Earlier this year Randy Blythe was acquitted of the responsibility for Mr Nosek’s death, a decision that has subsequently been upheld by the Prague High Court.

Yesterday he released a short film that he had made during his trial. This is what Randy wrote on his blog about the film:

My idea was to show my mind set through film and music during the process of my trial, and have a more ambiguous ending heading into my final day in court. I did not know what was going to happen to me, only that I felt I was doing the right thing by being there. Working in a creative capacity during the trial helped me to remain calm- it is what I know how to do, so I wanted to share it with people.

It’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking film. There is a beauty to it, but also a sadness. It ends with the words, “Rest in peace, Daniel”.

I have a lot of respect for D. Randall Blythe, a lot of respect—and I’m looking forward to his book coming out early next year (2014) which documents his time in prison.