Original Film Title: Messages To Self
Director’s Name: Gordon J Clark
Writer’s Name: Gordon J Clark
Producer: Gordon J Clark
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Runtime: 21 minutes 40 seconds
In 2019, while walking in the local neighborhood surrounding California’s remote and somewhat mysterious desert town known as Joshua Tree, photographer Gordon Clark crossed paths with David Kilburn (aka “Drywall Dave”) and spent the ensuing next year and a half creating theatrical photographic tableaus that are metaphors of David’s journey through life. In this film, David tells the stories of his life’s journey so far, accented by flashbacks portrayed and re-enacted through the animation of the photos—creating a powerful, moving, yet eclectically masterful work.
MESSAGES TO SELF asks, “What will you do with what you know?” This medley of stories from David’s life draws you in and keeps you present in the moment as it unwraps life to reveal its glorious simplicity—and you understand how this common man… transformed himself from a caterpillar into a butterfly.