I was only going to share one of the films, but then I got sucked into all three. They complement each other like bacon, eggs and pancakes: fantastic on their own, but downright brilliant when together. (Not to mention the actor is very, very cute).
Here's what the filmmaker had to say about his films on his Vimeo profile:
3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.....
= a trip of a lifetime.
move, eat, learn
Let's start with "move." The average person walks 100,000 miles in a lifetime. Which is enough to cross the globe four times. Where have you moved today?
MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.
On to "eat." For those of you who have followed me through Rome, DC, and China, you know how much I love to write about food. Embarrassingly, I have more photos of meals I've cooked or eaten than I do of my nephew on my cellphone. Food is perhaps the easiest and most authentic way to discover the local culture.
If the 8-year old version of myself could meet me today, she would wrinkle her nose and let out a big "ewwww," if I told her about all the "weird" things I've eaten. At that stage in life, I still thought it was appropriate to dump milk on everything -- from mac 'n cheese to chicken noodle soup. Thankfully, I've grown out of that and have happily avoided major gastrointestinal issues as I've snacked my way around the globe.
EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.
I saved my favorite for last, "learn."
Since January 2010, I've been trying my best to write down at least one thing that I learn everyday. I seriously slacked off last summer and am missing the better part of June and July '10, but I've diligently tried to recognize something I learn each and every day. Sometimes I learn something profound, most times it's something simple.
What did I learn today? I learned that it's much more comfortable to call old teachers by their "Mr." or "Mrs." regardless of how long it's been since I was their student.
What did you learn today?
LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.