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Old School New School

Old School New School
33:00 | 2011

Categories: Arts and Culture

Watch OLD SCHOOL NEW SCHOOL, A personal question about how someone can realize his full creative potential leads an independent filmmaker across the United States in search of answers. His journey takes him into the lives and homes of some of today's most accomplished and illuminating artists questioning artistic individuality, risk, and the definition of success.

Revealing conversations with actor Brian Cox, jazz legend McCoy Tyner, and many more working artists of all disciplines are woven together in this compelling exploration of the value and often surprisingly personal process of creativity.

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Steven Fischer
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May 29, 2015
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April 27, 2015
I don't like to give simple sentences about how I feel about being a creative person, but your documentary made me think, and a short statement popped into my head: "Creativity is mastering courage and heart."
Steven Fischer
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May 29, 2015
Thanks for watching Old School New School! May we always have the courage to follow our heart.
Charlene Tarter
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April 4, 2015
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Very touching accounts of what creativity is.
Steven Fischer
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May 29, 2015
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Thanks! Please help us spread the word about the movie and share the Old School New School SnagFilms link on your social media sites! :0)
Rick Jey
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November 23, 2014
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Love this documentary. I will use it when encouraging my protégés. Very well done Steven Fischer. Great work by SNAGFilms
Steven Fischer
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November 24, 2014
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Thanks, Rick! Yes, please share the link -- would love to see the movie continue as a tool for young people starting their journey.
Steven Fischer
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May 29, 2015
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Thanks for the kudos. Made my day!
KWaters
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September 19, 2014
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Very inspiring thoughts about creating, sharing your unique self. And thanks for taking the risk to make the film. I found it both entertaining as well as a great exercise in re-imagining success. Well done!
Steven Fischer
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November 24, 2014
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You're welcome. And thanks for posting. Made my day!
Nicolás Tosun
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September 11, 2014
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I started to watch your documentary and I think it´s humble to say it talks about realizing creative potencial. I believe it talks about something much deeper and important that is "how we live in this world and how we develop our profession (in this case filmaking but it applies to any category)". It has a philosophical approach and I must say is one of the very few things I enjoyed watching, from different productions I´ve been invited to in these last few days.
Steven Fischer
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November 24, 2014
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So true. Thanks for the insights, Nicolas. Glad the movie resonates with you! Please share the link on your social networking sites to help us spread the word.
Jess Gong
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November 27, 2013
B+
tj
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September 14, 2013
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Nothing too earth-shattering. A few mediocre artists and a few good ones. Awkward narration. Some useful tidbits.
julia
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September 12, 2013
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Dave the Chimp
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August 28, 2013
I went to a little circus recently. While they were setting up some balancing obstacles my girlfriend said "cats! it's going to be an act with cats!" She was very excited. "They don't have cats in the circus" I told her (and of course they didn't in this circus) but now I'm happy to see that I am wrong! Great film!!!
vesna
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July 22, 2013
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July 19, 2013
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June 28, 2013
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Steven Fischer
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June 11, 2013
We are actively seeking venues to share Old School New School and continue the discussion about how we can all tap into our full creative potential. Universities encouraged to get in touch with the filmmaker.
Michael Shiflett
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March 2, 2013
-----....Steven....I just watched your film...I love this...the heart...the soul of the piece is evident.. every artist WILL want to see this....not simply for motivation but there lies within the film, a sense of wonder...or passion that is not always present in other examination works....thank you for the good dreams.....michael shiflett from "Lincoln'....
Steven Fischer
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March 14, 2013
Thanks, Michael. Much appreciated. Enjoyed your performance in Spielberg's Lincoln. What a great gig!
Brian Ian
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July 2, 2012
Fantastic work! I think the most interesting aspect of it is that people creatively successful have different opinions about what you MUST do to be successful and, of course, their own definitions of success. I think the nail head hitter was the interviewee (forget which one) who said you have to have talent. There's no substitute when it comes to meaningful work.
Steven Fischer
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July 3, 2012
Thanks for watching, Brian. I'm glad the movie resonates. Please share the link and help us spread the word about the movie. Cheers!
Ron Villejo
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May 29, 2012
A very thoughtful piece, Steven. Both a conversation and a meditation for me. I am in the arts, and I have several projects sitting in the wings, and taking either personal or creative risk isn't an issue for me. Rather, it's making these projects a reality and ensuring that they make a difference, which is the fundamental challenge for me. Many thanks for creating this documentary!
Steven Fischer
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May 29, 2012
Thanks, Ron! Much appreciated. All the best for you and your projects. Keep me posted on them.
Diane Christiansen
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May 16, 2012
This is a great film maker! I met him last night at a media party. Pass it along if you like the documentary. I thought it was really creative and inspiring.
Steven Fischer
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July 3, 2012
Thanks, Diane! I appreciate the kind words. :0)
Casandra McCottrell
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May 14, 2012
Hi Steven, Thank so much for sharing your work with me, I thoroughly enjoyed it. As someone who is coming off of a long break from tv/film stuff, I found it very interesting. I am glad you deciding to go on that journey to answer questions I think every artist has on some level that wish to produce compelling and original work. Look forward to more of your work.
Steven Fischer
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June 11, 2013
Thanks, Casandra! I'm glad the movie resonates with you. We are actively seeking venues to share OSNS and continue a discussion about how we can all tap into our full creative potential. Let me know if you know of a potential venue. :0)
Christina Muir
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May 8, 2012
Lovely exploration of the atristic life!
Steven Fischer
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May 11, 2012
Thanks, Christina! Please help get the word out by sharing the link on your social networking sites. :0)
Meghan Dietrich
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May 2, 2012
Thank you, Steven, for the insights presented in your film. Excellent questions! I love it when people put into a piece of work, things that I have asked myself. It's validating. "I am not alone." I loved one line from Ben Jones,..."what, and act in his head?", when talking about a creative taking a "secure" job. Lol! This is helping me reevaluate my own path and choices. Thank you! Also, it was great meeting you in Three Oaks, Mi. Well worth the journey! Blessings! meghan
Steven Fischer
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May 7, 2012
Thanks, Meghan! It was nice meeting you, too. Three Oaks was a blast. I appreciate you watching the movie and glad it resonates. Best of luck on your journey! Keep in touch.
Robin Morris
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April 22, 2012
Pretty cool movie. Talking about it- there is always an elephant in the room...what is creativity and how do we allow it to blossom? And I love Kirstie Simson's big green eyes. Intense person. Nice tour-de-force of some heady thought...should be watched with Linklater's "Waking Life"...matter of fact, you should animate this film. ok, ok just an idea...thanks.
Steven Fischer
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April 23, 2012
Thanks, Robin! We are touring with the movie now. Would love to bring OSNS to Diablo Valley College.
Christina Gaudet
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March 26, 2012
Great! Steven Fischer, you ROCK! So simple, yet so profound! Thanks for this inspiring documentary!
Steven Fischer
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May 11, 2012
Thanks, Christina. Made my day!
Dawn Yilmaz
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March 23, 2012
I love the personalities in this film, Steven, it was really a great group of people. Sage wisdom for any artist at any level. Very enjoyable!
Steven Fischer
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March 24, 2012
Thanks, Dawn! Agreed: universal words of wisdom from some world class people.
Terry Evans
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March 7, 2012
I've just finished watching your inspiring film, Old School New School. It is illuminating and engrossing. Thanks!
Tracey Orth-Burrows
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March 6, 2012
Steven: Well done, and thank you for sharing! Your doc is actually a great "tool" for those considering a "life in the arts", and for those already in pursuit of that life, with some good, honest "inspirational messages". We enjoyed it, and will pass along to those in our circle, and beyond. Keep at it, we will do same. Our very best, Tracey & Carl "Doc" Tracey A. Orth-Burrows
Steven Fischer
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March 24, 2012
Thanks for the great comment, Tracey. I appreciate you taking the time to watch. Thanks for sharing the link! That's a huge help. :0)
Larry Cashion
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March 5, 2012
Howdy Steven, Brother, I just watched "Old School New School". Thanks for sending the link and suggesting the view.. I appreciate very much the honesty, heart, wisdom and confidence in being vulnerable the project and subjects share about their "success", process and experiences as artists and humans-being... Thanks for your work and your gift Steven :-))). peace+blessings, LArry
Steven Fischer
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July 3, 2012
Thanks, Larry! Made my day. :0)
Jane Piirto
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January 29, 2012
Hi Steven and Amy: Great to meet you yesterday at the Chicago gig and to see your talk on rik-taking. Just viewed your film. I love that you interviewed the real ones, the long-working, the plodders who have been in the biz for a very long time. I saw the theme of place--not home; Scholarly note: Malcolm Gladwell is what we call a secondary source; he absolutely positively did not do the research that you have to have 10,000 repetitions, etc. That's Persson and his colleagues. Gladwell is a good writer who goes to the library and obediently references his sources, but his good writing overwhelms, and the people who did the hard work of finding findings got obscured. I am glad you interviewed James Reagan. I saw him at some conference or another--perhaps the Kent State 20th readings--and was so impressed that he has MEMORIZED his own work, as the Russians do, and is able to declaim it. Love the documentary; lighting good except for a few shots--hope we stay in touch.
Scott Rosema
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January 28, 2012
Steven, GREAT film. I wish it had been twice as long. Always fascinating to hear the deep thoughts of creative people. I'm on such a journey myself; one of the breakthroughs for me was to realize that I have to have an honest, true REASON for what I do. I think that, sometimes, when creative efforts, or goals, fall short for people, it can be rooted squarely in the premise of having the wrong motivation. People can find tremendous creative success (or any kind of success) for themselves if they can be really honest about WHY they are doing something and WHAT they want to do. Now that kind honesty isn't always easy to know, it can be hidden or tucked away. It can be all mangled up in the hypnotic glitter, bells and whistles of fame or noteriety. Or sunk deep in the quagmire of abuse, neglect, ridicule or apapthy. What is so compelling about your film is that it's one honest way (of many) to dig those reasons out of hiding. Thanks again and look forward to more work from you.
Steven Fischer
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January 30, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Scott, and for the kind words! I agree wholeheartedly: be honest with yourself. Truth and honesty were exactly what we aimed for in the movie. I wish you all the best on your journey.
Danny Davis
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January 23, 2012
Can't seem to get the video to play, does overseas veiwers allowed to watch it?
Steven Fischer
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January 30, 2012
Yes, the movie is able to be viewed overseas. Try using another browser. Let me know if that doesn't work.