A Profound Letter

Last year I got together with my friend Aidan Feldman to shoot an experimental piece with my GoPro camera. I wasn’t sure what we would end up with but I was pretty pleased with the outcome. Recently Aidan forwarded me an email he received from somebody who had stumbled upon the video. I’ve never received a reaction like this from any of my videos and I wanted to share this with you.

I have struggled with mental health issues my entire life. My first memories as a toddler, aside from fishing with my great-grandfather, were of banging my head on the floor and not being able to stop. The next ~42 years were a mix of depression, anxiety, and self-harming behavior. Recently, I was finally prescribed a medicine given to high-functioning autistics and a preliminary diagnosis to sit next to the bottle. I am now (thanks to the medicine) viewing a life around me that I am able to relate to and that translates into a language I comprehend. I am now engaging an existence I’d not known was there. It appears that I truly am autistic.

Part of autism is a feeling of not being in one’s body, of detachment from oneself. Two clicks into your company’s newsletter I was looking at a dance portrayal of something I have felt my whole life but have never had the words to convey.

I have been looping your “GoPro: Dance” with a playlist of two Gavin Greenaway songs for the past few days. I am not sure what you intended, but you succinctly danced what it feels like to be in my head. I will carry your dance with me for the rest of my life for when I need a reminder of where I originated. I want you to know that what you do has impact, far reaching. I want to thank you.

-Shawn

 

 

Dogs In Cars Update

Soon after posting the video “Dogs In Cars” on vimeo it was viewed a few hundred thousands times. I’m really happy that so many people’s days were uplifted by the blissful sight of these thirteen dogs. Even Ashton Kutcher tweeted the video @aplusk. At this time the video has been played over 840k times. Here are some  media highlights from the last few weeks:

Gizmodo
BuzzFeed.com
PopGoesTheWeek.com Interview
Good Day Sacramento skype Interview
RightThisMinute skype Interview
GoPro Video of the Day
Video Contest King
Femme actuelle (French)
Pouch (Japanese)

Mark Malkoff’s Free Cab Rides

I’m proud to announce Mark Malkoff’s “Free Cab Rides”.  Malkoff asked fans and strangers to tweet and facebook him all day for free cab rides.  I spent a day shooting and many days editing. Watch it on MyDamnChannel.com now!

Mark Malkoff's Free Cab Rides directed by Keith Hopkin on MyDamnChannel.com

Directed by:
Keith Hopkin

Starring & Written by:
Mark Malkoff

Cab Driver:
Sean Kean (as himself)

Produced by:
Keith Hopkin, Mark Malkoff

Associate Producers:
Kelly Ann Sharman
Sammi Lang

Cameras:
Jimmy Lee, Keith Hopkin, Sammi Lang, Christine Peel

Photographer:
Kara Dahlberg

Press Coverage:

The Daily News

The Village Voice

The Consumerist

Huffington Post

Gothamist