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bookWORM: Doug Blush: Making time for books

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, September 15, 2014   /  12:41 pm
bookWORM: Doug Blush: Making time for books

JP/Jerry Adiguna

Award-winning filmmaker Doug Blush says he hasn'€™t been reading a lot of books from beginning to end recently, as he is juggling numerous movie projects.

'€œMaking films takes up all of your time. I haven'€™t had enough time to read books thoroughly lately. However, I'€™m a news junkie. I love reading about current affairs, looking for ideas for documentaries and other projects,'€ Blush said.

Blush is a renowned editor and director. He edited Invisible War in 2012, a documentary about sexual assault in the US military, which received the Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards.

He won his first American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for 20 Feet to Stardom for Best Documentary Editing. The movie, which follows stories of the backup singers behind some of the world'€™s greatest singers and musicians, also won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards in March.

'€œWhen I have a little time I like reading just random books. I'€™m planning to take more time off to read; I just never have time.'€

Ways of Seeing
by John Berger

This book was based on a 1972 BBC four-part television series of 30-minute films created chiefly by writer John Berger and producer Mike Dibb that criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. It really opens my eyes about the way I look at art. It is a very important book for me, one that has made a lot of difference.

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century
by Greil Marcus

This book is about the connection between the art movements that surfaced throughout the 20th century and the punk rock movement in the 1970s. It tells the hidden history of the origins of underground art all over the world. It is a fascinating book for me because it makes connections that nobody else would have thought of.

The Foundation Trilogy
by Isaac Asimov

These books are the first three books in the science fiction series by Isaac Asimov:  Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. I am a huge fan of the books; they are among the first sci-fi books I ever read. They opened my mind; I love them so much. I think that everything from Star Wars and other sci-fi movies owes a huge debt to that series of books.

'€” JP/Andreas D. Arditya

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