On the Way
On the Way
A FILM BY: Hart Ginsburg
STARRING: Everyday People
Chicago-based psychotherapist and multimedia artist Hart Ginsburg’s films On the Way and Reflections will premiere at Music Box Theatre on Saturday, May 20, at 2:00 PM. Shot on location in Chicago and Japan, the films invite the audience to reflect on the meaning ofhuman existence in these uncertain times.
“The intention of our On the Way trilogy is to facilitate for our audience meditative moments of reflection and discovery beyond the outer shell of our human existence, by examining difficult themes, such as our current political landscape,” said Ginsburg.
On the Way is a short film series in three parts – The Red Latte, Raindrops, and On the Way (a 20-minute runtime altogether) — that stimulates viewers to contemplate various aspects of urban life, diversity and difference as well as connection and isolation. Also premiering will be Reflections (25 min), an experimental documentary that examines the meaning of ‘freedom’ as seen from many perspectives.
In his films as well as his clinical therapy practice, Ginsburg integrates the meditation technique of mindfulness with a philosophy of existentialism, the belief that individuals are responsible for creating meaning in their lives. He originally formed a multimedia group, Digital Tapestries, to support his practice with books and films that can be used in a variety of settings, including group therapy and art and educational conferences. All of Digital Tapestries’ productions encourage participants to stretch beyond a surface response to discover their own hidden strengths and capacity for contentment.
Ginsburg’s unique approach is derived from his life experiences. After personally facing depression and the confusion it causes, Ginsburg was inspired to explore artistic ways to engage others in their own personal recovery. By drawing on the years he lived in Japan near Mount Fuji and Tokyo, Ginsburg incorporated Eastern philosophy into his artistic and therapeutic style. With a master’s degree in clinical counseling from the School of Education at DePaul University and a license as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Ginsburg has worked with many immigrants and refugees in his 10 years of experience as a psychotherapist.
A native of Chicago, Ginsburg grew up in a creative environment, including his sculptor mother and many artist friends of the family. He cites Charlie Chaplin as one of his cinematic inspirations.
“Like Chaplin, I try to artistically expose the trials of everyday people within often austere social and political contexts. At the same time, I try to gracefully blend touches of humor into narratives providing rich moments of contemplation,” said Ginsburg. “I am always exploring ways for viewers to find something reflective and joyful that they can bring to their daily lives within our contemporary social landscapes.”
Margaret Tormay, an Oak Park-based psychiatrist and a colleague of Ginsburg’s, said On the Way is a dreampresented as artwork, inviting us to examine the images and find our own interpretations.
“As someone working in mental health, I often am asked, 'Will things get better?' I answer that things in life do not get better, they get different. And it is the finding of the 'better' in the different that propels us forward,” Tormay said. “On the Way is an artwork, a poem, a dream andabout hope. The journey through the different to find the better: identity, connection and our own personal freedom. Approach this work as a dream and its evocations, put to words and images.”
For more information about Hart Ginsburg’s work, visit: https://digital-tapestries.com
Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Run Time: 45 mins