Blood, Sweat, and Steel

•October 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Jóhann is relentless. The blood is a reminder to all of us how alive he is at 91.

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The Joy of Identity – a brilliant new work by Jóhann Eyfells

•October 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This is Jóhann Eyfells’ best work, according to Jóhann himself. Two entirely different natures brought together in a harmonious way.

“I can’t imagine a more successful combination of two unlikely existences.” Jóhann Eyfells

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Jóhann Eyfells with 30 tons of steel.

•October 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Jóhann has been working on a series that involves about 30 tons of steel. This is a project that began in May of this year. I was able to film the process.

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The Opposite of Murphy’s Law

•October 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The life and work of Jóhann Eyfells is a constant reminder that “if something can go right, it will go right.” Since the first day I met with my friend Jóhann, almost nine years ago, my life has taken a whole new meaning, and for the better, without a doubt.

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See the following link to a video I put together for Jóhann over 6 years ago:  Dancing Steel

This is the precursor to A Force in Nature (password: spirals), a feature length documentary film looking at the life and work of Jóhann Eyfells.

An insight from Jóhann – Light, Sound and Movement

•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I recently spoke to the artist, and as usual, I come away inspired. He called to say that he had some hopeful news coming from Iceland that some individuals are taking a keen interest in his work. He seemed optimistic that more and more people are beginning to understand his vision, “almost to a tee.” Personally speaking, in the 8+ years I’ve known Jóhann, I’ve seldom thought of him as being anything other than optimistic.

As always, he asked how I was faring, and how both my children were. He was especially interested in knowing how my own pursuit of a Master’s degree in Motion Picture & Television Directing was getting on. I told him I was inundated with the richness of academia. With regards to A Force in Nature, I told him we were in full post-production and we expect to be close to finishing.

He paused for a moment and then said the following: “Directing is understanding darkness, silence, and stillness.”  At first, I did not get it, but he proceeded to elaborate and said that “light is a consequence of darkness, sound a consequence of silence, and movement a consequence of stillness.” Because light, sound and movement are so fundamental to the making of any movie, I was now re-engaged, thanks to Jóhann, as I reflect on the role I am playing as a director of our film, A Force in Nature. In short, I was re-ignited by a man almost twice my age as I step away from my own effortless tendency towards complacency.

http://vimeo.com/52449621

password: “spirals”

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A weekend with my dear friend Jóhann Eyfells. At 91, he defies age as well as gravity.

•August 4, 2014 • 1 Comment

I spent all 24 hours with Jóhann, filming him, sleeping at his home and enjoying his presence for an entire stretch of time. It was probably the most intimate I’ve ever got to spend with my dear friend in the 8 1/2 years I’ve known him. I am grateful to him for trusting and allowing me into his most inner sanctuary.

I have grown to love and respect this man who by all account has managed to defy the burden of age and earth’s gravitational pull. For instance, Sunday morning, after wondering what to do next, he decided to do a little gardening on his 11 acre property. The task at hand was to cut down a hundred year old full grown oak tree that had died. The work began early in the morning, and by lunch time the tree had been chopped down by a 91 year old man.

He is unstoppable!

Jóhann the Lumberjack:

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Jóhann the Artist:

Jóhann the artist

 

Jóhann the Philosopher:

Jóhann the philosopher

 

Jóhann the Man:

Jóhann the man.

Jóhann cleaning house

 

A Force in Nature – a feature documentary co-produced and directed by Hayden de M. Yates and co-produced and edited by Vishwanand Shetti.

 

 

Jóhann Eyfells – Life at 90

•November 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment
During filming of A Force in Nature

During filming of A Force in Nature

“It is not for us to understand life, but to enjoy it”  Jóhann Eyfells

A Force in Nature – A documentary film

http://vimeo.com/52449621    password: “spirals”
 
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