More Shoes: A 5,000-Kilometer Dream Pursuit
From Madrid to Kiev, or what chasing a dream across time zones can teach us about aspiration.
By Maria Popova
In 2006, after spending a lifetime dreaming about filmmaking but instead droning through an endless string of office jobs, Lee Kazimir did something crazy. He took the advice of Werner Herzog (how’s that for a segue from yesterday’s pickings?) literally.
Every day, my dream of becoming a filmmaker seemed further and further away. My days didn’t change, only my neckties did. Until I read a book of interviews with Werner Herzog. In this book, Herzog says that if you want to learn filmmaking, you should skip school. Instead, he says, you should make a journey alone, on foot, for 5,000 kilometers, and the experiences you have on this journey will teach you everything you need to know.”
So Kazimir embarked upon on of the possible routes Herzog suggests, Madrid to Kiev, and decided to walk the distance. More Shoes is Kazimir’s record of that journey — sometimes comic, sometimes profound, and consistently fascinating
When you come up on foot, you are never denied anything you need. Strangers would invite me into their homes, give me hot meals and cold drinks. They gave me beds to sleep in.”
In a way, Kazimir’s journey is one we all, at one point or another, aspire to take — one of chasing a dream across borders and time zones, against odds, and over unpredictable hurdles.
For the rest of 2010, both parts of the feature-length film will be available online for free, but we encourage you to grab a copy of the DVD and support the bravery and spontaneity of a filmmaker who, like very few of us ever do, actually got up and did that crazy, outlandish thing that would bust him out of an existential rut.
Published August 10, 2010