Michelle Muccio
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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PHOTO ESSAY

100 Days of Zen

What happens when you live at a Zen temple for 100 days... See the photo essay

 
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FILM PREVIEW

Meditation: a short film

An experimental documentary film where people meditate and say their thoughts out loud... Watch a sneak peak

 
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My story

 
 

I wanted to be a paleontologist when I was in Kindergarten...

and then an obstetrician, and then a microbiologist. Then I decided being a baker would be more fun. Needless to say, I followed my dreams and got a master's degree in economics just like any aspiring baker would do.

I guess I've always been curious, and not the cute type of curious. The type of curious that asked 100 questions during a 5 minute car ride to the grocery store, and left my parents begging for mercy.

When I was 18, I saw a political activist documentary in my freshman english class. The storytelling was great! So great, I decided that same day to become a documentary filmmaker.

However, as compelling as the film was, there was something that felt off in the analysis. I just couldn't shake it, but I didn't know enough about the world to figure it out.

I wondered: to be a good documentary filmmaker, does the filmmaker have to seek first how the world works? I suspected the answer was yes, so I began studying the dismal science of economics, and peppering my electives with classes ranging from philosophy, to anthropology, to art history, to storytelling, with the occasional tap dance class for good measure. 

Economics helped me realize a few things, the greatest being, I'm uncertain I actually know anything at all. 

My goal as an artist and storyteller is to seek as if I know nothing, to attempt to catch a glimpse of who people really are underneath it all, and to try my best to find compassion for whatever I see. 

 

 

From Instagram

 
You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories.
— Garrison Keillor
 
 
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