In the fall of 2003 I’m in the streets of Washington, DC doing stills for the filming of “National Treasure.” A young man and his Mom, Christian and Karen Glymph, are closely watching the proceedings. Christian, then aged 17, is a passionate filmmaker, who already has made a number of short films. He shares his work with me and it displays a distinct sense of style and knowledge of technique and conventions. We stay in touch over time and he keeps me posted on his new projects. I am impressed by the development and growth of his work and skills. A few years later, during filming of the second “National Treasure”, I help Christian get a production assistant job on the film. We continue to stay in touch, via phone mostly and email. I do what I can to encourage him. At one point, he comes up with a very fresh, unique story/character idea for a popular film franchise. Excited for and by this, I connect him with the producer of the franchise, loving the possibility of this young, gifted artist having success. Sadly, this producer writes Christian a nasty cease and desist letter, missing the whole point and gift of this connection. Temporarily disheartened by this, Christian eventually evolves his idea into a story unrelated to the franchise but still retaining its essence. This past September, Christian and Karen come to New York from DC to attend the opening of my KINDSIGHT® exhibit at the 92nd Street Y, where, near the end of the opening when most guests have left, we make this picture. Christian and I speak a couple of times following this and he indicates something about some medical tests. But I don’t get the full impact of this until, a couple of weeks ago, as we’re speaking on the phone, he tells me that he has stage 4 brain cancer and is undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. My heart plummets through the floor at this news, and we have a long, good conversation about existence, life, death, spirit, deeper truth and the definition of our being. One thought that emerges strongly for me is wanting to see Christian direct a full on feature film. If you are in a position to help this happen, be ready for a call from me. And if you want to take the initiative and call me, please, do it. I will connect you with Christian. The beacon of kindsight erases the shadow of hindsight.
— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.