MICHAEL MODAK-TRURAN
Writer-Director

Michael's favorite Faulkner quote:

"Art is not only mankind's supreme expression; it is also the salvation of mankind."

Interview with Loic Bouvard, 1952. 

Collected in "Lion in the Garden".

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FUN FACTS ABOUT MICHAEL
 

Grew up in Mississippi
 

Won a national film award at the age of 10
 

Worked on Emmy-nominated TV Show at MPB while in high school
 

Attended theater programs at Stage Door Manor and Yale School of Drama's High School Program

 

Performed Italian Comedy at Reggio Emilia, Italy

Performed in the Chicago Chorale


Grant recipient for researching Faulkner

 

Started a film festival at Booth House at University of Chicago

Attended NYU Law School and Business School on full scholarships

 

President of a non-profit documentary film company

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As a filmmaker, I firmly believe that art "is the salvation of mankind."  Through art we are able to bridge different perspectives and find our commonalities.

After growing up in Mississippi, graduating from the University of Chicago and working as a non-profit consultant,  I started working full time on this documentary.  As a millennial,  I wasn't sure if I could relate to Faulkner.   There were things he reportedly said that I didn't like, and still struggle to completely understand.   But during my journey into Faulkner's  life and work,   I was able to find commonality.

Faulkner didn't seek fame or grand adventure like some of his contemporaries.  Faulkner's writing was his salvation.  His work demonstrated the inner conflict of the social tensions of his times -- and ours.