Really sad news came today. Filmmaker Margaret Brown sent me an email saying “I have something to tell you.” Within minutes my phone rang and it was her. “Garrett Scott died last night,” she said. Garrett and his filmmaking partner Ian Olds were at SXSW last year for the U.S. premiere of their terrific documentary, Occupation: Dreamland. He was a really good guy and obviously a wonderful filmmaker.
Eugene at indieWIRE has posted this story, in his memory.
In addition, I wanted to share an excerpt from an Austin Chronicle interview by Anne S. Lewis that ran when Garrett returned to Austin in October for a Texas Documentary Tour special screening of the film:
Austin Chronicle: Did you think there was a chance that you might die making this film?
Garrett Scott: Yeah, at my worst moments, certainly, but then, you know, you’d just seize up, couldn’t do anything, so you have to tell yourself you just have to move forward. Once we were in the middle of things, it didn’t feel much different from being here; people are just walking around, not paying attention to you. There’s no theme music to alert you that something bad is about to happen. There’d be a brief ambush, or a bomb would be set off: It would be quick, and then they’d be out of there. When you’re with a big group of people who are not acting scared or nervous, it’s hard to keep up that level. Army training is all about reducing that level of fear and uncertainty. They were seeing the world tactically different than I was, so that helped us stay calm and composed. So, it’s hard to keep up that level of fear all the time. It would have been different if it had been open combat all the time.