What you just did right there, according to Brooklyn-based filmmaker and bartender Andrew Duncan, is the most important part of your day. He’s not talking existentialism. He’s not talking about some grandiose, undefined journey. He’s just talking life. And taking it all in.
He’s both maker and a product of his circumstance. It goes back to taking it in. He talks at length about his family – about his supportive parents and his 93-year-old Grandfather – and the way they encouraged him to pursue his passions. Perhaps it’s because of that support that Andrew developed such an audacious sense of loyalty. Above all, though, Andrew is on an inexorable quest to learn.
“My favorite part about falling in love is learning. My girlfriend and I have been together for three years and I’m still always learning about her. That’s the most fulfilling and most wonderful part about it all. The same holds true for film. It still surprises me; it’s a total love affair.”
He didn’t always know he wanted to make films. Actually, he studied physics in school before transferring to the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He knew he made the right choice pretty early on: “I was really happy doing the work. I enjoyed the process. I enjoyed the ability to take creative control and to share myself through film.” The most important piece he’s ever made was an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” that he brought to the screen during his second year at SVA. Andrew worked with his Grandfather for the project that “was as much about how to live out your last days as it was dying.”
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Andrew’s a renaissance man of sorts: he rattles off incredible tales of traveling brewers and talks about his love for American whiskies, David Foster Wallace stories, and his unrelenting thirst to love and be loved. He’s on this maybe-insurmountable journey to learn, to grow, to find his truth. That one day he’ll not go gently, that one day he’ll rage, rage.