We had the good fortune of connecting with Mitchell Coriell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mitchell, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I deeply believe that all forms of art exist as the catalyst to unite people from all colors, creeds, faiths, orientations, moral values, etc. Art is a fabricated expression of a universal, humane emotional experience and thus opens audiences to such a vulnerable state, that any and all walls get torn down until we are but humans feeling alongside other humans feeling. It is in that moment of purely vulnerable emotional exertion when we, as living human beings, can unite and rejoice in the mere capability to show such engrossed passion towards a given piece of art.
I make art for this purpose. I believe in human unity through our undeniable emotional similarities. I, along with many in my generation, spent a majority of our formative years believing we were ‘broken’ and ‘alone’ because of the emotions we felt with an insurmountable intensity. We believed that there was no helping hand to tell us we were normal for feeling and validated that it was okay to feel.
I want to make art to prove to audiences, it’s okay to feel.
We are only human and we are not alone.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am primarily a screenwriter and poet. Almost all of my scripts delve into the coming-of-age genre with a more modernized and cynical twist. I try to work on commentating on the ways nostalgia has become such a drug-like form of escapism through social media and the intense existential climate our world has become lately. It’s fun to write stories about characters in the time of their lives when every emotion and decision is at an 11 of importance. My poetry is similarly themed but has primarily been centered around the many phases a relationship goes through. It is making sense of the emotional juggle of blame, regret, and a desire for feeling loved. The poems I’ve written are currently being put in an order to tell a story and I hope to get them published sometime within the next year.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I moved here about 4 months ago so I haven’t had much time to thoroughly explore this massive city. However, so far, I’d take them to Open Sesame, Prime Pizza, Leo’s Taco Truck, and Slurpin’ Ramen for food, I’ve been to all of them at least 3 times already. I’d take them on a hike near Griffith Park to Glendale Peak and Mount Hollywood. Lastly that I know of, we’d dedicate a day driving down the PCH to El Matador beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my boy Maxfield Smith. He was a close friend since middle school. He was one of two other kids in my grade that spent their weekends making silly little shorts for youtube throughout middle school and high school. We both went to Temple Univerisity to study film and he has always been my go-to person for advice and feedback on my work. We worked on a web series through a quarantine that is currently in post but should premiere by November. It was the first time in awhile we worked side by side and it was an awesome feeling as well as a huge help to see him work and get a glimpse at his process.