We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Pettis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
At the risk of sounding dramatic, I’ve always felt dead when I’m not creating something. Life in the human form is fleeting. The most we can hope for is to have enough time to create something that will outlive us. This isn’t about legacy or vanity, it’s about leaving behind a piece of you for your loved ones to hold onto. When you put yourself into your art, you become that art. When you’re physically gone, your personality and philosophy remain. You continue to actively participate in the discussions that were most important to you whenever your art finds a new audience member. Art has the uncanny ability to penetrate the psyche and open up people to new methods of living. To me, being a filmmaker has always been about changing the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began making films at a very young age. At the time, I didn’t know what I was doing and I was simply following the call. The folklore and history that I was most moved by often inspired me to create films about the occult, specifically witchcraft. The word occult means secret. How does one make a film about that which remains unseen? I became convinced that in order to properly create films about witchcraft, one needed to practice witchcraft. As they say, write what you know. This began as innocently as meditating and communing with nature. Before long, the research that was intended to aid me in writing a screenplay gave me a genuine thirst for rare and forgotten knowledge. I learned a great deal about the plants of the world and their many attributes. They call it witchcraft because it is a craft, where something is made. Working with nature to craft films has become my purpose.
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’d recommend grabbing Thai food at Pink Pepper, catching a flick at New Beverly Cinema and grabbing a drink at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wherever I am as an artist, I give credit to the plants of the Earth. I work very closely with these plants and in return they bring me vivid dreams. Through film, I tell their stories as honestly as I can. When writing becomes difficult, the plants help to divine the future of the characters in my films. I do my best to hear what the plants have to say and in a way, I work for them now. I still have a great deal to learn from them.