5 years ago, I decided to leave Chicago and move to Los Angeles, California. I had never dreamed, or even actually ever thought of the city of Los Angeles that much. One day, by total chance, I got a job doing window displays for Barneys New York and decided to move out to the west coast. ”What the hell is happening!” I thought. I had this old blog that I’d put random things on and Jimmy saw that I was moving to L.A.
He wrote “Hey, funny thing, I’m moving there too! I absolutely cannot wait to experience culture shock with you!” We had never officially met each other but we had been enamored at each other’s work for sometime. Both of us studied with Ludmilla Barrand in Paris, but at separate times. We had heard of each other from this magical Parisian Art Historian of ours. ”ooh, Adi, you gotta meet Jimmy!” “oh, Jimmy, you’ll just love that Adi.” And, so, we started thinking of ways we could collaborate from across the United States; he in Seattle and me in Chicago.. of course, it seemed impossible.
But, by some stardust chance, we moved to the same city within a day of each other. On my way across America, Jimmy emailed me a script to a funny movie called Redmoon. I read it, hated it, and upon our first hang out agreed to do production design on it. At that time, I had no idea how to even begin to make sets, but Jimmy assured me we’d be fine. ”Aaaaaadi! Quit worrying! It’s gonna be great!”
He’d show his excitement and willingness to work through all the problems we had at the time: Full time jobs, being super broke, not knowing what the fuck we were doing, being really tired, being young and retarded and being in a brand new city where we didn’t know shit. We had no other friends in LA for about 2 years. Every night, we’d cook dinner, think about ideas, build sets, create fake contracts with one another, do stop motion projects, decide how we could go out and dress the same, plan our next movie, attempt to start a school.. anyway, he always gave me the fire and energy to just make it happen; to do whatever it takes and be really excited at whatever outcome came to be. Generally, the outcome was pretty cool:
Eventually, we made a movie: http://vimeo.com/37565848
I’ve got to say, Jimmy Marble entering my world 5 years ago, completely formed who and what I am today. And, I’m pretty sure that constitutes what a best friend really is.
Besides being there creatively, Jimmy has been there with me through all the breakups, the unemployment, the tired nights of overworking myself, he’s cooked me many meals, all the birthday cakes, and we now have matching siamese sister cats. It’s pretty special.
Yo, Jimmy, thanks for always being a real shiny rock. I just don’t know where I would be without ya.
Adi this is the best. I love you. Being your friend makes me feel like I’ve won the life lottery.