Unfold is a documentary project available in print early 2019.
Life is what’s happening while you’re making other plans.
— John Lenon
A PRINTED JOURNAL OF US.
Who are we as our lives unfold? Not as we package or present them, but as they actually are.
Unfold is a human portrait and conversations journal that points the lens at life as it is in our lives. Part documentary, part art, part ethnography, it aims to capture the diversity and range of our human experiences, meeting each person where they are. It is a contemplation on how we live, what we create, what we struggle with, and the expression of our aliveness. It’s an in-the-moment conversation and exploration of the landscapes of our lives and what it means to be human.
This project is my own road to seeing. While inspired by a great portrait, the world is a flood of imagery, and I often find myself searching, looking for what’s happening below the surface. With Unfold, I meet my fellow beings on their path, and aim to capture the spirit beyond their simple likeness and to understand their journey to whatever degree they’re willing to share. This is the purpose of Unfold.
I compile each interaction and deliver them into a printed journal (first issue 2019), exposing each of us who hold it to the experiences of one another’s lives. A mirror really, on our own lives. The euphoric, the maddening, the mundane — everything in between - our lives unscripted.
It seems to be what’s missing in our lives - the ability to see and be seen. Just as National Geographic encouraged us to see the wild of our planet, Unfold helps us see our human landscape a little more closely. As a hundred years of yellow-spined archives sit on someone’s bookshelf, nothing would match seeing a similar library of Unfold some day.
“What I want is to open up. I want to know what’s inside me. I want everybody to open up. I’m like an imbecile with a can opener in his hand, wondering where to begin...to open up the earth. I know that underneath the mess everything is marvelous. I’m sure of it.”
— Henry Miller
“This is magic. It’s what happens when you don’t see your fellow humans as outsiders but as traveling companions, future playmates, and teachers. When you believe everyone that crosses your path has the ability to move you in some way, and you are fully open to that, they will. Brett is humbly making himself the vessel for this experience. Once you see/feel what’s happening here, you’ll be hooked. You will want to allow and embrace the unfolding in your own life. It will change you.”
— Sonia Farris, mother, entrepreneur
I love that you are leading aproject about knowing nothing and experiencing everything.
— Marnie Mazzola, mother and friend
I adore this. Unfold does not find the stories it shares; the stories find Unfold.
— Chris Colbert, Managing Director Harvard Innovation
“It is rare to find someone, who sees with such clarity and equanimity, willing to put his heart and talent on the line to help us see ourselves in all our haphazard and glorious colors. The name of the project itself only hints at the widening possibilities of his vision. That vision reaches beyond mere chronicle to fan the essential spark.”
— Nancy Fletcher, Founder of ACT NOW! Inc, a non-profit empowering youth through improvised movie-making