Friends on Twitter today tipped me off to find Tim Hetherington's final film, "Diary," via his Vimeo site. The short, personal doc has been making the festival rounds, but I watched for the first time tonight, from the safety of my desk at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
I got to know Tim a bit almost a year ago when we ended up next to each other on a flight back to NYC after the San Francisco International Film Festival. We had a great chat, compared notes on friends and festivals and vowed to stay in touch. Only, we really did, reconnecting just a few weeks later during his first trip to Cannes. He had asked for tips on attending the French fest (I believe he was there to try and raise some money for a new film). I steered him towards the annual doc brunch and we caught up on the Croisette. I didn't know Tim well at all, but he made an impact.
His latest short is tough to watch in light of today's tragic news that Tim Hetherington was killed on the job in Libya. Twitter and Facebook spread the sad news today and I spent many moments this afternoon talking about Tim and his work with friends and colleagues. As I write this, a few folks are apparently gathered at The Half King bar in Chelsea to share a moment together at the end of a tough day.
So, I hope you'll take a look at Tim Hetherington's latest film.
There's so much more to say, but his film Diary already says so much.
For even more, check out a warm and loving post on the New York Times' LENS blog.