As teachers, educators, and film artists, we believe it is our mission to explore and pursue creative, innovative paths of ethical training that allow for a more enriching understanding of the genuine signification of Ethics for the lives and work of film students and, more generally, of the global community of filmmakers.
As socially committed moral agents, it is our duty to pursue a global-scale educational research project that will foster the practice of ethically minded—self-examining—filmmaking: a multifaceted domain in which the student learns to become more aware of, and competent with regard to, the complex interplay between herself, individuals, community, history, experience, and environment—an ethical stance in its own right.
Our mission is to make this cumulative source of ethical experience available to all film students and their teachers worldwide in two ways:
(1) Source of identification and inspiration accessible to fellow students, colleagues, and researchers; and
(2) A shared, online pedagogical database, available worldwide and for viewing and discussion in classes.
Our mission is to spread the creative dimension of the young filmmaker’s diverse ethical multiverse. However, we do not intend to embark on this journey as if Ethics were a restrictive realm of “dos and don’ts,” nor would we attempt to become buglers of a patronizing moralistic ideology—or, worse, of a missionary, self-righteous moral gospel, as if attempting to enforce The Right Thing to Do. No. For us,
Inspirational Ethics and the method of Collecting Ethical Evidence is an experience of co-learning, co-growing, co-existing; taking Ethics to be a creative perspective of our inevitable shared being—a realm wherein young artists-in-the-making experience how to become intimate with inspiring notions such as eudemonia—a complete life lived in accordance with reason, or, alternatively, by the influence of other ideas such as duty, utility, care, and freedom. To this end, The Ethics Lab seeks to cultivate the unmediated practice of working the ethical muscle in the context of film(making) studies.
Finally, we perceive Ethics to be a province of massive accumulated human wisdom. For us, then, Ethics is the student’s most intimate form of subjective agency through which better human expression and reasoned understanding of the self and l’autre is globally advanced.
We never forget that film and filmmaking are always about l’autre.