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I first started my slow crawl westward circa 2001 (which is also the name of my favorite film, about a different kind of journeyâ€¦ maybe). First Memphis, Tennessee, then Tucson, Arizona, then called to Venice, California to be with the woman I married. Well, the marriage is now unfortunately ending, and though I shot this scene many months before we came to this impasse, it nevertheless seems iconic, an image laden with some painful prescience. Living by the beach meant I literally could go no further west without drowning, and now she and I can go no further together without risking our sanity. This separation and pending divorce means the End of Venice for me, insofar as Iâ€™ve moved out of her beachside apartment and am now living with friends in Culver City. Now when I go to the beach I wonâ€™t take it for granted, as I came to do while living a block away from it. Hopefully Iâ€™ll never again take love for granted, either.
Also by Michael Lujan
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