I first encountered Philip Perkis's photographs through his second monograph, "The Sadness of Men." The beautifully reproduced black and white images were suffused with an unexpected range of feeling—and I was affected to my core. The initial motivation for this project came from his preceding written book "Teaching Photography: Notes Assembled." While I am not a photographer, this philosophical and poetic volume was nonetheless inspirational. It caused me to question my attitudes about filmmaking and beyond that to further ponder meaning in art—and life. In the fall of 2012, I proposed this project to Philip and he accepted. I started shooting. As a beginning artist, one of my primary goals was simply to learn and grow through an engagement with a subject of value to me. After three years of filming I have grown enormously—and I have gratitude to my teacher. I want to express my gratitude. There is as well my passionate wish to share his teaching and photography with a wider audience. I firmly believe that his example would be not only relevant, but inspirational to people of all kinds and all ages: artists and non-artists alike. This is the moving story of a man who seeks to live fully and finds meaning and purpose in what he does. He has met extraordinary challenges in his life and in his work, and in so doing has managed a rarely achieved integration.