'Invisible Essence: The Little Prince' -- an updated version of a classic story

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"Invisible Essence: The Little Prince" -- an updated version of a classic story. Charles Officer and Cane Sugar Filmworks. Used with permission.

Classics in children literature become so for a reason and they usually have plenty for us to reflect and act on as children and as adults. Although a fable, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's transcendent story suggests an ethical philosophy about life in its own way and even a code of respect for humanity. 

Charles Officer and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Invisible Essence, the The Little Prince, the personal and universal, a return to childhood, imagination, mystery, wonder and the contemplation of sunsets.

Weaving the author's extraordinary biography into fascinating discussions of key sections of the book, the film explores the ways life and art reflect one another in curious ways -- his childhood, his love affair, his friendships, his politics, and his harrowing brushes with death -- informing the story at every turn.

Working imaginatively with the famous line "what is essential is invisible to the eye," the film introduces a modern day Little Prince -- a seven year-old blind Pakistani-Canadian boy who absorbs the book for the first time -- and follows him over the course of a day as he grapples with the meanings of the story he has just read.

About the Director: Charles Officer is the founder and creative director of Canesugar Filmworks. His filmmaking career began with a slate of award-winning short films that premiered at International Film Festivals around the world. He is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre Director Residency where his debut feature ‘Nurse, Fighter, Boy’ was produced Charles followed with the feature documentary ‘Mighty Jerome’.

Officer directed Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story for the eight-episode documentary series Engraved on a Nation and in 2017 he made The Skin We’re In, featuring journalist and activist Desmond Cole and the feature documentary Unarmed Verses which won the Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature Awards, Vancouver International Film Festival 2017, and TIFF Top Ten People’s Choice Award 2018.Charles has also directed multiple episodes of dramatic series such as Rookie Blue, Private Eyes, and the Netflix original 21 Thunder and Ransom.

Image: Charles Officer and Cane Sugar Filmworks. Used with permission.

F2F Music: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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