“During this time, unbeknownst to me, the nation’s eternally grateful to Jane, my amazing partner. Through Jane’s assertiveness and diligence, I am alive today.”
“I’m also eternally grateful to Robbi Robb for his help over the past two years. Without him, FurstWurld wouldn’t be what it is today. It wouldn’t still exist without him. Nor would it exist without the patrons who came through for us during this time and continue to do so.”
“I feel a lot better now. I am gathering strength and starting to put on weight again. I wear two masks at a time when outside my house and dealing with others. The reality is, it’s still America outside – ‘Black lives matter,’ and the Joshua Trees are still threatened. But if you look carefully, people are still trying to make a difference. You can see it in their eyes.”
The first events in almost two years have taken place this past October, with restrictions, but enjoyed none the less. Participating in this year’s Art Walk, FurstWurld was the films, no longer than 15 minutes, to profile local community leaders, activists, artists, architects, musicians, and innovators. Each documentary will be designed as a hands-on mentoring opportunity for local youth interested in acquiring filmmaking skills, particularly those who cannot afford enrollment in a film school or a technical institute.
Students will be guided by local film professionals, directors, writers, editors, cinematographers, sound recorders, script supervisors, photographers, and other current or former working professionals from the film industry, in a volunteer, ad hoc capacity. By seeing these short films through from inception to completion, participants may gain practical knowledge toward pursuing a career or making their own films.
That Time We Thought We Might Lose Bobby: A health threat, weeks prior to the lockdown in 2020, proved to be a catalyst that reflected just how important Bobby Furst and his efforts have come to mean to this desert community and beyond. “On the 6th of March, I was rolled into Loma Linda Hospital and straight into ICU where I slipped into a catatonic coma-like state,” Furst shared. “It had been a few weeks since a minor surgery to remove a small tumor from my lung. That surgery most populous state had ordered its nearly 40 million residents
to stay home to prevent the spread of a deadly coronavirus. Something like a thousand people had tested positive in California. Hospitals went into quarantine, and family members watched family members die from behind glass walls, not able to give that last kiss or to whisper a last ‘I love you.’”
“Three weeks later, I opened my eyes. A nightmarish dream was over. Two weeks later, I was sent home. I had not died, but the world had died in some way. Gone — everything. The studio doors closed, the gallery lights went out, the PA system turned off, the BBQ lid came down, and all the world seemed to dissolve into quarantine; into some kind of catatonic coma dreamlike state, living but not living, dead but not dead, conscious but not conscious. Everywhere things had changed. I am still somewhat, like many, a deer in the headlights. All I can do is shake my head in disbelief. Waking from a dream into a dream.”
“I was finally diagnosed with Lymphoma. I, my 3 cats, 2 who are teenagers, Mo and Hawk (Mohawk – named after the Trailer Park), and Liberty Belle, aged and peaceful, still the slinky matriarch of the house, are location for artist Ben Allanoff’s sculpture garden. November has a promising lineup of live music, spoken word, and performance experiences to be enjoyed through donations. However, if you are not vaccinated, please do not reserve a ticket or plan on attending. There will be no exceptions. The number of tickets available will be strictly limited. There will be no donations at the door like in years past. As a non-profit, because of Covid, we have to think and do things differently for now.
Parking is still very limited, so please carpool.
Whether you have the opportunity to visit FurstWurld during the day and are gifted with a tour from Furst, or if you are part of a ticketed event, you will find no other place like FurstWurld or meet people quite like the ones who flock to this sanctuary. You’ll leave this place changed – with a heart that finds itself a little more hopeful, and a mind a little more open.