Hendricks experience enlivens
THE ADVENTUROUS VEGAN
by ELIZABETH HAMES
Portobellos have none of the animal products but all of the ﬂavour of red meat, making them an excellent option for lusty vegans.
Pan-fry portobellos by ELIZABETH HAMES Mushrooms are a nutritious, versatile meat alternative with a hearty and distinct ﬂavour. Known to be high in ﬁber and a good source of protein, vegans and
vegetarians often turn to Portobellos for that “red meat” ﬂavour. Try marinating these fabulous fungi in the balsamic-tamari mixture and then grilling them.
Pan-fried Portobello “steaks” 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil 1 medium sized yellow onion 2 cloves of garlic 30 ml (2 tbsp) balsamic vinegar 30 ml (2 tbsp) wheat-free tamari or soy sauce 30 ml (2 tbsp) red wine 2 Portobello mushrooms Heat olive oil in a large frying pan, big enough for two Portobellos. Chop the onions and garlic and sauté on medium-high until the onions soften, about ﬁve minutes. Toss in the vinegar and tamari. Cook until bubbling and the liquid starts to disappear, about two-three minutes. Place the Portobellos, cap-side down, into the bubbling liquid. If there’s not enough liquid, add some water. Turn heat down to medium, cover, and cook for about ﬁve minutes or until stems have softened and caps have browned. To serve, place on plates and smother in remaining onions, garlic and tamari-vinegar mixture. Serves two.
Students are reaping the beneﬁts of the seemingly backwards teaching techniques of a ﬁlm studies and writing professor at UVic. Brian Hendricks introduced his alternative approach to assigning and grading projects not long after the start of his career at UVic, in 1992. Analyzing and deconstructing a creative work in an essay stiﬂes the creativity within it, and within students themselves, he thought. Instead of prescribing the traditional academic paper, he encouraged the many writing students in his ﬁlm classes to explore their individual writing styles with the belief it would provide an improved learning experience. “The more I offered students opportunities to do something completely different, the more I realized it was enlivening them and it was enlivening me,” said Hendricks. Another revelation in teaching came in the form of an evaluation in which a student wrote that Hendricks’ class was the best they had ever had — with a catch. “The caveat was: Hendricks does zero teaching,” said Hendricks about the evaluation. What could be perceived as negative criticism, was actually constructive, said Hendricks. He had provided someone with a positive classroom experience, without being an overwhelming inﬂuence for his students’ projects. Today, zero teaching is something he strives for in every class. Hendricks said he is there for the students as a facilitator, and he is available to them if they want his help on a script or a ﬁlm. “Do you want me in your head?” he said. “It’s your ﬁlm.” Hendricks’s hands-off approach to teaching has proven successful. Many of his students go on to have their ﬁlms in festivals all over the world and, after teaching 150 classes and about 8,000 potential ﬁlmmakers, Hendricks is greeted by letters and updates from former students in his inbox every day. Many have gone on to pursue exciting careers, such as Sean Dogimont, who helped create the Vancouver-based culture and travel magazine, Hobo. Dogimont turned to Hendricks for editorial help seven years ago, and Hendricks has been senior editor since that time.
Brian Hendricks teaches ﬁlm studies and writing classes at UVic by employing an unusual teaching method: less is more.
“I came on board to provide the Hobo ethos in terms of the writing,” said Hendricks, who has interviewed personalities such as Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken for Hobo. Hendricks’s most recent venture is the Hendricks Experience blog, a digital venue for his personal perspective on an array of issues and ideas, and a medium for documenting “whatever adventure or misadventure I’m on,” he said. The latest entry discusses the hero’s journey in the Coen brothers’ ﬁlm Barton Fink, in which the main character, Barton Fink, plays the role of the traditional hero as it is described by American mythologist Joseph Campbell. Just like Campbell’s hero, Fink encounters a call to adventure, rejects it, ends up going on the journey anyway, meets a mentor and faces a villain. Hendricks said he has taught 1,000 movies and analyzed the hero’s journey in every one of them. He has a library of about 5,000 books and ﬁnds a hero’s journey in every story. “The reason that stuff exists and the reason we’re drawn to it is we’re really ﬁnding our own story within those stories,” said Hendricks, who admitted to living his own hero’s journey. For Hendricks, the adventure began with his Grade 4 teacher Mrs. Lutz and her composition of
the week contest. He would spend all his time writing a short story so he could win every week. Then, he almost became a lawyer until he ran into a friend who advised him against it, just before he was about to take the LSAT. And, recently, he ﬁnished two years of hormone therapy following eight-weeks of chemotherapy to treat his advanced prostate cancer. “The whole experience in some ways was breathtaking for me because [it was] part of the journey,” said Hendricks. That part of the journey has dramatically inﬂuenced his view of life, a view that Hendricks said was prophesied in the title of the online, multi-media book he wrote a few years ago. The book is called The Beauty of Uncertainty, a name that alludes to the idea of embracing life in the face of death, said Hendricks. “Ghandi wrote that one should live as if you’ll die tomorrow, and one should learn as if you’ll live forever. And I had read that years ago, but suddenly it was like, that’s how I’m going to live,” he said. For the ﬁrst time in his life, Hendricks hasn’t read a single newspaper in three months. He no longer watches the news on television. “For me, I feel more like I need to spend almost all of my energy creating or being part of a world that I want to be a part of,” he said.
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January 14, 2010
Published on Jan 13, 2010