April 11, 2015 at 1:11PM

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My letter to kessler crane

My letter to Kessler Crane
"It is a sad day that you no longer have Phillip Bloom branded products.
It is your decision, just as it is my decision to NEVER buy another Kessler Crane product.
The sad fact is that women often lie about abuse and often the truth is that the accused are the actual victims.
This fact is not mentioned in the media.
The only verifiable fact in the Philip Bloom accusation is that Phillip was threatened with a knife which is easily verifiable from police records and that his accuser has suicidal tendencies and mental illness.
In my opinion your actions have damaged your companies reputation and I doubt that losing me as a customer will make much difference, but just as you do not wish Phillip Bloom associated with your company, I no longer wish Kessler Crane associated with my work" (sent to sales@kesslercrane.com)

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In case you're wondering what all this is about...

Philip Bloom Accused of Domestic Violence, Dropped by Kessler Crane
http://petapixel.com/2015/04/10/philip-bloom-accused-of-domestic-violenc...

...I have no opinion on this topic, though I did hear some rumours over a year ago from an editor I work with that is good friends with the photographer Sara Collaton.

April 11, 2015 at 1:26PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I'm not a lawyer but is it even legal to say in public that someone did such an awful thing even if the police itself did not press any charges? Isn't this called defamation?
Philip needs to lawyer up in order to restore his rep.
Anyway, to me it looks like an excuse for a company to terminate their collaboration. Who knows... only time will tell.

April 12, 2015 at 1:59PM

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George Pada
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"Lawyering up" is not going to restore his reputation, it will only show that he can financially bully two women ( one his ex-fiancé who moved to England to spend the rest of her life with him until she saw another side of him, and the other an ex-girlfriend who lived with him for two years ) and possibly Kessler into submission. This sounds like a terrible plan.

Right now it appears that Mr. Bloom is following the same script that Jian Ghomeshi did when things blew up in his face in Canada last Fall. Mr. Ghomeshi now has 5 separate lawsuits against him and at least one police investigation, and he lost the best job in Canadian radio ( along with his reputation ) by going this route.

April 12, 2015 at 4:46PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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You are absolutely right! It is a terrible plan.
Whatever happens, I hope that he didn't do these things firstly because nobody deserves to be treated badly in their own homes and secondly I really liked the guy.

April 12, 2015 at 6:41PM

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George Pada
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I've met Philip Bloom several times. ( even taken one of his courses ) Philip is a super talented and very friendly guy, and I admire his work quite a bit.

I know nothing about his private life, but if he has personal issues I hope that he seeks help and gets things sorted out. He's a great guy, and I only wish him the best.

April 12, 2015 at 7:33PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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The only facts available is that Sara broke into his home which in the usa is breaking and entering and threatened Philip with a knife, he took the knife away from her and she calls it domestic violence and she threatened to commit suicide, Philip is the one that called police and it smacks of revenge, there is no evidence that Philip has ever committed an act of domestic violence to anyone.

April 14, 2015 at 10:38PM, Edited April 14, 10:38PM

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What's the source of this info ?

Did you find a copy of the police report with statements from both parties detailed in it ?

...I don't buy the "B*tches Be Crazy" defence from anyone.

April 15, 2015 at 10:35AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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I don't know how valuable my 2 cents are, but I've been watching this story develop along with all of you. And I've read a lot of comments, on both 'sides', as I'm sure you have. But maybe I have a unique POV.
First, professionally-speaking, I truly respect his integrity with his camera reviews and general POVs about life. Did you read his blog about his friend dying? I spend a lot of time on the road making videos and films, and at times over the past couple of years, I've been alone in a hotel room, lonely as shit, and reading Philip's posts made me feel like there IS a tribe to which I belong. So, I thank him for that.
Domestic violence. What an ugly thing. And it's something that is often hard to define. It can scar you for years. I was with an abusive woman for a good long while. It was very, very ugly. I can tell you, it took a momentous, huge event for me to finally leave her. So the people saying 'why didn't she just leave him?'- look, that's not how it works, most of the time. This is a very complicated dance between parties, nobody is fully innocent, and it is not easy to leave a relationship like that. This is a really hard thing to grasp, unless you've been through it. It has taken me writing a movie and making that movie to get over it to where I don't feel broken and weird.
And the 'nobody is fully innocent' part: Philip alludes to arguments. He rightly says that arguing is not abuse. When does an argument turn into abuse? What's the line that has to be crossed? I can badger someone into losing their mind, if I know their hot buttons. That said, every real relationship has disagreements and occasionally arguments. And that is in no way abuse.
Context. I shudder to think of the many out-of-context events in my life that could be strung together in a different way, to form a different story. And all of us here, we tell stories for a living. We all know damn well that the editor gets to pick and choose the cuts to include, to tell that story. You get where I'm going with this. 7 Samurai?
Some people are going on about the fact that two women have come forward, and said, essentially, '2 of them, 1 of you- you did it'. Bullshit. This is a crazy business that attracts all sorts of crazies. My ex has mental health issues. And I've worked with one other person who has mental health (and addiction) issues. Smart people try to minimize their contact with the crazies, but the fact is- there's a lot of them! So, maybe it doesn't make Mr. Bloom look great that there's two women out there who are saying things, but you cannot assume anything at this point in time. There's just not enough evidence. It is wrong to crucify someone and hurt their ability to make a living based on hearsay, and at this time, that's all it is.
To the people who claim the women 'have nothing to gain' by coming forward- that is so, so wrong. Here's what they have to gain: seeing Philip get hurt in a terrible way, to where his business and ability to make a living suffers. Never underestimate the 'dark side' and the desire for revenge for imagined hurts.
This probably reads like I'm backing Philip. I'm not. It's possible he's got a very, very dark side to his personal life. But I don't know. You don't know. It's all just hearsay. For now.
I kinda needed to get this off my chest. Thank you.

April 12, 2015 at 9:47PM

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Patrick Ortman
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>>>To the people who claim the women 'have nothing to gain' by coming forward- that is so, so wrong. Here's what they have to gain: seeing Philip get hurt in a terrible way, to where his business and ability to make a living suffers. Never underestimate the 'dark side' and the desire for revenge for imagined hurts.

But this could be total bullsh*t. None of us know what actually happened, we weren't there, so anything we write is complete speculation. If these women wanted to hurt Mr. Bloom why the heck did they wait 5 years to react to a Facebook post that Philip made on March 27th ? It makes no sense.

April 12, 2015 at 11:00PM, Edited April 12, 11:00PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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You're free to not do business with them just like they're free to not do business with someone involved in controversy like this.

April 13, 2015 at 1:54AM

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A. Broad
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I have a lot of respect for Philip Bloom as a filmmaker...

But on a personal level I know nothing about him. He does sometimes seem like a bit of a know it all, and the fact that the man is coming of age and is still single might just be seen as proof that he isn't all that respectful to women. And I mean, he is a really charming guy.

Either way, I enjoy his work... Anything other than that for me is just wild speculation. One can just hope that nobody has, or will, take any major harm from this.

And to criticise Kessler for working with a potential abusive man is just BS. How they present their company is up to them and why would you care if the Slider you buy has a Philip Bloom autograph on it or not?

April 13, 2015 at 5:39AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
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"The sad fact is that women often lie about abuse and often the truth is that the accused are the actual victims."...

Wow, really buddy? Really?

April 14, 2015 at 11:22AM, Edited April 14, 11:22AM

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"And to criticise Kessler for working with a potential abusive man is just BS." It is not bullshit for the reason I stated, but I think your post and quote "And to criticise Kessler for working with a potential abusive man is just BS." NOW THAT IS BULLSHIT!

April 15, 2015 at 12:02AM

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And those stated reasons are that the story MIGHT not be true?

If I was working with a potential abuser I would definitely want to cut my professional ties with that person. But if you feel differently, fine... I just don't find abuse of any kind acceptable - SO that's why I wouldn't won't to have a professional connection with a person like that.

Then let's say this person is my BEST friend and the same rumour starting going around about him/her, then I hopefully have the right judgment in trusting him/her if they tell me they didn't do it.

Women go through way to much shit like this for me to side with Mr Bloom.

April 15, 2015 at 4:24AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
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Phillip and Eric (Kessler) are close friends. If the company is parting ways with Phillip, it means that he and Eric talked and there is something that Eric knows. Not only that, people who are friends with both parties are supporting what Kessler is doing.

There's no proof Phillip did anything, but if those closest to him in the industry are all acting a certain way, there is something they know.

April 16, 2015 at 11:14AM

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William Stewart
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To the original poster. Please get our facts straight. In Bloom's own statement he said she was holding a knife. Nothing said about her threatening him. She has admitted to cutting herself so that's probably what was about to happen. It is very important in these instances to not report falsely and interpret things according to your own feelings.

April 18, 2015 at 10:50AM

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Jonathon Sendall
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I've basically been living under a rock for 2 months (big contract shoot then mammoth edit) so I apologise for being quite so late to a long quiet discussion.

I don’t think any of us casual observers that don’t know either party on a personal level can, or should, comment / speculate on the truth of the allegations Philip Bloom faces. I also think a lot of the reaction so far has been pretty awful on both sides, be it the frankly disgusting victim bashing/blaming from one side, or the self righteous rants on the other. I’ve been asking myself how should we react to this? And I think the answer isn’t as black and white as people want to make it.

Philip Bloom is a much loved and respected member of the film making community (by me included). But our image of him is carefully constructed by the man himself. We don’t know the guy. All we see is the 2 dimensional heavily edited image he wants us to see. I repeat. We don’t know the guy.

Taking that into account, if anything has diminished my respect for him it is the statement he put out. I personally found it pretty distasteful. Underneath all the carefully constructed sentences for me it essentially read: Don’t listen to her, she has mental health issues, you all know I didn’t do it. It meets accusations with accusations. If he is proven 100% innocent, Ill still see that as a low blow.

Being in the public eye doesn’t diminish the right to be innocent until proven otherwise, but it does make things complicated for everyone involved. It just does. I don’t blame Kessler Crane for wanting to sit this one out on the side lines, it must have been a difficult decision for them. I also don’t blame the companies who have chosen to stick by him. I’m going to feel sorry for the victims, while hoping for Phillips sake that non of it’s true. I don’t think there is anything more us casual observers can or should do.

May 27, 2015 at 9:30AM

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mike
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Just awesome .very nice

July 1, 2015 at 1:48AM

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people hurt people, but is very naive to think women don't lie about abuse to hurt someone or have financial gain. This doesn't mean or imply that women are not victims of domestic abuse. The Mother of my children is schizophrenic, not my diagnosis, but the Doctors, she spread lies and ruined my reputation, so I take this incident very personally. Now 25yrs later, she has better medication and is trying to patch things up with our 3 daughters, but our kids will never be close to her mom after what she did.
Back then 25+ yrs ago assault and armed assault against hubands was not taken seriously. If then was now, I would have had her arrested and put in prison where no doubt she would have gotten the proper medications and counseling.
My oldest daughter remembers many times her screaming raving mother come after with a knife to kill me.
I slept in fear of being murdered in my bed.
The facts known in the Philip Bloom case is that his girlfriend was reported to the police for being suicidal and that she after getting out of the hospital, broke into philip's home and threatened him with a knife.
My ex wife got away with lying about my reputation and gained a house free of debt, yet she lost custody of her kids, lost the relationship with her kids and grandkids.
No one is critical of Kesler Crane for ending a relationship with Philip Bloom, but to be judge and jury and make public defamation of Philip Bloom who has done nothing but promote Kesler products in unconscionable in my opinion.
There is no evidence Philip is guilty of anything, but there is police evidence against the accusers.

December 6, 2015 at 10:35PM, Edited December 6, 10:38PM

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