I’m excited to welcome three new clients: the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, CommunityShare and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance!
My limited ability to serve freelance clients while working on my major documentary projects means that when I can work with local and regional causes, I prefer working with non-profits that are investing in community and working to build a better world.
I’m thrilled to be adding three such clients to my schedule!
Tucson Gem and Mineral Society (TGMS): Tucson is the home of the largest gem and mineral show in the world. Since the 1970’s the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® has enjoyed international stature and was the first gem and mineral show to bring the hobby enthusiast, the public, and the curator/professionals together for discovery and discussion. I’m privileged to partner with OpenForm Studio in creating a new series of short documentary-style, story-driven promotional videos for TGMS.
CommunityShare: CommunityShare is a locally-based online network that connects the skills and experiences of passionate community partners – individual professionals, community leaders, organizations and businesses – in the greater Tucson region with the goals and needs of educators in schools and informal learning environments. This innovative pilot program will become a national model if successful. I will be helping CommunityShare develop a campaign to engage community partners, educators and donors.
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA): SAACA is a non-profit initiative dedicated to creating, advancing and preserving the Arts and Culture in Southern Arizona. They enlist artists, businesses, governments and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities. SAACA believes the arts play a key role in building community, enhancing education, providing therapeutic benefits and innovating economic development. I’m partnering with SAACA to develop five new videos educating the community, potential partners and donors.
I filmed my first event for SAACA last weekend. Check out the highlights of the Savor Food and Wine Festival!
The documentary filmmaking class at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO will be watching and analyzing It’s a Girl, then I will be joining them via Skype to discuss their observations and answer their questions. Should be fun!
||February 16, 2015
||Speaking to documentary filmmaking class at Lindenwood University
||St. Charles, MO.
It’s a Girl will be screening and I will be speaking at the Gender Justice Film Festival on March 26th in Dallas, Texas. The Marcella Project which works to transform the view of women hosts the Gender Justice Film Festival to raise awareness to the plight of women locally and globally.
||March 26, 2015
||Gender Justice Film Festival
||The Marcella Project
One of Ashton’s recent self-portrait works, entitled Entropy
My 15 year old daughter, Ashton, has been very dedicated to her photography and photo editing, and now is interested in telling stories through film.
So she and I are launching a collaborative project together. We are both fascinated by the concepts of identity and self-discovery.
Too many of us spend our lives doubting ourselves and trying to emulate what we think others want us to be.
We are excited to announce the Just Be You Project, a mini-documentary and portrait series that highlights inspirational people who have discovered who they are, and who inspire us to take our own unique path in life.
The Just Be You Project is an open forum where we welcome you to share your stories, videos and photos that capture how you Just Be You. Join us and add your voice on the Just be You Project Facebook group. Or post, tweet, instogram, etc., your contribution using the hashtag #justbeyouproject.
If we can’t love ourselves for who we are, how can we love others and heal the world?
Introducing the first episode of the Just Be You Project mini-documentary series, please enjoy Dancing Man.
Do you need a high quality, story-driven and cinematic, promotional, educational or mobilization video for your business, product or cause? As my film project continues to slowly move forward, I am in a position to take a few select freelance projects.
I have helped nearly 150 regional, national and international organizations tell their stories over the past 20 years, and can leverage that experience behind your project– from conceptualization to completion.
I Will Tell is a growing film festival which takes place in the heart of London every year from 30th August to 9th September since 2005. This year the festival celebrated its 8th year with the theme THE ‘R’ THING, on Relationships, with screenings of over 30 international films, inspirational post-screening discussions and festival activities all on the theme Relationship.
The festival’s Closing Gala was a Tribute screening to Dr Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) followed by an inaugural awards ceremony where they announce the Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Animation and the Audience Award for I Will Tell 2014.
Best Documentary was awarded to It’s a Girl for “its in-depth exposé of a deeply harrowing subject, which a sensitive portrayal of its subjects together with an enlightened look at a complex issue created a powerful documentary that inspires and motivates.” http://www.iwilltell.com/pr.html
I joined in via Skype to receive the award. We are so very honored to receive this award and are grateful to the I Will Tell team for selecting It’s a Girl for Best Documentary!
How do we as people of faith advocate for justice and gender equality in the face of deeply established global misogyny? We have to start with respect for other cultures and a desire to support and empower culture-changers to impact their own culture on their own terms. Check out my recent talk on the World War on Women at the International Wholistic Missions Conference.
Exciting news: It’s a Girl was recently featured as one of “12 Mind-Blowing Documentaries to Watch on Netflix” by The Huffington Post!
The article says, “This upsetting look at “gendercide” in India and China encounters the devaluation of females and the extent to which it has led to infanticide and violence toward women. In case you needed further warning as to precisely how grave this situation has become: the film opens with a woman who has given birth to and subsequently murdered eight of her daughters.”
If you haven’t seen It’s a Girl yet, catch it on DVD, iTunes, Netflix, or Hulu, and let me know what you think!
I and the team just returned from filming in Tanzania and Uganda, where we experienced every filmmaker’s nightmare! The trip was a gold mine of amazing footage and stories. We had wrapped up filming on the last day in Kampala when our vehicle was robbed and all of my equipment, including the hard drives with all of the footage we captured during our two weeks in Africa was taken.
The irony is that I was watching the vehicle when it happened. The thieves parked on the opposite side of the Land Cruiser, broke the lock on the driver’s door and took the bags from the back through the side doors. The dark tint prevented us from knowing we were being robbed until too late.
On My Way to Africa!
Great news! I will be traveling to Africa in early April to spend a couple of weeks scouting some possible stories for the new film.
According to the World Health Organization, about 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation. In Africa, an estimated 101 million girls ten years old and above have suffered this brutal non-medical procedure believed to reduce a woman’s libido and ensure premarital virginity and marital fidelity.
And 42% of marriages in Africa involve child brides, or girls under the age of 18. Child brides are the victims of cultural “norms” that turn a blind-eye to the unspeakable sexual exploitation and rape of little girls made legal through marriage. Neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers, these girls are at far greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and suffering domestic violence. With little access to education and economic opportunities, they and their families are more likely to live in poverty.
I will have more for you about the developing stories in Africa after I return. To learn more about this exciting new project, click here.
Thanks again for you generous support and encouragement! I couldn’t do it without you!