Day 303: Eleven.Four.13

I just realized that One Common Unity quoted my post from way back when, on their website in the Praise for the film section. Awww, that makes me feel so good!

And what perfect timing… as today, we announced that we (ReSourceArts) will be hosting an advanced screening of the movie for our December Reel Talk event.

I’m so so so thrilled. I hope you can, and will, see the movie.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 301: Eleven.Two.13

The ‘cinematic short’ dance concept video I was recently a part of, created by Crishon Jerome and with direction and videography by Nadia Itani, is now finished. What a superbly talented group of people – glad to have been able to be a part.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 201: Seven.TwentyFive.13

Ask me how I know the world will be alright.

With all of the hate and injustice and war and sadness that surrounds us.

Ask me, and I will tell you it is because I saw this movie.

Fly By Light

Fly By Light, a film by One Common Unity, literally changed the lives of fourteen Washington, DC teenagers. And also, it is fair to say, the lives of the adults who created the movie with them.

I’ve worked in schools. With young people. I have seen outreach programs, and outdoor education programs, and conflict resolution programs. Some good, some terribly not so good.

And I can say, without a doubt, that this – this is the real thing. That these people, and now this movie, are making the world a better place. This is what lasting change looks and feels like. One person at a time.

Because at the end of the day, there is no magic potion or sum of money or Hollywood ending that makes it so. No. This is the real thing because each and every one of the contributors of the movie offered respect and love and compassion and belief – belief that these young people are worthy. That, my friends, is where the true magic lies. We don’t always have the right answers, but we always have what’s in our hearts. And that is enough. This movie is proof that it is enough.

I don’t want to give it all away. I want you to see it, and be moved by it.

But I will say that to see not only the transformation on screen, but also in person as these brave young people shared their stories, their lives, with us – this was an incredible thing.

Also, I should note – I am definitely not a thug (not that this was ever really in question) because I certainly shed more than a single tear while watching the movie. (If you’ve seen it, that will make sense. Otherwise, just take my word for it…)

So.

Ask me how I know the world will be alright, and I will tell you to see Fly By Light.

And then you, too, will know.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 55: Three.One.13

I made it to DC. I then surprised my best friend by showing up at her performance. I made a video (in my car, on the way into the theater) announcing that I was surprising her and posted it to facebook. Yay!

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 22: One.TwentySeven.13

I tried out Vine for the first time tonight. I figured I would jump on the bandwagon early and see if the hype was really all worth it. Turns out, it’s a pretty nifty little app. But, I’m warning you now, I don’t have the hang of it yet. I mean, it’s easy enough to point and shoot. But the saving it part, that’s where it gets a little tricky. Just like when I first started using Instagram and posted super goofy pics of my brother without realizing they were being published to my feed, so too did I post this first video without realizing I couldn’t go back and edit where I was posting it to. So it’s been saved to my Vine ‘feed’ (I have no followers but got a ‘like,’ ha!) Anyways, all that is to say, that I haven’t figured out how to post the nifty looped version of the video in here yet.

Instead, I just have the link I uploaded to Youtube. You can watch my first Vine attempt HERE.

A big shout-out to Matt Eyer for standing out in the freezing cold to video this for me.

This exercise had two purposes:

1. Learn how to use Vine. (Semi-successful)

2. Give you a 6-second teaser of my first choreo project. And another plug: This is your last shot at weighing in on which tune I set movement to for my first dance piece on this project. Don’t like what you see in the above video? Stop it before it multiplies. Like what you see? Make sure it quadruples. You can see the original song options I suggested in Day 17 and post your comment there. (Or here.) Tomorrow the choreo starts in earnest…

Oh! And in the spirit of being Ready For Love… Here’s a bonus photo for you, saw this heART on my way home from taping the Vine:

snow heART

Here’s to another day of creativity…