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Incarnations of Websites

I’ve been doing some cleaning and organization around here. Some of the older posts had long defunct/disappeared images and articles. This blog originally started in 2006, I think. Then I started over around 2011. I’m hoping the new menu will be helpful in navigating by topic. It’s funny how entries stack up over years and laying around in a pile. Ha! I will probably continue to tweak and re-organize as I get feedback. I like…

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Independent Film Set Checklist (These Items Will Make Your Shoot Easier) #IndieFilm

Independent films are usually made with a shoestring budget and are the definition of DIY. It’s easy to forget small things that would make filming SO much easier. Below is a list of suggested items to have with you on set and on location to make shooting just a little bit easier. 1) Wooden clothespins and large binder clips. To hold wires out of frame, adjust costumes, prevent people from getting tangled up in headphone…

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#Filmmaker Kelly Gallagher #PurpleRiot

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Professor of Media Arts and filmmaker Kelly Gallagher. Her stop-motion style is uniquely eye-catching because she addresses serious topics with bright, saturated colors and glitter. I fell in love with her quirky, fascinating films, and I think you will too. Check our her website: https://purpleriot.com/ 1. Are you originally from Yellow Springs or someplace else? As far as place where would you say has had the most influence…

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The Digital Divide

This is a paper I wrote for school. It addresses two issues currently in public debate: #NetNeutrality and American poverty. Imagine working two jobs for $7.65 an hour, which is about $2100 per month before FICA and taxes. Imagine you have two children and an elderly mother-in-law you’re caring for. There’s no safety net. There’s only you. After you pay rent, get your mother-in-law’s medication and pay for insurance, there’s barely enough left to get…

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How Men Treat Women Is Why Women Don’t Want to Lead (Written in June 2012)

In light of the moronic statements from Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch about women and finances, I thought I’d re-post this piece. Some of my opinions have changed since my divorce two years ago. I now feel like I can lead. Direct films to be more exact. I am proud of all the women and People of Color in #TheResistance stepping up and running for office in face of fascists making death threats. This piece…

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The Great Experiment is Over and It’s Time To Go

This Republic was started with words on a piece of parchment and should now end the same way. The truth is that the promise of The United States has never been and never will be fulfilled. There has been and always will be factions of hate based in racism and misogyny who are self-serving traitors to the ideals our Founders held so dear. When the United States was founded (1770s) the population was approximately 2.5…

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#48HourFilmProject #FormationCinema It’s a Wrap!

Things started out rough with some unnecessary drama and a couple of exits that left the team in a pinch. And yet, we persisted. We had equipment snafus and our sound tech, Aislinn and I engineered a MacGyver style fix. Onward. We encountered a yoga class with loud music. Then a peewee football game. In short, we began shooting hours behind schedule. But we had fun along the way!            …

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#KansasCity 48 Hour Film Project

Starting on August 18, team Formation Cinema will be jumping into the Kansas City 48 Hour Film Project at full speed. What is the 48 Hour Film Project? http://www.48hourfilm.com/kansas-city-mo Friday night, teams will assemble to draw their genre, character, prop, and required line. Then, they will set out to write their scripts, shoot their films, edit them, and turn them in within 48 hours. Crazy? Maybe. But crazy fun! We will be sharing behind the…

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The Resistance #resist

There are men who keep trying to define what the resistance is. And it isn’t their place. The Resistance isn’t a formal organization. It’s a collective spirit. It was kicked off by women. Because men have demonstrated they lack the courage, will, and motivation to do the right thing for anyone except for other men. Women are the bearers of children. Women whose hearts break every single time a child is gunned down. In the…

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