Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Mazingira Monkey Project has made it to the finals of an online film competition and I'd appreciate your vote! I want to make sure you keep your skills up in preparation for November.
In order to vote for the movie (and watch it again if you'd like) you'll need to register with Film Click. Once you're registered, you can vote for the Monkey Man every day from now until August 26th! Go ahead, vote more than once... you don't always get that opportunity. Plus you'll be supporting my filmmaking efforts and getting further recognition for the monkey man - I can sense you sleeping better at night already.
And while you're in a voting mood - here's another person who needs your help: Roz Savage. A friend of a friend, she's rowing across the Pacific Ocean - by herself - to raise awareness of environmental issues! She's been rowing for the last 84 days and should be in Hawaii in the next month.
You can support her by visiting the Members Project, an initiative by American Express that let's members vote for groups making a positive impact in the world. Winners will split a pot of 2.5 million dollars but votes need to be cast by tomorrow to cut the field down to the top 25! You don't have to have an American Express card, they'll let you register as a guest. Roz could use your vote now!
Thanks for taking the time to vote for the Monkey Man and Roz. In October, I'll tell you about a BBC sponsored competition the flip flop lady is in so you can vote for her too!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
It's an indie film co-op that I joined to learn about making movies and meet my people. I'm happy to report, I've done both!
Even more exciting... the first project I participated in, a film called Echo's Wonder was a winner at a screening of all recently made films yesterday!! My role (other than a riveting performance sitting on BART reading a newspaper) was location sound. Yes, I was the person wearing the headphones and holding the boom microphone. There's even production photos to prove it.
It was a great experience, good team and very educational to see how you make a short film when you've got more than 10 hours and more people than just yourself.
That's the news for now... stay tuned for info on an upcoming improv show I'll be in with Secret Improv Society. Well, I guess if you just clicked the link, you know everything you need to know. So, stay tuned for some inside scoop, which I will dig up between now and the next post.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
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Monday, March 3, 2008
While I was in Nepal in 2005, I was deeply touched by the hospitality, friendship and kindness of the local people, even though they had, themselves, many hardships to bear. A porter, Dawa, who trekked with me and my friend for a few weeks, was badly affected by the political situation in his country and the resulting lack of tourists. Because of the shortage of work, Dawa could no longer afford to send his 2 daughters, Chotti and Tschering (then aged 7 and 9) to school.
Many of you very kindly supported me in my fundraising activity in 2005, to raise money for Chotti and Tschering’s education. I successfully raised 4 years worth of schooling for each girl. Tragically, Dawa became another victim of the violence in Nepal; he was shot and killed just outside Katmandu in May 2006, just one day before he was supposed to go trekking. His children and his widow now rely completely on outside support. Because I knew Dawa personally, it is very important to me to ensure that his girls will be educated and looked after until they can support themselves (and their mother).
I have chosen my next adventure to be a means of raising money to finance the following years of Chotti’s and Tschering’s schooling. Please, let me explain…
In April/May 2008 I will attempt to climb Cho Oyu, 8’201m, the world’s 6th highest mountain. I am asking you to donate a chosen amount per 100m of altitude that I achieve, starting at 5’500m, ending at the highest point I reach (climbing up and down does not count double). Here are some examples: Jim would like to donate 5 Swiss Francs (CHF) per 100m of altitude that I achieve. If I reach 5’600m, he will donate CHF 5 (1 x CHF 5), if I reach 7’000m, he will donate CHF 75 (15 x CHF 5) and if I summit, he will donate CHF 135 (27 x CHF 5). All currencies and all amounts are welcome.
Once I have completed my climb I will let you know just how high I reached (on tippy-toes, with stretched arms) and how much your donation works out to be. I would then ask you kindly to transfer the amount into my Nepal fundraising bank account in Switzerland. From there I transfer the school fees each year.
I strongly believe that education is the key to a brighter future. “Give a man a fish and he is fed for a day. Teach him to catch fish and he can thereafter feed himself and his family”. This will be my, and I hope our, contribution to the futures of Chotti and Tschering. Every single cent donated will go directly to benefit Dawa’s family.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me, email would be the simplest (email@example.com). If you decide you would like to be part of my fundraising project, just let me know how much you would like to donate per 100m, the rest you can leave up to me.
I will sign off with a big THANK YOU to all of you that decide to support me and go out for a run in preparation…
A big hug to you all,
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Being in San Diego earlier this month and meeting the other people who will be in the documentary film was a wonderful thing.
First off, I got to catch up with my old roommate, Ramon! Although he is quite happy living in San Diego... I'm still sad not to have him as a buddy to see bad performance art with. But in San Francisco, there is a never ending supply of bad performance art and friends you can convince to go with you (at least one time). But I digress.
Our first full day in San Diego was spent sailing around on a yacht and drinking champagne - while being filmed and trying to act casual. It was a beautiful, sunny day and a great way to get to know each other before the hard work of Friday. Seriously.
Friday was spent sitting at a round table (after a visit to the make up artist and the sound crew for our microphones) trying to ignore the four cameras that captured our every move while discussing questions like, "how do you recognize the dream that you're going to follow and what do you do if you don't get support"? Good lord. All this while trying to make sure that no one looked at the cameras - which were surrounding us, really - and that we gave each other a relatively equal amount of time to talk, though it shouldn't seem like we were going in any order. Do I hear the make up artist telling us to sit in her chair because we're getting shiny?
The other people involved in this project are an interesting lot: a guitar player who dreams of rock stardom, a dean who wrote a play for children about divided groups coming together, two women (with a website under construction) who are working to educate people on the importance of banking your infant's umbilical cord blood and finally the man (also under construction) who started it all - the soon to be finished documentary movie . If he has his way, we'll all be on Oprah talking about the film.
Hearing what everyone else had done made me feel a bit like a slacker and vow to get back on track when I got back up to San Francisco. Slowly I'm doing just that. I'm starting to edit the video again, I'm learning about how one improves a blog, I'm reaching out to the connections people are giving me and I'm trying to clarify what in the world it is I'm trying to do in the first place. All that and I've joined the Netflix revolution - so I can rent documentaries - for research. Come on.
The movie should be finished sometime in August and then will be premiered in all the cities where there are cast members. To save yourself a trip to Tucson, why don't you plan on seeing it in San Francisco. Either that or Tivo Oprah.
See you in the movies,
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
It's been awhile since you've heard from me. I've been adjusting to the swing of life back in San Francisco and getting through the holiday season. Now it's a fresh new year and the heat is on!
I've been editing the video footage of a few of the stories from my travels. In order to make sure I actually do more than sit in front of the computer reliving my trip and feeling sentimental - I've scheduled a screening for the 14th of January!!
I just sent out an invitation to 73 people. The only issues are that I'm not done editing and I don't have a place to have the screening. The footage at this point, while still a work-in-progress is pretty good and will be in even better shape by the 14th. The location... well that's a bigger problem but I'm casting the net of phone calls I'm making wider in faith that I will find something big enough in time.
This is especially important as the documentary film crew will be in town and is coming to the screening. Aaaah! The things I do to get myself motivated.
So - if you're reading this blog and you didn't get an invite. Well, let me know who you are and I can add you to the list so I can tell you where it is as soon as I know.
Will post the video clips here as they are finalized for the whole wide world to see.
I know... I can hardly wait either!