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Independent Film Festival

Last week was wonderful. We attended an independent film festival with great movies and presentations.  Opportunities were presented us to personally meet a variety of filmmakers, actors, distributors and others involved in the arts and film industry.  Must say it was inspiring and enjoyable week long experience.

The festival celebrated Women Make Movies 40th Anniversary featuring Lourdes Portillo, her work is outstanding.  She is creative, intense and sincere.  Also featured was Milestone Films’ “Project Shirley” with founders Dennis Doros and Amy Heller to discuss “Project Shirley,” a campaign to restore and re-release the films of the late Shirley Clarke, a great American filmmaker.

The series began with “Love, Marilyn,” by Academy Award®-nominated director Liz Garbus, and on the next to last night a documentary, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel,” with a Q & A by director Lisa Immordino Vreeland.  The last day of the festival concluded with the film, “An American In Paris,” celebrating the 100th birthday of Gene Kelly at an outdoor venue and was introduced by his wife, Patricia Ward Kelly, who is a film historian and journalist, and is completing a book about her late husband. 

What did we take away from this experience?  That creativity springs from different and is not only beautiful but an eye opener on how different is so wonderfully and colorfully expressed in literary and art forms. Being different is not as odd or strange as one may think.  It also motivates one to continue on the path of creativity knowing and accepting being different is a key to success. We also learned of the intensity and strong desire, push, to birth these works by their creators.    

Two artists we kept meeting, at different events on our week long experience, were Phil Solomon and Vanessa Renwick.  What a joy to take in their works, one of many “wow moments” for us during the week.      

All those who were associated with the festival did a great job and are to be commended.  There were great volunteers and staff on the front lines who worked with all; filmmakers, artists, attendees, ensuring everything ran as smoothly as possible as the festival was taking place at different locations and theatres.

The uniqueness of an independent film festival and artists was a great way to see all the varying expressions of creativity, talent and ability. It provides knowledge through documentaries and gives one an appreciation for a variety of creative styles and perceptions on life and living.     

The documentaries and films by well known and new independent filmmakers were quite moving, some to the point of tears, such as, “A Suitcase Full Of Chocolate,” the story of Sophia Casma, with piano performance by director Lincoln Mayorga, a noted studio musician in Hollywood; some informed you and other films made you think and laugh.

 Films, presentations and Q & A’s were all well attended.

“Big Boy” stars up and coming actress Dawnica Martin, the film is directed by Thomas Hackett and produced by Willie Rockefeller. “The Sapphires” was inspired by a true story of four Aboriginal girls who are talented singers. The film stars, Deborah Mailman-AFI Award-winner, Jessica Mauboy – Australian pop sensation, Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens, and Chris O’Dowd.  “The Sapphires” was directed by Wayne Blair, and will be in theatres next year. If you or someone you know is in the fashion industry, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel” will be out next year, a documentary we truly enjoyed and know my mother would have loved, as she designed…it is by no means boring.

Although we were not able to attend all the screenings it was a wonderful experience for us and heard good reports on all the films and activities.

Should you have the opportunity to attend or volunteer when a festival is in your area do so, you won’t be sorry.

Jay

What A Day

   I have been foraging through artwork and photos from the past…lots of them.  I am focusing on the black and white photos from pre 1920’s and up to the 1960’s.

When my mother passed on we found a plethora of photos of her family, with my father, and with her friends.  Some very fine posed ones as well. 

My mother never did follow her dream to become a dress designer in NYC, although she did design her own clothes, shirts for my father and me, and hand puppets for my puppet shows at school.  There were opportunities for her to work at top places after high school but she didn’t buck the trend to get married or engage in a career she desired. No matter how I tried over the years to have her design clothes, dresses in particular-her forte, and start something with someone or by herself it was always met with, “No.”  The main reason she gave was her age and that she was too old, she had been saying that for over 30 years.  She was a fantastic artist, designer and wrote poetry.  It saddened me to see her talents and abilities go unused and give up her artwork.  Neither she nor my father followed their dreams/desires and it showed. 

When time permits, and the pc and scanner co-operate, I will be sharing the photos on the PCA blog.

No matter how much we love someone and see how talented they are, if they are not willing to step out and take up the cause no matter how much prodding on our part, then, it is their choice alone.  Of course I would mention design every year and it was always the same response.  If and when the time comes and the fire is lit within them to go forward we will be there and be supportive of all their endeavors.

For me, I am following my dreams and desires…no time like the present, no matter what your age.  As I head into the next decade, and celebrate my age, I welcome it with open arms and enthusiasm for the good that is now entering my life. 

Life, you gotta live it.

Wishing you only the best in all things,

       Jay

Baubles And Beads

   Bells, whistles, feather boas, colorful baubles and beads, sequins, sparkles and all out gaudy make for a very colorful and unique day.  How colorful is your day?

We tend to get into a rut with everyday living and working.  Wouldn’t you like to jazz it up a bit?  I realize hanging a fuchsia feather boa on your chair or around your neck and Mardi Gras beads off the corners of the cubicle or picture are not the norm or even allowed in many workplaces, hence we are relegated to jazzing up our mind with the color and energy of positive and creative thoughts.

As we jazz it up, up there, it provides us with a wonderful feeling, permeates all we do and who we are–time to; end the drabbiness (my word), add color, energy, and sparkle to our being.  As we sparkle things up, up there, we glow, we effervesce and are open to new perspectives on life, answers to questions and problems appear with creative ways and resolutions.

Life is about being, being us, without creating too much of a stir, ahem, don’t want to scare people.  Coming from an artistic family (music, art, design) I like the classics and the different that has a style and co-ordination to the scheme/theme of the work.  Sometimes even the extremely outrageous finds a place in my “like” arena of life.  The point is, we are each unique individualized expressions of Life Itself.  Each of us is creative in our own ways.   In being successful it is important to be true to ourselves and not sacrifice ourselves just to succeed and be miserable.  Miserable is not part of successful living.

If we want true success and well-being in our life it is important for us to live our life and too, add color and dimension to our being.  Time to go from 1D to 3 D.

The gaudy bling dresses up the outside for “looks” but the real glitter and sparkle of life takes place within each of us.  Add a touch of color and sparkle to your day today.  Dare to be colorful you–without creating too much of a stir and should people look at you askance–smile and nod and let them wonder why it is you are so excitingly you.

Jay

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