Monday, October 19, 2009

Favorite Songs of 3rd 1/4 of 2009

Here's the mix tape listing of my favorite new songs during the 3rd Quarter of 2009. Actually because I discovered less songs this quarter I had some room to add a few that I had already liked earlier. Of course, since finalizing this, I've discovered some new ones already. So it goes...

Click on the links below to watch videos and/or hear the songs. And if you want a copy as a Halloween present, let me know.

Feel Like Taking You Home by Brendan Benson

Dog Days Are Over by Florence And The Machine

Dimestore Diamond by Gossip

Obsessions by Marina & The Diamonds

Momma's Boy by Elizabeth & The Catapult

God Help The Girl by God Help The Girl

Playground Love (Air cover) by Phoenix

I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers

Tougher Than The Rest (Bruce Springsteen cover) by Camera Obscura

Gently by Alcoholic Faith Mission (NSFW)

Sleepless by The Decemberists

Canvas by Imogen Heap

Dominos by The Big Pink

Fire by Kasabian

Perfection as a Hipster by God Help The Girl

Change in Nature by Operahouse

I Love My Library by Lunch Money

Friday, October 16, 2009

Second NYC Screening and more to come...

Summer has come to an end, but that does not mean that the screenings of All God's Children are over. We are eager to watch and participate in the progress of individuals and organizations hosting their own screenings and discussion events.

Middle Collegiate Church, New York City
(photo by Scott)

We are already so encouraged by the first screening in this new phase, which took place on October 14th at the beautiful Middle Collegiate Church in New York City's East Village.

And there are already rumors of screenings in Toronto, Chicago, LA...

Middle Collegiate Church faces 2nd Avenue at E. 7th Street in the East Village
(photo by Scott)

Wednesday's screening of All God's Children started off this year's 'Movies With Meaning' series at Middle Collegiate Church. It was really neat to have the film show at a church so centrally located in one of our favorite neighborhoods. We must have walked by here hundreds of times.

While we didn't manage to get any pictures of the inside of the breathtaking sanctuary, the ceiling of "just the social hall" might be an indication of the overall look of the church.

Social Hall in Middle Collegiate Church
(photo by Scott)

This was our first screening with only the filmmakers and none of the participants from the film attending. Thanks to such an interesting and engaged audience we still had a wonderful discussion during the Q&A. While we've seen the film many times, we're always excited about the conversation - not knowing what new perspective might be shared this time. In the case of this screening, it was amazing to have a young woman attending who had been at a New Tribes Mission boarding school starting at age 6 (just like the missionary kids in the documentary). It's mind-boggling that the practice still continues!

We want to thank her and everyone else for attending the screening and participating in the conversation. A special thanks goes to Eileen Newman (Tribeca Institute), who we met for the first time that night and who had been on the panel that awarded Scott the Jerome Foundation grant in 2004 to make the documentary.
Thank you, of course, to everyone at Middle Collegiate Church: Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Trish Sheffield, Jesse, Teddy and especially Adriene Thorne for inviting us to share All God's Children.

After the screening, Scott and I had the pleasure of spending time with some of our filmmaker friends. For another full-circle experience our little group went to Niagara, where we once had a fantastic fundraiser for my narrative feature Summersquash, which I later had to put on hold because we started production on All God's Children.

I thought it was interesting how those friends fell into three different All God's Children phases: Matt Kohn, who I met not too long ago after the film was already finished, Jason Nunes and Meghan Scibona who I met in the midst of production and Ruth Hernandez (who also helped on the film with sound work) and Max Clarke who go way back to the film school days before our documentary endeavor. It was so amazing and meaningful to spend time with all of them on this night
(and also with the friends who attended the screening but couldn't join us later), but I admittedly was especially moved to connect with the film school pals; there's something to be said for knowing where one another came from and have parallel journeys. I guess in a more dramatic way that's what a film about abuse survivors is about: the idea that you're not alone.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Purchase a DVD for educational or public use

It's been quite a long time coming, but today I finally put together a web page that lists all the different options for purchasing All God's Children DVDs that are licensed for public screenings and educational purposes. Now all you have to do is choose and click and the right package will be on its way. You can also download a How-To Guide with tips for organizing a screening. Soon we will also offer a discussion guide as part of the packages (together with some promotional materials that can be personalized for each event).

Putting together the web page, of course, was just the very last step in a pretty lengthy process. It all started with doing research last summer when we decided we wanted to take control of getting the film out to the right people as soon as possible and ended with setting up the paypal back-end today, which thankfully someone else made so user-friendly already. In-between there were a lot of decisions (use Film Baby to sell home DVDs, have screenings in subjects' home towns, run with Brian Newman's idea of offering a screening package that includes specially-priced home-viewing DVDs, etc.).

And of course, there was the whole adventure of traveling all over the country with the film this year. Self-distribution, with all the grassroots outreach and screenings, has been an amazing, exhausting and ultimately gratifying experience. Next week will be the first public screening that we haven't been majorly involved in.* And with the new stream-lined addition to the website I hope it will be even easier and more encouraging for organizations, educators, activists, advocates, pastors, psychologists and survivors to set up their own screenings and help break the silence about abuse of missionary children and continue the conversation about child abuse by clergy.


It would be nice for the ball to keep rolling while we get the chance to focus on next steps: finalizing the discussion guide, getting the film online and finding a well-matched educational distributor, which in some sort of happy ironic twist might make everything I've done today and what led up to it obsolete. I can only hope.

* Next screening of All God's Children:

"Movies With Meaning"
Wednesday - October 14 – 7pm
Reception at 6:30pm

Middle Collegiate Church
Social Hall
50 E 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

TV In a Flash

There's a new online show in town... er... the global online world: TV In a Flash - a weekly television series recap show hosted by

The show is created by the core of the old CBS Interactive Team that brought you Mob Logic and Wallstrip: producer Scott Solary, executive producers Adam Elend and Jeff Marks, writer Amanda Elend, editor Roman Bodnar and last but not least the always charming and fun host Julie Alexandria.

This week's episode (10/7):

Of course, you can interact with the show as well: leave a comment, participate in polls, recap your favorite show in your own words and then send them a tweet.

So far they haven't recapped episodes of any of the shows I'm watching: Mad Men, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Office, Dexter (on a one more chance basis) and (totally out of date) last season's Breaking Bad.* But it's a quick way to catch up on what else is going on in the TV world (maybe I really should give Curb Your Enthusiasm another chance) and it's always fun to watch Julie break her own speed-talking record while still being perfectly succinct.

Outstanding job, TV In a Flash team!

Last week's episode (9/30):

* So what are you watching? Am I missing something? Or do you think I'm wasting my time with all of those shows?