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When You Fall

What happens when you’re out in front and you fall? Over the past few years, I’ve watched the media, really anyone with access to an audience, pick apart people in the public eye. We can no longer tell the difference between holding someone accountable to a standard, and criticizing with a malicious intention. It’s easy …

Third Horizon Film Festival

Sun bursts from sea. Water not dousing his fire but hiding the shadows that follow; Water that welcomes his light. She stands, both edge and the deep, his birth her third horizon. -N.S.   Every film has two driving forces: the main character’s outer goal, and her inner need. Filmmakers go to film festivals for …

Be Your Own Storyteller: Melody Cooper

We interviewed visionary storyteller Melody M. Cooper in the wake of her selection to the Meryl Streep funded IRIS Writer’s Lab for her project The Sound of Darkness. She also landed a 2016 Shudder Labs Fellowship from AMC Networks and is also winner of the Women in Cinema International Screenplay competition. Melody M. Cooper is …

When Children Kill Each Other

I need you to get something. If you are disturbed at the violence of today’s youth, you need to get closer to them. Visit a classroom. Not just one. Not just high school. They need to see you. They need to know it’s not just me who sees them and cares for their well-being. The farther away you stand, …

Girls Call The Shots

I’m going out on a limb here. I’m going to say that you’ve seen the story in the news. The one where a group of girls beat a classmate to death in the bathroom at school. It was over a boy. It hurt me. These were girls who thought that a boy’s attention was more valuable …