Tag: storytelling

Self Care for Teachers – What’s your story?

Our SXSW EDU 2019 session “Be Your Own Answer: Self Care for Teachers” was an amazing success. Overwhelmed by traumatic school-based events, “active killer” training, and ever-changing high-stakes testing, public school teachers may feel stepping into a classroom is a life-altering decision. It’s certainly an emotional one. This session shared insights from an award-winning teacher…
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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…
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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…
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Be Your Own TV Show: ABFF Interview with Kimberly Young

In this short interview with “2 Self Help Books Away From Being Perfect” web series creator Kimberly Young and director Lopez Williams, we find out the motivation behind this humorous take on the personal development scene.

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…
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Be Your Own Ambassador

We caught up to Rachelle Salnave, director of La Belle Vie: The Good Life, between multinational trips and film festival screenings, to discuss the vision behind her filmmaking. — When Rachelle Salnave lived in Harlem with her family, she had a hard time convincing other Haitians that she was one of their sistren. Haitian had a certain…
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The use of guilt

You’d be surprised at how useful guilt is. No, really. When you’re trying to get things done, thinking about the negative consequences can be a powerful motivator. Especially when those consequences will be felt by someone you care about. But what about the consequences you face? What Guilt Is Bitten apple (clipped to polyvore.com) Guilt…
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Fake it til you break it

Recently, I’ve taken on a lot of work that has me stretched between two levels of consciousness. There is the part of my life that I know pretty well and feel like I can control…and there’s the part that is completely foreign to me and in some cases, completely unknown. I hate it. Not the…
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My Answer to Sadness: Part 2

Depression is when anger at your current situation becomes guilt and powerlessness. Even though I’ve proposed an innovative and effective approach to depression, there’s a very straightforward way to crack open deep levels of sadness. Tell your story so that you win. Think about the story of the man and his injured son (here). This…
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It’s All Good: What That Really Means

You’ve heard it before: “It’s all good.” What does that really mean? What about a personal tragedy? Injustice? Having something in your grasp and then >>POOF!<< it’s gone? How is any of that all good? It’s not. Not while you’re experiencing it. There is no one who can tell me that this story is “all…
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