At yesterday's PBS Listening Tour that was ostensibly devoted to the subject of the future of independent film on PBS, I spent two hours listening to independent filmmakers and PBS executives discuss scheduling.
I hope PBS's Independent Film Listening Tour can spark constructive conversation. And I hope that local and national PBS executives emerge from these conversations and others like it with heightened awareness that (a) being associated with indie films and documentaries is good from a brand standpoint and good for reaching new audiences, and that (b) showcasing diverse and independent voices is essential to the mission of public media...and doing so may require new ways of doing business.
Do you love your work? If so, how did you find your path -- and what advice would you offer young people trying to find their way to work they love?
You guys, I'm on a diet. Yes: I, a fierce feminist who deplores obsession with thinness and all things superficial -- who wants to make sure her daughter knows that the stick-thin image of female beauty perpetuated by commercial media is bullshit (see image above) -- began the year by signing up for Weight Watchers. And... it's awesome. I want to talk about why I'm doing it... and why the "I'm too cool to diet" stance is really a bunch of hooey, and doesn't prove you're a feminist or a renegade or anything other than someone trying to prove something, rather than someone making choices to improve your health and wellbeing.
I'm lucky enough to be working on a project for TED, and even luckier that it required me to watch (for a second time) Elizabeth Gilbert's talk about elusive creative genius... and this section of the talk just REALLY stood out to me, this time, and I wanted to share it...
In the wake of the corporate media frenzy that is the Super Bowl, it's incumbent on those of us who are passionate about making the world a better place to celebrate those who are really doing the work -- not just those paying lip service in order to sell a product that does not, in fact, leave the world better than we found it.
Oh, today is the Super Bowl! I wonder who's playing.
On wanting room for angst on a rainy Sunday but needing to pull it together and parent instead.
This morning my 2-year-old daughter pointed to this picture of Allen Ginsberg hanging in our apartment and said, "Mommy, I don't know his name!"
I believe that everyone has a primary innate gift, and that with enough cultivation, that innate gift -- writing, singing, playing soccer, healing people, designing buildings, etcetera -- can turn into a superpower.