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Self Referencing | Chasing Men Who Stare at Arrays

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Please vote for the APL documentary film logo!

Which logo do you prefer?  The choice is yours. The logo with the most votes by Friday Feb 1, 2013 will become the official film logo.  The author of this creation is our fabulous designer, Cris Jaw.

NOTE: You may click on the images below to enlarge them.  You may comment if you view the poll directly on polldaddy.com.

Logo in development

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Picking up gear

Getting ready for tomorrow! Cool old cameras on display at Joe Sutherland Rentals

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A somber reminder from Canada

December 6th is a somber anniversary for Canadian women in tech, especially those of us in my generation who remember 1989.

A gunman confronts 60 engineering students during their class at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989. He separates the men from the women and tells the men to leave the classroom, threatening them with his .22-calibre rifle. The enraged man begins a shooting rampage that spreads to three floors and several classrooms, jumping from desk to desk while female students cower below. He roams the corridors yelling, “I want women.”

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Chilling words. And this happened in Canada. I’ll say this again, because if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.

This happened in Canada.
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The lesson is that tragic things happen when people are singled out and demonized based on some arbitrary attribute. And I mean this to include all levels of society; at home, at work, in the judicial system, in the movie theaters.

Do me a favour and take a quiet moment to think about what I’m saying to you today.

Thank you.

And forever, I appreciate all your support in this crazy documentary adventure.

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Docs, housekeeping & the long haul

Organising my research material in Scrivener, a writers programThe big plan for the summer was to get my research 100% completely organised.  All this information is floating around in my head  and it is making a little crazy, to be perfectly honest.

I’m about 80% behind schedule.

Documentary film making is about as opposite to the finance world as you can get.  I’m adjusting to the time frames.

There is progress, but I’ve given up on the predicting side of things.  When will this end?   I don’t know.   And, yes,  I do feel a slight panic when I think about it.   I will, however, eventually figure out how to finish what I’ve started.  It’s a matter of pride.

What you see in the photo above is my new hope.  Scrivener is a writing program a thoughtful Array Jedi Knight passed to me. It’s WORKING!  After spending 2 1/2 years trying to figure out how the hell am I going to keep track of this… this… mess! Scrivener and the filing cabinet I got for Valentines day may do it.  What a huge relief.

These tools are driving a more introspective phase of the project. I’m sifting, evaluating and thinking.  And journaling with more commitment now that I have a way to integrate my daily thoughts with the volumes of material I’m wading through.

On the networking front, I met some people at Hot Docs this year who have already catapulted me light years forward, and they don’t even know it. Howard Fraiberg, for example, insisted that I join Docs, which I did do.  This gives me access to people across Canada who have been slugging it out in the documentary film business for decades.  And I’m privy to their conversations. Awesome.  There’s evidence I’ll live to tell the tale!  And the work! An endless stream of inspiration. This week, I fell in love with A Work in Progress, Frederic Bohbot’s new project. Look!

 

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April 15, 1989

Where were you April 15, 1989?

 

 

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This is not a film: Storytelling X.1

Oh. And today, I’m not kidding.

I hope you aren’t disappointed. I really do have a legacy to live up to, here.  No shit. I’m so proud of our quirky little community, and as I said in the film synopsis, I plan to tell everyone about it. What else is a woman who faced, first hand, the Iverson challenge to do?  Parrot back what’s been done before?  No way. Trail blaze, buddy.

On that note, I’m completely excited to report that I’m speaking on a hot panel at a super cool conference called Storytelling X.1.

Digital Storytelling X.1 is a one day symposium exploring how digital technologies are changing forms of storytelling today.

Ah, the story and its relationship to money!  Everyone wants to hear about money. It’s the math that everyone cares about!  So, that’s what I’ll talk about. Isn’t it fitting for an Array language storyteller!

And I’ll share the epiphany I had at hot docs after listening to Frank Rose. (Ok, shaking his hand was a huge thrill!)

It is the inspiring,  brilliant and beautiful Siobhan O’Flynn who is responsible for getting me to Storytelling X.1, follow her on twitter, you won’t be disappointed. @sioflynn.

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This is not a game

This is not a game

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Eyeballs, the ropes and hot hot docs!

A quick  note from the trenches.   I’m exhilarated and exhausted as we come to the close of  the conference.

The take home message?  Even in the world of documentary film making, eyeballs rule.

So, the sneaky plan of releasing the 1974 Origins of APL to the public is turning out to be the coup of coups!

You should see their faces!  FOUR THOUSAND views?

Of course, by now it’s 4,367. Viva La Jedi!

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Not all those who wander are lost

Good day, Everyone.

It’s the count-down….  Tick, tick, tick….

Ten days left in the semester, then I’m free from school for the summer!  Once finished, I’ll only have to worry about paid work and, the films.

I’m procrastinating and relaxing before tackling the inevitable Variances. As in Sales Quantity, Market Share, Market Volume: those guys. And I decided to drop you a quick note.

At the same time, I’m thinking about another project.  You see, it’s tackling smaller scale creative works that keeps me sane while chasing Leviathan.  You won’t get to see most of them because they are private things, but in this case Artist Tazeen Qayyum asked for a story. A woman’s story.  About womanly things… and maybe a man, we’ll see.  In any case, my tiny contribution will become part of something bigger, that the public gets to see in June.  I think this is pretty cool.

Tazeen’s project and her work lead my thoughts to this journey we’re taking together.  Because your support comes, sometimes, in completely unexpected ways and often from far away.  It’s the tiniest of gestures, like a wink in Twitter, that make me feel inspired to share what’s on my mind.  And right now, I’m thinking about Tolkien.

Here is a poem for you to ponder right along with me.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

All that is gold does not glitter, Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954),
The Fellowship of the Ring & The Lord of the Rings.

(This post is dedicated to CA, CL, KL & SG)

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Array! Hurrah! 2010 in pictures!

Thank you, everyone for a wonderful 2010! We’ll be back in January. Happy Holidays!

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