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A BIG year and another one about to start!

I think of the New Year as beginning in September. It’s my mindset. I taught school for ten years. Every fall I get swoony over school supplies and feel wistful when I see nervous kids in crisp clothes at bus stops. It is the time of new things and beginnings—empty notebooks,  sharpened pencils—fresh starts.

We just wrapped up a

Proof these two worlds exist at the same time!

It is hard to believe that Shanta’s village exists in the same time and world as the life I lead in West Seattle. It just seems impossible.

But here is the proof. When Scott and Shailendra returned to the village to film Shanta’s mom’s journey to the city, they called me. I got to talk to Sarita on speakerphone while

Workflow :: Don’t Leave Home Without It

The preparation for our departure on this production trip was long and exciting, jam packed with logistics and funding and gearhead juggling, sponsor letters and equipment purchases–just the kind of puzzles I relish. There is a perpetual question on the minds of filmmakers: What’s the right gear to use? We’ve been shooting this film since anything video was captured on

The Village.

We have been back from the village, in Kathmandu, for three days. I have dreamed about the village and The Darnals all three nights. We were with them, I mean really with them during our two week village shoot. We ate with them. Went to work and school with them. We unzipped our tents with our toothbrushes in our mouths

The Girl Who Knew Too Much Production Blog

Okay, so this is old news! We have been in Nepal for over two weeks now. I tried to send this post out before we even left home as an introduction—a welcome to this adventure—but for some reason it didn’t work. But here we go. I am going to start you off from the very beginning. More to come very

Arrival: Kathmandu. Check!

Our lovely layover hotel in Seoul-Incheon. Thanks Korean Air!

KAL beef bi bim bap

The Model Release/Consent Form

We have a pretty religious relationship with the model release, or consent forms. The papers, full of legalese, that we stick in front of folks we put on camera, are a treasure for us, even though we’ve never been asked to show them to anyone. We have them translated in Nepali. Many in our files have just fingerprints as the

A Great (and DEEP) Article on Suicide Among Dalits

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/breaking-caste/why-theres-an-alarming-rash-of-suicides-among-dalit-students/article4396677/

The Day We Met Shanta

We knew we were meeting a girl who had people’s attention. They spoke in reverent tones about her intelligence and ‘spark’.

Amy and I loaded up, one with the gear into the back of the tiny car, the other on the back of a motorbike, and wound across Kathmandu–a city seemingly made up entirely of back alleys–to the ancient red-brick

It Occurred To Both Of Us Last Night, Just Before Sleep…

…that not only is this Kickstarter thing a good way to build audience and round up some goodhearted money for your project…

{take a breath}

…but it also is a way to make yourself and your project accountable to a whole bunch of people.

Would you be surprised to learn this was not all that relaxing a thought?