Thursday, August 29, 2013

Men and Women Working Together to Highlight a Forgotten Female Icon of Cinema

Alice Guy-Blaché  One of Cinema's first directors, and the first female director...yet few of heard of her.

Now a team has gathered, including Robert Redford, to tell this story of this icon, and help to inspire man and woman in cinema and the world. 

Some quick points to catch you up to speed (from Wikipedia):

  • Alice Guy-Blaché is the first female film maker and is responsible for creating one of the first narrative films in 1896.[8] 
  • Guy’s career of 24 years of directing, writing and producing films is the longest career of any of the cinema pioneers.[9] 
  • From 1896 to 1920, Guy directed over 400 films, 22 of which are feature-length films.
  • Guy was and still is the only woman to ever manage and own her own studio, The Solax Company.

Despite these accomplishments, she is rarely, if ever, mentioned among her peers in the history of cinema, and most professionals in the industry are completely unaware of her work. Few of her films survive in an easily viewable format (primarily those involving Charlie Chaplin), although preservation and recovery efforts are ongoing by the PIC Agency.[10]"   (As taken from her wikipedia page).

That is going to change! Since the start of this project over 100 of her films have been recovered!Check out the video HERE.

Upworthy as seen on Facebook,did a great job helping to promote the project and get it funded. 

Upworthy subscribers ended up contributing over 80,000 dollars of the $200,000 Kickstarter goal that was surpassed. 

As the funding film states: "Alice was written out of film history but we now realize, to tell her story is to tell the history of Film."

Click HERE to watch the video and for more information on how to contribute.

Thanks for reading and helping to share Alice's story and legacy with the world. 

by Andrea Dolbec

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to School! Children and Spirituality

It's back to school time, and while you need to get a handle of all the tangible items like notebooks and pencils, what about the intangible framework, like self esteem and spirituality that will enable your child to thrive?

Here is a list of 3 sites, with a sample of what they have to offer, that can serve as resources for you while you help your child to grow into his or her own best self. 

Number 1.

This website is super professional, child friendly and chocked full with amazing lessons for everyone. 

Number 2.

This site contains an article from the popular magazine Parenting, that has many useful rituals and ideas for the family to follow together, see below:

Create a family mission statement
Many  spiritual traditions provide a framework of values or principles to  follow. Try creating something similar for your family. "Even kids as  young as three or four understand something like 'Our family believes in  kindness, helping other people, caring for pets, and reaching out to  people who are alone,'?" says Doe. You can get formal and post your  mission statement in your kitchen, or simply use it when you're making  choices about how to spend your time or resolve conflicts.
Number 3.

Spirituality and Practice,  has some very imaginative ways to instill values rather than command orders. 

See below:

When doing chores, such as picking up toys or putting away the dishes, imagine that you are returning these things to their homes where they will be more comfortable. Reframing chores in this way teaches reverence for your surroundings, kindness, and nurturing.

We hope you enjoy these resources and if you know any other wonderful sites in this area please let us know! Be sure to share these resources with your friends. 

Andrea Dolbec

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Party for a Purpose

September 15, 2013
Los Angeles

Guest Writer
Andrea Dolbec

Last year, on a literal "Yes, Man," whim I attended LoveStock. That night forever rocked my world and opened me to new possibilities and new eyes. First off, the high was unlike anything I ever experienced, and yet there were no obvious drugs or alcohol. There was enticing, exhilarating activities, a sense of openness and freedom, draped in a larger sensibility of love, passion and actually SEEING the person next to you.

You weren't on your cell phones, you were experiencing the magic that is available when others are also open to SEEING you, just the way you are. Everyone was an invitation to the excitement around them. And it was FREE. Not only that- it was a "party for a purpose." Continuing the tradition this year, the proceeds (from donations) will go the Just Like My Child foundation, that empowers girls and women in Africa, by way of micro-enterprise, healthcare, education, and more.

Kute explains it best, below is taken from his site:

"LoveStock is a party with a purpose. An invitation to co-create the most amazing experience of your entire life as living art in collaboration with others. It's not just another event, festival, party or place. It's an experience, a state of being. An opportunity to be free. To express yourself. To try something new. To mix it up a bit. To love BIG.
It is a participatory experience where you get to create the magic. You will be loved, nourished, blessed, healed, surprised, delighted and made a new. In ancient times people would gather to celebrate with each other and let go. LoveStock is a Purification of your being whilst having the most ecstatic experience of your life. You will not leave the same person you came.
Love is the very essence of who and what we are. It is the most powerful force on the planet. The message of all major religions, agreed on one central theme. It isn’t God, heaven, karma, or the afterlife, but LOVE. No matter how big or complex the philosophies they all came down to this one essential. It is time to move beyond the books, to stop simply worshiping the great ones that came before us and to start living and being what we are, LOVE itself. Not tomorrow, or next year, but right NOW.
LoveStock is an invitation to live the love that you are.
We invite you to LoveStock where you ARE the experience.
Are you ready? "

Sign Up for your free tix! Must make a reservation!

~Your experience awaits you~

Friday, August 2, 2013

Foodie Fridays


Warning- not for the easily offended- thug kitchen offers extraordinary healthy and yummy recipes, and doles them out with inspiration dripping with explicative. Pure marketing genius with over 344,000 likes on their Facebook page.

Sample shots of Thug Kitchen's food ideas:

So many yummy vegetarian dishes are displayed on their blog and FB page, a snapshot from their website explains:
"are you vegan?"

Well there you go- anymore questions?

Thug Kitchen is getting ready to launch their cook book, we are so excited to try out some of their cookbook exclusive recipes and once the book is launched we will be sure to share that with you.

Want to know more?

Here is a snapshot of their info on their Facebook page:


To inspire the shit out of some mother fuckers to eat better and have a healthier lifestyle.
Verbally abusing everyone into a healthier diet.

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-by Andrea Dolbec