COUNCILWOMAN is screening around the country (finally!). Do you need some inspiration? Hop on over to the film web site to find a screening or host your own.
THE PHILADELPHIA ELEVEN
We are still tallying the results of the snail mail request for archival materials and funds for the Philadelphia Eleven film project. There is so much enthusiasm! It keeps me going.
The stories I am hearing are stunning:
The Episcopal Church approved of women's ordination officially in 1976. But it doesn't seem to be the end of the journey. Perhaps that was the beginning. I've heard all kinds of things in recent weeks. Here are just a couple.
"Well, I'll tell you~ I still don't like women priests....but you're ok. You're not too much of a woman...."
"I've always thought you'd make a wonderful clergy wife!"
What I'm thinking about
The big question on my mind these days is this: Where does my work come into alignment with others?
I am trying out a new ritual. Each month I will post something about what I'm working on. It's a behind-the-scenes of independent media work; and a little bit of a muse on what I've been thinking about.
I've decided to mail a traditional letter solicitation to a list of 1,500 for my most recent project in development about the women priests who were ordained in 1974. In this digital age of high stakes online crowdfunding, is this still a viable option? I will be stuffing envelopes all week. The physical nature of this work is fulfilling in some old-school way.
COUNCILWOMAN will launch with a community screening in NYC on November 13th. Get free tickets here if you are in the area. Or share with a group based in New York City that would connect with the film.
The Master Class on COUNCILWOMAN's lessons learned is coming soon! After seven years, the stumbles are as valuable as the successes. They range from lessons from the field (what to shoot, when to shoot, best use of grant funds); to fundraising (how to put together a trailer for fundraising); to the edit (when is your film done?); to the rollout (how do you reach your audience?). Do you know of a group of aspiring filmmakers who would like to be the first group?
What I'm thinking about.
A vision and a goal are so important. The mundane of the everyday needs a larger purpose. I think about this for myself and for my children. As I reflect on both I realize how intertwined my goals are with theirs. How do they build on each other? How can career goals and parenting goals be one vision? What is the shared vision that guides our family?