Wordless Wednesday: Fund the Kind of Movie You'd Like to Watch

Traces of Sandalwood: the kind of movie I want to watch so I supported it on Indiegogo.

Muna is a 13-year-old orphan Indian girl who works as a domestic servant for a rich family in Mumbai. Not a single day goes by without her thinking of her younger sister, Sita, from whom she was forced to separate one day, and dreaming about finding her. Muna will end up becoming a Bollywood star and marrying the oldest son of the family she worked for. As a famous actress in her 40s, she will finally meet her sister again, in Barcelona. But Sita’s adoptive parents have erased all her past tracks. She is now called Paula, she is 35 and works in the Center of Regenerative Medicine as a biologist doing cells research. Paula will take a long journey to discover who she really is, with the help of a handsome Indian immigrant selling Bollywood films in a dvd store in downtown Barcelona. Muna and Sita/Paula will meet many years later, having crossed borders and cultures, far beyond a common past. Muna could be seen as a modern Cinderella in India, reaching the summit of Bollywood from poverty and reunited with her ??younger sister in a totally different culture.

The script has been written by Anna Soler-Pont, with Coral Cruz as script editor.

Traces of Sandalwood Indiegogo campaignCheck out the project on Facebook.


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Scribehead: The Next Big Thing in Social Media

To take a break from writing, I’ve been exploring other ways of telling stories. Film has been a wonderful outlet for me to get away from the words on the page and into the visceral quality of an image. As the law of serendipity would have it, the more short films I make, the more film seems to circle around me.

This week I caught up with Clay Sharman, the brain behind Scribehead, a product he first “imagined” on a napkin while flying back from Hollywood. His interaction with the entertainment industry helped him to identify the giant gap in the entertainment market that Scribehead is built to address, fill and ultimately eliminate through a combination of social media and web technologies facilitated by an automated tool that doesn’t exist in the entertainment world today.

Let’s find out more about how Scribehead can help aspiring filmmakers.

Can you describe Scribehead?

Scribehead is an entertainment web-portal that matches aspiring talent to entertainment professionals by finding common ground in the content. It’s what we imagine would occur if Facebook and LinkedIn were introduced through eHarmony with the intent of actually accomplishing something.  Scribehead is the first platform-based web-community of its kind and is built to grow as the user community grows. And we aren’t stopping there either…our thirty-month “roadmap” after launch will take Scribehead to even greater heights, making it the most engaging and interactive user community on the planet!

Who is it for?

Scribehead is for anyone who ever dreamt of writing, or acting, or performing on stage but can’t get past “No” and has no idea how to move forward. It’s for the writer, or musician, or actor in Iowa or some other place in the middle with no way to go to New York or LA and pound on doors in person. And, it’s for the frustrated professionals who are tired of endless pitches, knowing that maybe 1 out of 100 is worth anything. Basically, Scribehead is for anyone with a dream of entertaining others for a living. Just imagine if we could shift the current model even 1% in favor of new talent discovery…that would completely change the entertainment paradigm and essentially double today’s entertainment numbers based on current success estimates of 1% across all areas of entertainment (movies/TV, music and literature).

What are benefits of this platform?

Members spend more time creating new concepts and less time “pitching” because of our automated features. Industry professionals are only pitched ideas that meet their specific search needs. Connections can be made instantaneously through the system. No more issues with postage or long waits to find out if there is interest.

What’s Next?

Go to our Indiegogo campaign and see how we are creating a tool focused exclusively on getting you discovered!

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Wordless Wednesday: Vashti the Early Feminist

I love supporting fellow creatives. This week I’m delighted to host the Vashti project which is the collaboration of musician David Homan and choreographer Ariel Grossman/Ariel Rivka Dance. Not only are they young twenty-somethings-turning-thirty, David grew up in my hometown of Gainesville, Fl and is now producing performances in the Big Apple. Can’t get much more legit than that!

Here’s a video clip from the rehearsal of their upcoming production of Vashti,the story of a woman of courage, asked to dance for a king. If you’re in the New York City area, you can get tickets at the link below. If you love dance and want to support independent artists, you can donate to their Indiegogo campaign to help fund the show.

Rebellion and Rebirth–Ariel Rivka Dance and Riedel Dance Theatre Present an evening of dance with live music.

Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre: March 7-9, 2013 at 7:30pm

Tickets $25/15

“Vashti” a collaboration between composer David Homan and choreographer Ariel Grossman/Ariel Rivka Dance interprets the Biblical story of Purim through the lens of feminism and women’s empowerment. Set in Persia, before the rise of Queen Esther who helped save the Jews from the wrath of Haman, Vashti reigned as Queen of Shushan. Who was she? How did she come to have such power? Was it only because of her beauty?

A myriad of interpretations exist–Vashti as a complex, strong and brave woman, or a vain, wicked and disobedient wife. Requested to dance naked for the King and his drunk friends, Vashti must make a choice; to lose everything, possibly her life or to shed her dignity. Exploring her origins and the women surrounding her, “Vashti” shows us all how to best preserve our sense of self when presented with the ultimate choice. With modern choreography that springs from a strong balletic core this work involves five dancers and live music featuring violin, cello, guitar and piano.

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