Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Taking a Knee

It is not about the flag. 
It is not about the national anthem. 
It is not about the military. 
It is not about 45.
It is not about sports leagues.It is not about sports, professional or otherwise.

It is about:
#AbdirahmanAbdi
#AiyanaStanleyJones
#AkaiGurley
#AltonSterling
#AlredOlango
#AmadouDiallo
#AnthonyHill
#AntonioMartin
#BruceKellyJr
#CharleyLeundeauKeunang
#CoreyJones
#DanroyDJHenry
#DeborahDanner
#DelrawnSmall
#DontreHamilton
#EdsonDaCosta
#EddieRussellJr
#EricGarner
#EricCourtneyHarris
#EzellFord
#FreddieGray
#JamarClark
#JerameReid
#JeremyMcDole
#JocquesClemmons
#JordanDavis
#JosephMann
#JohnCarwfordIII
#JohnathanFerrell
#JonathanSanders
#KaylaMoore
#KeithLamonScott
#KimaniGray
#KorrynGaines
#LaquanMcDonald
#McKenzieCochran
#MeaganHockaday
#MichaelBrown
#OscarGrant
#RekiaBoyd
#RenishaMcBride
#PaulONeal
#PhilandoCastile
#SamuelDuBose
#SandraBland
#SeanBell
#SylvilleSmith
#TamirRice
#TanishaAnderson
#TerenceCrutcher
#TravaresMGill
#TrayvonMartin
#TonyTerrellRobinsonJr
#WalterScott
#WilliamChapman

At first, I was just researching the names I remembered off the top of my head. Then, as you can see, things snowballed. I took the time to read about each human being. It was emotionally overwhelming. My heart still physically hurts, but I feel like it was important for me to do.

Obviously, this list is not comprehensive. If you want to add a name, please place it in the comments or email me. I will read their story and with a heavy heart, add their name.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sundays Were Made For Football

I grew up in a football household:  My dad coached for years.  My little brother was practically born wearing a Cowboy's jersey; he played in college.  And I'm pretty sure my dad's favorite memory of me in high school was his daughter scoring two touchdowns in Osbourn Park's Powder Puff flag football game. I still remember the giant smile on his face.

I fell in love with football during Super Bowl XXII when Washington's Doug Williams shined like nobody's business. As a little kid, I didn't know how significant that game was. I wasn't aware Williams was the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. I didn't realize he made history in several other ways that day.  I just remember how football made me feel. I was in awe!  After that game, I started cutting football photos from the newspaper and wall-papering my Strawberry Shortcake themed room with Redskin posters. I was hooked!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Whatashort Independent International Film Festival


I've received a handful of emails from women in New Delhi asking about egg freezing and where they can see Chill. Well, guess what?!  I'm proud to share that Chill is heading to India for it's International Premiere at the Whatashort Independent International Film Festival, July 8-9!  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day!

I’m lucky to have crossed paths with so many kick ass women in my life. Thank you to those who have picked me up when I’ve fallen, scraped me off the floor, laughed and cried with me, propelled me forward, supported me, reminded me to rest, inspired me, encouraged and cheered for me, fought with me and have chosen to walk beside me. Most of all, thank you for loving me, flaws and all. You. Are. Amazing. I wouldn’t be who I am without you. I’m grateful to carry a piece of you with me every day. Hugs and lots of love! #InternationalWomensDay

Monday, February 27, 2017

Equinox Women's Film Festival


I'm delighted to share that Chill is an official selection of the Equinox Women's Film Festival, March 10-12, 2017 in Palmer, Alaska!
 
The Equinox Women’s Film Festival is a collection of films showcasing women.  All films selected highlight women's stories and are directed, written or produced by women.  Get a ticket and be sure to be a part of this great event!



Friday, February 10, 2017

Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival

I'm not gonna lie, January was a big month for rejections, but just like in life, I have to remind myself that it's all part of the process. With that said, it was nice to receive a good news email yesterday:  "We would like to congratulate you and your film, Chill, as it is one of the official selected films for this year's festival!"

Yay! Congrats to all the filmmakers!  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Fertility Podcast: Expert Interviews and Real Life Stories

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Natalie from The Fertility Podcast.  She's fantastic!  I'm so encouraged by the work she's doing.  We had a great little chat about egg freezing, Chill and what's next in my life.

My piece of the interview starts at 10:10.  Take a listen and let me know what you think!

Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 Spotlight Documentary Film Awards

I received an exciting email today:

"After reviewing thousands of films this year, our team has compiled a list of the best independent films of 2016.

Congratulations!  We are thrilled to announce your project has been selected as one of the top films of the year, and our jury is honored to have awarded it with a Silver Award."

How cool is that?!  Chill, a Silver Award Winner at the 2016 Spotlight Documentary Film Awards!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

My Irish Guardian Angel

By the end of the yesterday, I was emotionally exhausted and my heart was aching.

My car was parked a few blocks away.  I was hoping the stroll and fresh air would help clear my head.  I noticed a short, white-haired man carrying a camouflage backpack walking ten feet in front of me.

On the other side of the street, there was a group of young guys doing skateboard tricks and hanging out.  The white-haired man said hello as he passed them, glanced back at me and continued moving forward.

As I reached the street corner, he looked back again.  I was about a foot away from the skaters dudes when the white-haired man asked, “You okay?”

“Yes”, I answered.  I was so touched by his kindness that I immediately felt a lump in my throat and my eyes started to burn.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

For Everyone Hearing and Saying "Get Over It"

After 8 years of complete resistance, Thanks Obama hashtags and a ton of bullshit, one day later people are saying, “Get over it.”  Well, guess what?

I’ll get over it when I don’t have to carry my passport to travel domestically to “prove” that I’m a citizen because I don’t fit into someone else’s idea of what an American looks like.

I’ll get over it when people stop believing that they can choose better for my body than I can.

I’ll get over it when I don’t have to worry about getting a phone call that something happened to my little brother because he’s black, walking and wearing a fucking hoodie.

I’ll get over it when my sister doesn’t have to worry if she’ll get the chance to marry the women who’s the love of her life.

I’ll get over it when I stop getting called and these are direct quotes by the way,  “stuck up”, “bitch”, and “racist” because I politely decline a man who walked up to me on the street and asked me out. 

I’ll get over it when I don’t have to stop in a coffee shop and ask for help from the person behind the counter because the guy I said no to feels the need to intimidate and follow me as I walk home.