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The Illusionists is a documentary about the commodification of the body and the marketing of unattainable beauty around the world.
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The Wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt

One of my favorite quotes is by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962):

"A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water"

This aptly describes the major events of the past week:

#1 – indieWIRE's "Project of the Week" Pool... and Controversy

I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for showing such tremendous support throughout the weekend. Unfortunately one of our competitors openly cheated – and even bragged about it in numerous Facebook posts! So the editors of indieWIRE ultimately decided to invalidate the poll and to set up a new, more secure voting system. The cheating team was disqualified and we will have a chance to run again for the title of indieWIRE Project of the Week (date TBA).

You can read all about the indieWIRE saga here: http://theillusionists.org/?p=1924

#2 – Shaping Youth interview

Earlier this week, I was interviewed by Amy Jussel of Shaping Youth, a non-profit consortium dealing with media and marketing's impact on kids. Their mission is to "shift negative influences of pop culture to a healthier worldview for kids by using the power of media for positive change." I've been a longtime fan of Amy's work – and website – so it was a real honor to be featured on her blog.

I found Amy's words really touching:

"Why would I become a backer on Kickstarter of indie film The Illusionists when my own nonprofit remains self-funded? Same reason I used my own personal dollars to sponsor the ShopGirls eco-marathon racecar team of teens and She’s Geeky…passion for these particular projects to take hold with unbridled enthusiasm for a massive media mindshift and a sea change for us all."

You can read the full interview here: http://www.shapingyouth.org/?p=15990

#3 – indieWIRE "Women & Hollywood" Guest Post

Another reason to be grateful: today I am featured on indieWIRE's blog Women & Hollywood, with the guest post: "Things You Should Know: 5 Lessons for Young Female Directors." I talk extensively about the development of The Illusionists, so you may be interested in checking it out:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/archives/guest_post_things_you_should_know_5_lessons_for_young_female_directors_by_e/

cheers,

Elena