About this project
I came to Twitter reluctantly. My cousin Candice Staples pushed me saying "this is really made for you." So tentatively I gave it a try but still I found it hard to get a feel for it. Then like so many people "life" happens and you seek some solace and understanding. I found that if I sent out a certain signal on Twitter others soon came, followers and those I could follow. They had daily messages of hope, understanding and love that had a tremendous impact on me and changed my outlook on life. So, I began to wonder who are these people, what's their deal? They weren't selling anything, they weren't asking for anything, they were giving of themselves out into cyberspace.
So we all know the horror stories about the internet but we know much less about the positive, the good. I decided to find out more. And I decided on three people, whom I follow, to highlight, Positive Kristen, Dhamma Girl and Andre Lima, as well as one follower for each of them. So why these three?
I started following PositiveKristen because well she's positive! I mean her mission is to harness the "power of positivity." And as she says "You are creating your life EVERY day, with every thought, with every action, and you CAN change it at any time." Kristen and her family have changed their lives through fitness, nutrition and the power of positive thoughts. Her tweets came into my life at a time when I was beginning to see that it really is about perception, everyday, every interaction. You are the director of your life. And I would say this thinking directly brought me to attempt this project!
I started following Dhamma Girl because well, she's a female Buddhist, New Yorker and kidney donor, need I say more. I loved her accessible Buddhism and her walking the talk when it came to organ donation. She says about herself
"Twitter is the resource I use to connect with the world, sharing mindful thoughts and insights. I seek the Positives in life's experiences, hoping to inspire others to seek the same within themselves."
I started following Andre Lima because of his original quotes. They sustained me, encouraged me and spoke to me. He says about why he tweets, "I started tweeting because I didn't know what to do! Really, I had a cathartic moment where I realized that my mission in life was about spirituality. But I didn't know how to fulfill that mission. So, I started just writing these messages that would pop up in my mind."
What this documentary will do is go deeper and find out more about who they were, are and hope to be. We all have a deeper motivation for the things we do and we'll find out what that is and we will meet followers and find out how these tweets may have saved lives, changed hearts and minds, or even changed the course of someone's life, like mine.
Risks and challenges
This project is going to be lean and kind. It will be me and another shooter and likely a combo lighting/sound person. We will have to travel around the United States and internationally. Andre is in Portugal and while Kristen and Dhamma Girl are both on the East Coast of the Unites States, I don't know yet which of their followers we will visit, they could also be internationally based. Coordination and preparation will be key, and I have those skills, in a previous life I organization national trainings for attorneys and those skills transfer. By the way, I am an attorney so I am mindful of insurance, permits, legal clearance etc.
I have shot on almost zero budget a sizzle reel for a reality show that was pitched nationally. I story boarded it, oversaw graphics, and worked in conjunction with an international production company to pitch the show.
The biggest challenge will be the interviews, allowing my subjects to be comfortable enough to share who they really are with the camera. This is something I believe I am uniquely qualified to do. My experience as an
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anchor and reporter has taught me to understand how to approach people at very difficult times in their lives. I also have experience working with people who have endured trauma. As an attorney I worked exclusively with victims of domestic violence, representing them in divorce and custody proceedings. I believe my skills as an empathetic listener and insightful questioner will yield honest, true and compelling conversations.
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