Live Through This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors. Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 21, 2013.
Live Through This: San Francisco Edition
I spent the entirety of last week working on LTT in San Francisco. It was quite the test run, I have to say. I met 19 amazing humans with equally amazing stories. We met in coffee shops, bakeries, in the sunlight outside a Vietnamese sandwich shop, in Dolores Park (I got half a sunburn). I worked with Wendi Koble of Swoon Films for two days. I even traveled to Oakland and Berkeley. I streamlined my process, learned more about my limits and the importance of self-care, and experimented with a tiny ethnographic-esque survey (thanks to my friends at the Neurocognition of Language Lab at Columbia University's Teachers College).
In the evenings, I drank bloody Marys, spent too much money in bookstores, and drooled on things at Amoeba. The Meet & Greet was a pretty wonderful experience, too. It was the perfect mix of old friends and new friends. My only regret is that I didn't get to have longer conversations with everyone, which was a running theme for the week. On the last day, I rested. At the beach. And it was good. Except for the part where we happened upon a pair of geese who were distressed because one of their goslings had gotten swept away by the water. By the time I realized the nature of their calls and made a rescue attempt, the gosling was no longer with us. I'm still sad about this.
I can't wait to start sharing these stories with you. For now, here are snaps of two of the aforementioned amazing humans, Rose and Rochelle.
The next few weeks will be a whirlwind of organization (I collected ~30 hours of footage in San Francisco), my 30th birthday celebration (I get to drag my mom around NYC!), the wedding of one of my best friends, travel, and maybe, eventually, a nap. I'm thinking I'll keep the next stop for LTT relatively close to home: a quick trip to DC in June, maybe.
Just a couple of press updates before I shut my trap:
1. David Crary of the Associated Press wrote an amazing piece about suicide attempt survivors and how we can be quite the resource when it comes to suicide prevention: Suicide Survivors Help to Shape Prevention Efforts.
2. HuffPost Live contacted me yesterday to pose a question to Mariel Hemingway (Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter) re: her film, "Running from Crazy," about her family's history with mental illness & suicide. My question and her answer run from about 16:25-18:30: Mariel Hemingway's 'Running from Crazy.'
3. A couple of weeks ago, I met up with Sahar Sarshar to film a segment for ZirZameen, a Persian and English series about underground artists and activists. I even got to help with filming some of the b-roll! Take a look.
As always, thank you for your support. I'm so grateful. Words fail me. I hope you're all well, especially in light of recent events.