Friday, December 04, 2009

My. Favorite. Director. Of. All. Time.

Tomorrow, December 5th in London, a retrospective of director Sally Potter's work opens and lasts through December 28th.   I saw the sexy, witty, provocative film Orlando, based on the Virginia Woolf novel, at the Angelika Film Center in New York in 1993 and walked out of the theater shaken and shifted forever.  I never grow tired of watching Orlando, it is hands-down my favorite film.  And Potter's other films do not disappoint.  Ever.
Starting with Thriller's reversal of genre convention (in which the heroine lives), through Orlando's magical gender-blending, to Rage, which brings anti-globalization protests and citizen journalism into fashion, Sally Potter's films change the world in style.  
Orlando (1993), the result of seven years' work including daring location recces in Russia and Kazakhstan, helped launch Tilda Swinton's career and won awards internationally for its handsome looks and dazzling, witty play with gender, class and costume drama.   
Here is a new trailer for Orlando for the remastered film premiering at the retrospective:

And oh, how I would love to visit the new Sally Potter archive of production materials.  Yummy!  

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Animation/After Effects - a Few New Adds

I'm pretty obsessed with Flash and After Effects these days.  My tech partner Pinky-Pink and I recently made a ball squish and bounce with motion tweens and such and Frida Kalho got to smoke her cigarette with bone animation.  When we figure out how to export without weird artifacting I'll post. Take a look at a music video done entirely digitally, using After Effects. Beautiful.
Here's the ongoing debate between film and digital brought to life in stop motion:

Film vs. Digital from Lauren Randolph on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Using Crochet to Solve Complex Math/Save Corral Reefs

Oh, this is blissful.  Australian science writer Margaret Wertheim combines art and science/womanscraft and research to solve complex math and save the world's corral reefs.  I'll sleep well tonight, just knowing Margaret and her sister Christine are out there.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Photo Op Protest of Pub Weekly Zero Inclusion of Women in 2009 Top Ten List

Rupert thinks A.S. Byatt is brilliant.

Jillie grooves on Barbara Kingsolver.

Kathleenie extols Carol Kaisuk Yoon.

Day of Action! - Protest Publishers Weekly's Zero Woman Author Top Ten List posts a call to action today to protest Publishers Weekly's inclusion of zero point zero, zero women authors in their Top Ten Books for 2009.  Please take your own action and be sure to talk back to

My action was a protest post on the Publishers Weekly website:

"No women in your top ten?! Please consider, what does this say about your ability to actually see, hear, or read other perspectives? No wonder there are such class, culture and gender divides in our world today. So much of the population simply gets ignored - systematically and in this case completely. You do not see their story as valid. This is tremendously damaging.

I urgently ask you to explore ways to think more deeply and creatively about this. I recommend watching a beautiful talk "The Danger of a Single Story" by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie.

It may help you understand why the outrage at your list. I look forward to the dialogue. Paulette"

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Today's Webinar on NGOs Using Video for Social Change

Wow. That was intense. Today I spoke into my computer screen for one hour about how NGOs can create powerful video. I was a little more nervous about it beforehand - I've not done a webinar before and I do best with the energy of a crowd. But I think this first one with went fine and it did help me define and articulate how NGOs and video intersect.

Click here for the audio podcast of today's webinar.

Click here for the description of the podcast.

Below is my powerpoint (actually keynote). Does anyone know how to import this more elegantly into blogger?

Here's the description of the event:

Online video is a powerful medium for communicating about your issues. However, organizations need to overcome a few hurdles to get started and continue online video projects on a regular basis. You don't need a large budget to start, but you do need to get the basics right to create effective online videos.

Paulette Moore, Filmmaker, Journalist & NGO Consultant, will talk about how your organization can get started with video. She will talk about the tools you need, training required for staff and different types of video content you can produce.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Imogen Heap - Techno Diva

Take a look at Imogen Heap’s mastery of the digital. Poetic. Fascinating. Beautiful.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Itbeginswithme Blog Stats

Today I learned how to take computer screen shots - so thought I'd post the weekly viewer stats for the Itbeginswithme blog I created, co-author and administer for UNHCR. These are stats from day one - and views have been increasing steadily. Yay! (Bet you can pick out the weekends.. and August.)

This past week - my re-post of friend, colleague and restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr's reflections on "The Colonizing Discourse of the Other" took the lead in viewer popularity. Click here for that post.

And click here for Howard's blog on restorative justice.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Rapping at Fear - Mixed Media

Like how the young filmmaker in this Media that Matters film from Bogata mixed animation and other methods to keep this short film moving.

Nov. 12 - Webinar for on Video for NGO's

Online video is a powerful medium for communicating about your issues. However, organizations need to overcome a few hurdles to get started and continue online video projects on a regular basis. You don't need a large budget to get started, but you do need to get the basics right to create effective online videos.

Paulette Moore, Filmmaker, Journalist & NGO Consultant, will talk about how your organization can get started with video. She will talk about the tools you need, training required for staff and different types of video content you can produce.

This meeting will take place online and by phone. It costs $15 for staff of OneWorld partner organizations and costs $30 for others. For more information, email roshani.kothari[at]

Click here for link to oneworld.

Midsemester Feedback from Research as Art and Transformation Class

Howard Zehr and I asked for mid-semester feedback in our Center for Justice and Peacebuilding Research as Art and Transformation class yesterday. Two students Brian Gumm and Ryan Beuthin were extremely creative in their response! Yay!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Oh, Jay Smooth

Would that we could all think... and speak... so clearly.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jeff Scher - Filmmaker/Animator, NYTimes Opinion Page

Speaking of Animation - this guy is lovely.

Click here for a profile in the Motionographer blog. Love that he talks about the money side of things.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

First Stop Animation Ever

Working on stop animation - to teach next semester. Here is a movie the wonderful Patience Kamau and I put together this afternoon to play with the technology and concepts.

Friday, October 09, 2009

The Playful Search for Beauty

The ceramics designer Eva Zeisel looks back on a 75-year career. What keeps her work as fresh today (her latest line debuted in 2008) as in 1926? Her sense of play and beauty, and her drive for adventure.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

This Guy Cracks Me Up

I'm new to Craig Ferguson - so we are still in the honeymoon phase. His reaction to the David Letterman scandal...

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert on Creative Process

I'm trying to figure out why I didn't like the book "Eat. Pray. Love." This TED talk by author Elizabeth Gilbert about the creative process is amazing, authentic. I am going to give the book another try!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

F.O.P. Series - Annabelle Hester on Interviewing

Director, producer Annabelle Hester talks about responsibility to characters, audience and client.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

F.O.P. Series Ken Crawford on Interviewing

Ken Crawford, Producer and Director at the Newseum in Washington, DC. discusses the art and craft of interviewing.

Crawford Directed and Produced Running Toward Danger - a film about the journalists who covered 9/11 and The Pulitzer Photographs: A Glimpse of Life. - a series of films about Pulitzer Prize winning photographers.

Click here to view clips of the films from the Newseum website.

F.O.P. Series Christina Bavetta on Interviewing

Christina Bavetta, independent Director and Producer of non-fiction television, discusses the art and craft of interviewing on her Discovery Channel show about the 9-11 flight which crashed in Pennsylvania. The program is titled "The Flight that Fought Back".

Click here for the link to the program's website:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Morning Pages 8.19.09

Written in Nairobi, Kenya - Summer 2009. Filmed in Harrisonburg, VA.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Morning Pages

A new Harrisonburg home in the Shenandoah Valley... the place where I began to keep morning pages as a means of discernment around life and work. This morning, I was compelled to add video to morning pages.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

IRIN Launches Films about Internal Displacement

The Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) (a humanitarian news and analysis service) recently launched “Forced to Flee” – a series of short films about internal displacement.

Around the world tens of millions of people have been forced to leave their homes. Some have been driven out by conflict, some by natural disaster. Some have been displaced in the name of development, others by climate change.

Click here to view the films.

[Photo © IRIN: A displaced (IDP) family in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh]

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Participatory Media Proves Powerful Tool in Aftermath of Kenyan Violence

Media workshops and public screenings are proving powerful tools for dialogue and integration in Kenya. The country erupted in violence over the disputed election results of December 2007 when ruling president Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga. The human and economic toll of the violence has been catastrophic for Kenyans.

Media Focus on Africa Foundation and FilmAid International will hold a 9-month series of media awareness campaigns and public workshops across Kenya to heal what remains of the animosity, uncover true reasons for the violence, and ensure the devastation does not happen again.

In this video Oceanic Oballa of Media Focus on Africa, Steve Otieno of FilmAid International and Likoni Community Leader Mishi Juma Mboko talk about the power and challenges of participatory media.

In this video, the FilmAid International team from Nairobi sets up a screening in the town of Likoni, near the coastal city of Mombasa, one of the more violent regions during 2007 violence. With their mobile advertising and huge, inflatable movie screen, the team attracted a crowd of hundreds to the town square to watch a video about a dialogue between victims and perpetrators of the violence.

Click here for FilmAid International's website

Click here for Media Focus on Africa's Website

FilmAid's Participatory Video Program in Kenyan Refugee Camp

FilmAid International is pushing the edges on what they call participatory video; involving community in producing dramatic films, talk shows, instructional videos and documentaries for social change.

In these videos...

Kakuma Refugee Camp Program Director Christopher Agutu gives an overview of the PV student program at the Kenyan camp:

Kakuma refugee students Stella Luka from Sudan and Mark Oloya from Sudan talk of their experiences as budding filmmakers with FilmAid:

Kakuma facilitators Catherine Anyango Ofwono of Uganda and Scisa Rumenge from Congo talk of the challenges and rewards of organizing the PV program:

Jimmy Carter Rails Against Religion-Based Discrimination

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter rails against the damage religion-based discrimination against women and girls does to all of society.

Read the full text in Australia's The Age by clicking here.

"The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family." - Jimmy Carter

Saturday, July 18, 2009

81-year-old French Filmmaker Still Working Strong

Filmmaker Agnes Varda's reputation keeps growing with age. :) A new movie called Beaches of Agnes explores Varda's life.

From NPR: "smart, touching, sometimes unabashedly silly, as when Varda dresses up as a potato. She sifts through the diverse elements of her life, from her birth in Brussels in 1928 through the self-inventing moment when she changed her name from Arlette to Agnes to her present day status as an octogenarian grandmother and cinematic icon."

Click here for the NPR story and audio.

Monday, January 19, 2009

FilmAid - Production Company Partners with UNHCR

"Films are powerful and evocative tool for fostering understanding and tolerance in the world." - Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate

From FilmAid's website:

FilmAid International uses the power of film and video to reach the world’s most vulnerable communities with messages that inspire them, address their critical shared needs, and effect social change.

FilmAid has been embraced by many leading humanitarian organizations due to unwavering commitment to its core principles:

FilmAid works with local advisory committees to ensure that the content used in its programs is appropriate and relevant for the intended audience. These Advisory Committees represent a cross-section of the local population and engage the rarely heard voices of women and youth.

FilmAid collaborates with local communities in program design, implementation and evaluation.

FilmAid partners with humanitarian experts, physicians and nongovernmental organizations in the field.

FilmAid performs ongoing evaluations to measure results and identify possible program improvements.


Good Thoughts

If you want to become whole,let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight,let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full,let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn,let yourself die. If you want to be given everything,give everything up.- Tao Te Ching

Picture: Artist and Naturalist Andy Goldsworthy

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Howard Zehr on Contemplative Photography

Professor, advisor, and restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr talks about contemplative photography, its meditative approach to life and subject and how that approach can change our predatory relationship to the greater world.

"When I have the camera, I see things in the world that I would miss otherwise." - Howard Zehr

Listen to his interview at:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Yorker Article about UNHCR in Chad

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Right to Self Defence is Not a Strategy for Peace

by Lisa Schirch

Washington, DC - From an Israeli perspective, the cost in international outrage and Palestinian civilian lives of the current attacks on Gaza is worth the price of crushing Hamas’s firepower. The goal is seductive, and Israel will likely succeed in slowing the development of rockets by Hamas in the short term. But just like Israel’s siege of Lebanon in 2006, the Israeli “shock and awe” military strategy in Gaza will not undermine Hamas’s leadership or bring long term security.

Both Israel and Gaza have a right to defend themselves. But there is a difference between a right to defence and an effective strategy for ending the attacks and ongoing violence.

The key ingredients of Hamas’s rockets are not metal casings and bags of explosives brought through tunnels from Egypt, and then built and launched from Gazan garages.

Blasting Gazan infrastructure and killing members of Hamas do nothing to destroy the motivation that compels a young Palestinian boy to pick up a rock or strap explosives to his body.

The real recipe for Hamas’s rockets is an environment of desperation and humiliation spawned by a complicated brew of poverty and political impotence.

Gaza is a prison with 45% unemployment, the highest in the world according to the United Nations. Half the population is under 18 and a third of the population lives in refugee camps. Palestinians have little land and few rights. This fuel of despair and humiliation gives rise to new generations of extremists and an ambition for more sophisticated rockets.

The siege of Gaza could consolidate extremist leadership in the Palestinian territories in the same way Israel’s 2006 attacks on Lebanon strengthened Hizbullah. The attacks undermine the development of moderate leadership in Gaza and the West Bank as moderate leaders look impotent to their people in the face of Israel’s attacks.

Since only moderate leaders in Gaza are willing to look at a future of coexistence with Israel, one wonders with whom Israel expects to negotiate in the future. Israel’s military strategy will make security that much more difficult to achieve.

The same is also true for the prospects of more moderate leadership in Israel.

Hamas’s attacks make it more difficult for moderate Israeli politicians to negotiate for peace. Hamas’s rocket attacks ensure that Palestinians will remain isolated and cut off from international support.

The rockets prolong the Palestinian wait for a homeland and for their legitimate human rights.

Achieving both Israel’s goal of security and Hamas’s goals of land and human rights for Palestinians requires a better, smarter strategy. The recipe for peace and security comes not from one-sided plans. Rather, it requires equal attention and empathy from both sides.

The strategy starts with a new, more inclusive narrative of cause and effect. The predominant Israeli narrative vis-a-vis the current attack on Gaza starts with the inexcusable shower of Hamas rockets on Israeli homes and schools and resonates with a history of more than 2000 years of discrimination and fear. The predominant Palestinian narrative centres on the devastating loss of their land, homes and businesses to others, causing many to become refugees crowded into small, barren enclaves.

An effective strategy must acknowledge legitimate grievances present in the narratives on both sides. Both Palestinians and Israelis have a historical legacy in the region.

Both know what it is like to be a people without a land and share the passion to retain what they see as their land. Both feel victimised by the other.

A smarter strategy would be for Hamas to recognise Israel’s right to existence and safety and for Israel to recognise and address the economic and political fuel of desperation among Palestinians. Palestinians need a state, freedom of movement and international assistance to create jobs.

Public opinion polls show there are plenty of people on both sides who support these steps. It’s time the United States and the international community stood behind Israeli and Palestinian moderates, rather than allowing themselves to be distracted by the militants on both sides who search for an elusive military solution to this political and economic problem.


* Lisa Schirch is professor of peace-building at Eastern Mennonite University and director of the 3D Security Initiative. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).

UNHCR - a Community Based Approach to People of Concern

Here is a link outlining UNHCR's change of approach to the people that they serve. The change looks at people of concern not as dependent beneficiaries who are to be saved and assisted, but rather as equal partners who have an active role in protecting themselves and organizing for their own basic needs. The document states the need for an attitudinal change within the organiztion. This is useful to me as I begin working with UNHCR's Community Development section.

Monday, January 12, 2009

VBlog #2 - Paulette Goes to Switzerland

It is two days before I begin my work at UNHCR and today I left Annemasse, France where I live to explore Geneve where I will work. This is my first attempt at Flip video AND IMovie - so please give me lots of leeway for this rough product! It will improve!

ABCs and SATs: College Life as a Single Mom

Michelle Vilandry is a single mom to 5-year-old daughter Julie and a full time sociology student at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. This film, which covers one day in November 2008, follows Michelle and Julie's challenges, rewards, philosophies, joys, dreams, logistics, banalities, art, and relationships. Made in collaboration with Dr. Amy Sarch Schopick, Director of Women's Studies at Shenandoah University.

15 minutes

ABCs and SATs: College Life as a Single Mom from Paulette Moore on Vimeo.

Pillars of Justice - documentary

Shenandoah University filmmaker and Eastern Mennonite University grad student Paulette Moore teams up with Winchester attorney and EMU grad student Brenda Waugh to explore how architecture in the courthouse aids the pursuit of justice and solving community conflict.

Pillars of Justice from Paulette Moore on Vimeo.