Breakfast at Tiffany's: Summer Newsletter 2014


Dear Friends,

Feeling quite nostalgic as both of our girls, Odessa and Blooma, just graduated (one from 5th Grade and one from preschool). I know they're still young, but I'm still thinking about those lines from Fiddler on the Roof, "Sunrise, sunset, Is this the little girl I carried? I don't remember growing older, When did they?" A lot of emotions flowing. For Odessa's graduation in Mill Valley, my friend and fellow mom Devon Rothwell and I remade the 1970 music video of the Billboard hit song "Mill Valley," that was pretty much the soundtrack to my childhood. Weaving together footage of 1970 and 2014 5th graders reminded me of all the beautiful things that don't change in this fast paced world. You can watch the 3min Mill Valley redux film below.  

In between these big moments, I'm enjoying having my hands dirty in the garden and my head deep in scriptwriting.  Ken and I are giving a talk on collaborating on films, the importance of unplugging for family and creativity and making art in the cloud for The Commonwealth’s Club Marin Conversations on July 9.

This newsletter includes: events, books, apps, conferences, funding opportunities and films that good people are creating that I think you'll find interesting.

Looking forward to ripe thoughts & fruit and wading in the water.



*Table of contents*

Mill Valley Redux

Apps & Websites:

Events to Experience:
Summer Outdoor Movie Nights
Camp Grounded
Aspen Ideas Festival
Commonwealth Club Marin Conversation Talk
Porchlight Storytelling
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Local Women Write Series
Future of Storytelling
Power to the Pixel: London Workshop
17th United Nations Association Film Festival
Character Education for a Challenging Century
Napa Valley Film Festival
IdeaFestival 2014

Film Funding:
Chicken & Egg Pictures 2014 Open Call

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Code Documentary: Debugging the Gender Gap
Yummy Things to Buy

Meanwhile in San Francisco
Women in Clothes
The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life

Mill Valley Redux, 3 min.
Rita Abrams wrote an amazing song in 1970 called "Mill Valley."  Big love for Odessa, her class, and teachers who inspired us to remake it and her stupendous public school Park School Elementary!  -t

Rita Abrams Mill Valley Redux



This app will blow your mind. It allows you to film in 3 dimensions with your iPhone and play back where you're able to see the 3D environment you filmed. it's hard to explain, but check it out and see how amazing it is. Full disclosure: Ken and I are on the advisory board...because it did blow our minds.  It's Vine on steroids. -t

from the website:
"Fyuse is a "spatial photography" app which lets users capture and share interactive representations of the world. Why squeeze a complex world into a tiny square frame? Instead, Fyuse lets you capture dynamic panoramas, immersive selfies, and full 360 views of the things that matter to you. Fyuse lets you capture spatial photographs, has its own personal gallery and social network, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and standalone web integration."

To learn more and download the app, visit the fyuse website


Vroom lets you know how to light up 500,000 neurons in your young child's brain. This is a wonderful resource for anyone with small children. -t

from the website:
"New science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up - it’s their brains. In these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in all the things we say and do. We can’t see it happening, but it’s all there, all at work. That’s why Vroom is here. Vroom turns shared moments into brain-building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds."

for more details, visit the Vroom website

Events to Experience

Science of Character @ NightLife at the Academy of Sciences | July 2014 | San Francisco, California

Science of Character

Love that The Academy of Sciences wants to show our film "The Science of Character" for Pride NightLife this Thursday. Co-writer and Producer Sawyer Steele will be there doing the Q & A -t

from the website: 
"You better work! This week, get into the groove with NightLife’s annual salute to SF Pride. At 8:30 & 9:00 pm embrace and learn about the science of being YOU—how you think, feel, communicate and create—during a special screening of The Science of Character, followed by a Q&A. NightLife takes place Thursday nights (6-10pm) at the California Academy of Sciences. Music, Creatures and Cocktails. 21+"

when: June 26, 2014
where: NightLife at the Academy of Sciences
for a calendar of screenings, visit the Nightlife Event page.

Free Outdoor Movie Nights | Summer 2014 | Bay Area, California

Outdoor Movie Night
One of my favorite things about summer. -t

from the website: 
"The days are getting longer and bedtime is getting later, so if you’re looking for some after sunset entertainment, an outdoor flick just might do the trick. Grab your blankets and your picnic dinners and head to one of these Bay Area parks for some summertime cinema under the stars (or the fog). Full of scenic backdrops for the big screen, these family friendly outings offer a number of kids movies, and you can’t beat the price: free!"

when: Summer 2014
where: Bay Area, California
for a calendar of screenings, visit the Red Tricycle website.

Camp Grounded | Summer 2014 | Anderson Valley, CA

Camp Grounded
I'm all about any opportunity to step away from the screens. I have not been to this, but Levi who runs it is terrific.-t

from the website: 
"Where grown-ups go to unplug, get away and be kids again. Four days of pure unadulterated fun out in the redwoods. Trade in your computer, cell phone, Instagrams, clocks, schedules and work-jargon for an off-the-grid weekend of pure unadulterated fun. We are very excited to return to and host Camp Grounded in Anderson Valley, California, at the historic and iconic, recently restored boy scouts camp of Camp Navarro. We are one of the first groups in history to have public access to these grounds – filled with amazing redwoods, streams and incredible landscape. Join the 250 lucky campers in one of three different sessions this summer."

when: Three Sessions, Summer 2014
where: Anderson Valley, California
for a calendar of screenings, visit the The Digital Detox website.

Aspen Ideas Festival | June 24 - July 3, 2014 | Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Ideas
This is always such a great gathering of minds. Ken will be part of on onstage conversation with fellow roboticist Sebastian Thrun for a discussion titled "Robots with their Heads in the Cloud." -t 

from the website:
"The Aspen Ideas Festival, June 24 – July 3, is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. About Ken and Sebastian's conversation: The next generation of robots will be more social than solitary. Rather than viewing every robot as an isolated system with limited computation and memory, roboticists are now exploring how robots and automation systems can actively exchange information and resources via networks. For example, the Google self-driving car exemplifies the concept of Cloud Robotics and Automation. Building on emerging advances in cloud computing, big data, open-source, and the Internet of Things, this paradigm has potential to significantly increase the capabilities of robots and automation systems."

when: June 24 - July 3
where: Aspen, Colorado
for more details, visit the Aspen Ideas Festival website.

Creativity and the Cloud: A conversation on collaborating and making art with the each other and the internet | July 9, 2014 | Mill Valley, CA

Looking forward to this evening. -t

from the website:
"How can we tap into the creative potential of new technologies without having them consume every moment? Ken and I will explore, through our work with films, robots and art installations, the power of connecting, disconnecting, and the role of love, technology and the cloud in the creative process."

when: July 9, 2014 @ 7pm 
where: The Outdoor Art Club, One West Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley
for more details and ticket information, visit the Commonwealth Club Marin Conversations website.

Porchlight Storytelling 12th Anniversary | July 18, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

Porchlight Storytelling

These are always amazing mashups of emotion, humor and humanity.-t

from the website: 
"For the past eleven years, Porchlight has been San Francisco's premier storytelling series. Each month, co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization. Past storytellers include some of the area's most entertaining school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers."

when: July 9, 2014 @ 7pm 
where: The Verdi Club, San Francisco
for more details and ticket information, visit the Porchlight Storytelling series website.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival | July 24 - Aug 10, 2014 San Francisco, California


Cant' wait for the SFJCC and to see the Susan Sontag doc playing there.- t

from the website: 
"SFJFF is a year-round media arts organization that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Our programs are meant to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about Jewish experiences around the world, and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes."

when: July 24 - Aug 10, 2014
where: San Francisco, CA
for more details, visit the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival website.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts: Local Women Writers Series


This is a wonderful Mill Valley art center highlighting artists and writers. Check out the Local Women Writers Series for this summer. -t

from the website: 
"On Thursday nights in August, the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, located at 616 Throckmorton Ave. in Mill Valley, is presenting its fourth annual “Local Women Writers Series” — featuring readings of new work by acclaimed women writers based in Marin County. The series runs in conjunction with O’Hanlon’s annual "Bay Area Women Artists” exhibit. Already confirmed for this year: Eve Pell (We Owned the Bronx) and Susan Trott (The Flamingo Thief). Other past readers have including Molly Giles, Katy Butler, Holly Payne, and Tiffany Shlain. Author Q&A’s, a reception, and book signings/sales will follow the each evening’s readings."

when: Starts August 2014
where: 616 Throckmorton Ave.
for more details, visit the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts website.

TED MED | September 10-12, 2014 | San Francisco, CA


This terrific event that will simultaneously be at the Palace of Fine Arts and the Kennedy Center in DC. Looking forward to participating. -t

from the website:
"TEDMED is a global community of leading doers and thinkers from every walk of life. Our goal is to seed the innovations of today, making possible the breakthroughs of tomorrow. We are best known for our annual three-day gathering that brings together inspiring speakers, powerful Delegates and innovative start-ups."

when: Sept 10-12, 2014
where: Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA
for more details, visit the TEDMED website.

Future of Storytelling | October 1 & 2, 2014 | New York City, New York

Have always wanted to go to this one, I'm excited to experience the whole thing this year. -t

from the website: 
"Stories will never die, but the ways we tell them are changing. The Future of StoryTelling summit (FoST) was founded on the belief that stories—in the broadest sense of the word—shape the meaning and momentum of everyday life. FoST brings together top executives, creative talent, and technologists with the vision and influence to change the way that stories will be told tomorrow and beyond. Top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields gathered to share ideas and experiences on everything from the new/old oral tradition to narrative in console games, from the biochemical impact of stories on the human brain to cutting-edge collaborative storytelling projects and many other hot topics."

when: Oct 1 & 2, 2014
where: New York City, New York
for more details, visit the Future of Storytelling website.

Power to the Pixel: London Workshop | October 6-9, 2014 | London, England


Anyone interested in new ways to tell stories with new technologies, this is the conference. -t

from the website: 
"Power to the Pixel supports the film and media industries in their transition to a digital age. The company specializes in new ways for content creators and businesses to create, finance and distribute stories and engage with audiences across multiple platforms. Designed to give participants the skills and knowledge needed to create, finance and distribute stories across multiple platforms, The Pixel Lab is the ultimate cross-media workshop for European media professionals wanting to capitalize on the value of their intellectual property."

when: Oct 6-9, 2014
where: London, England
for more details, visit the Power to the Pixel website.

17th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) | October 16-26, 2014 | Northern California


An important festival highlighting human rights documentaries. -t

from the website:
"The 17th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) from October 16-26, 2014 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war and peace. The theme for this year is BRIDGING THE GAP."

when: October 16-26, 2014
where: Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University
for more details, visit the UNAFF website.

Character Education for a Challenging Century | Oct 22-24, 2014 | Geneva, Switzerland


Looking forward to tapping into this event online.-t

from the website:
"Character Education for a Challenging Century: A Global Conference in Geneva Switzerland and online via video, October 22-24, 2014. Join global thought leaders to address the crucial questions: Which character traits matter most for the 21st century? And how are they best developed?"

when: October 22-24, 2014
where: Geneva, Switzerland
for more details, visit the Center for Curriculum Redesign website.

Napa Valley Film Festival | November 12 - 16, 2014 | Napa, CA


Wine and movies, what more could one want? -t

from the website:
"There’s still time! The fourth annual Napa Valley Film Festival is accepting entries through June 20 via Without A Box. The centerpiece of the festival are the Narrative and Documentary feature competitions which both feature $10,000 cash prizes and industry master classes for invited competition filmmakers, hosted by Meadowood Napa Valley Resort. Apply today!"

when: November 12-16, 2014
where: Napa, CA
for more details, visit the Napa Valley Film Festival website.

IdeaFestival 2014 | Sept 30 - Oct 3, 2014 | Louisville, Kentucky


Kris Kimmel who runs this conference is a fantastic curator. -t

from the website:
"The world’s leading thinkers, doers and innovators join curious minds from around the globe for 4 days once a year to explore, discuss and celebrate innovation, imagination and world-changing ideas. The content of IdeaFestival is as diverse as the network itself – presentations range from discussions about life before life to the existence of parallel universes; from global politics to the philosophy of randomness; from disruptive innovation to living to be 250 and beyond. The Festival is held every Fall in Louisville, Kentucky at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful and historic venue."

when: Sept 30-Oct 3, 2014
where: Louisville, KY
for more details, visit the Idea Festival website.

Film Funding

Chicken & Egg Pictures 2014 Open Call

I feel so grateful to count Chicken & Egg as a beautiful supporter of my films. All of you women filmmakers out there, this is an open call. Apply! -t

from the website: 
"Chicken & Egg Pictures calling all women filmmakers for their 2014 Open Call! They are now accepting applications through their online system. Early bird deadline is June 17; final deadline is July 1st.

This year only, in celebration of Chicken & Egg Pictures' upcoming 10th Anniversary, they are prioritizing projects that feature women and girls as characters and storytellers on both sides of the camera. "

for more details, visit Chicken & Egg Pictures for guidelines and a practice applications.

Films to Watch

Los Angeles Theatrical Run American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs | June 20 – 26 | Los Angeles, CA

Grace Lee Boggs 

Fantastic documentary highlighting a true visionary woman and radical thinker. -t

from the website:
"What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future."

when: June 20-26, 2014
where: Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse 7
for more details and to get tickets, visit the Laemmle website.

CODE Documentary: Debugging the Gender Gap

CODE Documentary

This is a topic I care deeply about. Those of you with the means and interest, I hope you'll support this documentary so it can be completed and get out there to bring more women into this field.- t

from the website: 
"CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and aims to explain the gender gap and digital divide exists despite high demand and lucrative job opportunities for programmers. Interviews include C-levels and techies at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yelp, Pinterest, Airbnb, Spotify, GitHub, Pivotal, Stripe, Box and more.

We are actively seeking funding from individuals who are passionate about narrowing the gender gap in computer science."

for more details
, visit the CODE Documentary website.

Yummy Things to Buy


We just got these for the family! These are the most snuggly post-swimming robes out there. -t

from the website: 
"SurfMonk is 100% committed to sustainable and local manufacturing. Produced in Los Angeles, sweat-shop free, from high-quality goods, with a zero-waste policy. We create surf-inspired, functional fashion for the savvy stylish surfer and non- surfer alike. You don't have to surf to love SurfMonk." 

for more details, visit the SurfMonk website.

Books to Read

DIY MomDIY Mom by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Rachel is a close friend and a fearless writer. I find Rachel's journey to becoming a mother so courageous and inspiring. -t

from the website:
"A candid, wry memoir about how a “half-liberated” woman stops waiting for Mr. Right and chooses to have a baby on her own. From choosing a sperm donor, to deciding to take her profile off, to ditching her high-heels and high rolling Sex in the City New York life and moving on to a houseboat in Northern California, to her multiple attempts to become pregnant, the author describes how she came to make “the best decision of her life.”"

Find DIY Mom by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt on SheBooks in August 2014

Meanwhile_in_SF.pngMeanwhile in San Francisco by Wendy MacNaughton

I love the ineffable moments of SF Wendy captures in her illustrations. -t

from the website:
"Take a stroll through the City by the Bay with renowned artist Wendy MacNaughton in this collection of illustrated documentaries. With her beloved city as a backdrop, a sketchbook in hand, and a natural sense of curiosity, MacNaughton spent months getting to know people in their own neighborhoods, drawing them and recording their words. Her street-smart graphic journalism is as diverse and beautiful as San Francisco itself, ranging from the vendors at the farmers' market to people combing the shelves at the public library, from MUNI drivers to the bison of Golden Gate Park, and much more. Meanwhile in San Francisco offers both lifelong residents and those just blowing through with the fog an opportunity to see the city with new eyes."

Meanwhile in San Francisco by Wendy MacNaughton

womeninclothes.pngWomen in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton

Women writers talking about clothes... sounds like a good combination to me. -t

from the website: 
"A beautifully illustrated ode to self-expression and personal style, featuring more than 225 contributors, edited by three critically acclaimed authors."

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton on Amazon

cover_thedigitalmystique.jpgThe Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life—Online and Off by Sarah Granger

Sarah Granger is a terrific guide to help us let technology empower instead of overwhelm. She is a signal in the noise. -t

from the website:
"While the Internet era is one that is frequently criticized as undermining our health, privacy, concentration, and ability to sustain real-world relationships, Granger takes a more optimistic and empowering view. She shares real-life stories and surprising facts about our lives—both online and off—to shed new and fascinating light on the positive effects of the digital media revolution, showing us how we can personally learn, grow, and thrive by engaging in our digitized world."


“We do not remember days,
we remember moments.”
                                         - Cesare Pavese


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