Happy first day of summer! I hope you have some summer adventure on the horizon. I heard that half the enjoyment of a trip is the anticipation leading up to it.
I’m excited to share that we're making a new film about the past, present, and future of women and power. It’s part of Refinery29’s women director’s series called Shatterbox. The 10 minute film will be released in the fall and we are also working on a larger series on the topic. Last week, I was honored to attend the extremely inspiring gathering at The White House’s United State of Women Summit. It was such an invigorating place to feel where we are and where we need to go. Highlights below.
We're also gearing up for Character Day on September 22. So far over 13,000 events in over 40 countries have signed up! (There’s so much news in regards to Character Day that we will send a separate email.) Focusing on scientific research about character development is especially important today, individually and for society. Krista Tippet and I discuss it on her podcast On Being here.
This newsletter has a new format for a new crop of art shows, films, books and things to explore for summer.
To the longest day of the year...
Spring 2016 Newsletter
Happy almost spring. To those of you new to this list, I send a quarterly newsletter with films, books, events, and other things I’m finding inspiring and interesting, as well as projects my film team and I are working on.
Right now it feels like everything around me is about cycles -- seeing new cycles of life bursting forth on the trees, and appreciating the perspective that comes from more years passing by.
Our youngest, Blooma, is almost seven years old (sigh), which is also the number of years we’ve been doing our “Technology Shabbats,” where we turn off all screens for one day every week. Doing something for that long changes you in unusual ways. Our eldest Odessa, almost thirteen, is becoming a bat mitzvah: a huge rite of passage that we are also trying to reimagine in unusual ways.
I met Ken at the same time I started The Webby Awards...which is now having its 20th Anniversary in NYC this spring. Wowza.
Our nonprofit Let It Ripple is having our third annual free Global Character Day on Sept 22, 2016, where people all over the world will screen films, engage with discussion materials, and join a global Q&A about character: who we are and who we want to be in the world. It seems just by listening to what’s happening in the US and the world, there has never been a more relevant time to have this conversation. We hope you’ll join. The Character Day sign-up form just went live.
To looking at life simultaneously through the rear view mirror and that big front windshield.
As the dark sky descends sooner each day, I've enjoyed too many latkes, lit many candles with family and friends and have crawled, snuggled, and slipped inside many people's stories through books and films. (My favorites below.)
We wanted to share with you news that we are hiring:)* Most of you know we have a film studio (The Moxie Institute) and its sister organization, our nonprofit Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, that hosts Character Day. We just received a beautiful grant for Character Day (full details in January) that allows us to expand our team. We are looking to hire a full-time Character Day Outreach Producer/Director, someone spectacular and resourceful with experience in education & large scale events. If you would like to donate for us to continue our efforts with Character Day you can do so here.
Below are fantastic things to experience, watch, read, listen to, and check out this winter, as well as some ideas for gifts and donations this holiday.
I hope you're enjoying the alabaster light of the fall and have taken a bite of at least one persimmon.
I'm looking forward to hunkering down and getting into some creative mulching. Recouping from the harvest of the recent two new films and Character Day, and replenishing the soil by reading lots of books, going to lots of art shows, watching lots of films and snuggling in with my family.
Here are some things to experience, watch, read, check out for good mulching this fall.
I love the rhythm of summer...long, lazy weekends balanced by productive days during the week that still have sunshine to enjoy when you get home. We're finishing up two films that will be premiering this fall. This is my favorite part of the process: receiving videos from all of you (2 more weeks to send), selecting the right images to take ideas further, and editing anything extraneous. For those of you in the Bay Area, there'll be a theater premiere of one of the new films "The Making of a Mensch" at JCCSF Arts & Ideas on Sept 18. After the screening, one of my favorite minds, NPR's Michael Krasny, will be interviewing me on stage. Tix for public go on sale on Aug 17. I know many of you are also hosting screenings that day for Character Day. There are now over 3500 events planned around the world. It will be a fantastic day of films and conversation and thinking on who we are and who we want to be:)
In the spirit of having people, films, books, and events around you that inspire you, this summer newsletter is overflowing with things to explore...
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EVENTS TO EXPERIENCEKen Goldberg, "Secrets & Passwords" @ Headlands | July 14
ArcLight Documentary Series | Now until July 28
MoMA Film Exhibition: Glorious Technicolor | Now until August 5
7 Billion Others | Now until Sept 13
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 35 | July 23 - Aug 9
AspenBrainLab | July 25
Arc Fusion Summit Health, IT & Science Conference | Sept 1-3
JCCSF Arts & Ideas Premieres "The Making of a Mensch" | Sept 18
Character Day around the globe | Sept 18
Life is Beautiful Festival | Sept 25 - 27
Character.org National Forum on Character Education | Oct 15 - 17
FILMS TO WATCHIris
A Small Good Thing
(DIS)HONESTY - The Truth About Lies
I Believe in Unicorns
Love & Mercy
THINGS TO CHECK OUTSchiller Water Bikes
Leilani Bishop Fragrances
Camelia Skikos Fashion
Martha Davis Shoes & Fashion
Plated: Food Delivery to Cook
Serena & Lily Fashion
Reso: Booking Kids' Activities in SF
The Grand Meringue
Your Contribution to the California Drought, New York Times
WTF with Marc Maron: Interview with President Barack Obama
BOOKS TO READThe Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
The Road to Character by David Brooks
The Rainman's Third Cure by Peter Coyote
The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield
50 Dangerous Things (you Should Let Your Children Do) by Gever Tully
Go Ahead and Like It by Jacqueline Suskin
Machines of Loving Grace by John Markoff
Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom by Colleen Yee
Watching the first cherry blossoms burst from the branches like popcorn makes me pause/gasp/smile. This is my favorite time of year...for those of you still in the snow, it's coming.
This newsletter is bursting with tons of projects by people who inspire me (events, books, apps, art shows, films), along with some of our talks and projects in the works. TEDMED just released my recent talk. The portion of the talk that explores neuroplasticity and what skills you need to flourish in the 21st century is the basis of one of our new films, “The Adaptable Mind,” which will be premiering along with our film “The Making of a Mensch” on Character Day Sept 18. We'll be offering these films and educational materials to schools and organizations around the world for free through our nonprofit Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. If you have a child, niece, nephew, grandchild or friend and want to get their school involved, it's easy breezy...sign up for Character Day here.
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National Day of Unplugging | March 6-7, Everywhere
Painting Is the Pattern at Jules Maeght Gallery | March 7 - May 9, SF, CA
The CJM presents Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box | Apr 9 - May 17, SF, CA
Speaking at SXSW | March 15, Austin, TX
All Eyes and Ears @ CAAMFest | March 15 & 21, SF, CA
#SEDER2015 Launching mid-March
Lava Mae's Showered with Love: the Un-Gala | April 4, SF, CA
Tribeca Film Festival | April 15 - 26, NY
Headlands Center for the Arts Spring Open House | Apr 19, The Headlands, CA
San Francisco International Film Festival | Apr 23 - May 7, SF, CA
Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards | April 24, NYC, NYC
Speaking at Anita Borg Women of Vision Awards | May 14, Santa Clara, CA
TEDWomen 2015 | May 27-29, Monterey, CA
Speaking at Reflections on Jewish Fathers JCCEastBay | June 11, Berkeley, CA
Speaking at Aspen BrainLab | July 25, Aspen, CO
Future of Storytelling | Oct 7-8, NYC, NY
TO CHECK OUT
Design Matters Podcast
Our Film Brain Power on Alaska Airlines
Wise Sons Delicatessen, SF
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear
Plus One by Christopher Noxon
Worn Stories by Emily Spivack
The past month has kept me thinking about freedom of speech, human life, human respect and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s insights. We highlighted his remarks in a 2min film for the 50th Anniversary of UC Berkeley's Free Speech Movement.
Ken and I look forward to discussing these crucial topics this week. We were invited to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. We're going with an open mind ready to interact with a kaleidoscope of perspectives.
This winter's newsletter includes a collection of art shows, films, books, and websites to keep you warm.
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EVENTS TO EXPERIENCE
Sundance Film Festival, Jan 22-28
Natural Frequencies, Feb 3, UCBerkeley
Leonardo's Brain Book Reading, Feb 10, MV
WE Day, Feb 25, San Jose, CA
National Day of Unplugging, Mar 6
DIY Arts & Crafts Day co-hosting, "Globetrotters" Mar 22, Mill Valley
Lava Mae presents "Un-Gala: Showered with Love," Apr 4, SF
WHAT/WHO I BELIEVE IN
42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Jan 22
Kamala for Senate
Evolve Reform Prop 13
TO WATCH & ENGAGE
NextDraft Daily Newsletter by Dave Pell
The Internet is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen
My Yiddish Vacation by Ione Skye
Transcendence by R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell
La Capra Coffee in SF
Bright Ideas Magazine
Interactive Prototype Fund
Exciting News: Leonard Shlain’s last book, Leonardo’s Brain, Coming out this Fall, Courtesy of Lyon’s Press / Globe Pequot
Dear Friends and Fans of Leonard Shlain,
It is with great joy and gratitude that we can announce the posthumous publishing of our father’s last book, Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius which he completed shortly before he passed five years ago.
A cornucopia of films, books and events this fall to check out. We are all overflowing, so our new newsletter format is short and sweet. L'Shana Tova and to new films and ideas ripening...
The Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium, Fall 2014
@Large: Ai WeiWei on Alcatraz, Sept 27-Apr 26
High Holidays at The Kitchen in SF & The Lab Shul in NYC, Sept 20-Oct 18
Future of Storytelling, Oct 1 & 2
Premiere of our new film for 50th Anniversary of Free Speech
Ambulante Film Festival, Sept 21-Oct 4
Mill Valley Film Festival (Sneak Peek of Season 2 of our Series)
SF Book Launch of "Leonardo's Brain" by Leonard Shlain, Oct 12 (SF)
Global Oneness Day, Oct 24 (International)
Power to the Pixel, Oct 7-10 (London)
10th Annual Gorgeous & Green Gala, Oct 10 (SF)
NYC Book Launch of "Leonardo's Brain" at The Strand Bookstore, Oct 20 (NYC)
LA Book Launch of "Leonardo's Brain" Book Launch at Diesel Bookstore, Nov 6 (LA)
Napa Valley Film Festival, Nov 12-16
Art + Technology Lab @ LACMA, Nov 18 (LA)
Kimberly Brooks' Solo Art Show, Nov 20 (Texas)
Headlands Center for the Arts First Look, Nov 20
Season 2 of "The Future Starts Here" Premieres Oct 23
How We Got To Now
The Digital Promise Documentary
Regarding Susan Sontag
California Report Card
Character Lab $10K Teacher Innovation Grant
Evolve's Prop 13 Campaign
Thru My Eyes
The Work with Michael Dunaway
The Hivery: Collab & Creative Women’s Work Lab
Adult Hannukah Onesies & Kids Sweaters @ Gelt Fiend
Innovating Women by Farai Chideya, Vivek Wadhwa
Stewie Boomstein Starts School by Christine Bronstein
The Imaginary App edited by Paul Miller and Svitlana Mativyenko
iRules and the Slow Tech Movement by Janell Burley Hoffmann
Hope for Film by Ted Hope
Powers of Two by Wolf Shenk
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.
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Apps & Websites:
Commonwealth Club Marin Conversation Talk
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
Chicken & Egg Pictures 2014 Open Call
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Code Documentary: Debugging the Gender Gap
Meanwhile in San Francisco
Women in Clothes
The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life