I spent the entirety of the week before last 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 (if you’re not following LTT on Facebook yet, you missed my favorite outtake from Patty Overland’s interview, which should be up sometime soon). We met in coffee shops, bakeries, in the sunlight outside a Vietnamese sandwich shop, in Dolores Park (where 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.
PS: If you’re reading this and you emailed me recently, I want to let you know that I’m not ignoring you. I’m a little bogged down and a lot slow, but I swear, I will reply. Even if it’s in August.