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23 Jul

Ello Puppet!
Sorry, I’m trying on a British pirate persona today. It’s not really working out.  So once again, I suck. So sorry, but no ranty post today, more of an update. YAY! I promise you won’t be disappointed…okay, maybe a little disappointed, but if you write a complaint and forward it to my email, someone will get back to you ASA…hahahhaha yeah right.

Let’s get down to business.
1) So it’s been almost a week since Mission: Vegan began and so far, so good. I knew this would be an easy switch for me, so I’m not surprised.  Everyone keeps telling me how much weight I’ll lose, and at first I was skeptical, but began to realize my biggest help is not having a choice to say “yes”. You know when you’re out and a friend (usually your friend who eats like her weight in food everyday, but doesn’t gain a pound)  suggests going to eat at somewhere fatty, like McDonalds? Well, being a vegan means you have to say NO! And don’t be sitting there all “But you can eat fries!”, everyone knows there’s pig fat in EVERYTHING McDonalds makes, so no fries.  See what I mean? When the option is taken away, your waistband is saying “HALLELUJAH! Maybe we’ll fit into those grade 8 jeans again!”.  SERIOUSLY. Even last night my mom made cookies, but I couldn’t eat them so I didn’t. Not going to lie though, I have been eating some vegan friendly sweets. I made an apple strudel today, and I’m obsessed with these vegan animal crackers.  But my absolute favorite is Coconut Bliss, the delicious vegan “ice cream”. Not only is it vegan, but they also use agave nectar, which is WAAAAY better than sugar. YAY! I really would like to further explain this whole vegan switch, and what I’ve been eating, but  for the sake of time, my achy fingers and you most likely already getting bored, I”ll save that for another day.

2) HAVE YOU DONATED TO CANADIAN FRAME(LINES) YET?! I’ve written 2 blogs about the fantastic Canadian Frame(lines) project, but it’s really crucial that if you were only a little interested before and decided to wait out donating, that you donate now. RIGHT NOW! There are only 23 days left. I know what you’re thinking…”That’s more than 2 weeks!”, but really, 2 weeks is nothing. And it’s essential that we have continuous support for this project through ongoing donations. So PLEASE show your support for Canada, film and great people by donating here: http://www.indiegogo.com/canadianframelines?a=346982  or at the very least, promoting the project to your friends and family 🙂

ALSO, there is an awesome contest happening right now to win a helicopter tour in Port Moody. So unfortunately, only those in the Vancouver area can enter. But if you do live in the area, the prize is amazing, and to enter is super easy (such as, liking the Canadian Frame(lines) facebook page!, following the twitter page, donating any amount, etc). You can learn more here: http://www.canadianframelines.com/contests/

3) I just wanted to write a little blurb on the Colorado theater shooting.  First of all, my heart goes out to the victims and the families of the victims.  I will never be able to fathom how someone could think up such tragedy and follow through, and more than anything this saddens me the most about our species.  As I mentioned on my twitter, I also feel terribly sorry for Christopher Nolan and the whole The Dark Knight Rises cast and crew.  Being a filmmaker, I can’t imagine putting so much time, passion, energy and love into something to have it tainted by such a terrible tragedy.  I know many people had said they would boycott the film now, but I strongly urge you not to.  Batman stands against everything James Holmes was promoting; Batman is for justice, equality, love, he’s for the people and most of all, he’s anti-guns.  Someone on twitter said it best (I really wish I remembered your handle!), “Saying you’re boycotting Batman because of the shooting, is like saying you’re never going to fly again because of 9/11”.  As f*cked up as sh*t is, we can’t control what some psychopath is planning.  I wholeheartedly wish we lived in a world where we only had to worry about the real accidents (like car accidents, or slipping in your bathtub), and not the massacres, or kidnappings, or rapes. I wish this just as much as I wish we lived in a world without bigotry and ignorance, but unfortunately, we don’t.  We can’t live our lives in fear though, and we can’t not do something because of the unfortunate circumstances that others have experienced.  Batman is not responsible for this shooting, and boycotting the film is ridiculous.  And while I’m at it, to every ignorant mind out there who is trying to blame this tragedy on someone else (whether it be Obama or homosexuals…SERIOUSLY?!), you’re wrong. As of right now there is only one person you should be blaming, and that is James Holmes.  And if you’re looking for someone else to blame, why not the U.S. gun policies? I could rant on and on about how ridiculous those American laws are, but instead, I’m going to share this link to a very informative and intelligent long tweet by Jason Alexander: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/if2nht. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

4) As for Batman…obviously I saw the movie on Friday and after much self debate, I have come to decide that I prefer The Dark Knight.  I’m not going to write a full review, or go into too much detail, but while I found that Tom Hardy (Bane) did an excellent job, and I was NOT disappointed with Hathaway (I was pretty upset when she was cast because Marion Cotillard is Catwoman to me, and I was almost positive Hathaway wouldn’t be able to pull it off…but I had faith in Nolan), I was slightly confused.  I found that there was so much going on, that looking back I realized very little realistically made sense.  It was like explanations were skipped over because there was no time.  While I was actually watching the film, I was too engrossed to notice, but after I kept thinking “Wait a second, how did that make sense?!…and what about that?!”.  Am I right?  Other than that, I thought that Nolan did a wonderful job at ending the series (though, not the exact ending I had hoped for…).  I felt that The Dark Knight Rises was everything I needed and more to feel complete. Especially considering that he stayed relatively close to the storyline, and that Bane was the villain.  If anything, I wish that the film was longer (I know it’s almost three hours, but I would sit through 8 hours of Batman if I had to!) to fully address any confusion with realistic explanations. I really don’t want to give away any spoilers, but you’ll know what I mean when you watch the film.  OR I wish that they had gone in a slightly different direction with John Blake and Bruce Wayne’s relationship.  Overall, The Dark Knight still trumps for me.

 

That’s all for now. Maybe you can look forward to an actual rant soon…I say maybe, because, well..you know me 😛

 

Have a great day.

The Canadian Frame(lines) Fundraiser!

8 Jul

WOOOOOOOO-EEEEEEEEEEE! It’s been a long time and I don’t even have a great excuse for my absence.  Okay, I don’t even have a good excuse.  But all that should matter now is I’m back to fill your rant needs, and irrational zombie apocalypse ramblings.  You are welcome!

Quick thank you to everyone who has been checking out the blog, despite the lack of posts.  Especially all the traffic towards the Magic Mike review.  It’s probably just a coincidence that the post discussing naked men is my top read post.

Okay, moving along to todays’ post.  Today’s a cheery post about a project that you may have read about before (https://coffeeandcrosswords.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/canadian-framelines/).  If you haven’t read my previous Canadian Frame(lines) blog, I encourage you to check that out for a better understanding and description of the project.  If you have, YAY!  Thank you 🙂

So a week ago on July 1st the Canadian Frame(lines) team celebrated Canada Day by hanging out at Granville Island and launching our online fundraiser!  Alex and Ryder are asking for $30,000 in 45 days, and so far we’re at $2,617 meaning we have…$27,383 left to raise in 39 days  So here’s where you lovely people come in…

If you love Canada, film, documentaries, or even just supporting two AMAZING people then please please PLEASE donate whatever you feel comfortable with donating!  $1/$5/$10 may sound like a little in comparison, but EVERYTHING helps.  Right now we’re at a crucial stage where we’d like to just receive as many donations as possible to help encourage those who may be holding back.  Also, the more donations we get (regardless the value), the more likely the project will be featured on IndieGogo’s home page.  So just by donating $1 you could do wonders for the project! AND you’ll get a cool perk.

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Okay, so at this point you’re either interested or you’re thinking “I’m not from Canada”.  I know this project is Canadian focused, but you don’t need to be Canadian – in fact, Ryder (one of the co-producers) isn’t from Canada either! – all you need is a love for film or exploration. Or maybe you’re just interested in Canada and learning more.

Obviously, we’d appreciate any kind of donation, but if you can’t donate there are other ways you can help.  You can SHARE, TWEET, and/or EMAIL the campaign to all of your friends.  The more traffic we get on the site, the better, and hopefully there will be others in your network interested in donating.  It would be appreciated that anyone with a blog share the campaign on their blog, and if you’re interested you could write a response to “What is Canadian identity” to join the discussion.  Even if you don’t have a blog, you can join the discussion via poetry, video, photography, etc by emailing CanadianFramelines@gmail.com.

More ways you can help are listed on the IndieGogo page — http://www.indiegogo.com/canadianframelines

It’s really important to me that all of you do the most that you can for this project, whether that be donating or promoting it.  I only joined the project back in December, so my encouragement is completely unbiased.  If I didn’t believe in this project, I can guarantee I wouldn’t have come aboard.  These are genuinely great people wanting to do something great for Canada and its citizens.  And what’s more, we’ve never before seen anything like this.  I’m excited to see where Canadian Frame(lines) takes us and what we learn along the way, and hopefully you are too.  I look forward to seeing you all join the journey!

You can donate and learn more here: http://www.indiegogo.com/canadianframelines

 

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Thank you for your support!

Video

Canadian Frame(lines) Promotional Trailer

14 May

Amazing trailer made by Alexandra Caulfield and Ryder White! Read about their incredible project below!

Canadian Frame(lines)

14 May

 

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I think it’s about time I talk to you guys about my friends Alex and Ryder and the project they’re working on.  I’ve chosen today because it coincides beautifully with the launch of their amazing trailer – YAY!  The project called Canadian Frame(lines) is a year long trip across Canada beginning January 1st, 2013 in which Alex and Ryder will ask the question “What is Canadian identity?”.  I’m sure you have a few ideas on Canadian identity, but I think the question is harder than it seems.  At some point I had a typical answer put together in my head, but after assisting with some interviews asking the question, I realized how incredibly hard it is to define a country’s identity.  Usually countries are defined by their politics, and more commonly, by those who control the media.  I think Alex and Ryder were so tired of seeing Canada inaccurately portrayed in the media that they wanted to present real Canadians with the chance to define it for themselves.  

What’s beautiful is people won’t just answer the question, they’ll show you their answers via short films captured on super8 film.  The plan is for Alex and Ryder to drive their bus PET across Canada, stopping in the towns you may have never even heard of and teaching those interested how to use and develop super8 film.  With this new skill people will film their interpretation of Canadian identity.  They’re going to showcase the footage in that town at the end of each stay, and at returning home to Vancouver have a screening of all the accumulated footage.  The best part is regardless of where you live or get the chance to participate, you can still participate! Sound a bit contradictory?  Let me explain.  Alex and Ryder are going to continue making weekly updates while on their trip – they’re already making them now to keep everyone updated on pre-production! – so anyone interested will get a chance to see what’s going on and where they’re at in their journey.  And you can post your own videos and comments.  I was lucky enough to join this incredible project back in December and couldn’t be happier to know such a passionate, ambitious, determined, focused and talented pair.  This is so different from anything I’ve ever seen or heard of, and I know there’s going to be great success for the project.  It’s not too late for you to get involved and start supporting this project by following their twitter, liking the facebook pages, checking out their blog and of course telling your friends.  What are you waiting for? 

Caulfield White Productions Twitter (their production company) – http://twitter.com/#!/caulfieldwhite

Alex’s Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/arcaulfield

Ryder’s Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/ryderwhite

Caulfield White Productions Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CaulfieldWhite

Canadian Frame(lines) Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/canadianframelines

Canadian Frame(lines) Web Page – http://www.canadianframelines.com/

Canadian Frame(lines) Youtube (find all of their weekly updates here!) – http://www.youtube.com/user/CanadianFramelines?ob=0

Also, postcards were printed yesterday (I think..) so if you live in Vancouver look for those around.  And wherever you live if you’d like some to pass on to friends, or do whatever with, I know Alex and Ryder are being very generous and sending them out to people if you just send them a quick message asking.  

I know Alex and Ryder would appreciate and love the support! And so would I.  We’re all responsible (myself included) for easily following victim to terrible blockbusters and idolizing the wrong people – a Kardashian is no Audrey Hepburn! – so I think we should take advantage of the opportunities in which we can promote people who stand for something better than that, and who have a real message to share.  Anyway, I’d really love for you to all watch Alex and Ryder’s official trailer so I’m going to post that quickly right after this, so I guess technically it will be up above…and you may have already watched.  

Thanks to Alex and Ryder for including me in this amazing project and being the wonderful people you are!  I’m so excited for everything to come, you guys deserve the best of the best 🙂

 

Thanks for your support, hope you have/had a wonderful day! 

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