Three close friends of mine are going to Nepal to shoot a documentary film called Other Nature, a feature length documentary on the advancement of human rights. They are capturing and Nepali-based grassroots organizations who push for equal rights in Nepal. Other Nature is being produced by Dancing Star Films and is accepting donations through the the San Francisco Film Society.
Also produced by Dancing Star Films is Coming in from the Cold, a thirteen minute short that follows two immigrants in San Francisco whose lives join temporarily. The cultural background of each character is revealed in a way that a mainstream film could never compete - it's so rich in perspective, down to earth, and very real. The choice of soundtrack and the creative shots are breathtaking. It's no wonder her short was screened in three international film festivals!
In exchange for helping her with her website, the producer walked me through her video editing software, Apple's Final Cut Pro and gave me a short lesson on the basics. It's exciting to learn new software and ways to get messages out. I'm currently trying to learn Adobe Premiere, which I thought would be as straight forward as Final Cut Pro, but it's not. Hopefully when she gets back, she'll show me something about Premiere.