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Selfless – Director’s Message

“Alongside other parents I hope that we can truly understand the challenges that our children are up against with this ever present entity, ‘the internet’.  At times it feels a silent snake, slowly slithering and deeply infiltrating the integrity of our moral compass.”

– Kim Laureen ‘Director Selfless’

It seems questions are placed upon our heart with hope that it will ignite a flame of curiosity to encourage an answer.

As a mother and a film maker I feel urgency as I look around and see heads down – engaged in some ‘thing’ that holds one captive miles away from where you stand.

Recent studies are telling us that 50% more kids are depressed today than they were 20 years ago – why, because they are choosing to be home alone on their screens vs. spending time with friends.
Snapchat is telling us they are putting up over 3 billion posts every single day – with Instagram boosting over 100 million.

Imagine what we could do with all that time!

These numbers are staggering- but even more alarming is the fact that 66% of our girls are uploading sexually explicit photos in these places, while 93% of our boys are experiencing their first sexual awakening there.

Make no mistake – we are in an epidemic!

Selfless is a documentary aspiring to light youth up and inspire them to see how their world opens up – when they close those windows.
How are we spending the precious time bestowed upon us and where will our footsteps lead the next generation?

Our hope is to good things.

Instead of pointing at unhealthy behaviours we focus on youth making a difference in their communities – showing how full life can truly be, when free from those chains that bind.

Our quest with Selfless began in Vancouver B.C. and takes us to the hills of Totnes, England. We are traveling near and far to tap into the can do spirits of some amazing people, who touch on the cornerstones of humanity.

Our next stop is Laguna Beach, California to film with Ryan Hickman – a seven year old with a heart for the environment and the marine mammals that inhabit it.

Stay with us as we bring you on a journey that will make your heart yearn for days gone by and fill it with hope for amazing days to come.

Let our youth rise up in Selfless – a film filled with colour – music and love.

Have a peek at our storyboard reel to see what’s next.

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“When you are married to someone famous, people know you, but they are not really seeing you.” – Patti Scialfa

This is a story about women involved with successful musicians.
From the outside looking in, we can only imagine how difficult it might be to hold on to any sense of your own identity, while walking beside some of the most relevant artists of our time.
We examine who these women are in their own right – why they are remarkable and what they would tell other women who dream to walk in their shoes.
Tackling the realities of these relationships and how they make it work together – while doing their own thing.
Today is the time of the woman – we want to celebrate autonomy, freedom and self determination as seen through the eyes of these ‘women strong.’

Directed by: Kim Laureen

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‘I Was A Stoner & He Was the Cowboy’ – Songwriter Jimmy Webb Remembers Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell was every aspiring lyricist’s dream – and Jimmy Webb remembers how their work together was the truest of collaborations – as they became friends for life.

1968 started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wichita Lineman.’ American Songwriter Jimmy Webb’s inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silhouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb then “put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand” as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.

Correspondent Bill Nutt spoke with Jimmy Webb as he payed homage to his amazing journey with Glen Campbell.

Jimmy Webb remembers the first time he met Glen Campbell. It was not an auspicious moment.

In 1967, Webb was in the early years of his career as songwriter. He had been a fan of Campbell, and he further appreciated the fact that Campbell’s version of his song “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was a hit on the country charts.

So Webb went to a recording studio to meet Campbell.

“I had long hair, and I wore a vest and a pair of jeans I never took off. I was in my hippie stage,” Webb says.

Campbell was fiddling with a guitar and amp, apparently paying no attention whatsoever to his visitor. “Finally, I said, ‘Mr. Campbell, I’m Jimmy Webb.’ He looked up at me and said, ‘When are you gonna get a haircut?’ ”

Now Webb laughs at the meeting. “He was a straight shooter, clean-cut,” he says. “I was a stoner. I was the mad professor, and he was the cowboy.”

From that unlikely mixture, however, came a fruitful collaboration and a deep friendship. Campbell ended up recording over 100 Webb compositions, including acclaimed versions of “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.” The rapport that blossomed between the two men arose from similarities that overcame any differences, according to Webb. He points out that he was born in Oklahoma, while Campbell was a native of Arkansas.

“We came from dead identical backgrounds, very poor in adjoining states, and from a fecund mix of church music, country, and a lot of family singing. We brought that common origin story. I’ve been accused of writing melodies that are rangy. My songs modulate; they start in one key and end in another. Glen had the ability to sing what I wrote, and not everybody can. It’s past time to go back and look at Glen’s contribution’s to music, which have been sadly overlooked. 50 years of friendship and partnership. There was a lot of love on both sides that resulted in unsurpassable pop music. Glen and I touched the sky a couple of times.”

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Kathleen Gyllenhaal Speaks About Her Latest Film In Utero

I had the privilege to speak with the very earthy and inspirational Kathleen Gyllenhaal.
An acclaimed writer – film maker – producer – mother – married to Stephen Gyllenhaal whom she collaborates on many projects with.
Her latest offering was directing a documentary film titled ‘In Utero’ which is a fascinating look at how the mother’s physical – mental – emotional and lifestyle environment may be effecting her unborn child.

At first I felt ‘oh wow – what else can we put on our shoulders as women!’

I was so relieved to discover we are all just doing the best that we can.
‘In Utero’ is a well thought through film with intriguing professional perspectives encouraging us to really think about it all.

Watch the trailer below at In Utero Film and find out how you can host a screening.

IN UTERO FILM

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