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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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A Good Day

Today felt as quick as a dream.

We have been listening to Paolo Nutini since his debut Album, “These Streets” crossed our path in 2007.
If you know us; you would know we have probably pushed his music on you.
I remember in the earliest days setting up our lap top one night and turning out the lights to watch a concert online via MSN.com and we just bobbed and grinned to the findings of his Scottish rasp and soulful sound.
On a vacation to California that year we played his Album on repeat every afternoon into evening by the pool and the neighbours would knock and leave notes for us to turn the music down, but of course we could never hear them!

Little fact: there is a secret stripped down version of the song, “Last Request” at the end of the album.
We climbed aboard his train 10 years ago and today we boarded the train to his home town of Paisley.
How could we not, when we had a couple days off. We took the train from Edinburgh to 20 mins. outside of Glasgow where we wandered down a lane to a Ma and Pop gem, “Castelvecchi” 10 New Street, Paisley
(The fish and chips are the best we have ever had by the way) soon as we walked up, we tried to somewhat wipe the permanent grins we were carrying, but it was impossible and yes, I will admit it, I soon felt that of super fan status.
So much of this trip has been trying to soak in the moments that I feel are passing by too quickly to catch. … long story short; we were there just to enjoy, but naturally always in film/storyboarding mode, Director Kim Laureen decided that we should ask the Nutini family if Paolo’s Mom would be interested in being part of the Women behind the Men of Rock n Roll Documentary.
We wrote our email on a napkin and built up the courage to give the waitress our elevator pitch. She said his Mom wasn’t around today, but his Dad the cook would come over! Alfredo, decided to call his wife to ask her then waved Kim over to speak with her and I cannot explain how much joy and laughter this moment brought.
Here you can see Kim trying to translate between the thick Scottish accent in the middle of the kitchen where we always and never dreamed to be.

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Dave Cheetham Stops By To Share His Latest Album – One Star Away

I love hopeless love stories. My fav movie choices make me cry and my kids laugh at me all the time. I think it’s okay and I’m old enough to do that. All this time I’ve been a fan of romance and I never knew it.

Do what you love – love what you do – is our mantra at Fresh Independence.
Best part of that is meeting so many nice people.

Early on we had the pleasure of bumping into songwriter Dave Cheetham from Deganwy, Wales.
Filled with British charm and a wise cracking demeanour that will keep you on your toes, he never fails to come through when we need him most.
He’s come by to share his latest album ‘One Star Away’ – with the title song inspired by astronaut Scott Kelly – who reflected his thoughts while gazing upon the face of earth.
Lovely to the core – we invite you to share our conversation and get to know more about this man behind the music.

ONE STAR AWAY AVAILABLE NOW 

SONGS DAVE WROTE

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Amos Lee – Spirit Tour – Portland – Friday November 18

Amos Lee – Spirit Tour – Portland – truly one of the best experiences of my extraordinarily ordinary musical life.
I once heard him say in an interview that ‘I have the most unfamous – famous voice you will ever hear’ and that could not be closer to the truth. His set blends seamlessly from hit to hit with his newest songs already such a part of him.

Walked in expecting a ‘very acoustic show’ – (which I always love) but was blown away when this handsome dude walked on stage in his stylin’ ensemble and took the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall by storm.
He grabs you – grooves you – moves you – renews you and gently places you back down feeling dizzy after having been vaporized by his charm. Hey I say any guy who can snap his fingers – move his hips and sing like Amos – is a triple threat right there!

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He imprinted from the start, giving a shout out to his opening act the – ‘T Sisters’ whom he said are old friends and he appreciates their wholesome sincerity. That said so much about what was to come on this magical night, in a world so thirsty for these very things. The only shock value I found here was Amos’s cheeky demeanour, the kind that makes a girl blush because so much life runs through him.

I get so hooked on my favourite songs from the past that I am hesitant to embrace a new album – perhaps for fear that something new will change all that was – but his latest ‘Spirit’ is everything a heart could wish for.  Amos Lee songs draw you in to a place where you feel safe and warm and loved – ‘Spirit’ takes this place to a whole new level. Such a bonding moment when he raised his arms up and sang ‘let the spirit wash over me.’ It solidified everything his music makes you feel.

Adele has said ‘his voice blows her away’ and it’s so true – I’ve not come across another quite like him. What a bonus track to see him live – to experience his bright personality with the music you love so much. While breaking it down mid song – an enthusiastic ‘woot’ came from the crowd and he never missed a beat – just gave a quick nod with a mischevious ‘uh huh’ – which felt a true testament of engagement with his audience and affirmation – we are all in this together.

Ryan Anthony Massaro is a private person who has worked hard to honor the gift of music that has been bestowed upon him and Amos Lee has grown to be someone he can be very proud of.
He has proven that staying the course pays true and one can never underestimate the power of collecting hearts one beat at a time.

“Sometimes we forget who we’ve got – who they  are and who they are not.  There is so much more in love to black and white. Keep it loose child – but keep it tight .”

Amos Lee.

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