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Past meets present

We are happy to say that we have grown past the out of focus shots, and tin can audio, but we look back with nostalgia on the days that gave us our start, knowing we would not be here if it were not for there. 

Where there is music, we will always be, and where there is film there is a soundtrack that evokes a core piece of our hearts.

Here are a few that inspired us along the way. 

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Selfless Storyboard Reel

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Currently we are breathing life into the timely, relevant Documentary ‘Selfless.’ A film examining the effects of selfies, social media, and technology on youth today.

In epidemic proportions we are watching a new generation seek validation and acceptance based on how many ‘LIKES’ and hollow comments they receive in shallow places. 

Many drowning in a world of self indulgence, how can we best inspire them to see how our world opens up when we close these windows.

Today there are 50% more depressed teens than there were 20 years ago – why – because they are choosing to stay home alone on their screens vs. human interaction. Studies show the average teen is spending 7 1/2 hours per day on screens.

Snapchat tells us they are putting up over 3 BILLION posts every 24 hours – with Instagram boosting over 100 MILLION every day.

‘Imagine what we could do with all that time!’ 

Staggering numbers – but even more alarming is the fact that 66% of our girls are uploading sexually explicit photos to these places, while 93% percent of our boys are experiencing their sexual awakening there.

Not to overlook the unbalance of body, mind and soul – as a result of these behaviours.

We are in an epidemic! Truth is we are ALL a part of an ongoing experiment in technology with no one knowing the outcome for mankind.

Fresh Independence has been touring around the country speaking real time with teens about the challenges they face today and their life in social media.

During early storyboarding days we asked ourselves, ‘What would it be like if a girl lived in the forest – no mirrors – no magazines – no social media – what would beautiful look like to her – and how would she view herself?’

Then musician Kuki found us and with camera in tow, we headed off the grid to the hills of Devon England – to begin filming.

 With full hearts we are hopeful ‘Selfless’ is a documentary that you will feel the urgency to get behind: Helping us to inspire youth to live fully in this new age of technology.

Selfless is currently being considered on the pitching circuit. If you have interest in our latest ‘Storyboard Reel’ please inquire: 

Film@freshindependence.com

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The Simpson Brother’s Album Release Gig

Ahm, being a small town girl, it was not until as of late I have been discovering the East side of Vancouver.

Last night brought me to the cusp of Chinatown, a dive bar, ‘The Cobalt’

I remember attending Canucks Hockey Games as a child and as we left town my wide eyes of wonder would stare at The Cobalt as if it was the scariest place in town.

Give it a decade and my black ankle boots were one with the pavement, a flick of the wrist, STAMP, I was in.

The venue has an intimate Greenwich Village ambience sure to keep em’ coming back for more.

Simpson Bros

Nostalgia, innocence, and venue analyzation aside, my friends told me about local band, ‘The Simpson Brothers,’ twins celebrating their album release and birthday.

Vancouver is at a bit of a lull in the music department, but it was with The Simpson Brother’s a soulful pop was rediscovered. There is nothing like a fully loaded band, yes that is music, but old melded with new and filled a missing piece.

 Just as St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Paolo Nutini bring the funk, The Simpson Brothers are a contender; delivering a solid gig to a revived scene.

Latest Album, ‘Heavy Scars’ Available Now

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J P Maurice – Vancouver BC

So much hidden talent inside our very own city, and here lies a hidden gem that is about to explode with his new album The Arborist debuting in early fall.

Sassy, Pop, and Soulful are his lyrics. Mischievous, Thoughtful & Charismatic define his personality. His name is JP Maurice and he calls Vancouver his home.

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