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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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True Love Is…

A favourite question in our interviews with answers cut straight from the heart. 

Adam Cohen-  A state, a place, a noun a verb, the most beautiful word that you ever heard- A line from Hallelujah, Jesus and Buddha, love is a faded sign that you don’t see sometimes. 

Hozier-  Something tangible & real – to love someone as a human being

MAY- I believe that true love is honest, unwavering and immortal.

Marcus Foster- True Love is… Hard to find.

Caitlin Crosby- SERVICE. Selfless. Sacrifice

Brandon Malone- Loving someone right where their at, while inspiring one another to be more.

Ben Rothbard- Empowering the one you love.

Rayland Baxter- – True Love is… true Love is… a couple walking around their neighborhood after dinner hoLding hands and wanting nothing but each other… true Love is a huge fight… true Love is what the worLd and all her inhabitants are born with… its a feeLing that i cant expLain… its the most speciaL type of excitement.

Nicholas & the Pessimistics- When you would rather have a bad day with someone over a good day without them.

JP Maurice- For Lovers

Yamir- Understanding, trust, valuing one another, and passion.

Mick Evans- Anything you can’t give up.

Andrew Maxwell Morris- Knowing that you are safe and with someone who completes you in every way. Like a blanket but a very comfy one!

Dave Cheetham- Something everyone one deserves and no one should have to settle for less.

Devin Cuddy- Hard to find, but out there, its a journey not a destination.

Zane Carney- A choice that has become fearlessly unconditional.

Matt Costa- A bottle of Brandy and a good guitar.

Lenka- It’s everywhere. Just let it in.

Francesca Tamellini- Painful

David Newberry- Irresistable

Blue Sky Miners- A myth. Love is all around.

Poor Remy- “True love” now that we’re reading it seems kind of redundant. When you find truth, you find love. I think thats true with anything. Thats why love is so powerful, cause its true. 

Augustines- There are many kinds of love. A mother’s, a friends’, a lover, a wife’s, a brother’s.  True love?  Probably being connected with the life you are living, the actual life.  Not the life that is purchased or justified from the outside.

Griffin House- I honestly do not know.  That’s not a sexy answer, I know.  But it’s honest.  I should go look up “love” in the dictionary. That in and of it’s self would be an act of love, to me. Trying to find a proper definition is a great place to begin. I do know this.  I think I have had a bit of an incorrect definition of true love for most of my life. I think we look to other people to fill a big void in ourselves and we think that if we meet “the one” that we’ll feel happy forever and life will be wonderful.  But I don’t think that’s love, I think that is using another person to make yourself feel good.  The closest thing I could maybe venture to say is that true love is unconditional.

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Eva Cassidy – Up Above

If you are one to believe that gifts come from above then you might think of the late Eva Cassidy. Whenever I hear her, she makes my heart stop in reflection of all that is meant to be.
She was painfully shy, not at all glamorous and much to the frustration of record company executives, impossible to pigeon hole. Pop tunes, blues, jazz, gospel – she sang whatever moved her. In an era of brightly packaged stars, think Britney Spears – Eva Cassidy was the polar opposite. Indeed she never knew fame, that is coming only now years after she died in the prime of her life, and her version of ‘Over the Rainbow’ see if it doesn’t give you goose bumps.
Nightline corespondent and jazz and blues enthusiast Dave Marash said that putting together the Eva Cassidy story was definitely a ‘labour of love.’

A beautiful story.

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Merry New York Christmas

It was in the season of 2002 that Rob Thomas wrote, recorded and released the Christmas single titled

‘A New York Christmas’

The song intended to help raise funds for the

Blythedale Children’s Hospital

in Westchester, New York. Rob had been performing here a number of years in a private concert for the children.  He says;

“It’s an amazing, sobering thing, you know, to go and you see someone who’s 11, 12 years old who’s going through more than I’ve ever gone through in my entire life. And, you say, ‘How’s your Christmas?'” 

Perhaps the true meaning of Christmas can be found inside those words.

May we each find our own way to give back this season, where it be needed most.

Thank you for a beautiful song Rob Thomas. It’s timeless to hearts around the world.

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