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I shot a film about a trans teen who commit suicide. It is screening @ a memorial event @ 6:30 in Redwood City. Join me tinyurl.com/RaeTapia

?One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.? - Leonardo da Vinci

Seeking Video Editor Immediately for Trans Teen Suicide 5min Film due May 1

Hi All, 

As many of you know I’ve been going through a difficult time with my family and a breakup with my boyfriend of almost 7 years. I have reached my limit, finally, and have decided to handoff the editing of the trans teen project to an editor. Everything has been shot and I am available to discuss the editing process. Here is a description Luna Calderon (at San Mateo County) and I have posted to Craigslist and TaskRabbit. 

Do you know someone who could help? If so, feel free to pass this on and they can reply to me or to Luna (LunaCalderon@gmail.com)

I can share the dropbox folder that has a lot of the documents and footage in it already, and then will have a harddrive with all of the materials available for the editor. 

Thanks all!

- MJ

We are seeking an editor immediately to work on a short film (~5 mins) about a trans teen who commited suicide last year in Redwood City. The film is commissioned by San Mateo County and will be screened at her high school, Woodside High, on May 1st. It is part of a larger event to celebrate her life and raise awareness about LGBT issues, teen suicide and depression. The event takes place from 6-8, with a reception from 6-6:30.

The main contact for this project is a woman in the behavioral health department in San Mateo County, Luna Calderon. In addition, MJ Mont-Reynaud has shot all of the footage necessary to get the editor going, and she will be available for consultation. Due to a family crisis, at the last minute, it became impossible for her to be the main editor on the project.

We estimate that the editing should only take 2-3 full days, and we have a budget of $800. We are actively looking for further funds and are very optimistic that we will achieve this goal, given the number of non-profits working in the LGBT and the anti-(teen) suicide space.

There is about 6 hours of footage shot on a Canon 5D Mark II. The audio was recorded separately using a Zoom audio recorder. The audio will need to be synched, ideally using PluralEyes. 

The family of the young woman is hispanic from Mexico. As a result, the interviews with her father and mother are in Spanish. Fortunately, we have had the interviews transcribed and translated. Nonetheless, it is important that the editor have some proficiency in Spanish.

The event is May 1st, and we need to have Luna and the family review the piece before it screens. As such, the deadline for the final film will be Friday the 27th, with some flexibility of turning it in on Saturday if absolutely necessary. We’d like to get someone working on this by Tues evening/Weds morning. 

Thank you for your help!

Please contact Luna Calderon at lcalderon[@]smcgov.org for further details. Please include your portfolio or reel, your availability, your Spanish skills, and why you are interested in this film.

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

- Derek Walcott

This is the ending of the talk “Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn” at Google. Sent to me by Cameron many months ago, but only watched it tonight as I unpacked after my move and started a new phase of my life as a truly independent woman. Thank you, Universe, for this message. Much needed at this difficult time. Opening my heart and finding my strength