Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Living in a different country I feel some amount of vulnerability every day.

This video from researcher (& storyteller!) is a wonderful insight into why vulnerability is important for growth in sympathy, creativity, and in helping to be a better human all around.

Books I’ve read these past two weeks: On Photography - which was excellent, and The Five C’s Of Cinematography which was good in it’s own way.

Continuing to make progress on my work here, meeting many new faces daily, improving my spanish, and still eating amazing tacos. 

Also went to Corona Capital which was at once one of the most exciting and worst day yet so far in Mexico City. Amazing because of Jenny Lewis, Best Coast, Conor Oberst, jumping off this super tall climber into a huge pillow-like catcher (the plunge pictured above). Terrible because of rain, people trampling and pushing each other during the mad rush to leave and finally because of bands getting canceled because of the rain.

Ended the night by catching a bike taxi through the chaos of the crowd for 80 pesos and finally got the hell out of there.

Corona Capital  aka”Agua Fiesta” at a glance:

"Lind-say? No, no, your name here in Mexico is Daisy. Or Lency." 
And I have fully embraced this name change.

"Lind-say? No, no, your name here in Mexico is Daisy. Or Lency." 

And I have fully embraced this name change.

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Favorite news of the week.

Looking for a special effects artist for a short film

Details below! 

Looking for a SFX artist to complete 5 seconds of SFX work on a short film. The basics of what needs to be done and the context are below:

A girl accidentally lights a curtain on fire from a candle in a scene and an entire curtain needs to appear like this is on fire. This should look natural and realistic.

Please send links to your work and desired pay rate and any additional questions you may have. 

email lindsayevevandyke [at] gmail.com 

Órale

These past two week have been somewhat insane. 

I’ve been attending classes at Ibero here and there, attend El Grito in Coyoacán to celebrate Mexico’s independence, reading everyday, editing and working on post-elements for my short film from this past June, and working on my outline and film proposal for my current project. 

And I also met the U.S. Ambassador, Anthony Wayne. 

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This week I also watched several films that have been “on my list” as well as a new one I just learned about, Who Is Dayani Cristal? 

This film is a really interesting example of interweaving narrative storytelling elements and re-enactments into documentary. It is a moving and heartbreakingly beautiful story that retraces a man’s journey, re-enacted by Gael García Bernal, to cross through Mexico into the U.S. from Guatemala. It’s worth watching.

oldfilmsflicker:

Emma Watson HeForShe Speech at the United Nations | UN Women 2014

Such a moving speech. She is great.

Can’t believe I only saw this for the first time this week.

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Constant Puyo

White Silhouette, circa 1903

Gum bichromate print

From Impressionist Camera: Pictorial Photography in Europe, 1888-1918

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Ethics of Traveling

If Voltaire were still around to tell the story of globalization, two of his principal character types would be the enlightened, transnational citizen of the world and his imbecilic twin, the tourist.” - KEN JOHNSON, New York Times

Behold, Cannibal Tours directed by Dennis O’ Rourke. An uncomfortable watch about tourism in the Sepik River area in Papau New Guinea. 

I saw this and several other films like Enjoy Poverty by Renzo Martens in a visual ethnography of film class at Ibero University I had the opportunity to attend this week as an oyente (auditor).

I also finished reading both The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez and Poetics by Aristotle, among several other research articles related to my project including this fantastic report by Centro De Los Derechos Del MigrantePICKED APART: The Hidden Struggles Of Migrant Worker Women In The Maryland Crab Industry. 

It has been a productive week but I am left with a lot of questions about the ethics of travel, documentary, work, and the promises of which are kept for some levels of society and broken for most others.

And then there is this.

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A beautiful animated story about the importance of storytelling by @brainpickings

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Mexico City

So here I am in the world’s second largest city.

It has been crazy these past two weeks but also -

Busy. Fun. Exciting. Weird. Tacos. Chiliquiles. Colors. Lucha Libre. Embarrassing. Wonderful. Warm. 

And now it’s time to start my work under my Fulbright fellowship.

In order to keep my schedule straight and remain on this autodidact course to complement my project, I hope to write every Sunday about what I’m reading about and working on. It will be a mix of fiction, films, Mexico-based narrative and cultural reads, and migration politics and news.

To begin I read the book Graciela No One’s Child last week recommended by my good friend Sarah Wentworth (who by the way is doing an amazing comic here).

The book is a powerful story of one woman’s journey to find her real family. When she was a baby she was given up by her birth mother to a woman who subjected her to abuse and later forced her to work on the streets of Mexico City as a peanut vendor. During this time she also met Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Mistral who would give her weekly reading lessons.  Somehow Grace manages to keep her dreams alive despite the challenges of her upbringing and eventually finds her real family (and writes this memoir!)

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This week I have been exploring works by filmmaker, artist, actor, guru, (among a dozen other occupations), Alejandro Jodorwsky.

I watched Santa Sangre, which you can watch in full at the link below, a fucked up but wonderful avant-garde film about a boy who grows up in the circus and navigates the unfortunate circumstances of his youth. The film itself is a surreal nightmare, moments were unbearable to watch, however at the end you’re delivered a sense of closure that allows you to walk away and feel at peace with the film. Honestly I’m going to need a few days to fully digest it and write about this one. 

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http://vimeo.com/89601028 «« watch it here.

I have also begun diving into Poetics by Aristotle. This book essentially lays the foundation for all storytelling, so I thought it would be appropriate to start off my Fulbright project reading it.

until next week. x