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The Dirty Truth About Coal — TEASER TRAILER

June 11, 2009 By: admin Category: Coal, Video, Web 2.0

Hey everyone, so for those of you who I didn’t email or Twitter about this, here is the teaser trailer of my upcoming film “The Dirty Truth About Coal.” The film will look at the effects on public health of the particulate from coal-fired power plants, and for the curious: yes, I will be pursuing interviews with pro-coal folks. :)

Enjoy!

The Dirty Truth About Coal, TEASER TRAILER from Alexia Prichard on Vimeo.

A Movie…

June 07, 2009 By: admin Category: General, Happiness, My Tweets, Video, Web 2.0

So, I’ve been pretty busy just keeping it together day-to-day. I did go to a wonderful filmmaking conference (#mmn09, “Making Media Now”) recently and had a terrific time. I actually Twittered the conference and was chosen by 2 people as their #FollowFriday as a result. The conference talked a lot about social media, and using the web and the 2.0 spaces to get the word out about your films, to do activism, etc. It’s all a very fine line because just as easily as you can get to people, you can alienate them. Anyway, more on that later…

Today, as I was combing through some of the folks who are following me on Twitter I found a few things that really made me understand why I love the web and it’s social aspects so much. One of my Twitter followers posted a link to a short film. I just finished watching it. It’s so beautiful and simple and well done that I thought I’d share it with you. Enjoy, and thanks to zeefred for posting. :)

Paris, Je T’Aime

Growing Up The Blog

May 10, 2009 By: admin Category: Web 2.0

Hey y’all, so I’m upgrading The Blog to be a more 2.0 experience. From here you can find most of my other presences on the web.

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In the menu bar above, you’ll find some new additions: Flickr, and Twitter. Check out my pix in one, easy-to-navigate spot on Flickr, and follow my “tweets” on my Twitter page, affectionally entitled “Emergency Blood Pickup.” You can also see my Twitter updates on the right-hand side of the blog, in the sidebar. This feed updates automatically whenever I “tweet.”

If it all becomes too much information do, please, remember that you are HUMAN and have CHOICES. I.e., even though my 2.0 world is wildly interesting, you don’t have to follow me everywhere. I’ll still be the same wacko I am every day, and will still be using this blog as the main location to express myself.

Thanks for tuning in, y’all. I hope to continue keeping you entertained, thought-provoked, and interested. :)

The Rainmakers & The Things That Stay

March 04, 2009 By: admin Category: General, Happiness, Health, India, Living, Web 2.0

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My friends Alison and Bryan have been in India for ten years. They run a computer school in Kolkata for low-income, low-caste, and otherwise underprivileged folks. If you’ve never been to Kolkata, there’s no description of it’s overall awfulness that will translate, so you can imagine that choosing to live there to try and improve things for a few people is a struggle.

When I read this article about the closure of the venerable newspaper, The Rocky Mountain News–the paper my aunt wrote for for years–I thought about the things in our “socially-networked” culture of immediacy that will still be here when the fads die. What are the systems, events, and consumables, for lack of a better term, that will survive the already-fading “flavor of the month” online gimmicks? Twitter? Facebook? Flickr? Online sharing of photos of some kidn will always be around, I think. It’s very functional, and Twitter can be used for social justice much more than it is currently, but Facebook, I think, is lagging.

I don’t have any numbers for you, but I can see it happening within my own, small circle. When I first signed up with Facebook (2-3 months ago?) there was a flurry of activity. Everyone I knew, it seemed, was “facebooking” every minute of their lives and reconnecting with friends long lost. That was fun, but it’s not happening anymore. Am I just not looking for anyone any more, or have other stopped looking for me?

Facebook inspired jealousy at first because I didn’t have as many “friends” as others did, then I didn’t have as much to say, minute-to-minute, as others did, and I clearly wasn’t going out and being as interesting as, really, ANYONE else that I knew. Then, it was weird, almost on a dime, things changed…

When I got a little busy I suddenly no longer thought about contemplating my navel. I checked the site less and less, removed “friends” I never really knew or liked, turned off all email notifications, and stopped updating my “current status.” Moreover, I saw lots and lots and lots of others doing exactly the same thing. It didn’t have an impact on me, though, until this morning… but let me not skip ahead because things really changed for me a couple of weeks ago…

I have a few favorite TV shows that I watch regularly. The thing is, I don’t watch them on television, and I don’t watch them regularly. I realized this a couple of weeks ago. I watch “Fringe,” “Dollhouse,” “Heroes,” and “Top Chef” online whenever I want to. This got me thinking… If I, who am the greatest slave of TV that I know (GOOD TV, mind you… not just “anything”), can’t stand to wait through 5 minutes of commercials, and can’t seem to arrange my schedule to be sitting on the couch at the same time every week, then… who can (full disclosure, I don’t have TiVo)? Makes me think of all those folks who’ve been touting “On Demand” for years before anyone else understood the allure…

Anyway, after reading the article about the Rocky Mountain News (RMN)–about seasoned reporters being forced to learn to use Twitter and Flickr and Facebook and drag their laptops and cell phones around with them so they could “blog” at the moment a story was happening–I realized that what was missing from my life, and possibly everyone else’s was time, quality, and the satisfaction that comes from finishing a long article (or a good book, taking a walk, or sitting on the beach). For too long the message about how to succeed in business and storytelling has been “go fast, get there first” even though that isn’t what sells. A good story does.

Now, what the current spastic culture does have going for it is the ability–like my TV habit–to consume things at our own pace. Yes, there’s a lot to choose from, but we’re all smart, we can decide which outlets we want to frequent. So, then, if that’s the case, what does it mean for storytellers? “Get cheaper,” for sure. Go online, yes. But make the experience worth it for the consumer. I give you Salon.com, Hulu.com, and just about any online talk radio station. Online is the vehicle, but story and depth are the cornerstones. After all this “2.0” insanity, content, it seems, is still king. :)

So, what does that have to do with Alison & Bryan? They’re the role models. They stuck it out and continue to do so. They don’t rush around looking for the next fast buck (although if you’d like to donate to their school, they’d be grateful), and they’re certainly not in it for the glory or promise of an award for their efforts. The best rewards for them are placing graduates of their school into jobs. Sounds like a good story, doesn’t it? 😉

The point I’m trying to make is that what’s important isn’t profit, it’s change. Progress. A better world. ALL we humans are here to do is create a more fulfilling experience for those that come after us. Really. And changes only come about through time and diligence. And if you’re in the storytelling arts, as I said above, the new currency is the old one: a good story told well.

None of this, by the way, has anything to do with constant suffering. We should be happy and fulfilled ourselves as we remake the world. Artists performing songs, painters painting, rock climbers climbing adds joy to the air, and we all benefit from that.

So, take the time, y’all. Don’t worry about who’s missing you on Twitter because you haven’t updated your feelings about a sandwich. Twitter has it’s uses, but none of them are about gaining personal glory. Twitter can actually make change. You give a bunch of cell phones to poor students in Kolkata and ask them to short-blog their daily lives, I guarantee you that things will change. The new tools give us greater access to one another so that more, and better change can be made a little bit faster. That’s all.

See Lex Learn — Why SXSW Kicked So Much Ass

March 17, 2008 By: admin Category: General, SXSW, Video, Web 2.0

It was really Jane McGonigal. She was talking about happiness. Everything she said I’d heard two years prior when I was working at Laureate Education making a film on psychology for their Master’s program in mental health. I was tasked with studying seven different schools of thought in the field of psychology, and then had to interview psychologists who practiced each discipline. It was AWESOME. Sadly, the interviews and prep fro them took place at the time my mother was dying, but something would have been happening at that time, if it wasn’t that. My great regret on that front is that I was so involved with my work that I didn’t hear the signs in my parents’ voices that something was definitely “up” and I should come home immediately. They didn’t ask, and I didn’t figure it out until very, very late. I would have quit my job and gone home. Walked around the yard in Carlisle with my Mom one more time. Just like Dad got to do.

Ah well… Death is part of the whole Kit and Kaboodle (which, if you’ve never actually written down, is a GAS to type…).

ANYWAY, so one of the psychologies I studied was Positive Psychology. A dude named Martin Seligman developed it in the 70s, I think, and recently TIME Magazine had a huge article on it. It is very bitchin stuff and I ate it up, so I was THRILLED to hear this genius, Jane McGonigal, talking about it and applying it to game development. I can’t say much more until a project is more confirmed, but suffice it to say that I have an idea for Propeller that would kick ass, and I’m eager to research and pitch it.

(ASIDE: Propeller’s killer Scout, Tim A. Loftis, just set me up with Bebo because AOL just bought it. What a slick, smarty he is… anyway, here’s my profile. It’s funny enough that you’ll want to check it out, but if you have to sign up at Bebo in order to see it then don’t bother. Of course, don’t tell AOL I said that…;)

More soon…

Generosity Is Sustainable

December 10, 2007 By: admin Category: Faith, India, sustainability, Video, Web 2.0

Sometimes the behaviors of some people just amaze me… There’s a lot of talk here and there. Talk, talk, talk. Some folks think they’re so wonderful, and all they’re doing is amusing themselves or angling constantly to make money.

My philosophy of life is borne of sheer terror: that on my death bed I will look back and see that I was selfish or missed an opportunity to do good. That’s why I’m going back to India. I woke up in a cold sweat one night after having gotten into a fight with M over money. We don’t have “enough,” but we have enough for food and shelter and some gas to go and visit friends to laugh and talk with. We were fighting over needing to make more money and I was thinking that there was NO WAY I could afford to go back to India because I just didn’t have the scratch.

Then I had The Dream.

I dreamed about a friend of ours back in Kolkata who was going through a terrible personal situation. Her brother had been beaten up very badly. I was corresponding with her in real life and trying to keep her spirits up. In the dream I saw her going through all this anguish because all she needed was a little bit of money to help out with a lawyer. That’s when I woke up. I sat up in bed in a cold sweat because I realized that I was putting my petty needs and fears over HER BROTHER’S LIFE. I instantly called my friend Nandini and said: “I’m going.”

A lot of folks who make their living on the internet have an inflated view of themselves. They talk about the truth but don’t live it. They pass judgment but don’t offer to help anyone. I’m happy where I’m at. I meditate, I drink green tea, I go to India, and I don’t want to kill anyone anymore. Generosity is sustainable.

Netscape at the One Care Now healthcare rally in L.A.

August 13, 2007 By: admin Category: Campaign 2008, NewsQuake!, Video, Web 2.0

When I saw Michael Moore’s new movie, “SiCKO” one story stuck in my mind and has remained in the forefront of my thoughts since I first heard it: that of 18-month-old Mychelle Keys as told by her mother, Dawnelle. In the following video Dawnelle tells hers and Mychelle’s stories at a rally organized by the One Care Now campaign in Los Angeles in support of SB 840, a state bill for universal healthcare.

Casualty 2.0

August 03, 2007 By: admin Category: Body, Gadgets/Tech, Health, Living, Web 2.0

It’s official: I have sciatica. Which, if you read anything about it, means that I have symptoms that my sciatic nerve is being pinched, pressured, compromised. Two days ago I developed shooting, tingling, “foot & leg asleep” pain. It came after a long, uncomfortable plane ride back to L.A. and a full day of sitting and editing. I was so excited to edit the healthcare forum piece that I completely ignored everything I’ve ever learned about ergonomics. Although, to be fair, this isn’t the first time I’ve felt this. It’s just the first time I’m freaking out about it. Turning 40 will, I think, do that to you. Make you body paranoid about every little thing. And so, here we are…

As preventive measures, I’ve re-taken up yoga, have an alarm that beeps on the hour reminding me to get up and move, and make sure to sit upright and only at my desk–not on the couch doing the laptop thing. Truly, though, since I got the Griffin Elevator, I rarely use my laptop by the couch. Just sometimes in the morning when I watch the news for anything breaking so I can post it to Netscape.

So, there you have it. If you do web work and don’t have one of those $10,000 ergo-chairs, keep your senses peeled for tingling. It won’t be excitement over some news find, it’ll be sciatica.

Caving

July 02, 2007 By: admin Category: Gadgets/Tech, General, Web 2.0

I’m a little punk bitch. I’m going to buy an iPhone today. Don’t look at me like that… I KNOW I went on camera and said I would wait — I KNOW!!! BUT HAVE YOU EVEN TRIED THE THING????? Everything the nay-sayers have issues with–WRONG. If anyone disparages the iPhone rest assured that it means they haven’t tried one and you should now back slowly away. Back slooooooowllllllyyyy aaaaaawwwwwwaaaaaaayyyyyyyy from the negative iPhone people!!!!!

Update:
It turns out that the local Cingular and Apple stores are out of stock on the iPhones. The Apple store will have more in stock tomorrow morning. The guy at the Apple store said: “Get here early.” “How early?” “We open at 9. I’d get here at 7.” No kidding, I’m GOING to do it.

The Wider View – The 1st Anniversary of Netscape

June 15, 2007 By: admin Category: Mom, NewsQuake!, Web 2.0

When you’re at a start-up it’s easy to see the world at the start-up’s-eye-view. Everything becomes about the start-up, is relevant to the start-up, etc. All the articles you read, TV shows you see, all the annoying folks you meet at time-wasting “see or be seen” parties all seem to be talking about the thing you just launched. Or, at most, stuff that you think–from your narrow perspective–has to do with the thing you’ve just launched.

Netscape has been around for one year–June 15th, 2007 is our anniversary–and let me tell you, the blinders are off and I’m still really, really happy to be a part of this beautiful, social opportunity.

Just over one year ago today I had no idea what social news was. When CK and Randall interviewed me in LA, all I knew about social-“anything” was MySpace, and I would prefer you stab my palms through with red-hot pokers than have anything to do with MySpace. But I did know that I loved the internet, loved video production, and loved what I was seeing in their combination: ordinary people buying tiny, simple video cameras and making movies. This is something that will always warm my heart to think about. Ordinary people making movies. This is my nirvana. The walls of exclusivity come crashing down and everyone has the ability to express themselves. Now THAT’S 2.0!

My passion for this comes from my history: my whole professional life people have told me what I couldn’t do. They were experts and had been doing “it” for a long time and because I was a girl, or because I had no experience, or because I was saying crazy things like “DV will revolutionize film distribution” these freaks always came at me with: “Oh, you won’t ever be able to do that.'” Thankfully, I didn’t believe them and now I do “that” for a living.

I bought my first video camera at 30 years old while still a PA in a small production house in New York City. I’d never gone to film school, never been on a film set, never read a “How To” book, but somehow instinctively knew I could learn to shoot. Next came editing. I was reading video magazines and websites on an old, beige, klunky desktop Mac trying to soak up everything I could and started hearing about Radius EditDV. Remember that? The company had a free version you could download from their site so I did and cut my first film, a documentary called “Mom In Brooklyn.” It’s a beautiful little film that follows my amazing, sweet, gardening-obsessed mother as she walks through the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens pointing out plants.

What could be better than that?

And so, on her 1st birthday I toast Netscape–the browser turned social news site turned browser! THREE CHEERS! You’ve made my life better, and I thank you.

-Alexia :)