I'm also proud to announce that I received a RAC Fellowship for my art career. I am so excited to finally be able to share this with my community here. First up will be a period of dreaming and wrapping up film work.
I had a wonderful time arranging the SLIFF screening discussion with Mary Hammet of the Women's Commission and Elaine Cha. I am learning strategies to engage the audience beyond the standard Q & A. Elaine Cha has been making me aware of the subtleties of a community discussion and how like in teaching, creating prompts and asking questions of the audience can make it a community building experience larger than just the shared experience of viewing the film. I'm still thinking of ways to improve what we did last night as well as considering the overall flow but am glad to grow as a facilitator.
The strangest thing for me about before and after screenings is that I can't sleep. The night before I am considering what might happen. The night after the screening and discussion, I am thinking about things that people said (same way I used to ruminate over art critiques). On one hand, I can't not talk about the film and the issues that it contains, on the other hand I feel like I've poured my heart out in a sort of public confessional that feels very raw, not matter how often I do it which makes me want to talk less. I think this is just overall a sign that I need to do some grounding today. I have just been socializing a ton this weekend.