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friday favourites :: special edition 26.04.13

yeah, i've neglected the favourites for a few weeks. but they're not dead. they're just in hibernation. this
week, however, there's a special reason for me to do favourites.

if you've been following this blog for a while, you might remember that there was something about a movie... a movie that i wrote [still my only script to date] and got a hot wire up the wazoo to actually make with dom as the director and with paul ash and me as the stars [i'd written the male lead role for him anyway and always fancied myself an actress]. and we did it. we made a feature film all on our own, with no support from the government, no support from private interests, no support from... well, screw the negativity:

we had a hell of a lot of support from people who were just interested in participating in a film that was being made from scratch by people who had a lot of interest but no real experience.

if you haven't read my thoughts on this subject, you could check out the blog for the film. or, you could check out my post mortem [and my reflections on writing and film-making] right here.

the short version is that we made a movie that was what we wanted it to be. and no, we weren't able to successfully market it. we weren't able to get interest from distributors or get into any of the film festivals where we applied. so we suck.

but the movie doesn't and just to prove it, we're hosting a gala at the montreal museum of fine arts on june 29th, where we'll be showing the film and letting the public judge for themselves. we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

if you'd like to come, please feel free to join the event's facebook page.

if you're not able to come, but would like to voice your support for independent film, feel free to share the event.

if you'd like to know a little bit more [no spoilers!!] please feel free to email me at kate[at]fsquaredmedia[dot]net.

bottom line: we still believe in this film. those who don't can go fuck themselves go on with their lives as if we don't exist. but if you're at all curious as to what's possible with affordable technology when you have a group of people who really believe in what they're doing and who are committed to seeing a project through. because when you look at what we were able to accomplish independently, i think you'll find it's pretty remarkable and possibly inspiring.

here's a quick look at the trailer.

think you might like it? think you might be inspired/ impressed? think you could do better and want to make sure?

step right up.

i hope to be able to connect with many of you there!


as long as you're here, why not read more?

making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…


i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [winter edition]

it seems oddly canadian to have two posts in a row about winter/ cold/ snow, but they're obviously unrelated. after all, for most people winter is a season, but in colour analysis terms, winter is part of what you are, an effect of the different wavelengths that comprise the physical part of the thing known as "you". this might be getting a little heady for a post about lipstick. moving on...

if you've perused the other entries in this series without finding something that really spoke to you [figuratively- lipsticks shouldn't actually speak to you- get help], you may belong in one of the winter seasons. winter, like summer, is cool in tone; like spring, it is saturated; like autumn, it is dark. that combination of elements creates a colour palette [or three] that reads as very "strong" to most. and on people who aren't part of the winter group, such a palette would look severe. the point of finding a palette that reads "correctly" on you…