I thought about blogging during the 100 hours of instruction that happened over 8 days in Luling, but I am not yet seasoned enough to be in the habit to make time. I was blissfully exhausted instead.
Kristina and I have just about gotten everything unpacked. While doing that I was starting to get anxious about how I was going to pay all the bills, when the letter from the Alice Kleberg- Reynolds Foundation arrived with a check in it for $10,000. What a blessing it was to see. That, plus the funding received from Humanities Texas, NEH, Luling ISD, Chamber and Economic Development Office, Salt Pipe & Supply and Texas Gas Service covered our out of pocket costs. We also had in-kind donations and discounts from Black Diamond Produce, GEAR Rental, Mopac Media, Natal’s Produce & Landscaping and Wush & B-Rad's Fruit Shack
As you can imagine there is a huge learning curve in this intensive workshop. But I am please to report that there was a huge curve in self-esteem as well. And it was as powerful for the 4 culinary students as it was for the 10 film students. The one thing that did impress me about these kids which I have witnessed in all of our small town workshops, is that we never heard any of the kids say bad things towards one another.
When we screened the premiere of their film to the community on Saturday night, I was in the back of the auditorium standing next to the principal, who after the first 30 seconds of the film, leaned over to me and confessed he was about to cry. Our first departing business with Luling will be to help them start a film club.
Once again we head off from a community with some new and dear friends…………I love my job.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Yesterday was our first day with a whole new crew. We were so lucky with our last crew, but they were busy. Laura Sobel has a new job and was also traveling out of town. Patrick Philips is in Ghana now in the Peace Corps and April Sanchez, I thought was going to still be out of town, but she is back and working hard I am sure, because that is what she does. They were responsible for helping take my vision and setting the tone for classroom instruction. They graciously helped us develop a solid program through our first 3 workshops. We have a whole new crew now that I am just as proud of lead by Keith Maitland and assisted by Elizabeth Adams and Cheryal Loosmore. They are of the same mind and have adopted our intuitively motivated instruction. We have a remarkable group of students and I am once again reminded of just why we are doing this.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
OK, this is my first blog entry EVER. I have so much to say about being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. But I am already late in getting this out, so I’ll chat about that later. I also wanted to talk about our adventures in getting ready to go to Luling for our next workshops. And I really wanted to talk about out first day on the first day. Well it’s the second day and the reason this is coming out on the second day is that on the day before we were going to start, our Chef/Teacher bailed on us. So I needed to scramble to find another Chef, while figuring out how to feed 20 people 3 meals a day until then. Chef you say? What does that have to do with a filmmaking workshop? Well we run our workshops like a film set and all our staff and faculty are working professionals and in the real world, if you don’t feed your crew well they won’t follow you to Jabbip (fictitious for out in the Boonies) and put in long hours. They will leave or be grouchy, do I hear Mutiny? Our workshops are total immersion, we clock in nearly 100 hours in 8 days of instruction. Meal times are a great time for us to build mentorship relations that we hope will last beyond the workshops. As long as we are bringing a Chef anyway, why not make another positive impact on a community by offering a culinary program about healthy food and healthy food preparation to those interesting? We are blessed with discovering Sam Sanford, who dropped everything and came out today. He and our volunteer, the lovely Lan are out shopping right now.