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BridgeThink News - Issue 7
April 2010


    WELCOME to Issue Seven!

      Greetings!

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PlaceHolder_16_140PXIt's Spring for our readers in the northern hemisphere! In honor of nature's renewal we thought we'd bring you stories of young creators breaking onto the scene. And since we've received some great updates from new folks around the globe, here's our opportunity to share and connect. Our readers in the southern hemisphere are entering their autumn - another season of change. So we also bring you a "Neighborhood Earth" column with reflections on how the art of "observation" can help us to connect as often as possible. Enjoy!

          - The BridgeThink Team
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NEW TO BRIDGETHINK?
MEET THE TRANSLATION TEAM!
INTERVIEW WITH ACTRESS LINDSAY SEIDEL
FILMMAKER WILBERT BERTHAUD JR's "UNDERGROUND"
MICHAEL ATALLAH FILMS THE UNEXPECTED AT SEA
NEIGHBORHOOD EARTH: CONNECT IN PARIS!
FOLLOW UP NEWS
HAVE YOU CONNECTED?
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    NEW TO BRIDGETHINK?
PlaceHolder_32009_RECAP_aBridgeThink.org is a new media resource connecting filmmakers, artists and business across creative communities. With a focus on interdisciplinary projects that bridge traditional boundaries, we host global dialogues, provide forums to post resources and publish a monthly newsletter. At the root of our thinking is the crazy idea that when more people connect, the more they accomplish. So, if you have something shaking in your hometown, let us know! All it takes is two people to connect for an idea to ignite.

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    MEET OUR TRANSLATION TEAM

PlaceHolder_16_140PXTranslators_2Our newsletter's Portuguese translators, Camila de Castro, Nayara Marfim, Luiz Mendez Junior and Rita Pinheiro have all offered their bilingual talents to help us bridge continents and cultures. Since many on our mailing list are in Brazil or have connections to Portuguese speaking friends, family, and colleagues from Cape Verde to Portugal to Angola, Portuguese was our first necessity. And with the mailing list growing, it's proving to be quite important. Thanks to our translation team and welcome aboard! Find out more about them, visit our team page HERE.

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     INTERVIEW WITH "THE FINAL" ACTRESS, LINDSAY SEIDEL

PlaceHolder_11_223PXLINDSAY_SEIDELOur team member, Jason Kenney of Limelight Magazine, along with their staff writer Jessica A. Botelho secured an interview with up-and-coming actress Lindsay Seidel. Seidel, age 18 of Texas, landed her first major role in a feature film last year. "The Final" is part of the After Dark Horror Fest's 8 Films to Die For annual horror series. Seidel has garnered praises for her performance from Fangoria to Variety. We're privileged to have her share some of her thoughts on her experience as a young actress, how she balances her career with school life and soon college, as well as her reflections on the process of acting for film. Don't worry if you're squeamish about horror films... Seidel has a lot to share and sheds light on how controversial films can also have an important message. Check out the complete interview with exclusive content for BridgeThink HERE.

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    WILBERT BERTHAUD JR's "UNDERGROUND" TO BE SCREENED AT
    BOSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
UndergroundPlaceHolder_21_462PXFive years in the making and self-taught along the way, filmmaker Wilbert Berthaud Jr. now has his first feature film, "Underground" under his belt.  And he and his team are getting it into festivals across the US.  Berthaud is a resident of New Bedford, MA and attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  With his producing partner, Jenny Lima, the two formed Teamwork Productions to produce the feature film which is about a young man struggling to take care of his younger brothers after their parents are killed in a mysterious fire accident.  In the process, he stumbles on an underground life where there is no turning back.  "I wanted to take the character of Michael to an unforgiving world where sometimes the harder you try the worse off you are," say's Berthaud about the main character whom he plays himself.  The team is dedicated to shooting their next film in the South Coast of Massachusetts and interested in developing a locally grown film team.  "Underground" premiered last month at the Arizona Black Film Showcase and will be screening at the AMC Loews Boston Common 19 as part of the Boston International Film Festival on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 6 pm.

Tickets available at:
www.fandango.com/biff:session23


And:
http://www.bifilmfestival.com/000010session23.html

In the Boston area?  Consider supporting local talent. For more information on the filmmakers, visit:  underground.teamworkproductions.net


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    MICHAEL ATALLAH: DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER DANCES WITH THE
    UNEXPECTED ACROSS THE NORTH ATLANTIC

PlaceHolder_14_668PXMICHAEL_ATALLAHEver wish you were 1000's of miles away on some random adventure - something so out of the ordinary that you'd have to film it to prove it was true? Only a few weeks ago, and a few months out of film school, filmmaker Michael Atallah from San Clemente, CA may have unexpectedly found himself in that very predicament. He contacted us with the following account when he was already in the Netherlands. Originally secured to shoot, among other things, footage on the latest project for Dutch artist Maarten Vanden Eynde, Atallah was whisked from southern California by the nonprofit research organization led by Santa Monica based 5gyres and found himself in Bermuda where he then boarded the 72 foot (22m) sloop, Sea Dragon. From there, he embarked on a 17 day journey across the north Atlantic with the artist himself, and twelve others including scientists from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, journalists and a crew of two who taught them all how to sail. The project he was covering? A faux coral reef that artist Maarten Vanden Eynde will create from 1000's of pieces of plastic left for waste from our everyday trash! Why the north Atlantic? In addition to two well known continental-sized vortexes of floating plastic in the Pacific, the North Atlantic has a lesser known and never before surveyed plastic dump that washes onto the shores of places such as Bermuda and the Azores. Braving days on end of storms and yes... even an inflatable dinghy that was punctured at one point, Atallah gathered footage that will compliment Vanden Eynde's exhibit as it tours the world. The footage will also be used by 5gyres to create awareness of the ecosystem's plastic problem. Since arriving in Rotterdam, Atallah's been thrown some unexpected curve balls and as any good filmmaker confronted with the realities of documenting life as it happens, he's dancing openly with them. Our biggest question... will he ever make it home? Luckily he's blogging about the entire experience.

You can check out his account at: theattitudeofeachother.wordpress.com

And find out more about the Plastic Reef Project and Maarten Vanden Eynde at: www.plasticreef.com We recommend a particular series of entries starting at www.plasticreef.com/?p=271
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     Neighborhood Earth By Leila Kaas
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PlaceHolder_20_804PXLetting yourself CONNECT....

PARIS
"Life is the art of meeting," as one of my favorite Brazilian composers and poets, Vinicius de Moraes, once said. While visiting my Brazilian friends Fernanda and Hilario in Paris, that city and its lively atmosphere made me reflect about connections.
 
This was my first time in the "City of Lights" and I couldn't stop thinking of how much history that influences our lives today had happened in one place. This place where I was STEPPING IN NOW... "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity) the motto of the French Revolution; the Lumière brothers with their pioneering film work; and the 1968 movement for social change are a few of the huge influential "events" that happened in Paris.
 
The feeling I had was that the old meets the new in Paris. The Louvre Palace and the Pompidou Center symbolize this meeting in their French Renaissance and High-Tech architecture. Or even old churches that house cameras and TV monitors to assure everybody can follow the mass through this modern technological resource.
 
The connections I was reflecting upon were not only between old and new, past and present, but also about people. How easy it is to meet or to miss someone... When I was back in Malmö, where I live in Sweden, I found out that a friend from Brazil was in Paris the same week I was there. How did we miss each other?! And yet at the same time, I strangely connected to people and initiatives I could never think of...
 
Inspired by the artistic and enlightened atmosphere of this old and so contemporary city, I had an insight about connections as something you let happen or not. Unconsciously, I was not allowing myself to connect to other Brazilians, like myself, while walking around Paris. The city had so many Brazilian tourists that I probably thought that letting myself connect with them I would loose the experience of the place, since we would be immersed in our language and cultural perspective. In other words, I was closed to this connection and open to local connections. And what happened? My eyes captured interesting local initiatives and people.
 
Connections happen or not depending not on our effort to connect but mainly on our predisposition to let it happen. If we allow it to happen, it will happen. I still wonder if my Brazilian friend and I took the same trains, went to the same restaurants and were near to each other more than once in Paris. We simply did not connect...

Here is one of the initiatives I bumped into while walking in Paris: www.Lelaboratoire.org, a center where artscience innovation takes place. Check it out :o)


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     FOLLOW UP NEWS
PlaceHolder_16_140PX· We had a great interview with Multi-Disciplinary Artist Jon Rubin at The Waffle Shop last month.  We'll post more about it in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can find out more about Jon and his latest project, The Waffle Shop, a neighborhood restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA that produces and broadcasts a live-streaming talk show with its customers, by visiting: www.waffleshop.org and www.jonrubin.net.

· If you missed our podcast interview with Virtual Reality Scientist, Jürgen Schulze, you can check it out HERE.

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     HAVE YOU CONNECTED WITH SOMEONE BECAUSE OF BRIDGETHINK?
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     THAT'S A WRAP!

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- The BridgeThink Team

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