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September 2016 I spent traveling to Canada's East Coast for a self-imposed writing retreat. Stopping in Maine, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and ultimately in Nova Scotia, I extended the work on "Every Place has a Spirit" (previously known as "Encounters") photo-series and wrote a first draft of a new script. The beauty of the Hopewell rocks in New Brunswick captured my imagination. There I chose to do my first ever performance art piece which has now become a part of "Flower-power" art film.

In Nova Scotia, I settled in a cosy cottage with the view of the ocean and the tide literally coming up to the house. When the tide was low, I'd walk the shores and collect firewood that I'd burn later that day. Eagles would make their daily rounds above me and full Moon would shine across the water as I'd kayak deep into the night. It was so magical there that I wrote 93 pages in just six days! Of course, it's no masterpiece at this stage, but it's a big step forward. I'm so excited!

#travel #firsttime #newwork #eastcoast

It was a privilege to be on a jury panel for young Tamil filmmakers in July of 2016 in Toronto. Ten teams of kids 10-14 years of age competed in various categories with their films shot on cell phones. The range of topics and approaches was stunning. The end result was incredibly inspirational. Also on a panel were filmmaker Senthil Vinu and CBC radio producer and host Manjula Selvarajan. Besides watching and judging films we had an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback for each competing team. In return they stunned us with their professionalism and dedication to the craft.

#juryduty #youngfilmmakers

Well well well, hello there! I am finally moving into the future! Up until June 2016 I had a step-up from a flip phone, where the only app available was an "sms" app. Now I have one of those wise phones and a mobile-hopefully-friendly website! Hooray!

The future is now!

P.S. Photograph origin is, unfortunately, unknown.


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