this film changed my life

“It’s probably under the moonlight that we see that black boys can be blue, can be sad and sullen and intimate,” he said. “It’s under starlight that we see them differently, or that we get the chance to.”

“Because we rarely see ourselves in those hues or under that gauze. We see ourselves in the harsh police light or the amber of street lights, but what is it when the reflection of the sun in the moon is sitting on these bodies. What beauty can we see?”

- Tarell McCraney

Telling specific stories about personal matters can start the debate that is needed today, and that connect you with realities that you had no idea were connected. Film is a tool of change… I’m connected with parts of the world, a few I wasn’t even aware of, and others I wasn’t paying attention to, wasn’t paying attention to a connection the films are reestablishing somehow. I think the most dangerous thing today is to feel alone, to feel that your issues don’t matter because there’s so much shit going on on the planet… If they don’t feel we’re here, if they don’t feel we care, if they don’t feel like we’re following their stories and there to support them and that the injustice they’re living today matters to us, if we don’t find a way for them to know this, that is what I fear. That will cause damage that will take so much to repair. All of these broken families and broken dreams. And I think film is exactly that. Film can take a very specific voice and put it in the minds of everyone. So being in this festival reminds me of that power. And I go, like, “Fuck yes, the cinema is needed more than ever!” (x)

Life update (:

Things have been crazy lately tbh. My name has been legally changed and yesterday we changed it at social security, the bank, and drivers services. To the world I am officially Jack! It’s been an emotional roller coaster even though things have gone smoothly. Haven’t had time to take many pictures, so I think I’ll dedicate this evening to doing so. This account has grown so much and I can’t believe I’m able to reach so many people. All of the lovely messages I get from you make me so happy. I would love to talk to more of you, so feel free to message me! So much love to each and every one of you 💛 Jack

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When I found out I had the part, the overwhelming feeling was of relief. I’d been auditioning for seven months so it was just unbelievable to think, yes, finally I know for sure I’m going to be in this film. In terms of what’s changed, my life back home in London is still pretty normal. I mostly drove everywhere around where I live even before I got that part, so that has meant my life just goes on as normal.

Reasons why I'm crying:

-the Wonder Woman movie is finally a thing (I mean forreal why has it taken so long for us to get a female driven superhero film)‬
‪-she was never sexualized once‬
‪-it was a film about a powerful woman ACTUALLY DIRECTED BY A WOMAN‬
‪-little girls are going to see it and feel empowered af‬
‪-Diana Prince singlehandedly saved 2017‬

so everyone’s hype about the “possible” ari&dante movie as well as the upcoming simon vs the homosapien agenda film but where are all my life changing, soul inspiring cute wlw ya lit y’all???? when r those gonna be big enough thing to be adapted for the big screen. tbh im a total stan 4 both said films above but im a lil confused y’all. wlw is just as damn cute as mlm!!!!

theguardian.com
Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown 'changed my life'
At the height of his fame, Cary Grant turned to LSD therapy for help. He later claimed the drug saved him, but did it also spell the end of his career?
By Xan Brooks

“He claimed he was saved by LSD,” explains Mark Kidel, the film’s director. “You have to remember that Cary was a private man. He rarely gave interviews. And yet, after taking acid, he personally contacted Good Housekeeping magazine and said: ‘I want to tell the world about this. It has changed my life. Everyone’s got to take it.’ I’ve also heard that Timothy Leary read this interview, or was told about it, and that his own interest in acid was essentially sparked by Cary Grant.”

working class kid from Bristol makes good

I just got back from seeing Atomic Blonde with Victoria and okay…

So I grew up on James Bond and Ocean’s Eleven. I cut my cinematic teeth on all manner of trash action/spy flicks and I loved them (I still do). But I had never seen myself in a character, I had never had the experience of /being/ James Bond.

Until tonight I had never seen myself on the big screen before. I had never had the experience of actually being the main character in… really any film, much less playing the lead part in a genre that I love.

No movies had ever felt like they had been made /for/ me before.

I have never in my fucking life felt more in love with myself than I did walking out of that movie.

So I guess what I’m saying is you all can hate this film all you like but it changed my fucking life and I will fight for it until the end.

What made Zootopia special to you?

A year ago Disney released Zootopia. Its been praised by thousands and hated by hundreds. Called a fantastic allegory on equality and shamed for being a band aid attempt to “cure” racism. But what I want to know is what made it special to you. Now I’m no stranger to stereotypes being on both sides of the word. Yet I always thought of myself as “more” accepting than most and at times I was. But when that little 128 minute story between a rabbit and fox came along my life changed. This film made me question just how truly accepting I was. Yes I would smile and nod say hi back but my first thoughts about any stranger I met began to concern me. I didn’t see a fellow human being I saw labels. Black, White, Hispanic, Arabic, Liberal, Conservative, ect. Without even thinking I was already making character judgements on people I’ve never met before in my life, not even taking the time to give someone the benefit of the doubt before I shuffled them along to their perspective corral of social stigma. Now some know me because of my Nick and Judy tattoo and in public people always ask me why there’s a bunny and fox on my arm. I never tell the truth because the truth puts so much on the line. The truth is everyday I wake up and the first thing I see is Judy and Nick. Everyday I wake up and see that sassy bunny with her dumb fox and they remind me every single waking moment to not take anyone at face value. That kid with the snap back and baggy pants might be the guy who lets you know you dropped your keys. You’ll never know who someone is until you actually make an effort to do so. I’ve struggled so much with this idea but it has changed my life in a relatively short time. Coworkers I’ve been around for years and never talked to are now some of the first people i gravitate towards when I’m at the shop. My supervisor who I judged to be a Middle eastern stereotype the first time i saw him is now my good friend. Hell we swap workouts and meal plans on a daily basis now. Haven’t hit the gym yet cuz Frank would beat the shitt out of me, dudes 5 foot 6 300lbs. Now in no way shape or form am I “completely” bias free but now I can recognize that I am biased in some way. And recognition is the first step in finding a solution. Life is messy we fall down and we most definitely make mistakes its part of being human. It’s up to us to learn from those mistakes so that next time things will be better. To quote a certain bunny “ Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.“ That is why Zootopia was and still is a very important aspect of my life and I can truly say it has changed me for the better.

Now i challenge you. What made Zootopia so special? I look forward to reading any and all responses.

@crewefox  @ciderstripes @alexboehm55144

I would just like to thank Guy Ritchie for not making Napoleon and Illya fight over Gaby like someone needs to give that man a medal in being able to get two male leads and adding some serious chemistry and coming out with intense homo erotic tension and making a perfect ot3

How Web Series Became My Thing

When I was a kid, I forced my friend Maddie to make with me what I referred to as a television show. We filmed a mostly-improv “comedy” about two puppets with my family’s camera more often used for home movies. In a sense, this was my first web series, though no one saw it outside of my parents.

I say “when I was a kid”, but most people would probably say I still am. I’m 18-years-old, and just about to graduate from high school. My whole life, I’ve been driven by a basic desire; when I consume media I enjoy, I want to create something like it. Reading a good book? I have a sudden desire to become an author. Watching a musical? I’m plotting out my own during the intermission. This way of thinking had never amounted to much. My brain tends to move from one thing to another far too quickly. When I found something that stuck, I knew I’d stumbled upon something really important; what I wanted to do with my life.

Discovering The Chris Gethard Show in the summer of 2013, lonely, depressed, 14-year-old Jules absolutely fell in love. TCGS was a variety television show on public access TV in New York City, but most of the fans found it through the internet, watching the livestream when it aired. The show was full of absurd comedy that felt like it truly came from people happy to be there with each other. I dreamt of getting involved in the community, maybe even interning for the show, but though I attended multiple tapings of the show and joined a chat room dedicated to it, I never really felt like I belonged.

We’re getting to web series, don’t worry.

As my interest turned towards video content, my desire became to make a television show or movie. My parents, seeing this and desperately trying to find a way for me to socialize, signed me up for a one-week film class in the summer of 2014. I didn’t get much out of it from the teachers, but I made one very good friend, Simona, who told me about a web series airing at the time that she was absolutely obsessed with, the web series Nothing Much To Do.

I caught up on NMTD in a night, and continued to watch until the end. I’d watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries during my Vlogbrothers phase, but it didn’t really stick with me as something I could potentially do myself, mostly due to how professional it seemed. NMTD was of the same type of show as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries - a vlog-style web series inspired by a work of literature - but it was made by teens just like me! Older teens, sure, but teens! Once again, my brain returned to that desire; I wanted to make something like it.

I bought a $200 camcorder and made a post on Tumblr asking if anybody wanted to help with a NMTD-esque adaptation of As You Like It, my favorite Shakespeare play. I got two responses, fellow NMTD fans Sarah and Julia, and together we wrote the 50 episode series Like, As It Is though a Google Doc. Then, I stretched my resources as far as I could to find a cast, mostly through old friends or casting websites, and from January to August of 2015 I filmed the entirety of Like, As It Is.

Looking back at 16-year-old Jules running an entire production by herself, I think I must be insane. Like, As It Is was truly a test of my ability to keep my brain in check and not back down, which was ridiculous because I was just leaving the worst mental health period of my life. I could barely interact with my classmates in high school, but there I was, managing a cast. Actors dropped out, or worse, turned out to be way older than they said they were in their acting bios, creating many uncomfortable situations where I had to tell someone they just couldn’t play a 16-year-old. I filmed almost the entire series in my family home. Everything was difficult, and nothing worked out.

But there I was, at the end of August of 2015, with an entire series filmed and edited. I posted it online to a much smaller audience than I’d hope for, but I’d done it. Immediately, I wanted to do it again.

I got a better camera for Christmas, wrote another script, this time an adaptation of Twelfth Night written entirely by myself, and that December my next production began. I was addicted. This new series, Twelfth Grade (or Whatever), had as rough, if not more difficult, a production process as Like, As It Is. But Twelfth Grade looked and felt better than the series I’d filmed before, and the internet must have thought so as well. The first episode of Twelfth Grade is approaching 5,000 views on YouTube, with most of the episodes approaching 2,000. I am so incredibly proud of the work the actors and myself did on Twelfth Grade, and the relative success of the series did nothing to stave off my addiction to making web series.

I’ve worked on two more web series since then; The Uncanny Upshurs, a continent-spanning original series, and The Emma Agenda, a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. This fall I’m going to college, and I’m likely to study film. Discovering the world of web series has absolutely changed my life. I’ve found something I love to do, and I’ve got the means to do it. I’m still socially awkward, sure, but I’m finally part of a community.

And if I’m a little bit obsessed, who cares? My obsession is with making stuff, and that is what I’m doing. In the end, I think that’s all that matters.

Meet the Author
Jules Pigott is a student filmmaker and writer from New York City. She has written, directed, and edited for numerous web series, including
Twelfth Grade (or Whatever), The Uncanny Upshurs and The Emma Agenda. Jules co-founded the group Quip Modest Productions, which is dedicated to telling stories through an online platform. One time, she did stand up comedy dressed as a reindeer.