100.3 The SOUND

My sister Liz told me about THE SOUND radio station about 9 years ago.  “Molly, have you heard this new station?  I think it’s 100.3?  It is sooooo good!  They play ALBUMS!”  Liz loved music.  Back in the 70’s, she had her Columbia House music membership and got a new 8 track tape almost every week.  It was so exciting getting this music in the mail.  Music she paid for because she began working at age 16 and never stopped.  The music brought her great comfort in a tumultuous time in our family.  And because I was her roomie, it brought me comfort too.  Those were the days.  Her favorite was Elton John.  She had every one of his albums.  My sister passed away from breast cancer this past April, she was almost 59 years old.

THE SOUND was recently sold.  In a few days it will be no more.  Ever day I drive my car, this station is a part of my life and it connects me to Liz.  Inevitably I’ll be thinking of her and one of her favorite songs will pop on.  I know then that she is with me.  I will miss this more than my heart can bear.

Selfishly, I wanted to support THE SOUND  any way I could.  So I went to their facebook page to see what I could do to save this kind of in depth appreciation of music on the radio.  That is when I saw Mimi’s fund raiser for A CASE FOR THE CURE.  Mimi the-flower-child Chen is now a cancer survivor and she is raising money and awareness for this terrific home grown organization.  This non profit helps, among other things, pay for screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms for women in LA County who cannot afford to pay.

I crumbled in tears.  It was almost like Liz lead me to the page. No one should ever have to endure what my sister, Mimi Chen or any other man and woman who have had breast cancer went through.  I donated and I hope you can too.  And what  lovely way to honor the greatest radio station that was THE SOUND.

 

 

48 hour film festivals

Probably the only people who know about these kinds of challenges are actors. I had heard of them over the years, and it sounded god awful to me. You have 48 hours to make a short movie from “inception of idea” all the way to “finished project.” Hellacious right? Then I started studying at Stuart Rogers Studio and met all these terrific actors who really care about their art and craft and are not afraid of doing really hard work. I soon realized I had become a pampered, passionless actor who had morphed into a giant pussy. I was scared, scared to get involved and to care anymore. Well I don’t like being scared. My life is only 1/2 over. What am I gonna do for the last 1/2? Hide huddled in a corner too scared to try something new; too scared to rediscover my enthusiasm, passion and drive because I’m afraid I’ll look like an idiot for caring? Since when did I ever care about what I looked like?

This February, Stuart Rogers Studio had their 48 Hour Film Festival. I was determined to be a part of it. Luckily my favorite people allowed me on their team. Mandy Levin and Brice Williams had assembled an incredible assortment of actors, director, writer, artist, and editor.

Most of us are really only trained to act so we knew there would many challenges, specifically technical, along the way.

We were given “Buddy Film” as our genre.
We had to incorporate, “The opera chef cooks and sings,” somewhere in the dialogue.
We had to incorporate the name “Maxwell Geanalkoplis.”
We had to use a “plunger” somewhere in the film.
The film had to be at least 5 minutes long but no longer than 10.

It is amazing what you can do for no money, no time and a gun to your head. It is gloriously silly and fun. *WARNING* there is some foul language. I hope you enjoy.

Heather Robinson won Best Director and I won Best Actress. This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

The Team
Brice Williams – “Jack” and Co-Captain, Chief problem solver
Mandy Levin – “Maggie” and Co-Captain, Chief pre-problem solver
Heather Robinson – Director and “Housekeeper”
Catherine Butterfield – Writer
Marcus Williams – Editor
Tommy Burr – “Maxwell Geanalkoplis” – script supervisor
Jack Krizmanich – “Gorgeous Cop” and all around helper
Brett Doar – “Maggie’s Husband” and all around helper
and Me

Talented Friends!

I am surrounded by talented people. Not just actor friends but writers, musicians, artists, photographers, storytellers, creators of things intriguing and/or beautiful, and problem solvers. This enriches my life and inspires me and I consider myself extraordinarily lucky.

I feel compelled to share with you some of this bounty and in turn you can share with others.

1503399_654394427949933_1681198025_nFirst of all, my sister Lucy Hagan wrote a gloriously haunting and beautiful Christmas song. CHRISTMAS HEAR THE BELLS. It is only available as an MP3. So download and enjoy immediately! Lots of places to get this: iTunes, CD Baby, Google Play, and Amazon.

51vv4OLzUALLynn Cohen has just recently published her book A TERRIBLE CASE OF BEAUTY. This novel drew me in and never let me go. I was deeply affected by this book. Naomi Shihab Nye who is a poet and novelist wrote about the book, “Lynn Cohen manages what politicians seem to find it so impossibly difficult to do – she imagines the experience of “the other.” Skillfully, tenderly she renders the infinitely perplexing and sorrowful occupation, the complicated struggle for justice in Palestine/Israel into particular human size and scale… Through chapters rich with intricate, careful details, haunting encounters, and a wide range of compelling conversations, Cohen shapes new possibilities for consideration and understanding.” Lynn’s book is available in print and as an eBook through Amazon. A Terrible Case of Beauty

My friend Andy Blackford wrote a collection of short stories called BUDDHA AND THE BOMB. These funny and charming stories follow Jayashinti an improbable British Buddhist Monk. This is a thoroughly entertaining read. And the appendixes are filled with REAL down to earth info on Mindulness Meditation. You can get this eBook through Amazon. With a Kindle® App you can start enjoying immediately. Buddha and the Bomb71Tw-Oau95L._SL1500_

Charlie Chessler has a romantic relationship with his beloved New York City. He shares his passion through his photographs. Whether he is photographing some of the city’s smallest denizens like the Tufted Titmouse to the largest landscapes of Central Park you will enjoy. Please visit his site to see these extraordinary photos CharlesChesslerPhotography

I am always bragging about my friend Lana Von Haught! There is nothing she can’t do. She IS all of the above, Musician, photographer, artist, blah blah blah;) Currently her passion is photography and videography. Visit her site to enjoy her wide range of subjects and services LanaVonHaught

48-Belle-Coco-long-270x270My dear friend Sasha Stone makes the most delicious and nourishing oil for body and hair BELLE COCO. I say delicious because it smells so good you want to eat it. It is 100% natural and made in small batches. You can buy it on her web site or at Liberation Yoga. BeOpenYoga

Thank you for letting me share just a small sampling of my friends’ work and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Love,

Molly