SWAMP Staff, Volunteers and Board wish to thank all of the many members, long-time friends, newly-made friends who donated to the Happy Hour party, “The Directors’ Cut.” We reached our…
SWAMP Staff, Volunteers and Board wish to thank all of the many members, long-time friends, newly-made friends who donated to the Happy Hour party, “The Directors’ Cut.” We reached our goal of raising $15,000!
Thanks to The Art Guys for hosting at their gorgeous private art studio (With An Upstairs Bar!!)
Thanks so much to the Directors and Producers
James Allen Collins, M.D. & Patricia Lacy Collins
Chris Souders, M.D.
Adán Medrano & Dr. Richard Jiménez
Lowell & Michelle Mower
Thanks to the many friends who bought Raffle Tickets. We LOVE YOU!!
The Winner of the SWAMP Raffle is Elizabeth Crum of Brazos Film & Video, Fort Worth. Congrats! Two (2) Southwest Airlines tickets. There are absolutely no restrictions on these Southwest Airlines tickets. They are “must fly” tickets!
The Art of the Interview Workshop!
Saturday, November 16th, 10am – 1pm
NEW Location: HCC Spring Branch Performing Arts Center
Located on the north-east corner off I-10 feeder road between Beltway 8 and Lumpkin Rd.
SWAMP presented award-winning filmmakers Bruce Bryant and Jim Barham (For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair) to share their time-tested knowledge on the art of interviewing. Conducting an on-camera interview for documentaries, commercials, and other projects can be nerve-wracking for both the filmmaker and the subject! Techniques for drawing out stories or a “performance” from an interview take years of practice and also require adaptability depending on the person being interviewed.
The “sold out” workshop was attended by both new and veteran filmmakers, interested in brusing up on the dos and don’ts. They discovered the best practices for making subjects comfortable in front of a camera so that their stories, and their projects, capture the heart of their audience!
Note: This workshop was: “The Best Educational Value Of The Year!”
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We screened the narrative, documentary, and animated shorts produced with assistance from SWAMP’s Houston Short Film Fund 2013. The winning films were presented with additional shorts by the filmmakers, followed by a question and answer session.
SUPERNATURE: ESALEN AND THE HUMAN POTENTIAL is a documentary film about the influential Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and The Human Potential Movement it spawned. Esalen was founded in the early 1960s by Stanford grads Richard Price and Michael Murphy as a place to explore and nurture what Aldous Huxley had named the “human potentialities,” his expression for the fantastic reaches of mind and body hinted at in the altered states of mystical literature and psychedelic experience. Drawing on the ideas of Huxley, Abraham Maslow, and many others, Murphy and his colleague, journalist George Leonard, named this new initiative “The Human Potential Movement.” The result was a new visionary school that fostered techniques to actualize these human potentials and delved, enthusiastically, into questions about the latent or secret nature of reality and the human being that were, and still are, considered out of bounds in the universities and religions.
At a time of unprecedented political, social and ideological conflict, we believe the world would benefit from a broad, beautiful, and sophisticated exposure to the ideas and practices fostered by the Esalen Institute, particularly those that move us beyond the present schizophrenic split between religion and science. We believe that the world is presently “without vision,” and that it cries out for positive, even ecstatic models and ideas that can embrace the best of our religious pasts without being bound to those pasts; that can celebrate the discoveries of science without equating these discoveries with a materialism of despair and meaningless; and that can finally envision the human being as a conscious embodiment of the evolving cosmos. With SUPERNATURE, we hope to bring exactly this vision to a much wider audience and so play our part in the transformation and future of American culture.
As one of SWAMP’s Sponsored Projects, SUPERNATURE raises money under our 501(c)(3) status, which means that all your donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE to the fullest extent allowed by law. Any questions, please call Executive Director Mary Lampe at 713-522-8592 x3 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPERNATURE is directed by SWAMP member Scott Hulan Jones, a filmmaker with a wide range of skills honed over twenty-nine years of storytelling. He excels at finding the emotional core of any given story and infusing his films, whether thirty seconds or ninety minutes, with a poetic spirit, with soul, and thus creating authentic, memorable and meaningful experiences for audiences. This is Sam, a short documentary he directed, won Best Documentary at the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival, and the Audience Choice Award at the Houston Halloween Film Festival. In addition to working on his own films, Scott works as a freelance director, writer, cinematographer and editor on select documentary and commercial projects. He is currently working with The Methodist Hospital System as a contract filmmaker.
Thank you for your support!