On July 29, 2016 we welcomed our newest family member, Isaac. He was unexpectedly early and there was a whirlwind of activity to prepare for him. Making a film while pregnant and exploring my feelings around motherhood and creativity has been surreal, eye opening, exciting, invigorating, frustrating, exhausting and yet all the while rewarding and inspiring. When I realized my son was going to arrive early, I went into mommy-nesting-preparing mode. There are no certainties in life and babies and due dates are no exception. Just about everyday during the filming someone would joke about me going into labor, or ask me if I was prepared. I don't think you are ever fully prepared to meet your child and become a parent. You can pray for guidance and grace. I have found that most of the time I am improvising my way through parenting. The only constant is my love for my sons.
After taking some time to focus on my family, I returned to the film. Nick. Elizabeth and I have begun sorting through all our footage and working on order, transitions and picking our favorite takes, shots and scenes. Although I feel a sense of urgency to finish the film, I want to take my time and be sure that we are all crafting the best film we can and that it expresses the nuances and emotions that I was trying to capture.
In Other News.......
In addition to creating my film, I have a few other projects I have been working on. The first is developing and launching the website for The St. Petersburg Dance Alliance. The SPDA was founded last year and our mission is to raise awareness and support for dance in St. Pete. I am so excited to share the with the help and guidance of fellow dancer, Sharon McCamman the SPDA now has a website!! Check us out at www.spdancealliance.com
I also have been working on a solo for dancer Charlotte Johnson. This site specific work will be performed on Sept. 17 as part or Our Town: A Moving Dance Tour of St. Pete. This event is part of SPF16 and produced by the St. Pete Dance Alliance, Dance Linkages, and the St. Pete Arts Alliance.
The arts scene in St. Pete is exciting, vibrant and growing. I am honored and inspired to be a part of it and to see what a valued commodity art is in my community. Creative Loafing released their Fall Arts preview and it is a joy to see so many of my friends and fellow artists' events listed. I am happy to say that two projects I am involved in are mentioned, ur Town: A Moving Dance Tour of St. Pete, and BEACON a performance series I co-produce with Lauren Slone.