The other day I received an email from Mary Ellen, the Executive Director at Ophelia’s Place in upstate NY asking me if I’d model in her upcoming fashion show on February 7th.
She calls the fashion show “A Radical Fashion Show to Benefit Ophelia’s Place.” The show will be hosted by Joy Nash featuring models of all shapes, genders, sizes and colors.
The show is truly radical since all of the clothes worn by the models are from Target and local thrift shops. Leave it to Mary Ellen to come up with a great idea like that. She says it’s all about thrift and recycling.
I’d do anything for Mary Ellen, so I agreed to be in the show.
I have 2 goals with the show;
1. Support Mary Ellen and Ophelia’s Place.
2. Try not to not embarrass myself too much. I’m sure they’re will be a stumble here and there, but my goal is to not have people engaging in hardy laughter.
The first goal will be easy, the second one not so much.
I went to a local store to try on clothes and get a general feel for walking. You know what they say – practice makes perfect!
- “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” DVD
- SCREENING IN DALLAS
- PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM SCREENING
- BEAUTIFUL PERSON OF THE WEEK
- UPCOMING SCREENINGS
- PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
This past Sunday the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA screened “America the Beautiful” as a part of their Defining Beauty – Do the Photographs Lie? exhibit.
The museum featured 2 very relevant exhibits;
One was a photography exhibit called Valerie Belin: Made Up.
Featuring 17 exquisite, monumental images, Valérie Belin: Made Up explores a photographer’s ability to manipulate perception of artificiality and reality.
Belin’s pictures playfully remind us that a photograph can be just as artificial as the person or object is depicts.
The following 2 photographs are pictures of mannequins in Paris. In Paris the mannequins are made to look like real women, instead of the generic, artificial looking, nondescript mannequins here in the US.
When I first saw this photograph, I thought it was a picture of a real woman.
These mannequins look so real.
All the way down to producing what looks like tears in the eye.
I think that’s Valerie’s point. With photography, you can’t tell if it’s real or artificial.
This is a photograph of a famous brand of potato chips in Paris that Valerie shot.
She said the packaging looks great, but you can’t tell if there’s any substance inside the bag…
Just like this woman. When she’s all made up to look great, Valerie says you can’t tell if she has any substance on the inside.
Her point is that we have to look beyond the surface in order to get to what’s real.
Her entire exhibit was awesome!
The other exhibit was called Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel.
Iris Apfel, the renowned fashion designer is now in her 80′s, living in NY.
Her statement is that women should have the right and freedom to dress how they please.
Iris uses colors and fabrics unlike any other designer I’ve ever seen. As a matter of fact, I’d love to go to NY to interview her.
Look at these awesome clothes:
After the 2 exhibits, the Peabody Essex Museum screened “America the Beautiful” and got a wonderful turnout.
This was an awesome screening because most of the people attending were 35 to 83. It was very obvious that draconian advertising effects people of all generations.
I also met some awesome people at the screening.
This wonderful woman contacted me on Facebook and helped me to make a Facebook page to advertise the screening. She drove from Boston to see the film.
These 3 ladies are in their 80′s and are as vibrant and awesome as ever! This is real beauty!
The lady in the brown sweater apologized for wearing a Ralph Lauren sweater to the screening. She said she didn’t know about the boycott. She was so sweet that I forgave her.
Phillip is the Museum’s Curator of Photography. He was responsible for the Valerie Belin exhibit coming to the museum.
- SCREENING IN DALLAS
On Saturday January 23rd, the former Executive Director of The Elisa Project in Dallas, Elizabeth Hughes is hosting a screening of “America the Beautiful” at her lovely home.
She gets embarrassed when I refer to her home as a mansion, but it is absolutely awesome. She’s going to set up a giant screen in her backyard with theater style seating. There is probably an acre or so on the side of the pool.
She also promised to have roasted marshmallows, pizza and various other culinary delights.
She’s inviting dignitaries from Houston, Dallas and Ft. Worth to attend the screening. If you live in the Dallas area, email me and I’ll see if I can get you on the VIP guest list. This screening is going to be a blast as Elizabeth really knows how to throw a party.
Here is the backyard before the transformation:
- “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” – DVD
“America the Beautiful” is still going strong in the marketplace.
After I sent out the last newsletter, so many of you ordered it on ITunes that they decided to officially promote the film along with other major titles that they’re carrying.
As of yesterday ITunes had “America the Beautiful” listed in the New & Noteworthy Documentary section.
All of you have created what’s turning out to be the longest running independent documentary in US history.
If you haven’t already seen “America the Beautiful,” here are some of the ways that you can:
You can order the PG-13 or R rated version in either the Home Use, Educational or Organizational version off of our website.
The Educational and Organizational version comes with a 1 time public performance license to screen the film for an audience either with free admission or charging an admission.
if that link doesn’t work, go to:
The basic difference between the R Rated version and the PG-13 version:
- 4 swear words are missing
- Some images from the plastic surgery scene have been removed
- Also the Eve Ensler scene where she talks about doctors that perform Vagina rejuvenation surgery is gone.
You can also order “America the Beautiful” on Video on Demand through your local cable provider.
“America the Beautiful” is now available in 50 million homes ( Video on Demand) through cable outlets like:
Time Warner Cable, COX, Cablevision, Charter, Verizon, AT&T, RCN, Insight, Mediacom, Suddenlink, Rogers Cable (Canada), Cogeco (Canada).
You can watch the film on Amazon Video on Demand by clicking here:
You can watch the film on ITunes by clicking here:
- BEAUTIFUL PERSON OF THE WEEK
While I was at the Peabody Essex Museum, I got a chance to interact with Jennifer Evans, the Director of Special Events at the museum.
After talking to her about 15 minutes, I told her she rocked and asked her if she’d be my “Beautiful Person of the Week” and she said yes.
I’m proud to introduce all of you to Jennifer.
In Jennifer’s own words, this is why she’s a beautiful person:
I believe that each person is born with a special gift and our job is to discover that gift within ourselves, develop it and give it back to the world. My gift is music and when I sing or perform music and share it with others, I feel the most fulfilled and most beautiful.
Another beauty – I have a good heart and feel great empathy toward others. For many, many years I thought there was something wrong with me because sometimes I would be so taken with another’s emotional state that I couldn’t concentrate on what was being said in a small group or even in one-on-one situations. I would feel overwhelmed by someone else’s emotional pain, insecurities or even their anger – though they might be smiling – and would clam up. Over time, I have learned to better balance this intuitive understanding with steady verbal skills so that I can participate more comfortably in the world around me and, hopefully, make others more comfortable when we speak. Now, instead of seeing this understanding of others as a curse, I see it was a gift because it allows me to reach out to those around me.
- UPCOMING SCREENINGS
Here is a partial list of some of the screenings set up for 2010. I will be at all of the screenings listed below and conducting a Q&A afterwards. I will list additional screenings soon:
January 23, 2010 – Dallas, TX
Elizabeth Hughes Screening
February 1, 2010 – Chicago, IL (NOT CONFIRMED)
University of Illinois – Chicago
February 3, 2010 – Clinton, NY
February 4, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Public Library
February 7, 2010 – Liverpool, NY
Ophelia Place Fashion Show
February 18, 2010 – Champaign-Urbana, IL
University of Illinois – Champaign
February 22, 2010 – Evanston, IL
February 23, 2010 – Daluth, MN
University of Minnesota
February 24, 2010 – Hoffman Estates, IL
February 27, 2010 – Long Beach, CA
Shoreline Treatment Center
February 28,2010 – Reno, Nevada
University of Nevada – Reno
March 2, 2010 – LaCrosse, WI
University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse
March 3, 2010 – Normal-Bloomington, IL
March 4, 2010 – Poughkeepsie, New York
April 16, 2010 – Austin, TX
University of Texas – Austin
May 25, 2010 – Manhattan, NY
Hosting Fashion Show and Auction for ROAED
October 1, 2010 – Chicago, IL
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting