This post made possible by an anonymous donation to our Writer’s Fund from Greenpoint Area Man. Greenpoint based filmmaker Jessica Edwards knows that she can learn a lot from her fellow filmmakers and believes you can too.
She is currently using the crowd-funding site Kickstarter to help realize her latest project TELL ME SOMETHING, a photography and creative advice book from fifty of the world’s best documentary filmmakers.
Documentary filmmakers are a rare breed, they’re creative, persistent, they’re master storytellers and each film they make is like a graduate degree in their chosen subject. Some of them have spent over 60 years making films, and along the way they’ve learned a lot about how to balance life and art. They’ve got insightful advice for people in any creative field.
Her campaign is about 50% realized as of the date this post goes up. I personally think helping local Brooklyn makers of all types is a good and easy way to help create culture and unity. This will be my eighth Kickstarter project I’ve funded and it’s always great to be a part of someone’s fully realized goals.
Once a record and coffee shop, now a locally sourced restaurant, Eat Greenpoint’s owner Jordan Colon is dedicated to transforming the space once again – this time into a pottery studio. Jordan believes that, “the local movement should not stop at food, but be applied to all objects that are a part of our lives.” In order to revive this “dying art,” Jordon has a fundraising campaign on Small Knot with the hope to raise $5,000 to buy a kiln and turn EAT into a space for pottery, where there will be pottery sessions, all supplies provided, so you can hand craft and then glaze your own pottery in Eat’s backyard. “Investments” include dinner and pottery sessions. Do you want to see a pottery studio open in Greenpoint?
goodyoga’s Indiegogo campaign ends tomorrow. Please donate and support your local community.
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Thinking about all the problems in the world makes me feel completely helpless. I used to ask myself, what can I do, as one small (literally short) person, to have any effect on the world? I was left feeling empty and useless.
Then I had a conversation with one small business owner, Anthony, of the since moved Una Pizza Napoletana in the East Village, and he changed my outlook. By making responsible choices in our immediate world, by helping just one person, by being good neighbors, we can all have a positive impact on our community. If I recall correctly, we were on the topic of cheese, but even that decision has a chain reaction that impacts the world. Michael Pollan said it best: “change the world one fork at a time.”
My hope is that Greenpointers can be the online voice for all the individuals and organizations in the neighborhood who are working hard every day to have a positive impact on Greenpoint. It is working… one project at a time.