It’s a wrap

I am writing you from my cousin’s house in Georgia. We arrived in the USA 3 days ago, a little tattered, me with an ear infection and Forest exhausted from the 10-day trip all over Romania right before we got on the plane. Driving over there is a real battle, especially when the car brakes down in the middle of your journey. It was crazy!

As I look back on Romania, my heart is filled with gratitude for all that it had to hold. We had incredible experiences, frustrating times and difficult journeys. Looking into the vampire/strigoi stories was much like pulling the curtain and peering into the darkness of our human souls. I am not only referring to the belief in “evil” but also to our capacity to exclude and demonize others for simply being different.
At times, we may need supernatural language to interpret someone’s cruel and unusual actions. Lots of thoughts …

From my investigations and filming, it’s difficult to conclude on whether there are such things as supernatural creatures and powers. There’s enough evidence to prove both sides. I look forward to editing the film and sharing it with you.

On to new adventures … a new movie!

As we were wrapping up filming our vampire/strigoi film in Romania, a dear friend of ours recommended us for an unusual project. A Swiss entrepreneur wants to take six American families on a free vacation to Egypt. He has no political affiliation or religious agenda. He simply wants to offer this trip to people who are concerned about our country’s and the world’s safety when it comes to Muslims and show them the Egyptian culture. There’s a saying: “If we can have a war of words then we can avoid a real war.”

Where do I fit in? I was asked to be the director of the film. Can you believe it? Me, lil’ ol’ me. Forest is producing.
As a filmmaker I am thrilled to be directing another feature film!
As a human, my heart is eager to contribute towards acts of kindness and understanding.

We’re in the process of casting right now so if you know someone who’d like to come on the trip, let me know. I would love to get someone from Chicago.

Thank you for reading.

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Giving Thanks

Giving thanks,

As I’m writing this letter to you I can hear the tuning man downstairs; repeated notes, shrill and loud float up to my room. It makes me think of life and living and how sometimes, being me feels messy and I feel just like those notes: shrill, too loud and out of context. And then I open my bigger-vision-eyes and see the larger picture; I am an instrument with incredible capacity for beauty and love; and so are you.

Transilvania Frumoasa by Ingrid Serban
Who’s in that photo above and why is it in this email?
I grew up with these two sweet ladies. Maria Misin (left) is my grandma’s cousin and Marioara is the neighbor across the street. This village is my happy place and the house behind them is the one I sing about in “Grandma’s House.” (Download on Itunes)Why their photo? As you probably know, I put together a short documentary that Forest inspired me to create called “Transilvania Frumoasa” – Transylvania the Beautiful. These ladies are featured. (read more)

Transilvania Frumoasa by Ingrid Serban
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You know how I like to show you stuff before anyone else gets to see it, and tell you to keep it a secret and ask you for your feedback?
I’m doing that again.Audio still needs work. It’s nice, just not perfect. I’m also going to add my parents in the thank you section.

Sending you much love and wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.


In other related news:

  • Forest and I are doing a Holiday SALE where you get 6 Cds for $50 and FREE shipping (this includes the two albums I sing on, “Just for Fun, Songs for the Little Ones” and “Just Begun.”) … just in case you’d like to support what we do and get some cool stocking stuffers that keep on giving. 🙂
  • Here’s another sweet video from the Porch Sessions, the Tulsa OK edition with Jesse Aycock.

Forest Sun, Ingrid Serban, Jesse Aycock in Tulsa, OK

love,
Ingrid
PS. Sorry for the massive length of this message. Thank you so much for taking the time to read, love and support what I do. It means a lot to me.Write back and tell me how you are.

PPS. I didn’t even tell you anything about our trip to the Asheville film fest in NC to witness the debut of our short film, All Sales Final! So amazing!!! Too much to tell.


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