Soul Music

Soul Music, a short film by Ingrid SerbanHello my dear friends, old and new and all cherished.

As usual, this and all my other monthly films are not perfected but finished. It’s my practice this year. To let it go and not tinker with it until it’s “perfect.” Thank you for watching and being so supportive. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this one. 

If you can think of a better title for this film, let me know. I’m open to ideas.

Here comes the impossible task. I wanted to compose real musical pieces that I “hear” in other people’s bodies and souls. Yes, I’m not forgetting the soul. The Soul is the grand orchestrator and conductor.

I am writing you from the bus driving down Lombard street in San Francisco. There’s wifi on the bus. Slow but good enough to write you this letter.

What a day! I just finished the edit and ran to the bus station. The film is not uploaded to vimeo yet (slow internet at work today) but by the time you get this message it will be there waiting for you.

This month I took on an impossible task!

Let me rewind for a bit. It was June 1st and I was lying in bed at night awake, thinking about sound and planets and what is it that brings harmony and discord between us. I grabbed onto a mental thread and followed it.
Sound is vibration. We, our bodies are constantly vibrating with life. This means that we are producing a constant sound. A song! Maybe the harmony and dissonance that we feel with each other has to do with the clashing or harmonizing of our “songs.” Kind of like Pythagoras‘ “Music of the Spheres” but within. It gives a whole new meaning to listening. The symphony of life.

Soul Music by Ingrid Serban

Password protected film link here: https://vimeo.com/173000874So I asked a few people I love to stand in front of my camera and look into the lens for 2 whole minutes. Amazing vulnerability, beauty and a sense of the infinite … That’s what I’ve been feeling all day editing. As if I traveled to the stars and saw what we’re made of. Powerful stuff, looking into each other’s eyes.

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Love,
Ingrid

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Weep and Wail, music video

My computer is at 24% (we’re in the city and I forgot my power cord), the video is slow …. ly uploading to vimeo, I’m breathing and staying calm …. ish. It’s been a total mad dash.

This music video for Forest‘s song “Weep and Wail” has been by far the most challenging monthly movie project for many reasons. I felt extra pressure to make it so that the artist aka my husband would love it. I had to work with the most actors I’ve worked with so far who were all just delightful, including the most exemplary music video extras you could ever find. Plus, I did lots and lots of driving in traffic to and from the east bay. Twice.
The editing has been borderline torturous. Lots of “I love it” “I hate it.”

Ok, enough with the hardships, I really like the way it turned out. Not perfect, but that’s the point of these monthly exercises; to live with imperfection.

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WATCH it here https://vimeo.com/164864762

Weep and Wail, Forest Sun music video

My friend Suzanne came though for me and videotaped Nevada clouds because there was not a could in the sky here in the bay. The benefit of Facebook. 🙂
Big thanks to Jordan and Joaquin for sending me the most beautiful Australian and New Mexican skies.

I finished filming on Wednesday evening, started editing on Thursday evening and had bits of time yesterday and today in-between films and events at the San Francisco International Film Festival. I even got to be on a Virtual Reality filmmaking panel. What? It was virtually captivating.

As always, thank you SO much for taking the time to watch my films. Write back if you can.

About sharing these films: Feel free to forward my email to friends. I’m not sharing any of these films publicly on social media as they are in progress but if you feel that someone would enjoy them forward away.

Love,
Ingrid

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March Movie

The Joy Project a film by Ingrid Serban

The Joy Project …

… is the title of my March movie. A race to the finish line for sure!
Next month, I’m going to finish the edit a week before the end of the month. Big plans! ha

How did this film come about? I was inspired by one of Forest‘s new songs “Won’t wait ’til I get to heaven to share my joy.” I can’t wait to share that music with you. I’m singing an entire gospel choir’s worth of voice. Glory, glory!

(For the password, please email me. I will add you to my mailing list and send you the password for this film.)
So here it is: https://vimeo.com/161138656

As always, I love hearing your feedback.

Extra credit!
Would you like to share what brings you joy? 
Post a short video of yourself sharing what brigs you joys on FB and tag me and if you’re feeling fancy, add #IngridsMovieChallenge to your post.
Maybe we can start a wave of gratitude on the social media platforms.

Lots of love,
Ingrid

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February Film

The Arrow and the Song

Here it is!
I finished filming last night and edited today.
(for the password please email me. I will add you to my mailing list and send you the password! Thank you.)

https://vimeo.com/157232053

This film is an illustrated poem. I found it by chance and loved it at first read.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I shot an arrow into the air,
It feel to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.”

Can’t wait to hear what you think!

Love,
Ingrid

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Movie a Month

I would like to take a moment to offer a heartfelt welcome to everyone who’s joined my mailing list. Thank you!

Ready? Set. Action!

Making sure everyone’s caught up with the latest, here’s a quick recap:
My mom is going to be ok. The past 3 weeks have been very upsetting as we thought we were going to lose her. (If you want to know more about that write me back and I’ll tell you.) In the midst of all that I was trying to edit a music documentary that I’m making about Forest’s album “Walk Through Walls.” I became discouraged feeling stuck in my editing work while worrying about my mom.
I felt like quitting. I felt like I really wasn’t any good at making movies and that as per usual, I bit more than I could chew.
Long story short, I decided to turn 180 degrees and make MORE movies.

The Challenge:

I will be making one movie every month for the next year. You will be the only ones to see them. I wanted to take the pressure off being perfect and great and also I wanted to have you, my supportive community to keep me accountable.
We can decide together whether any of the films will be worth sharing with the world.

It is February 24th, which means I have 5 days to send you a movie! My rule is that it cannot be anything I already thought of, but a brand new idea. I have an idea. I need an archer and friends at the beach this Saturday.

I can’t tell you how glad I am you’re with me on this journey!

Film #1 should be arriving in your inboxes on Monday, Feb. 29th. Planning on shooting on Saturday and editing on Sunday and Monday.

Feel free to invite anyone who you think may enjoy this. These films will only be available to my mailing list subscribers.

I’m thinking of a good hashtag. So far I’ve come up with #1MovieAMonthChallenge or #IngridsMovieChallenge #WatchMyShorts
What do you think?

love,
Ingrid

PS.
We made a video for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest.
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Header photo credit – Jordan Buetow

Grown-up

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, for better or for worse. Along with pondering comes remembering and I got to thinking about my childhood and how I always wanted to be a grown-up. I was washing dishes at the very moment when I realized that I am living my dream come-true. I am a grown-up!

Is it everything I hoped it would be? Aside from my plan to smoke when I grew up ( I abandoned that one quickly enough), it all feels pretty much right-on. The best way I can describe it is that I feel that I have myself all to myself. It’s a good feeling.

A lesson learned from here is that although I’ve set a pretty achievable goal for myself, I can still celebrate it.
As I was washing the dishes in warm water, also thinking about my grandma whose passing will be a year-old this December, I felt accomplished and grateful. I remembered how she loved to wash dishes in warm water and how she always offered to make sweet ‘urechi.’ I miss her more now than when she was alive. It’s so strange how that ultimate separation spreads a perfecting sheen on our loved ones.

I wanted to share these thoughts with you in the spirit of self reflection, gratitude and celebration.


 

In exciting news, I have walked through the gates of the San Francisco Film society and became one of their fiscal sponsorship recipients. This is such an honor! They are supporting me in creating a full-length documentary titled “Strigoi, the Real Vampires of Transylvania.”

More on that on the Goat Lips Productions site.


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Last little piece of news, Forest and I just got back from the Tallgrass Film Festival where we joined our friends Oscar Torre and Chuti Tiu in celebrating the world premiere of Cassie JayeEvan Davies‘ movie “Who’s There,” in which we are actors.
The Tallgrass experience was out of this world! Those folks really know how to put on a film festival. Wow!

Other than that, I’m really hoping my family comes over for Thanksgiving and that the squirrels stop digging my herb garden.

Much love,
Write back when you can.

Ingrid

PS. Here’s an article in the Fashion Globe about how we made a award-winning movie on an iPhone. Very kind of them to feature us. Many thanks to Tiffany Le. 
http://www.thefashionglobe.com/make-an-award-winning-film-using-a-smartphone

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Exclusive Preview

Remember, in my last email, when I told you I was working on something secret?

I finished it and I’m only sharing it with you. I did say that there will be exclusive things going on here and I’m staying true to it. 😉

I made a movie!! The whole caboodle: wrote, filmed, directed & scored.
I’m very proud of it and would love to hear what you think.
I uploaded it on vimeo and it’s password protected.
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Before you go see it, I’ll just tell you this:
It’s silent and black & white and it’s exactly 7 MINUTES.

The plan is to submit All Sales Final to festivals and win them ALL. I know, big dreams. 🙂
If you know of a film festival in your town, will you let me know?

In other news, Forest and I are headed to Oklahoma in 2 weeks to play at Sage Brush Music Fest and shoot some music videos with our friends in Tulsa.

…. and the cruise is getting closer and closer. I can’t wait! There are a few spots left if you’d like to join us.
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That’s it for now.
Sending you much love and hope to hear from you.

Ingrid

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