and breathe …

To see 2018, I look into the mirror.
What’s left of what I started with?
Did I learn? Did I grow?
Are the changes within showing on my face?

This year dunked me under water so many times I thought I would never come back up to the surface.
Although it has felt like an attempt on my life, 2018 exercised its full power to dislodge me from most everything I called safe. Home, city, relationship … I am grateful for the saints along the way. 

Was it Leonard Cohen who said that light gets in through the cracks? And so it seems that a little bit did.
When I look, really look into the mirror, I see it glimmer in my eyes, like that eternal serpent of awakening.

Mirrors don’t judge.

Here I am.
And there you are.
Thank us all.

Michelangelo said that he merely removes the superfluous pieces of stone to reveal the statue within. 2018 shaped me into more of me, tender skin with a lion’s heart. I wrote that in a song. I’ve been writing songs but they feel so personal, I don’t know when I’ll gather the courage to share them.


This is one of my photos of the Gilets Jaunes demonstrations in Paris.
I posted a longer account with more photos and videos on my INSTAGRAM page.

2019 Goals …

1. Finish “Strigoi.”
2. Make another doc.
3. Continue to write my fiction project and film as much of it as possible.
3. Write more songs and maybe share them.
4. Keep meditating and writing in my journal.
5. Spend time with the people I love.
6. Eat croissants, go to museums and spend time in nature.
7. Be here.


Love Spell for 2019

For 2019.
I love you even before I know you.
For my friends.
You are so much more than my heart once wished for. Saints.
For all of us.
May we be our true selves to such an extent that the symphony of our co-existence resonates fully into the here and now and the always. 


If you’d like to support the post production of Strigoi, let me know. One option is to make a tax-deductible donation through my fiscal sponsor, SFFILM (only available until March 2019), another way is to send your donations directly to me via Paypal. You will be credited on screen, of course, and I am happy to extend the Kickstarter rewards if you’re interested.

I’m moving towards being able to share some footage with you soon. I’m editing it myself so it’s a little daunting. Encouragements much appreciated. 

Here’s my latest Strigoi video update from outside Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

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Strigoi on Kickstarter

I’m early in sending you this month’s film. It’s only the 15th!

I love September 15th. It used to be the first day of school in Romania; the smell of new books, the routine, friends and the feeling of the unknown waiting for me to discover it.
Since I’ve been out of school, I’ve wanted to do something momentous on September 15th. Here I am, doing it. Finally!

With lots of preparation and hard work, I have launched a Kickstarter campaign for my first feature film. The tag line is …

With nothing but a camera and the belief that she will go unharmed, a filmmaker returns to her roots in search of real vampires.

It’s really happening. I am returning to my homeland in search for “Strigoi, The Real Vampires of Transylvania.”

The video I made for the Kickstarter campaign will be my monthly film for September. (I have a mind to make another film this month if I get the chance. So much to do. I have to get ready to speak on a panel at Tallgrass Film Festival next month, I’m helping Forest with his radio campaign for his new album release and I have to still find someone to sublet our place while we’re gone. Oh, and also drawing a vampire goat.)

I would love it if you would check out and share the campaign.
http://bit.ly/StrigoiFilm

I created a twitter account for the film @StrigoiFilm The account’s birthday is September 13th, 1896. Having fun with the details.

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love,

Ingrid

Humphrey Robot Makes a Wish

With under an hour before the midnight bell rings, here comes Humphrey, a sweet robot who’s greatest wish is to have a friend.

There’s so much more work I would like to do on this film but I ran out of time. I would like to spend more time on the music and so much more. But, like I set out to do, I’m going to be ok with it being imperfect. I think Humphrey’s got a beating heart.

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll write a blog post about how I made this film and composed the music which proved to be the seed of the entire story.

(For the password of this film, please email me. I will add you to my mailing list and send you the password to watch Humphrey’s film.)
The direct link to watch “Humphrey Robot Makes A Wish” is here https://vimeo.com/168893740
(a little under 4 minutes)

Humphrey Robot Makes a Wish, an animated film by Ingrid Serban

It’s been a very busy month with not only making this film but creating a kickstarter video for Forest. You can see it HERE. I’m pretty proud of it. It’s a release on vinyl of his most beloved album, “Walk Though Walls” plus two new songs that I sang on (boy did I sing. ha! … I’m not kidding. There are some notes in dog hearing range.) If you’d like to support his (our) music you can go to the campaign and make a pledge.

One more pat on the back for me. Forest’s fund raising video is my second one of that kind and Kickstarter is featuring it as a project they ❤ . Two out of two! I’m setting a high bar for myself.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1601953676/forest-sun-new-songs-remastered-vinyl-and-more

Forest Sun on Kickstarter

Thank you SO much for watching my films, listening to my music for writing me and encouraging me. You’re the best!!

love,
Ingrid

PS. A ton of thanks to Cassie for lending me her camera and to Al for making that adorable extroverted goat.

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