Paris, Ireland and beyond

In this post…

  • How I came to be in Ireland
  • LIVE show coming soon – save the date
  • The HOUSE!
  • Strigoi update

The world picked up her skirts, shook her hair and went into a spin. She took me from Paris and laid me upon the emerald isle’s shores. 

HELLO FROM IRELAND.ūüćÄ

I hope you are healthy and safe wherever you are in the world. 

This is the story about how in a matter of 24 hours I went from one future to another, from the heart of Paris to the countryside of Ireland. 

It was March 13th. I was strolling down the streets of Paris bathing in the sunset light and greeting the budding cherry trees in the Jardin the Tuilleries. I needed to get out of the house. The weight of the world was weighing on my heart. My limbs exhausted. My producer and I had just returned from a grueling filming trip to Romania for my Strigoi film.

We were supposed to fly from Romania to Italy and then to New Orleans to interview two key people for my movie but I cancelled our Italy trip the evening before we were set to fly and we returned to Paris instead. I’ve walked in many a cemetery at night, interviewed some dicey characters and put myself through a lot of physical and psychological challenges for my film but this covid situation felt bigger than what I wanted to tackle. Getting all the footage I needed to finish the film felt so close I could almost taste it. And yet …

Let me get back to the evening of March 13th. At around 10pm at night, I get a call from California. My friend Jonathan says I should really think about getting out of Paris because things are about to get serious. He says I should go to their house in rural Ireland. That I’ll be safe there while the world goes mad. It felt like a crazy idea at first but then, I felt a tiny flutter of joy in my heart. I decided to follow that flutter. I packed a bag and 24 hours later, I was in Dublin.
The next morning, Paris went on lockdown. 

It’s hard to believe I’ve been here for 2 months.
I’ve had a lot of alone time,
a lot of conversations with the crows outside my window 
I planted a garden
wrote songs
I laughed and cried and held myself close
and most of all, I felt what it’s like to be cared for by someone from afar who thinks to call and say, “Get out of there, we have a safe place for you.”
That was the flutter I felt.
That’s the joy I followed. 


My Songs LIVE from Ballyrane House, Ireland!
Sunday, May 31st 10AM PST.

Get your STAGEIT tix here – pay what you can starts at 0.50c


Ballyrane House was built in late 1800s.
My friends Jonathan & Tiffany bought it with the idea of moving here AND to share it with people as a vacation and events rental. They’ve been the perfect hosts from afar! I’m so happy to be here. It’s paradise. I know the house will host many happy moments. I am so lucky to be part of her joyful legacy. (The house loves it when I pick flowers for her. I’ve been posting photos on my Instagram feed. (here)
Follow Ballyrane House on insta @ballyranehousewexford and Tiffany at @rosecrest_events. She is an absolute inspiration!


Strigoi film is on hold. My editor went to be with her family in Belgium. We will still work on it together from a distance (I’m not eager to return to Paris) but the finish date is getting pushed to the fall. It’s a heavy burden to push this movie across the finish line but we will do it. I wish I had those two interviews from Italy and Nola! We may do them online or wait until the world opens up.
Did you see my latest Strigoi video update? (Watch here)
You can follow @strigoifilm on Insta for regular updates.


I’ll end here for now.
Life goes on
Hearts open
We press on
Love is the greatest.

Write back if you can and tell me how you are,

Ingrid

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Almost there

Two more days until my Stageit show!
It’s ONLINE so you can watch from anywhere.

Dear friends, it’s actually happening! I will be singing for you in two days. It’s almost surreal but it also feels like the most natural thing in the world.
I feel ready. I’ve been rehearsing a lot.
I’ve tried to bring as much beauty and be as truthful in writing these songs as I can muster. 

Seems that writing and performing are two different things, kind of like acting and directing. I’ve been reading this amazing book on Mysticism in Sound and Music. It’s quietly revolutionary. It speaks right to my heart and validates the thoughts I’ve had on music, harmony and dissonance. Light and darkness … So much!
I don’t want to get too much into it here because you should read it for yourself. The idea that all is vibration, that everything is music and that music is divine language is something that has governed my life for a while. I could talk about this for-ever!

I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to be able to put my heart into movies and songs and share them with you. I can’t even tell you how honored I feel by each of you who’s bought a ticket for the show on Sunday. I am truly grateful and I hope that you will be enriched for having shared that experience with me.

The show sold out twice today which made me feel all the love, so I have released more tickets.


It was a real surprise to see that I am the top featured show on Stageit today!

Feels like I’m getting something I didn’t pay for, like the free metro ride I got today because the ticket machine was broken. ūüôā


In Strigoi news …

Here’s my latest video from London.
If you’re not subscribed to my YouTube channel or on social media, you might have not seen it yet. This is part I. Part II is coming soon. 

Part I of II

Thank you for reading and sharing and being and caring.

Hope to see you Sunday and if not, someday, somewhere along the path the wind carries me. 

love,

Ingrid

PS. My top 3 supporters on Stageit get a hand-written postcard from me from Paris. Maybe I’ll write you a poem, a prophecy, a drawing, a blessing, a wish … 

PPS. There is some news I’m sitting on. I can’t share yet because it’s not fully confirmed, so please cross your fingers for me.

April in Paris

April in Paris. Doesn’t it sound romantic?
It’s been everything BUT, except if I count my “know thyself” quest as romance.

I’ve been living on my own since mid January with trips to Chicago to sing with Forest, Oaxaca & San Francisco to screen a rough cut of the Egypt film and Zurich to meet with my executive producer. I moved more times than I care to count. My favorite Parisian neighborhood is Montmartre.

I remind myself that this is the first time I am at the helm of a massive project as a director. Massive is relative, I know, but going from DIY to having teams of people, heavyweight editors all in a couple of months, has had me in a spin. Lots of learning, heartbreak, victories, inspiration, loneliness and loveliness.

As much as I’m squirming from growth pains, I am trying my best to appreciate it all. Seeing the big picture and all of that.


In other news, my friend Jordan Buetow came to visit. We met through the Grammys four years ago. We’re basically twins except that he dresses much better than me.

He was a breath of fresh air, a drink of cool water, a bundle of laughter and a true friend. We got locked in a cemetery, ate too much good food, laughed ourselves silly and walked all over Paris, our adventures well-documented on the socials.


The Egypt film is moving forward. The exec and my US editor came to town this week. Some ups and downs but all in all, we’re moving forward. End of May, we’re shifting into post sound and color at a studio here in Paris. We toured the place yesterday. Mind blown!


New developments for STRIGOI. I met and befriended a vampire expert and through him I made some new friends: a fairy, an alchemist, a bishop and a witch.

In this photo, we are at Pere Lachaise cemetery where Dracula is reputed to be “living.”

Paris has a rich history of vampires and the occult. I didn’t think the Egypt film would bring me here and had no idea that the vampires would be waiting for me. It’s all connected.

These are the past few weeks in broad brush strokes.
Next month I’ll be traveling to Cairo, Zurich and Romania then back to Paris to meet my director of photography who’s coming from London. He and I will work on the coloring for the film at the fancy studio.
I also have to find a new place to live. So. Much. Moving!

Thank you for taking an interest in my life and work, not much separation between the two at the moment. Write back when you can and tell me how you are.

Hugs,
Ingrid

PS. One way I’ve been coping with all the stress is singing and playing the piano. Thanks my friend who told me about this studio. It’s been a late night life saver.

from the road

After sunshine must come rain.
September 1st rolled in in style, here in Lugano, Switzerland. Yesterday was hot and humid as every summer day we’ve had since we arrived. Then evening came.
A flash of light and a rolling thunder made way for a carousing tempest that raged all night.
Nothing like a storm at the edge of a lake. It feels like a divine dance marked by loud clapping and deep belly laughter. Fiesta, forever!

We have been here in the south of Switzerland for the past 6 weeks, editing the feature documentary we filmed in Egypt this summer. I am very happy with the editor we have on our team. He’s most certainly in the realm of wishes come true when it comes to a working relationship. On top of that, his fiancee has been a real ray of sunshine as we delve in the depths of the footage to find the story.
Forest has been making so many amazing meals for the whole house and jumping in the lake any chance he gets.
We’ve all been living in the same house with rolling guests. My parents came by for a weekend, my friend Caroline from SF for another, Deepa for a day and Tarek our exec has been mostly here but out at times too.
So the core group, consisting of Pierre our editor, Amy, Forest and myself has been holding down the fort.


 

Film Festival Screening

“All Sales Final” is screening at Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Festival on September 8th @ 10PM.
BAREBOTTLE BREWING COMPANY
1525 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco CA


Concert in Berkeley

Forest Sun and I, joined by the amazing musician and producer Gawain Matthews will be playing a private show for Rosecrest Concerts on Saturday, 9/9

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Paris next …

After just 8 days in the Bay Area, we’re off to Paris for the fall to spend six more weeks on the edit!
At first I felt sad not to come home but then I thought … Paris … the fall … making the movie better …
Although we have been home less than 2 months this year, I am looking forward to being in Paris and polishing this film.
And then, we’ll come home in November. …. and I hopefully and willfully get to finish my vampire film as well.
To sum up the state of my heart and mind, “help and thank you.”

Please write back and tell me how you are.
I always enjoy hearing from you.

Ingrid

PS. To help with the Hurricane Harvey relief I donated to¬†MusiCares. If you’re moved to find out more info about them, you can do so¬†HERE. I am not officially affiliated with MusiCares but I support the work that they do.

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