One announcement, two events

Pausing from the plate spinning for a moment to delightedly announce that Strangewaze is now a partnership. Indeed, my friend and now-colleague, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist, Erika Valenciana, and I are now co-executive directors up in here at Strangewaze HQ.

Please take a moment to read her bio, and learn about her impressive background.

And, to help us celebrate, please join us at these two events in the next few days:

The first event is Doc Talk on Thursday, March 29 in Chicago, where Erika’s powerful and important film, “La Mitad del Mundo” will be screened. (Tickets and info).

erikaAt Doc Talk, a variety of non-fiction filmmakers show short films and trailers and discuss documentary art, personal stories and social change. Each event (always the last Thursday of the month) is organized around a timeless and universal theme. This edition features female filmmakers of color working under the auspices of Diverse Voices In Documentary, a remarkable partnership between Oscar Nominated Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop. The event is co-hosted by filmmaker Anu Rana, Kartemquin’s Program Coordinator for DVID. In addition to Erika Valenciana, the evening will also feature work by Reveca Torres, Urooj Yazdani, Colette Ghunim and Dani Jackson.

And, you can also join us at the Midwest Film Festival on Tuesday, April 3, also in Chicago, where I’ll be moderating a panel discussion about documentary film with aforementioned Academy Award nominated Kartemquin Films producers Mark Mitten and Betsy Steinberg. (Tickets and info)

first-tuesdayThat evening, following the panel, Midwest Film Fest (always the first Tuesday of the month) will be screening Academy Award nominated documentary films “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” and “Edith+Eddie.”

(This also marks the first, but hopefully not last, time the words “Academy Award nominated” appears here.)

Anyway, back to the plate-spinning, and hope to see you at one or both of these events.

-Amy G. | @AmyGuth





State of the Projects: Summer 2017

Guth-4744Strangewaze, ever devoted to backing and creating film and multimedia work by and/or about underrepresented voices, got summer off to a well-scheduled start, as you can, no doubt, tell from our current projects online, our social media feeds (FB, Twitter, Instagram), as well as my own Twitter and Instagram.

Documentary: my documentary about online harassment and abuse of women is suddenly moving very fast, and has taken some interesting (read: whoa) research and production turns in the front half of this year, given the current climate of American political landscape and how that manifests in online behavior. As a result, we went heavy on both research and reporting in the initial months after the election and Inauguration, continue to do so, and are adding very necessary political layers to the project.

We are, of course, hopeful that the First Lady will make good on her vow to fight against online “bullying” as she calls it, but, as with everyone else, we’re waiting to see what actions she might take in that regard. In any case, we’re feeling good about this next leg of the project. (Prepare for an upcoming flurry  of behind-the-scenes photos and videos on social media.)

“The Timemaker” film: We’re very excited to be producing this narrative feature with an all-female writer, director, lead and producer team. Filming in Illinois in late summer/fall, we look forward to sharing behind-the-scenes photos and video, blog posts, and even updates as we move along with that. As we’re just entering production, we can still make room for producing partners, and hope to do so in order to help make “The Timemaker” the best project it can be. Follow the project on its website on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, to watch it unfold.

“Multiplex 10” animated short: We’re also excited to be on as Associate Producer partners for this project, too. Based on Gordon McAlpin’s long-running web comic, “Multiplex 10” is an eleven-minute animated short about a movie theater usher and a film snob who come to realize they have a little common ground in their shared — yet very, very different — love of film. It’s currently in production, and you’ll be hearing much more about it soon. In the meantime, follow the project’s progress on its website and on Facebook, and listen to McAlpin on my WGN Radio program talking about his work.

We are partnering on a couple of other projects, too, in various capacities, so please follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest, and for sponsor/partner  opportunities, job postings and the like.

Strangewaze Publishing: We’re also moving quickly to prepare to more officially launch our publishing division, which will be focusing on digital niche publications, memoir and non-fiction (though, never say never on fiction, I suppose), from, primarily, underrepresented voices.

As ever, if you have an idea burning a hole in your pocket, or for partnership and investment opportunities, please email me and let’s see where the conversation goes.

We hope your summer is off to a great start, too, and, as ever, appreciate your support, both in the community, at events, and through our social media networks.

Amy Guth
Executive Director, Strangewaze

Watch this right now: To Scale

F’reals. Stop everything and watch this gorgeous short film, “To Scale: The Solar System,” in which a duo of dudes create a to-scale replica of the solar system in a beautiful desert lakebed in Nevada. It’s gorgeous and dreamy and nerdy and everything we want it to be.

The thing about the sun at the five minute mark? Mind: blown. Science!

To Scale: The Solar System from Wylie Overstreet on Vimeo.

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.

A film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh

Copyright 2015