November 11th, 2012

A Screening! No, Wait, TWO Screenings!

We are having a couple of screenings of a ~30 minute rough cut of the film, a little bit later this month (click on image to view at 800 pixel original size):

 

Here is a link to download a PDF version: TGWKTM_Mailer

Please feel free to email or call for details. See ya there!

November 7th, 2012

Our First Press Release

Click to view the PDF:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Girl Who Knew Too Much Rough-and-Ready screenings!

November 4th, 2012

We Are Looking For A Couple of Interns!

The Girl Who Knew Too Much is officially looking for interns.

We need one ambitious somebody to help with marketing/outreach, and another to help with production/postproduction.

Please feel free to view and download the linked PDF files (linked below) and forward them to anyone you think might be interested.

We can’t pay in money, but I promise we’ll make it a great experience.

TGWKTM Marketing Intern

TGWKTM Production Intern

October 17th, 2012

RamKumar picked up our camera our first morning in the village…

and did not put it down until we left. He wore it around his neck and when he wasn’t holding it up to his eye to take a shot, he was examining what he had taken on the back. Often with ten other kids surrounding him.

RamKumar is Shanta’s youngest brother. He is the second youngest of the Shanta’s six brothers and sisters. He is eleven years old. Shy. Sweet. Kind. And has a great eye for making pictures.

Here is an edit of my favorite images from RamKumar.

 

This was a fashion shoot. The girls brushed their hair, changed outfits and RamKumar placed them with the hillside in the background.

RamKumar photographed us working and I am so thankful. I love these pictures. I think they make me look like a badass.

Three boys shooting: The photo Scott was taking in above lower right.

RamKumar’s mom: If you knew her, you look at this pictures and think, “Yeah, that’s her.”

Sarita and Rashmita:  half sister and sister. (I love these girls so much!)

SiddhaRam: RamKumar’s older brother playing for the camera

RamKumar: Self Portrait

 

When we returned to Kathmandu, we had tons of prints made and sent them back to the village. I am curious to go back to see if and where they are displayed. Which ones?

Watching Ram Kumar with a camera makes me want to start a Born into Brothels type program in Nepal. But is art what they need? No. It is just what I can give. But what if taking pictures did change the way kids in this village approached the world— gave them confidence and purpose? Or, what if learning photography was just another tease of what could be? Maybe if I really want to ‘make a difference’ I should go back to school for something concrete and useful — medicine, civil engineering, international law…psychology?

Watch This Short Video: RamKumar’s Photography

Can you guess what they are saying?

 

October 13th, 2012

A new title, a different film: The Girl Who Knew Too Much

We started this project in 2008 with it being about how girls’ education is the best thing we can do in the world. We called it Girlworld.

So much has happened  since then regarding the popularity of the women’s empowerment movement. Amazing people like Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn (Half the Sky) are telling that story . The 10×10 project  is putting the power of girls’ education on the map in a big way.

Phew!

I am so thankful for their work because for whatever reason, we were handed a different story. And that is actually how I feel about it, being handed this story… But by saying it like this, I fear it will sound cocky or that it was our fate, which I don’t I believe in. It is more like we are telling this story because it would feel irresponsible if we didn’t. We know too much.

So that is what we are doing.

Shanta, the main subject of our dream documentary died. We have been to Nepal three times to find out WHY.

The answer?It is complicated.

This is our new film. And we are now calling it, The Girl Who Knew Too Much.

My friend forwarded me this article about suicide as a global health issue.

It starts, “As always, first come the statistics.”

But for Scott and I, this wasn’t true. Shanta came first. And I think that is what continues to drive us —  to figure out what happened and finish this film.

We are in a new phase of the project. We will be returning to Kathmandu in January for our final round of filming. We will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in November. We are creating a new website for the film. We are gearing up. I am going to bed at night thinking about edits.

We are taking a break from shooting weddings and events and NGO promotional videos. It is time for this film to be made.

Our story is not about girls education anymore, although education is certainly a major theme throughout. It is not about suicide necessarily either. It is about Shanta’s life, her world and her family’s life —and the world they live in now after her death. It is both small and big in scope at the same time.

It is going to an amazing film—and I hope, an important one to boot!