October 23, 2019

As I sit to write this while listening to the Costco on hold music as I schedule my annual eye doctor exam and decide to open a piece of mail that's been sitting on my desk since yesterday, I remember to stop, breathe, and do one thing at a time.

I haven't written a blo...

December 3, 2018

I first learned about Alicia Partnoy and Antonio Leiva almost 10 years ago. I was at a dinner at a friend of a friend's apartment around the holidays, and I was telling them about the documentary I was working on about the military dictatorship during the late 70's/ear...

November 19, 2018

At some point in most interviews, I am in the position of asking people to open up and talk about some kind of trauma.  I am not a trauma therapist or any other kind of therapist. Luckily, I have a dear friend who is, and a good therapist of my own to boot. I also have...

November 12, 2018

Why Michael, Alicia, and Antonio?

It’s so hard sometimes to get the ideas out of my head and onto the page as to why I am doing this series.  It’s easy to talk about it to a receptive ear, and my passion has only grown stronger after a year and a half of working on it....

November 5, 2018

If you've had the chance to attend any of our live screenings, you know that it is not only a chance to view our work but also a chance to engage in deep, community dialogue.  It is also a chance to engage in a reflective process with yourself.  I ask all audience memb...

October 30, 2018

When we hosted our first live screening of our pilot episode, we asked audience members to fill out a few questions before the screening started.  The first one was:

When you hear the phrase “Belonging in the USA” what does it evoke?

Here are some of the answers we got:

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September 28, 2018

Last night we had an incredible screening of "Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty" thanks to Gemma and two other volunteers from the Echo Park Film Center. 

Traffic was brutal, so I have to say I was really nervous that we'd have a super low turnout....

August 29, 2018

It's been awhile since I posted anything on this blog, and that's because the summer is a time when I'm committed to being with my daughter as much as I can.  Instilling the value of presence and a sense of belonging is very important to me as a parent.  And while it w...

May 4, 2018

The past couple weeks feel like a blur.  We got our grant application in on time--which felt amazing!  Wrote some articles and laid the groundwork for what's coming up next...

...drum roll please....

Starting this month you will be able to watch our pilot online for

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April 21, 2018

I'm writing this as a break from working on a grant app for the Chicago Digital Media Production Grant.  On paper it seems to fit our project perfectly.  I hope they think so too!

Last year I missed finding out about the grant and the deadline by just a few days....

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