August 4th, 2010

This incredible feat was accomplished by the amazing Kaylee Hunt, who was following the directions on page 1: “This is an inconvenience. Take This Is Not A Book everywhere you go for one week. You must place it in full view at all times.” Congratulations Kaylee!

August 2nd, 2010

This has been a bit of a long time in coming, you may remember the short film The Winter of the Dance which was a short film done by my husband Jeff Pitcher and Mike Schwartz that received critical acclaim and was featured at several film festival including Palm Springs, Sonoma Valley, Nashville and Anne Arbour. Not to mention it developed a bit of a cult following online after it was featured on Current TV (many of my readers went crazy for it, because you wrote me about it.)

Well I have some great news…their next film is finally complete! This one will make you laugh, cry, be shocked and remind you what is important in your life! (I will boast that yours truly did shoot a couple of scenes, namely my husband riding a bike, (a total of a few seconds of my work made it into the final cut). So I got to fulfill a tiny dream to film something (I’m not the greatest at it but I try). Yes the cover is by me too. I should also mention that luckily our finances of improved greatly since the shooting, the trailer talks about how we were broke at the time, this was before “Wreck this Journal” came out.)

Here is the synopsis:

The Winter of the Beard (99 Minutes)

In the fall of 2005, two filmmakers invited six men across America to join them in an experiment. They would stop shaving for six months. No trimming allowed. Each was provided a video camera and weekly interview questions to document his own experience. The resulting 600 hours of intimate footage revealed a group of men traversing the same rite of passage from disparate vantage points. Throughout the process, the men told stories from their pasts, shared likes and dislikes, and confessed personal fears and aspirations. They laughed and cried, hid and came alive behind their beards. The tireless taping captured bad days and good ones, and it is in this framework that the individual stories stand out and the beards fade into the background. From a son dealing with his father’s descent into Alzheimer’s, to financial and marital struggles, to the birth of a child, THE WINTER OF THE BEARD reveals the trials and tribulations of what it means to drastically alter one’s appearance and otherwise go on living life.

watch the trailer

purchase it here, (only $15 shipping included.) We are trying to figure out a way so you can purchase a download, but for the time being we only have a hardcopy.

These men and their families are all very close to my heart. I think you will fall in love with them too.

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