Youth Blog: The Archer Shoot Part 2

By | 2018-01-14T23:40:06+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Behind the Scenes, Youth Blogger|

Planning the Archer Shoot

Looking back at our initial ideas, the actual shoot looked a lot different than we originally thought it would. From the time we started planning in September to filming day in November, a lot of things happened and changed. But, as I’ve written before, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and it is usually for the better.

When thinking about the location for the shoot, our high school seemed like the perfect place to film, and we were excited about the idea of filming in Archer’s beautiful central courtyard. However, because of the amount of construction on campus, Archer was not able to accommodate this activity, but still offered to support us in any way possible. We decided to film in Julie’s backyard instead.

When writing the grant, we were planning to have 8 girls total on our team. These roles included a producer, director, cinematographer, sound recordist and 4 interviewees. I initially wanted to reach out to members of different leadership club who could fill out applications about why they should be selected to be interviewed, but I did not want to add more stress to girls’ already hectic workload.

I sent out an email to my entire grade of about 80 girls, and I reached out individually to the girls who attended our small meeting in May. I also approached girls who I thought would be interested, like if they were in the film class or theater. Since this time of the year is really hectic for seniors trying balance schoolwork and extracurriculars with meeting college application deadlines, a lot of girls who were interested simply did not have the time. I still was able to put together a team of 7 other girls that were very excited about the project.

A few weeks before the shoot, Courtney Graham reached out to me about how LWSD! started working with a few consultants at Buzzfeed to help the organization increase their social media presence. She told me that they offered to connect us with YouTubers/social influencers who wanted to be interviewed about the women who inspired them. This was perfect timing because three of the crew members were no longer able to make it. Plus, when I told the girls on the team that we would have the opportunity to work with members of Buzzfeed/YouTubers, they were even more excited to be part of the project.

After finally figuring out my team members and everyone’s roles, I also worked with our film teacher to borrow the necessary equipment, like cameras, SD/video cards, batteries and tripods.We figured it would be best to use Archer’s equipment, since girls should be learning on the cameras that we have available to us at school.

What was once a crew of 8 shrunk down to 5, but I always had complete faith that we were going to make it work. With everything ready to go, I left school on Friday with the cameras and other equipment from our media space and prepared for our shoot on Sunday, November 5.

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Juliette Carrillo on JoAnne Akalaitis

By | 2018-01-14T23:37:19+00:00 January 14th, 2018|New Interview Announcement|

Happy Holidays, my friends.

What an amazing year for Look What SHE Did! The response to our work has been tremendous and I think it’s because we are meeting a true need— telling positive stories by, for and about women. We are narrating an alternative history, filling in the gaps with tales of the untold achievements of women.

In this current environment of #MeToo and #ShePersisted our mission and our message could not be more relevant and could not stand out more— because we are a joyful enterprise, telling joyful stories that accumulate into a powerful new version of history. This is our mission and we’re just getting started. Thank you for standing with us.

We’re closing out the year with good friend Juliette Carrillo telling us about brilliant avant-garde director JoAnne Akalaitis.

Wishing you a joyful holiday and a peaceful New Year

From all of us at Look What SHE Did!

“The room was so alive… because she was listening on such a deep level.”

Juliette Carrillo gives us insight into the profound creative process of one of America’s great theater directors, JoAnne Akalaitis… a woman we should all know more about.

Watch Juliette’s video about JoAnne here.

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Youth Blog: The Archer Shoot Part 1

By | 2018-01-14T23:35:25+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Behind the Scenes, Youth Blogger|

Applying for the Center for Cultural Innovation’s Investing in Tomorrow Organizational Grant

On May 31, more than two months after attending my first Look What SHE Did! event, I received an email from Julie Hébert about applying for the Investing in Tomorrow Organizational Grant through the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI).

With the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI created this grant program to support new arts leadership in California. They were looking to invest in art/culture projects that would help address issues such as intergenerational leadership, multicultural leadership, inclusion and equity. The projects were required to be authored and led by diverse and/or junior-level leaders that are part-time or full-time employees or in some other way formally affiliated with the organization.

When Julie found out about the opportunity to apply for the grant, she thought of me and the Archer shoot that we had begun to talk about. Our idea was to approach the grant from an intergenerational point of view, because we wanted the shoot to be a mentorship program. Girls would have the opportunity to be mentored by a director, cinematographer, producer, etc. and then take on that role themselves. We also wanted to shoot to serve as a template for other schools in the future.

Since the grant writer was required to work for the organization, I became a youth blogger for LWSD! and wrote my first blog back in May then I began to work on the grant. I wrote about the project’s goals to encourage intergenerational leadership, foster new, diverse young female leadership in media arts and allow girls to improve their video making skills while introducing them to a large network of professionals. In addition to working on the writing portion of the grant, I helped create the budget. After a lot of drafting and a few revisions, I was really happy with the final narrative.

A few months later, we found out that we did not receive the grant. I spent so much time working on it during my summer vacation, so I was initially a bit disappointed. However, I know that everything happens for a reason. I still gained valuable knowledge from this experience — not many 16 year olds can say they’ve written a grant before!

Nevertheless, we continued planning the shoot.

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Olga Holtz on Hedy Lamarr

By | 2018-06-23T14:07:16+00:00 November 21st, 2017|New Interview Announcement|

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for. First of all, we have each other. We are a community— a national community— and we are listening to each other’s stories. Hearing the truth of someone else’s experience and receiving it with empathy is at the core of being a decent human. I am profoundly thankful— to the people speaking their truth and to the people listening and being supportive. Amazing.

This month’s new interview is a kick. Famous beauty and film icon Hedy Lamarr was a science geek! During World War II she invented — really, this is crazy— she patented a technology called frequency hopping to keep the Nazis from jamming US radio signals. No one took her seriously, but decades later her invention gave birth to bluetooth and cellphones. Shoulda listened to Hedy! Acclaimed mathematician, Dr. Olga Holtz tells the story.

– Julie

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Youth Blog: My Look What SHE Did! shoot

By | 2017-11-13T07:37:55+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Behind the Scenes, Youth Blogger|

As the News and Features editor of my school paper, I have interviewed countless classmates, teachers, administrators and even random strangers. I’ve always been a good listener, but I haven’t had a lot of experience being interviewed myself.

During Look What SHE Did!’s Ebell Theater shoot on August 13, I broke out of my comfort zone — I was interviewed about Dolores Huerta, Human Rights Activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers. I was extremely nervous for my interview, but in the end, I thought it went really well. During the interviews before mine, I noticed that they get better as they went on because the subject calmed down and became more comfortable. Initially, I was worried about not saying the right thing, but I soon realized that it was just like having a normal conversation. Plus, I think the candidness and lack of continuity are what make Look What SHE Did! videos so unique.

Aside from being interviewed, I also shadowed Courtney Graham and learned about what a producer does. My tasks included keeping us on schedule, charging camera batteries, doing the slate and backing up data. When we ran into difficulties, like noise coming from the busy street next to us, car alarms going off and the sun ruining our lighting, Courtney was there to help problem solve and continue on. She taught me so much, and at the end of the day, I jokingly told Courtney I was ready to take over her job. I also joked with her that being a producer means waiting for things to go awry so that you can fix them. What I said was so wrong, but funny and sort of true. I think of producers as creative problem solvers that are ready to tackle any situation and let everyone know that everything is going okay.

I loved being on set and finally being part of the magic that happens during a Look What SHE Did! video shoot. It was great that this shoot allowed me to experience being both in front of and behind the camera. I’m excited to apply what I learned during that shoot to LWSD!’s upcoming mentorship shoot with other girls who attend Archer!

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Lucia Jacobs on Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

By | 2018-03-22T06:30:26+00:00 October 16th, 2017|New Interview Announcement|

What a month. The epic eruption of the #MeToo campaign proved how necessary it is to acknowledge the achievements of women, achievements made in spite of systemic gender bias and pervasive sexual harassment. Reading the stories humbled us and reminded us how essential our project is. Thank you for sticking with us.

Our storyteller this round is Dr. Lucia Jacobs (UC Berkeley neuroscientist) whose work on animal consciousness and olfaction is as deep and true as her work as a writer of plays and a creator of miniature theatrical spectacles. She’s a force, and it’s no surprise her astonishing woman— Sarah Blaffer Hrdy— is a mind-blower.

You’ve heard of Darwin and Stephen Jay Gould, but have you heard of Sarah Blaffer Hrdy? She’s an anthropologist who proved that females— like males— are competitive, independent, and sexually assertive beings. (Gasp!) Oh yeah, and they don’t just mate to reproduce— they can actually enjoy sex. Hrdy’s findings were groundbreaking not just for scientists, but for feminists too. In this video, Lucia recounts the incredible untold story of disrupter Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, the biologist our textbooks should have included.

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Sylvie Drake On Queen Hatshepsut

By | 2018-06-22T13:09:19+00:00 September 16th, 2017|New Interview Announcement|

Oh my god, wait til you see this one. The incredibly articulate Sylvie Drake tells us about “the first great woman in history of whom we are informed.” I have no doubt you have never heard of her, and no doubt you will be delighted to know of this woman who was called “Her Majesty, the King” because there was no word for Queen yet! A most modern woman… in 1500 B.C. No kidding, watch this one, it’s a kick and will make you smarter!


As a young girl growing up in Egypt Sylvie Drake learned of Queen Hatshepsut, the first great woman of history, a monarch who lived over a thousand years before Cleopatra. Her reign has all the markings of greatness including winning battles to establish power, presiding over a long era of peace and prosperity, opening trade routes, visionary architecture, a recorded legacy and… get this… this is the woman who invented eyeliner! You need to know about Queen Hatshepsut. Click.

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Laural Meade on the Intrepid Sara Bard Field

By | 2018-03-22T06:24:17+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Hey there pals, here we are in the dog days of August. Hope you’re finding time to relax in the shade with a cool sip of something yummy.

Here’s a pleasant little distraction for you, our latest entertaining story about a crazy-great woman who made a difference… but we’ve never heard of her. My lovely and talented friend, Playwright/Professor Laural Meade tells a lively tale about the independent-minded political activist Sara Bard Field. Give it a listen, and pass it on. Thanks!

Stay cool—
Julie

Laural Meade on the Intrepid Sara Bard Field

“When women come together, we change the world.”

Laural Meade wrote a play about a few intrepid suffragettes who barnstormed across the country in an unreliable car, without proper maps or even paved roads, to gather half a million signatures demanding a woman’s right to vote. She came away with a great respect for all of them, but especially Sara Bard Field, orator, activist, divorcée, forward-thinker. At a time of serious societal penalties for living outside the norm, Sara had the moxie to forge her own path. Take courage from the example of Sara Bard Field.

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Youth Blog:Look What SHE Did! visits the Archer School for Girls

By | 2017-07-29T20:49:04+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Photos, Look What She Did! Announcement, LWSD! Announcement, Youth Blogger|

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In life, nothing ever goes according to plan — but sometimes it’s better that way.

I realized this on Tuesday, May 2, when I invited Look What SHE Did! founders Jill Klein and Julie Hébert to speak at my high school Archer. After attending their fundraiser in March, I knew that I wanted to get involved by introducing girls at my school to the organization. Julie and I agreed that a good place to start would be for Jill and her to come to Archer to talk about the organization, its mission and watch a few of the videos.

I was hoping Jill and Julie could come during an assembly or Community Connection period, but since we only had two more weeks of school, the assembly times were full. Since I was extremely eager to get the relationship established, and didn’t want to wait until the fall, we picked out a time during an hour long X-block free period, which is a time for girls to catch up on work, go to meetings, attend presentations by guest speakers or just take a break. I attended successful presentations during X-blocks before, so I knew people would likely show up. However, I should have accepted that the final weeks of school is the most hectic time of year. I sent out an email to the school, talked to a lot of my friends who promised they’d come, but when the day of the presentation came, girls who normally would love to attend a presentation during that time were busy working away in the library or were off campus on a field trip.

Expecting a bigger crowd, I was disappointed in myself and embarrassed when only a handful of girls showed up to the presentation. I ran through a list of things I should’ve done differently in my head. I thought to myself, “I should’ve sent out more emails, I should’ve hung up flyers, I should’ve just scheduled this in the fall, I should’ve done this, I should’ve done that…” The list was endless. But when we began I realized that Julie and Jill weren’t upset at all, in fact, they seemed so happy to have an audience, no matter the size. Instead of the big presentation we had hoped for, their visit to Archer turned into a productive and valuable intimate meeting and conversation. All of us took turns sharing an inspiring woman we would choose to talk about in a Look What SHE Did! video. I began by sharing human rights activist Dolores Huerta’s journey, and my friend Rose shared the story of the chemist Rosalind Franklin. At the end of the meeting, we all left feeling excited for the partnership opportunities between the school and the organization.

This experience helped me realize that sometimes things won’t go the way you expect them to, but you can’t beat yourself up about it. I was extremely lucky that things ended up working out well in the end. Although it was a small group, they were able to talk to girls that were a good representation of our larger community. I truly admired that Julie and Jill were equally passionate and enthusiastic in front of just a handful of girls at 10 am on a Tuesday morning as they were at the fundraiser in front of a big crowd. This meeting was the first step in an exciting new relationship between Look What SHE Did! and Archer![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Anna Thomas on the Persevering Carobeth Laird

By | 2018-03-22T05:52:34+00:00 July 18th, 2017|New Interview Announcement, Look What She Did! Announcement, Storytellers|

How’d it get to be the middle of summer already? I hope you’re finding some down time for exploring this beautiful world of ours, which brings me to our newest interview. The illustrious Anna Thomas shares the story of linguist and anthropologist Carobeth Laird, who dedicated herself to exploring little-known Native American tribes. Her life was not easy, but there are spans of genius, passion, sacrifice and a terrific twist in the story at the end. You’ll want to know about this woman.

Give it a listen — you deserve a little break for inspiration. Then pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it. It’s free– it’s fun– and good wins out in the end. Happy summer.

Julie

Anna Thomas on Carobeth Laird

 

Carobeth Laird was an uneducated teenager with no hopes of attending college when, in 1915, she took a summer course with celebrated anthropologist John Peabody Harrington. Starved for knowledge, the girl fell head over heels in love with linguistics and cultural anthropology. The great man recognized her talent and almost immediately began both teaching and exploiting her. Listen to the story of their strange, profound relationship, and how Laird’s brilliance and powerful sense of self won out in the end.

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