Class: Cynthia Pepper- From Short Story to Short Film

01/17/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 17 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60
 
 
 
 
Advance registration required.

Cynthia Pepper’s short films have won Emmy Awards and are distributed worldwide. She has worked on over 90 films with budgets of every size. This class reviews all the elements of translating a short personal story into a film. Topics include creating a simple treatment or script, drawing shooting boards, casting, location scouting, simple directing techniques, producing, editing, and scoring a short film. Students are encouraged to send a three sentence synopsis prior to the class (instructions available upon registration).
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Simon Desmarais-Zalob - First, I'd Like to Thank God

 Do you ever wonder why athletes always seem to thank God, first and foremost, in post-game interviews? Or why they point to the heavens following a home run or a touchdown? First, I'd Like to Thank God takes a look at the relationship between top athletes and religiosity (or spirituality) in a number of different ways. It aims to address the issues of when sport and religion began to merge, whether professional athletes are, in fact, more religious than the rest of the population, how a spiritual mindset might (or might not) benefit athletes, and why wearing the same underwear during a winning streak has anything to do with religious faith. These questions are confronted by looking at psychological and sociological studies, conducting original research, and examining exclusive interviews with professional athletes.

Simon Desmarais-Zalob was born in 1986 in San Francisco and raised in nearby Mill Valley. He received his bachelor of arts, majoring in psychology and political science, from McGill University in Montréal, and his master of social work from Fordham University in New York City. He is currently working as a high school counselor in the East Bay, where he lives by himself (happily). He spends his days loyally following the Giants, Warriors, and 49ers, and although he passionately celebrated the Giants' 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series victories, he does not spend his time pondering the greater meaning of it all. He is half-Canadian.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$13.95
ISBN-13: 9781491724583
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: iUniverse, 2/2014

Barbara V. Anderson - Letters from the Way

Barbara V. Anderson's new book, Letters from the Way takes readers on her solo walk that covered 600 miles on the GR 653, from Arles, France to Puente la Reina, Spain. This was not Barbara's first long distance walk and like she did before, she wrote weekly letters to her family. As these letters were shared, she found herself writing to more than fifty friends who then shared the letters with their friends. Photographs by Barbara and others she met along the trail provide a visual accompaniment to her quirky observations. The letters are her musings about fellow pilgrims, vultures and butterflies, the endless rain, lessons to learn, and spiritual questions to answer. Her often humorous and always honest reflections make a good and relatable resource for anyone wondering what it would be like to set out on their own very long journey.

Barbara V. Anderson is an artist, writer, and walker. Her journeys are long walks that slow a busy life and provide space for explorations beyond the minutia of everyday existence. Sharing what she learns is as much a part of her as is the walking itself. 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Levi Ben-Shmuel - Living Wisely

Tai Chi and Kabbalah teacher Levi Ben-Shmuel’s new book, Living Wisely, provides inspiration and keys to live a wise and balanced life based on his experience of two of the world’s great wisdom traditions – Judaism’s mystical Kabbalah and Taoism. Written in graceful, everyday language, it is a modern guidebook, which uniquely blends this ancient wisdom to help people get the most out of every moment. No prior knowledge of Tai Chi, Kabbalah or Taoism is required to benefit deeply from the book.

Levi studied Tai Chi intensively while living in the Boston area. After earning a master’s degree in economic development from M.I.T., he moved to Israel in 1991 where he began teaching the Chinese martial art. Levi lived in Israel for ten years. His studies with his Kabbalah teacher in Jerusalem inspired him to embrace what she called the divine romance: living an intimate relationship with the Divine, rooted in unconditional love. Levi is also a singer-songwriter, a featured blogger on The Huffington Post, and is a contributor to the book How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, a collection of 101 insightful essays that encourage people to focus on positive change and improving their quality of life.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Living Wisely (Paperback)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781935604570
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Gaon Books, 7/2014

Richard Simon, Mojgan Behmand & Thomas Burke - Teaching Big History

Big History is a new field on a grand scale: it tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology, thereby reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history.

Teaching Big History is a powerful analytic and pedagogical resource, and serves as a comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, as well for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around Big History.

Richard B. Simon is Adjunct Professor of English at Dominican University of California, instructor of English at City College of San Francisco, and Contributing Editor at Relix magazine.

Mojgan Behmand is Associate Provost at Dominican University of California. She is also Associate Professor of English and former Director of General Education and First Year Experience.

Thomas Burke is Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Dominican University of California.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$34.95
ISBN-13: 9780520283558
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: University of California Press, 12/2014

Wes Moore - The Work

Ticket: $27.50 (includes book)

 

 

From the streets of Baltimore and the Bronx, to being an American student at Oxford University after 9/11; a combat officer in Afghanistan during the most intense years of fighting; a White House Fellow during the tumult of the late Bush years; an Obama organizer during that historic campaign; a Wall Street banker at the cusp of the financial crisis; and finally, back home to Baltimore, working to revitalize the troubled city of his own youth; Wes Moore has been at the center of many defining moments in our country’s recent history. The Work is the story of how one young man traced a path through the world to discover the meaning of his life and how he found that meaning in service. He tells stories about his adventures and the lessons he learned about how to create a life that matters from the people he met along the way—from the brave Afghan translator who taught him about what it means to find your fight to the resilient students in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina who taught him the meaning of grit to his late grandfather, who offered him the lessons of grace in service. He also tells the stories of other remarkable changemakers who’ve found deep meaning in their work—from Daniel Lubetzy, the founder of KIND to Esther Benjamin, a former director of the Peace Corps. What their lessons, as well as his own experiences, reveal is that our truest work happens when our personal talents and ambitions meet the needs of the world around us. It’s at that point of intersection—between our gifts and our broken world—that we find the work of our lives, the work that lasts.

Wes Moore is the author of the bestselling The Other Wes Moore. He is a Rhodes Scholar who has also served as an Army Officer in Afghanistan, and worked as a Special Assistant to Secretary Condoleezza Rice at the State Department as a White House Fellow. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and children.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780812993578
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau, 1/2015



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