Oh hey there!
Where has the time gone? It's casually May 2 and I'm now halfway through my third quarter at Medill! Kind of difficult to believe.
I'm on the documentary track here at Medill. And I'm taking advantage of the opportunities that are coming my way to focus on stories that mean a lot to me.
I'm working on a lot of different things simultaneously right now... learning to balance multiple stories at once is, I think, part of this learning process. So, what are the stories?
One is a character-driven piece that is centered on a man who used to be a gang member but who is now a pastor. He does gang outreach. I spent a large part of a day with him and heard his story and learned about how and why he does what he does. This was for a video project, but I imagine I'll make an audio piece out of this as well.
Another story is on Teach for America. What's up with the retention rate? How does that affect students (and parents?)? I spent an entire school day with a TFA teacher in what some people might say is one of Chicago's roughest neighborhoods, West Englewood. This will be an audio piece.
Crossfit is, as many of you probably know, all the rage right now. There's been some controversy though -- some people think it pushes participants too hard, potentially causing health problems. Now, there's Crossfit for kids. And classes in Chicago have sold out. I'm checking that out and talking with a young gal who loves Crossfit, her father (who also does Crossfit) and I'll be talking with folks in the medical field about what weightlifting from an early age means for a body.
Last piece currently in the works: Two interviews: One with a woman who was on Schindler's List. One with her daughter. I hope to get a third interview from a grandchild. I feel incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity to sit down and talk with this family. I'll write a piece from these interviews, but I also plan to produce an audio piece.
Life after Medill
I have no idea yet. I've been checking out a few different filmmaking groups (two have really caught my eye -- one close to DC and one in Denver, a third one out in Oregon has also caught my eye), online news sites (one in particular in NYC) and nonprofits (again, NYC).
It's somewhat terrifying to have no idea where life is going to take me. It's also kind of difficult. Because I could see myself taking a variety of paths in life. And crunch time is approaching. But it's also exhilarating. I could end up anywhere. Literally.
Makes me think of a very favorite, very applicable quote by Cheryl Strayed...
Until next time...