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Life Arts    H2'ed 4/21/13

Making the World a Better Place Through Inspirational Films

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HM: We started Hummingbird Pictures to make films that make a difference and we were inspired to use this name, just as I was inspired to name my first film Hummingbird after the Japanese fable that is told in my film.  There was a fire in the forest and all the animals were running around going nuts.  Then, a hummingbird went to the river and got a few drops of water in its beak and put it on the fire.  Then, it went back to the river and got a few more drops of water...  The lion saw the hummingbird and said, "Are you crazy, hummingbird?  Why don't you get out of here and protect yourself, like the rest of us?"  And the hummingbird replied, "I'm doing my part.  What about you?"  

JB: Powerful!

HM: A lot of my work is about human rights and empowerment, and I hope that when people see this, they can find their own courage for their own empowerment.  I know the fear that I had to overcome to speak my mind and put myself out there in front of the world - it was very scary at first.  Even narrating my own films was a challenge as I was very media shy.  But now I have found my voice and I hope that I can encourage others to find theirs too.

And that's why I started calling myself Filmmaker For Change.  With that idea, I try to create films that inspire others to see what their part in this big global equation is.  And hope that they too will find their voices so that they can do whatever they are meant to do, to make this world a better place.  

JB: Amen to that, Holly. Thanks so much for talking with me. It was a tremendous pleasure. Good luck with all your projects - including the Yunus film and Pay 2 Play. I can't wait to see what you get up to in the future!


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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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