Back in Black


BACK IN BLACK

As you’ve noticed, I have been away for some time now and haven’t posted too much. Then just last week my site disappeared because my hosting server flew the coup. That’s right, they just shut down their servers and left me in the twilight zone. So for the past few days I’ve had to find another hosting service and rebuild my website to get it back up. The idiot rat bastards at eHost never sent word one to me they were pulling their servers. I had no chance to do a data backup to my PC.

I was lucky enough to stumble onto a hosting company that is really one of the best going. If you are needing a hosting service check out ICDSoft.com. I highly recommend them. Their tech support is the best. They got my site migrated to their servers in HK and got it all up and running asap. I was getting my emails answered within minutes back and forth as we worked out several issues from the transfer. They even re-coded several files to get WordPress kick started again. Great service and they know what they are doing.

1 comment to Back in Black

  • Marlo Poras

    I came across your blog while researching a documentary film I’m developing. I’m a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY — if you want to check out my work, you can visit (www.grannyd.com, http://www.marloporas.com). I’m partnering with Yu Ying Wu Chou on this project, she edited the PBS/Frontline series Country Boys (www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/countryboys/).

    We’re documentary portraitists – we craft intimate portriats of women over time. For the past few months we’ve been researching a new film about young urban women in China. We made our first research trip to Beijing in March and will return to China in September, this time we’ll visit Kunming as well (which is how/why i came across your blog).

    So much has been written/researched about the one child generation, particularly about the “Little Emperors,” but we’re most interested in the new opportunities and realities for young women in China. We find the story of the women of the one child generation to be pretty fascinating – they’re the first generation of girls in Chinese history to be the sole focus of not just their parents but their extended family’s life – with all the parents attention and future prospects resting on these girls shoulders. It engenders a different sense of self and of possibility, even if parents are ambivalent about having a girl.

    We’re eager to meet single young woman roughly between the ages of 23-32 who might fit the bill as a documentary subject. We plan to make an intimate portrait of a young woman over the course of one to two years, making aprox 4-5 trips per year, each trip lasting 1-2 weeks. We’d like to craft a full portrait of the woman’s life – as full as is possible – including her friends, family, and workplace. The film would mainly consist of the reality of her everyday life, augmented with interviews — so we’d be filming her as flies on the wall during her everyday life.

    The film would detail the complicated reality of life for young urban women — the excitement of the manifold possibilities for them, the hard reality many of them face in terms of having to support their parents or in terms of struggling to figure themselves and their own futures out — so we can give Americans a much richer portrait of the growing middle class than anything they’ve seen.

    The most important qualities we’re looking for are charisma, comfort in front of the camera, openness, and good self-awareness. We’re totally flexible as far as interests/background. Our goal on the next trip is to meet as many women as possible, the more the better.

    All this is an extremely long introduction! I hope that the project piquest your interest. I’m trying to reach out through the internet to people who live or have lived in Kunming in an attempt to make contacts there for the film. If you have any recommendations of people we should contact there, we’d be incredibly grateful — either for women who might be potential subjects for the film, or for people who might be able to introduce us to women. Beijing is a great town, but I lived in SE Asia for a few years and I’m eager to visit Kunming, particularly because of the city’s ethnic diversity – we think it could add a fascinating dimension to the film.

    All my best,
    Marlo Poras

    marloporas@aol.com

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