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Deborah Stambler is freelance writer and poet living in Los Angeles. She is a contributing writer at You can find her blog at

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Making Susie Sunshine

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 3:12 PM

Director Chelsea O'Connor with Jessica Howell. Photo credit: Emil Chang.

The Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival opens downtown at LA Live this weekend. One of the headliners is a short film called Susie Sunshine directed by newcomer Chelsea O'Connor. Susie Sunshine...

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LA Shorts Fest: Two Adaptations

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 2:35 PM

When I asked first-time director Tim Guinee about the challenges of adapting Horton Foote's play The One Armed Man for a short film, he laughed as he recalled a piece of advice from fellow filmmaker Peter Hedges. Hedges told him that in making a low budget...

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Moving Conflict Beyond Words

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Driving up to Esalen in Big Sur from LA, the road gets curvier and the hills steeper the closer you get. You lose cell phone connection and it's hard to focus on driving because the wild brilliance of the ocean and golden light is mesmerizing. Esalen is one...

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I Am a Ukrainian: Can You Be Viral and Anonymous?

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:06 PM

On February 10th, a video of an anonymous Ukrainian woman hit YouTube and it's gone viral. In the video, the woman tells the story of the protests and corrupt government in Ukraine. She begins her straightforward appeal by saying, "I am the Ukrainian." She asks for support for...

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The Antidote for Valentine's Day: Amiri Baraka's Dutchman

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:20 AM

If you're single, you may be feeling choked by all of the Valentine's Day patter going around. Valentine's Day has been trending on Twitter for at least a week now. Even if you're happily in a relationship, you might be a little disgruntled with the crass commercialism of the holiday....

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An Open Letter to George Clooney

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 4:03 PM

Dear Mr. Clooney,

Some stories more compelling than others. We find ourselves following certain news events, helping one cause, but not another. Is it only that these stories seem to touch our lives directly? How do you choose whom to help?

Sometimes it feels like the story chooses us. When...

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Finding Common Ground on Sandy Hook Anniversary

(9) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 1:34 PM

I've been getting regular updates about the approaching one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. I have to admit that in the daily flurry of clearing out my inbox and notifications on Facebook, I haven't read everything that's come my way. But these have served as reminders of the anniversary...

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NOTFILM, But Still Samuel Beckett

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:12 PM

Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is in previews at the Cort Theatre in New York with acting legends, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. In London, All That Fall is opening at the Arts Theatre on the West End, starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon. Under the...

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Find Your Inner Superhero

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 5:20 PM

In the first Kick-Ass movie, Dave Lizewski, comic-book-geek-turned-superhero, creates his own costume out of a wetsuit he orders off the Internet. As I watched this, and in spite of all the violence, I decided that I want to be a superhero. I've given up my dreams of being...

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Alice Guy-Blaché: The First Geek

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 6:31 PM

I've been learning a lot about Alice Guy-Blaché over the past week. She was one of the first female film directors. She may have been the first to bring narrative to film. I'm affectionately thinking of her as the first female geek. Not only did she own a film studio,...

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Carpal Tunnel Writer's Syndrome

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 6:52 PM

I've been at the computer for about four hours now, and I'm feeling that increasingly familiar tingle in my wrist and fingers. I've read research that says carpal tunnel syndrome is not caused by extensive computer use, but it's hard to completely dispense with popular lore, especially when...

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Grab a Ukulele: Sharing Music With Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 3:11 PM

Talking with Heidi Swedberg about her music makes me want to quit my job, learn how to play ukulele and follow her on her latest tour singing and playing. Swedberg is familiar to millions of people for her role as Susan on Seinfeld. She's gone on to develop...

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Crowdsourcing for Credit

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:16 PM

A recent series in the New York Times highlights online education, the challenges in offering high quality courses, bridging the gap between classroom interaction and the flexibility online courses offer as well as the issue of monetizing what's largely being offered for free. Massive Open Online...

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The Boston Investigation: The Story of Citizens and Technology

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Imagine if millions of people were poring over a page from Where's Waldo? and, in this instance, no one really knows what Waldo looks like or where he is, except Waldo himself and he's not going to say anything because he's got a bomb to set off. That's what it...

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Caring for Caregivers

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 10:55 AM

My friend John was recently diagnosed with a progressive, degenerative illness. This kind of news is startling, heartbreaking and reminds us of our own vulnerability. It's so difficult to know how to help. Our friends take turns visiting and pitching in wherever we can. His wife, Nina is trying to...

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Bold Vision: Jon Fisher of CrowdOptic

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 5:19 PM

There are certain qualities we associate with entrepreneurs. Smart, risk-taking and innovative are a few that come to mind. At the Silicon Valley Bank Annual CEO Summit last week, the word bold was queued up and explored. In his address at the summit, Jon Fisher, CEO of CrowdOptic,...

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Challenges to Democracy: A Whisper to a Roar

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 4:22 PM

During a blizzard in Kiev, Ukraine last month, director Ben Moses attended a screening of his film A Whisper To A Roar. As he made his way to the theater, he wondered if this wasn't a little crazy and if anyone would fight through the cold...

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Job Hunting: Separating Fact From Fiction

(8) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 5:23 PM

I'm trying to sort out the myths from common sense advice as I look for work. We're all hearing about the sluggish economy and unemployment numbers. Some of the news is good, some a little more dicey and then there are the stats that seem to get pulled like taffy...

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The Value of High Tech Health Care

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Kaiser Permanente was recently highlighted in a New York Times article, "The Face of Future Health Care." Kaiser has been recognized as a leader in the type of health care organization the Affordable Care Act wants to advance, as a model for combining insurance, hospital and doctor care....

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Around The World As Traveler, Not A Tourist

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 4:26 PM

When Chris Phillips decided to circumnavigate the globe, it wasn't an attempt to emulate the travels of his fellow quintessential Englishman, Michael Palin. Nor was it an attempt to tread the imaginary path of Jules Verne's, Phileas Fogg. His inspiration to travel the world was far simpler and more basic...

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