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A Small Good Thing: Live with a Sense of Meaning

Friday, January 8th, 2016

a doc about the power of community

Filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll believes three things. First, in order to live well you have to know yourself. Second, once you know yourself you can create an authentic community. And finally, to build an authentic community you have take care of the earth it’s built on.

If you’re a fan of documentaries, you may recognize Boll’s name. She was a producer on Born Into Brothels and made her feature length directorial debut with Who Does She Think She Is? It’s clear she’s a filmmaker who doesn’t shy away from big questions. (more…)

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The Tween Years | Maidentrip Documentary

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

maidentrip documentary

Last night, Dave and I watched a documentary about Laura Dekker, a 14 year old who sailed around the world BY HERSELF. While that’s wildly impressive, what really got me was that she took two years to do it. Dekker said she wanted to experience the cultures of the different countries she’d visit during her voyage. She wanted to see the world, not just sail it.

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The Tween Years | Movies pt 2. (The Fun Part)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

7 Great Movies for Tweens and their Families

Last week I finally dived into the tween series and talked about how R rated movies probably aren’t the best idea for our kids, while never mentioning two important things: 1. great movies for tweens to watch and 2. how much fun it is to watch movies with my kids now. I consider that a fail on my part.

Consider this is a do-over. (more…)

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Three Great Films for Family Movie Night

Monday, July 15th, 2013

3 great movies for family movie night

Let’s be honest, there’ll probably be more screen time than usual once summer’s out, right? A little family movie togetherness? Yup.

So how about some movie recommendations that the entire family will enjoy? And how about some movies written and directed by some of THE best filmmakers? Just because we’re a little subversive over here, let’s sneak in some culture and learning along with the fun.

Kids deserve good film. And you do too. (more…)

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3 Art Docs to Watch

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013


Do you ever watch art documentaries? We do. It’s one of our favorite “couch” date nights. I love to get a glimpse into how artists think and hear their stories of how they got where they are. Seeing everything that goes into their work makes their art even more beautiful.

Here are three films Dave and I recently watched that I highly recommend. So tonight put the kids to bed early, grab a bowl of popcorn, fire up the screen and get inspired… (more…)

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Halloween Movies Reviewed by Kids

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The kids and I can’t wait to see Franken Weenie. Have you seen it yet? It, along with Hotel Transylvania seem to be the family movies to see this fall.

Last year, I asked the kids what they thought of some popular Halloween movies in the past. Here’s what they had to say…


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Movies Worth Watching: Happy

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

You know I’m kind of a movie dork right? I’m going to lump Dave in with me on this one. He’s an even bigger movie dork. Now he makes a living making films. Which, honestly? Still pretty much blows my mind. Photographer and filmmaker. These were NOT titles he held when I met him. He worked at the big red K, little blue m-a-r-t when I met him. Meanwhile, I was a dishwasher in a crappy restaurant. Man, we’ve been together a long time.

I love movies. When I’m feeling in a creative lull or just blue, I’ll fire up netflix and see what looks good. I scroll through my ‘suggestion’ lists to see what strikes my fancy. There are boatloads of titles that fall into one of two categories—the two I watch most often: classics and documentaries.

It’s true. I’m not only a movie dork, I’m a documentary movie dork. Wait, what’s that noise? I hear snoring. Did I just bore you to sleep? (more…)

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