Annette Ozolins

Oh well

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I haven't posted in such a long time. A long, long, long, long time. I have been busy writing, finishing up a film and gathering forces to publish my first book of poetry. I'm very excited about where things are going and will post more as new work comes out.

I'm not a great blogger, in fact as a writer, I am loathe to write everyday on a blog. Perhaps it's because I spend a good part of the day writing scripts and poems, as well the everyday stuff of business and making time for myself and family. Whatever the reasons are, I am no blogger. In fact I can't maintain the hours and dedication it takes to keep up a blog and to parlay blogging into my work as a writer. I wish I could. That being said, I love reading other people's blogs and I'm more than thrilled to share my work with you here and on Facebook/Instagram, etc..

So, for the latest news: another of my poems has been accepted for publication in The Hobo Camp Review Winter 2016. Thank you editor James H. Duncan.

Blessings and lots of love, Annette

#THINSPO

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i'm not a fan of hashtagging every little thing on twitter or instagram(here's a funny bit from jimmy fallon and justin timberlake) or looking up every meme that's trending, but i will sometimes follow a hashtag that i'm interested in. recently, while looking at #veganfood, i came across a word i had never heard of: #thinspo. many of you might already know what this means. i did not. so for those of us uneducated in interweb lexicon, thinspo is the abbreviation of thin and inspiration. thinspo uses images or slogans or videos of unusually skinny women, often celebrities, as a form of motivation and inspiration for weight loss. i googled some of the thinspo sites and can tell you i was shocked. i know i'm out of touch with what's trending with young women these days, but these sites have a deluge of content, a sensory overload of skinny, skinny girls, and it makes me wonder if we've made any headway on healthy body-image issues.

i was prompted to write a flash fiction piece about this, a micro-short story from the point of view of a thinspo girl. i will be posting the piece shortly. let me know what you think.

blessings and health, annette

 

FILM FRIDAY THE ILLUSIONIST

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my film friday is the illusionist starring edward norton and jessica biel. it's a lovely movie, very subtle and well-acted. it's also beautiful to watch. it's a film about illusions and magic and how we see what we choose to see. it's also a beautiful love story. i watched this movie in the theater when it came out and really enjoyed it and watched it again on television this weekend. it's worth watching. oxoxo

FILM FRIDAY WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS

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i was really looking forward to seeing we steal secrets: the story of wikileaks. it's my film friday pick for a few reasons: 1. nothwithstanding this movie, alex gibney is a really good filmmaker(taxi to the darkside, client 9, gonzo) 2. wikileaks is an organization that lends itself to scrutiny, controversy and mystery. 3. julian assange 4. any info and backstory on bradley manning is worth at least the 2hrs of your free time.

i'm not going to review the film, though i will say i was confused about the first part of the title---we steal secrets---because it implies wikileaks steals secrets, which i knew even before watching the movie wasn't true. alex gibney gets his title from a phrase spoken by ex-CIA/NSA director michael hayden, who is talking about the united states and it's covert operatives. he says "we steal secrets." meaning the us government steals secrets. it has nothing to do with the story of wikileaks. super misleading.

but if you want to 1. watch a compelling, well-made, though possibly innaccurate movie 2. know more about wikileaks 3. see footage of a young julian assange with a ponytail 4. be even more interested in the government's case against bradley/chelsea manning, then watch this movie.

but if you do watch it, do yourself a favor and read through some of the wikileaks annotated transcripts of the film, which is equally as fascinating, if not more than gibney's movie.

wikileaks also did talking points for the upcoming dreamworks film 'the fifth estate' which you can read here.




FILM FRIDAY THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

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my uncle is visiting us and he's a bluegrass harmonica player. it's been such a treat to wake up in the morning to the wailing of a bluegrass harp! so in honor of my 87-year-old uncle, my film friday pick is a german film called 'the broken circle breakdown.'   the movie is a festival favorite and comes out nov. 1.   the soundtrack is amazing and the film is worth seeing for the music alone.
film clips!

enjoy. xoxo, annette