movie mail

Viva Snail Mail lives! We were hacked and had to be rebuilt but thanks to tech savvy, ceramic artist Nathan Gwirtz, we are back. Phew.

So some film-makers in England are making a short film called Eduardo Munez and they need a lot of handwritten, interesting letters to use as props. The mysterious main character receives a lot of mail. Want to make some mail for a movie? A movie about mail? Here are all the details you will need to send mail to Eduardo Munez.

Viva Snail Mail!

shirley mail

Shirley Chisholm! This is a clip from the documentary Chisholm 72: Unbought and Unbossed which I strongly recommend. As our nation’s first African American Congresswoman and the first African American woman to run for President, Chisholm is a hometown heroine here in Brooklyn.

 shirley

Shirley Chisholm on a stamp! This portrait is by American painter, Robert Shetterley, from his series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth.” He started the paintings after the Bush Administration’s response to September 11th, 2001 because he felt compelled to exalt Americans who inspired him. So glad Shirley is part of that crew.

Buy the stamps. Send Shirley Mail!

texting

On the occasion of my niece’s first birthday I went back and looked at the group text message thread my siblings and I sent each other as my sister Hope went in to labor for the first time. They are so funny and sweet and made us all feel closer, even though we were in different locations. It was our first birth by text! I loved it so much that I sent the players a transcript of the day and half long thread. It reads as a potent reminder of that time, the kickoff of the first year of parenting, a huge and exhausting accomplishment.

On the other end of the texting spectrum, have you seen Werner Herzog’s short documentary film, From One Second to the Next? It is about texting and driving and the fatal results of that combination.

Texting is a fantastic way to communicate, even between contractions. So fun! So immediate! But not when you are behind the wheel of a 4000 lb machine, because fun and immediate can very quickly become tragic if you hit someone with your car. And your phone.

Viva (responsible) Texting!

catfish mail

Have you seen the documentary, Catfish? It came out in 2010 but I just saw it this past weekend. Yes, there are packages and postcards in the film but more importantly it is a complex, fascinating pen pal story for the digital age. And since its hard to say more about it without revealing the plot, I won’t. Don’t read anything about it first, just rent it!