Pamela Beere Briggs, one of our explorers, has been a filmmaker for 30 years. With her husband, UCLA professor of cinematography William McDonald, she has produced and directed award-winning films that have been widely broadcast—including on PBS and international television—and have screened at the Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Smithsonian Institution; National Archives; and Art Institute of Chicago.
Something Like a Sabbatical
Runtime: 25 minutes
Long ago, Sue Mitchell wanted to be an artist. But she decided she didn’t have enough talent. Instead, she became a businesswoman. Thirty-five years went by. She took art classes in whatever spare time she had. Then the economy slumped. Seriously slumped. Business was slow. There was no sign of recovery. But, there was time… She would do the thing she thought she could not do. Little did Sue know that a city park would become her classroom and 52 Montezuma Cypress trees her teachers. This story resonates now when we are all finding our lives turned upside down by COVID-19 and seeking ways to deal with uncertainty. The choices we make about how to spend this time can make all of the difference.
Something Like a Sabbatical is available for purchase in the Two in the World shop. The first 20 DVD buyers will receive a free gift of a notebook—much like the one Sue Mitchell used to write down her thoughts and questions—featuring a photo of Tree #44.
Women of Mystery
Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction
Sara Paretsky: A Reflection
A Portrait of Women Cartoonists
Runtime: 8 minutes (CC)
Twenty-one years ago, a very bundled up baby was thrust into the arms of her adoptive parents in a tiny hotel room in Chengdu. After the Chinese adoption contingent left, her parents started to unbundle her because she seemed too warm. Garment after garment came off until they reached the last one: a beautiful, humbly-made, and somewhat fragile jacket. Her mother, artist Suzanne DeCuir, recently came across it and was inspired to create a project exploring ideas about lost potential, fate, and randomness. DeCuir has sewn over 100 “life jackets,” all smaller than the original.
Pamela Beere Briggs is a writer and filmmaker who never forgot her joyful time in a Japanese kindergarten. It led her to believe that every child should have the opportunity to love learning. She will be sending missives from her home and backyard. Reading, writing and creating (films, stories, food & field-trips) are her favorite pursuits.