Tell Us and Share: What Creativity are YOU Thankful For?
Last year, we asked you to share your comments about what creativity you’re thankful for.
We’re keeping the Thanks going. We’ve kept everything you wrote last year, to inspire you this year.
What artist do you want to thank? What creative work has made a difference in your life?
I’ll start. I’m thankful for you, our readers. Since last year, your ranks have grown exponentially—there are now 10,000 of you. If you’re in Los Angeles, please come to our Cultural Weekly Gathering on December 6 (details here). It will be incredible to meet each other.
We wouldn’t be here without our writers. Thank you, brave committed writers and poets, who raise your articulate voices. You further our mission, which is to draw attention to our cultural environment, illuminate it, and make it better through rich conversations.
A special thank you to filmmaker Nicholas Jarecki. Nick wrote and directed Arbitrage, which is a stunning debut film; it features a career-capping performance by Richard Gere. Nick just penned a generous Foreword for my new book, Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers, which will be out in January. I’m honored, Nick.
I’m also honored to live with an artist, Lori Zimmerman. Her work illustrates this article. Living with an artist reminds me of passion and commitment every day. As Lori works, there is no daylight between her hand and her truth.
Gentle readers, now it’s your turn. What artist do you want to thank? What creative work has made a difference in your life?
Please share and acknowledge the creative people who matter to you—then share and re-post this article. Let’s see how many thanks we can give.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Leipzig is the founder and CEO of MediaU, online career acceleration. MediaU opens the doors of access for content creation, filmmaking and television. Adam, Cultural Daily’s founder and publisher, has worked with more than 10,000 creatives in film, theatre, television, music, dance, poetry, literature, performance, photography, and design. He has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, Titus and A Plastic Ocean. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Adam teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Adam began his career in theatre; he was the first professional dramaturg in the United States outside of New York City, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where he produced more than 300 plays, music, dance, and other events. Adam is CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a company that navigates creative entrepreneurs through the Hollywood system and beyond, and a keynote speaker. Adam is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior Walt Disney Studios executive. He has also served in senior capacities at CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the creative community. Adam is is the author of ‘Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers ’ and co-author of the all-in-one resource for college students and emerging filmmakers 'Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft' (Macmillan). (Photo by Jordan Ancel)
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