Please enjoy this documentary film project I made in collaboration with my neighbor and friend, Jodie. Jodie lives just down the street from me and she is one of a kind and a very special person. While many in our East Austin neighborhood endearingly refer to her as 'Mama,' I made this film with her because I felt like so many others in the neighborhood were, or still are, so comfortable never acknowledging her. Simply because she looks differently and lives differently than them. No one person can correct all the woes of this world, but the very least we can do is to say hello to one another and occasionally offer a kind word and our time, the most precious gift of all.
Think twice about who you cross paths with and don't make the mistake of missing out on friendship.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. - Dalai Lama
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller
[This short film was made for Ellen Spiro's Advanced Documentary class at the University of Texas at Austin during the Fall semester of 2013]