The Tyler Willis PR Machine Keeps on Rolling
I Received a glowing writeup in my flim school‘s wonderful newsletter. Pretty awesome, the write up can be viewed in it’s entirety after the break or can be seen with the photos and edited version on the San Francisco School of Digital Film’s testimonials site.
I’ll add this to the massive list of positive press on me, bringing the current count to… 2 articles — My public loves me (okay end deluded hollywood star moment)
Tyler Willis, a student at the San Francisco School of Digital Film, first fell in love with visual arts when he saw â€œThe Godfatherâ€ as a young man. As he matured, technological interests and entrepreneurial dreams combined with his love of cinema and grew into a passion for making films.\n
After graduating high school in 2005, Tyler journeyed to Europe, and he attributes an eye-opening period of personal growth to the six months he spent traveling and living there. His original travel plans were to have later taken him through the Middle East and eventually into Southeast Asia, but reports and visuals of Hurricane Katrinaâ€™s destruction in New Orleans haunted his thoughts and interrupted those plans. â€œI was there enjoying a wonderful, enriching opportunity while people at home were suffering and dying. It was really troubling to me.â€ The sparkle in his eyes is unmistakable as he recalls the moment. â€œIt was really profound. Iâ€™d been surfing all week in Portugal and just didnâ€™t feel quite right. My surfing was off, and I remember finally realizing what was bugging me. It really was an epiphany â€" in the philosophical sense of the word â€" and once I knew the problem I knew I had to go there and try to help.â€\n
One thing is clear when you meet Tyler: he doesnâ€™t comprehend â€œimpossible.â€ Traveling back to the U.S. into a destroyed city and starting a charity focused on rebuilding its education system (considered one of the worst in the nation even before the storm) was simply, according to his Project New Orleans website, a noble goal to be attained â€œthrough personal involvement.â€ His goals were lofty, and the results of his 14-month-long project were mixed. Of his time there he says, â€œI think we did some good, and I have a lot of hope for long-term progress based on the people I met there and the groups still working there.â€
After returning to the Bay Area to pursue a college education, he found an advertisement for the San Francisco School of Digital Film online and immediately signed up for its five-week summer course. â€œMy intention was to test it out and maybe come for the full course after college, but I was smitten. I signed up for the full course in the second week.â€ He is currently completing his third short film at the school and has discovered a love for documentary filmmaking. â€œIâ€™d love to make films about social injustice and use them to make change. There have been a lot of great documentaries about Hurricane Katrina, but I donâ€™t think any of them have captured the whole story. In my vision, the storm and its aftermath would be best presented as a series of small films, each showing a specific piece of the puzzle.â€\n
Indeed, heâ€™s not lost his famous ambition. In addition to film school, he continues to work toward an undergraduate degree and also works at a San Francisco technology startup. â€œIâ€™ll never lose my love for the technology and business side of things, but Iâ€™d love to find a way to forge all of my passions and meld them into a career.â€ One gets the sense he just might be successful when he confidently offers, â€œI think I almost have it figured out. I can’t talk about it, but I’m working on a really exciting project.â€ YouTube might want to beware; at the age of 20, I think heâ€™s got plenty of time.
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- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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- Often seen as typical of rich societies, depression is actually more prevalent in poor, conflict-ridden countries
- More than one in five Afghans is clinically depressed – a sad world record
- But are North Koreans really the world's 'fourth least depressed' people?
America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.
- Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
- Every year, the American Library Association puts on Banned Books Week to draw attention to this fact.
- Some of the books they include on their list of most frequently challenged are some of the greatest, most beloved, and entertaining books there are.
Two new studies say yes. Unfortunately, each claims a different time.
- Research at the Weizmann Institute of Sciences declares evening to be the best time for an exercise session.
- Not so fast, says a new study at UC Irvine, which replies that late morning is the optimal workout time.
- Both studies involved mice on treadmills and measured different markers to produce their results.
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