Q + A | How to Make a Feature Film

It’s not everyday that you get the chance to have a conversation with two feature-length filmmakers. Especially when those two filmmakers decided to buck the trend, ditch the industry standards and make their movie the way they want to do it.

While this is a little bit of a departure from our regular content on The Basic Goods, Kate and Daryl inspired me to get outside of my comfort zone and shake things up a little. After all, this blog is dedicated to telling stories of a life well lived and these two devoted filmmakers and hardworking creatives truly embody what it means to make things happen — no matter what.

So, without further ado, here’s my conversation with Kate Forsatz and Daryl Ferrara, filmmakers and producers of the upcoming feature film, Thre3bound!

Check out their website to learn more about Thre3bound, here.

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Impact | Gifts that Give Back: Jabonarte Soaps

What I love to do most on The Basic Goods is share with you all the talents, missions and big hearts of people I am lucky to call my friends. This one especially strikes a chord with me because Nia Salas, founder of the Costa Rican-based social enterprise Jabonarte, was my fearless leader on a volunteer trip to Costa Rica years back. The kindness, warmth and pride of the Costa Rican people who welcomed me and my father into their community made such an impression and today I’m deeply honored to have an opportunity to give back again.

Jabonarte is a social enterprise in San José, Costa Rica that designs, creates and sells artisanal soaps. By employing women who have survived domestic violence every purchase helps to ensure permanent jobs and safe futures for the makers and their families.  Continue reading Impact | Gifts that Give Back: Jabonarte Soaps

Q+A | Sarah, Say Something

As social media is wont to do, it leads us into the intimate lives of people we may never have met without it. For me, I’ve always been more than thrilled to find folks online who harness its power wisely and with intention; who give us a glimpse into their lives without oversharing and are just downright cool. Having a blog is a great excuse for me to reach out and connect with them personally, which is one way to make friends, right? Right.

Meet: Sarah Michelle Lawrence, blogger behind Sarah, Say Something, where she blogs freely about all the things that inspire and move her while living a beautiful life in Denver, Colorado with her husband, photographer Hunter Lawrence and their outrageously cute pup, Aspen. Much like The Basic Goods, Sarah’s blog seeks to be a corner of the internet where people can come to find some things that might inspire them as they have for her and to share some thoughtful musings on everyday life. I’ve always loved her blog for its authenticity and the way that it makes me feel like I’m just hanging out with a friend. So, I’m so grateful to have her on the blog today to talk about her experience on the internet and social media (she has over 5,000 Instagram followers) and ask her just to well, say something! Continue reading Q+A | Sarah, Say Something