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Effects of Covid-19 on the Film Industry

An Industry Goes Dark Coronavirus is having a huge impact on the film industry, from movie theaters, filmmakers to just about everyone connected to the business. Whether major media conglomerates or independents, many see the coronavirus as the most serious threat the industry has ever faced with delays in production, postponing premieres, and cancellations. Almost overnight, film projects screeched to a grinding halt as hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people, lost their livelihoods. Some are finding creative ways to push their projects through to survive the crisis until the industry gets back on its feet. We’ve asked documentary filmmaker Sarah Moshman to share her perspective on the current crisis. HOW ARE YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES ETC. DOING? I work as a documentary filmmaker, speaker, and teacher, and my husband works in the beer industry as a bartender, so, for the most part, both of us are out of work for the foreseeable future. We are fine – safe and healthy and distracted taking care of our 2-year-old every day but stressed financially for sure like so many of

Social Isolation at Home with the Kids

Noah Charney, Art Historian: View Social Isolation at Home with the Kids as an Opportunity to Learn and Bond. Cooped up at home with the kids during the coronavirus pandemic can frazzle some parents as they long for the day to go back to work and send kids off to school. But other parents are taking advantage of the time to engage with their children in creative and enjoyable ways. Discovering new things together can build closer bonds with each other. When it comes to art, who better to give kids a fascinating journey into the world of fine art and treasure capers than art historian and best-selling author Dr. Noah Charney. Low-Key Living American born Charney lives in Slovenia, a gem of a nation nestled amidst the Alps and edge of the Mediterranean Sea. He and his family seem far removed from the ravages coronavirus has inflicted on the rest of the world. Only recently did the pandemic touch the shores of this tranquil place, and we’ve asked Charney how he and his family are bearing up. He says, “So,

Practicing Patience and Perfection

Peter Bellerby, Globemaker: Keeping Ancient Globemaking Alive During a Pandemic In Britain, the coronavirus outbreak is having a similar impact on small businesses as in the United States. Government assistance helped bring some measure of relief, but the future is uncertain, and fears are running high. Some small business owners had the foresight to set aside rainy-day funds that could hopefully tide them over this dark period. Peter Bellerby, the founder of Bellerby & Co Globemakers, had planned for that at the onset of starting his business. From his London warehouse studio where globe artisans quietly work their trade, Bellerby shares the impact coronavirus is having on his handcrafted globes business and lessons to be learned. Hunker Down and Get On With It HOW ARE YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, ETC., DOING? Thank you, all well, for the most part, and the family is well. A few friends have gotten quite ill, including one with two young sons! And our illustrator went down quite badly. She only comes into the studio once a week normally, so it did not catch on! A

The Plight of Small Businesses

On the Front Lines of the Pandemic, the Plight of Small Businesses Cannot be Understated. Celebrated former White House chef John Moeller is in the thick of battle during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the seemingly peaceful landscape of rural Pennsylvania, an epic struggle for small business owners is raging, and it hasn’t left locally born Moeller untouched. While he himself remains healthy, his catering and restaurant businesses are in full tilt reorganization to keep everything afloat. With him in the same battle are thousands of small business owners all over the country. In a recent interview, Moeller tells us how he’s doing. “Health-wise, we are all okay. When it [COVID-19] first came up, we knew something was going to be happening. It was apparent from watching what was going on in Europe. “A Crisis on Several Fronts Moeller was proven right. When COVID-19 began spreading throughout the U.S., businesses began taking severe financial hits. From huge corporations to small businesses, everyone was affected. Mom and pop shops and restaurants were told to either close or change how they serviced

COVID-19 Impact On The Pet Industry

Russell Gibbons: A Taste for Business in the Pet Industry Keeps His Company Afloat During the Coronavirus Shutdown Resilience Amidst the Storm In Australia, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense job losses, the capitulation of businesses, and the general destruction of wealth and capital, according to Russell Gibbons, owner, and CEO of Huds and Toke, a gourmet pet treat company in Queensland. His family-run company is one of the lucky ones. Although operations have slowed, orders continue to flow into the company. “As we are a manufacturer of foodstuffs, we are deemed an essential business, so the government hasn’t shut down our business or distribution channels. We can even make human food should the need arise, so they want people like us to remain open and operating!” says Gibbons. Take a moment and watch this short video to learn how Gibbons has taken his company onto the global stage … “Our government acted very early and very swiftly with extraordinary measures. Some said it was too extreme at the time; however, as a result, we as a country seem to be

In the Midst of COVID-19, Kindness Abides

As we all hunker down at home trying to fill the hours with anything we can think of, some of us are randomly switching between social media burnout and bursts of creative mania. Others, however, are proactively thinking of ways to help their fellow Americans on the front lines of the crisis. These giants of spirit are to be admired and celebrated. Throughout our nation’s history, there have been tales of heroism in times of trouble, and this current situation is no exception. If you are holed up in your house feeling anxious about the future, let these following paragraphs be a comfort to you. From giant corporations to children in rural neighborhoods, Americans are stepping forward, volunteering their time and resources to ease the collective burden of COVID-19. – Medtronic, a manufacturer of the ventilators so vital to curing severe cases of COVID-19, voluntarily share design specifications to enable participants across industries to speed production. – In Pensacola, Florida, the local Vietnamese community put its own financial difficulties aside and donated thousands of surgical gloves and masks to a local

New Strengths Formed by Scar Tissue

Not unlike the indefatigable hero in eight of his political thriller novels, Dewey Andreas, best-selling author Ben Coes is a determined man of action. That’s one reason the COVID-19 national lockdown has been especially difficult for him. “It’s a tough situation to watch,” Coes says. “If you’re not a doctor or nurse, a scientist on the front-lines finding a cure, or a political leader at the state or federal level, you’re just sitting on the sidelines watching and waiting.” That speaks to most Americans right now – spending time at home with family members, caring for each other while watching, waiting, fretting and following the CDC guidelines as best they can. “It’s crazy,” continues Coes, “it came on so fast. One minute, we’re doing impeachment here in the United States, hearing little stories out of China here and there, and suddenly – Boom!” Life in a New England Lockdown This was the week the NHL playoffs were set to begin. Aficionados of the winter sport call it “the second season,” the beginning of an exhilarating two months of intense action

Serving The Underserved

Dr. Laurie Green: Blending Science, Health, and Technology to Better Serve the Underserved, Especially During the Coronavirus Pandemic. A Brilliant Idea The pandemic has caused telemedicine to be quickly implemented across the country, helping to serve patients and doctors more efficiently. There’s a massive surge of patients using telemedicine as an alternative to filling ERs and doctor’s offices. Many with private insurance are taking advantage of free coverage for COVID-19 related telehealth services. States are calling retired doctors, nurses, and health care workers to sign up and help in the battle against the disease, both in-person and via telehealth. We’ve tapped telemedicine champion, Dr. Laurie Green, for her thoughts on the coronavirus threat. With the coronavirus outbreak, states are moving quickly to increase the use of telemedicine to help patients and doctors. There’s a massive surge of patients using telemedicine as an alternative to going to ERs and doctor’s offices. Many with private insurance are taking advantage of free coverage for COVID-19 related telehealth services. States are calling retired doctors, nurses, and health care workers to sign up and help in

Managing Fear and Anxiety

A Misunderstood Emotion Fear is part of our brain’s circuitry to survive, and we all experience fear in some way. Typically, we’d rather not confront our fear; it’s too uncomfortable. But research shows that if we explore our fear, we might lessen its perceived dreaded effect. Educating ourselves about fear helps us see fear as empowering. Reading about how others drew strength and courage through harrowing experiences can inspire us to delve into and better understand our own fear. One inspirational person is Kristen Ulmer. People were fascinated with her incredible feats as they watched her jump off big cliffs and perform death-defying tricks. She became an extreme athlete and one of the best women skiers in the world. But she learned fear was with her in everything she did, and it became debilitating until she finally dropped out of professional skiing. She took the time to learn how fear could be useful and became a fear and anxiety expert. We’ve asked Ulmer to give her thoughts on fearing the Coronavirus pandemic. HOW ARE YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, ETC.,

War Games & National Preparedness

Peter W. Singer is an exceptionally brilliant and serious man. He is one of our nation’s top thinkers and futurists, focused on such matters as how global technological trends are impacting the national security of the United States and its allies. While the former advisor to the Obama administration is sequestering at home, like most of us, he is busy working to release his latest book and ruminating over the critical issues impacting the lives of millions. More on his new book later. For a deeper background on Mr. Singer’s impressive career to date, please review our original article. After exchanging the usual pleasantries, confirming he and his family are doing well (e.g. “with young children, it’s good to have a backyard to run around in”), he surged right into the major concerns of the day. *Fair warning, while our website has prided itself in being generally apolitical and noncontroversial, the following opinions are anything but. However, because Mr. Singer is so connected to the upper echelon of our government, we think his uniquely informed opinions are worthy of dissemination.