Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gabbie's Review of the Reel Dialogue with Christy Pipkin

The Reel Women meeting, now called a Reel Dialogue with Christy Pipkin left us with a glimmer of hope and a glance into the life of a dedicated producer, film maker, mother and cancer survivor. Some might know her as the gorgeous blond on Night Court, but after building a career in commercial advertising, she has turned towards humanitarian film making to document the work of others.

Some of her previous projects include, One Peace at a Time and Nobelity.
You can view Nobelity on watch instant on Netflix at:
Or type in Nobelity in the watch instant search bar (must be a subscriber to Netflix to watch).

One question that she was asked was something like this.. " When was it, that you decided you wanted to work on humanitarian film, other than commercial production?"
In sum, she said she was on the set of a spaghetti commercial, some one was shellacking the spaghetti and there was a mime in the back round, she questioned why she was there and took a step back to look at the world. This happened around 911, when she had been going through cancer treatment, and said " I just got fearless".

She has worked with many brilliant scholars, to name a few;
Greenbelt Movement founder, Wangari Maathai, noted economist Amartya Sen and 1984 Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu. She has also worked with talented musicians such as Willy Nelson and many more.

The latest film produced by Christy Pipkin is called Building Hope, which will have it's world premier at South by South West (SXSW) 2011 on Saturday March 12 2pm at Rollins Theater, and on Thursday March 17 7pm at Arbor Theater. Please view the trailer for Building Hope at

A great big THANK YOU to Christy Pipkin for taking the time to meet with us, and inspire us to get active in the film world!

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