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In This Issue
Latest Video for the One Language Project
Naturestage Works with the MSPCA
Editorial on Whales in the News: Signs of a Shifting Perspective
Naturestage Benefit Dinner October 29
Latest blog post: A Pekingese Dreams of Denver
Include Your Animal Companion in the One Language Project
Your Donations Make This Work Possible. Thank you!
Dear Supporters and Friends,
It has been a busy summer for Naturestage and for my personal growth as a filmmaker and photographer. I am so grateful for all those who have been contributing to the Elephant Project as it progresses and our related projects. Since I spoke to students and faculty at Boston University last spring, I decided it was vital to produce work that could be easily replicated and affordably produced, as I continue to work towards the longterm goal of an empathy-building film set and curriculum for high schools which is The Elephant Project.
One of the films I created, Chaconne: Dance of Friendship, was discovered online by the leaders of the international wildlife film festival in St. Petersburg Russia and requested for their festival this October.  As I continue with your help to gather funds for another series of short elephant-related films with parallels to the human condition, I am spending days photographing dogs for future exhibits and interviewing more people about their connections across species lines.  So many stories will be coming your way. Stay tuned!
So, without further ado, I formally introduce the One Language Project, which Naturestage launched in April. Photographs of dog portraits and essays by the owners have already been on exhibit in Boston and Cambridge this summer. Massachusetts General Hospital found it very healing and invited the exhibit to  the Yawkey Clinic for February thru May 2013. You can read much more about this project and see the latest film I created for it below about the connection between a man and his golden retriever Emmy.
Stay tuned for loads of interesting articles and be sure you save the date October 29 for our fall benefit dinner and film screening at The Elephant Walk in Waltham.
Miranda Loud
Naturestage Founder and Artistic Director

Jim and Emmy
Jim and Emmy

The Goals of the One Language Project An ongoing catalog of stories in film, still image, audio and essay that address the question: What would the world be like if we viewed other animal species as someones instead of somethings?  

The One Language Project is an ongoing gathering of stories of interspecies connection. It is a quest for a new way of viewing our place on the planet, as a species that has much in common with others instead of focusing on our differences. The one language is the language of emotion which we share in unknown degrees with so many other species, most clearly with the higher primates and mammals such as elephants, whales and dolphins. Honeybees have recently been proven to have moods. What do we need to relinquish and what do we have to gain by acknowledging the possibility that other species experience joy, sadness, worry and anticipation, and could this empathic view lead to a more visceral caring for the planet? I believe it can which is why the One Language Project is an ongoing exploration. I am so excited to share this with you and to work with your support to build compelling stories that explore this issue with depth, humor, poignancy and poetry. Please email me with any ideas or comments you have and follow the blog if you want more frequent updates. You can follow the blog here.
postcard for the One Language Project, © Miranda Loud

photos by Miranda Loud for the One Language Project
photos by Miranda Loud for the One Language Project

Naturestage Works with the MSPCA This Fall photographing animals up for adoption 

I have been interested in collaborating with “on the ground” organizations which help animals and people, and realized that the photography I am doing for the One Language Project could benefit both animals needing to be adopted as well as building compelling portraits of the animals themselves for future One Language exhibits. I called the MSPCA at Nevins Farm and they are excited to collaborate in a way which will benefit everyone involved. Stay tuned for future newsletters which highlight animals who have been adopted with their stories as well as animals needing adoption.

Trans-species Awareness in the News

I read in yesterday’s Boston Globe a short piece entitled “Whales: I’ve gotta be me”. Here is an excerpt which very much relates to the work of naturestage.
To read the full article, click here.
“They’ve learned that each whale has its own personal way of twisting, diving, breathing, and gulping to trap its meals. That finding obviously challenges researchers, but it should challenge the rest of us, too. Humans aren’t used to viewing wild animals as individuals who think and act differently than other members of their species, says David Wiley, the sanctuary’s research director. People like to think of animals as “other than ourselves, less than ourselves.” But finding out that whales, like people, have their own eating habits, forces a deeper consideration. It makes it harder to look at the rising numbers of accidents that imperil the humpbacks with anything less than a sense of real urgency.”

It’s a party! Save the Date! October 29 Dinner, Drinks and Film at the Elephant Walk in Waltham to Benefit Naturestage
The Elephant Walk Restaurant in Waltham offers Monday night benefit dinners to local non-profits. For a fixed price meal with or without drinks, the restaurant donates 50% of the proceeds back to Naturestage. It is a warm environment that is perfect for a late fall gathering of art and animal lovers for mingling and learning more about where we’re headed and what we’re up to. More information coming soon.
Jim and Emmy

A Pekingese Dreams of Denver Latest Essay for the One Language Project

Steve with Buzzer
Steve and Buzzer the night before leaving Portland, ME
On my way back from Camden, I stopped off in Portland and parked downtown. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. Maybe it was because he looked so clean, his shirt and sneakers so new, or because he seemed so open. But it was his small pekingese huddled in the bike carrier, and the way he touched it tenderly under its chin that finally drew me to him. He said he needed money to get to Denver. I asked, Why Denver?
Montage

Include Your Animal Companion in the One Language Project! 

Reuben
Reuben
With a donation of $375, you can include your pet and its story in upcoming exhibits of the One Language Project and on the blog, have a 5×7 print to take home and a $150 tax-deduction. All proceeds go to Naturestage.
 

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