Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Synthian Sharp - Tim Gorski

Here's a photo of directors Synthian Sharp and Tim Gorski at the Artivist Film Festival, promoting their elephant documentary, "How I Became an Elephant."

If you want to raise children who have compassion for animals and care about ending the abuse of animals, show them this film!

How I Became an Elephant film with Juliette West.


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Monday, April 29, 2013

Elephant Documentary

"How I Became an Elephant" has been released on DVD through - directed by Tim Gorski and Synthian Sharp. I saw this with my kids, and really recommend it for anyone who cares about the abuse of elephants and animal rights.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Synthian Sharp | Vegan Radio

Synthian Sharp | Vegan Radio

Great interview! And a good way to celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day. :)


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kids on Drugs?

The documentary, "American Meth" explores drug addiction in American youth.

The theme song by Synthian Sharp won an award.

It's never too soon to talk to your kids about drugs.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Synthian Sharp, on screenwriting

This was an inspired quote from one of my favorite artists, Synthian Sharp:

As a second answer to the same question I would give you this: Read more than you write... Also, people can tell the difference between things that were inspired, and things that were manufactured. Don't ever manufacture. If you've got five screenplay ideas and four are what's hot right now, and one is that bizarre sub-genre period piece that you know Hollywood can't possibly have the balls for, but its still on your list cause you just can't get it out of your head, that's the one.


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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rumi quote

"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment."

(We can learn from our own children on this.)


I Believe by Synthian Sharp, Exit Ophelia

I love the lyrics to this song, I Believe, by Synthian Sharp:

So this is the question posed
When you see too many things you want to change in the world
Where do you start?

Well this is the walk
And these are the steps:

It always starts with the vocals.
One fella acapella tryin not to choke holds
a deeper meaning, a harder leaning
A greater pressure up against
the ones that say we're only dreaming
of a better system a better way to live.
A harder sense of purpose with a whole lot more to give.
And if we rattle our cages
then they'll start to hear our voice,
And every person everywhere will have to make a choice, between the last revision, and a wider vision
put your world under a microscope and do the long division and this will be my anthem
this will be my hope
and I refuse to be the cattle strapped into the yoke.

Cause I believe that one voice can make a difference
But Im a member of an army that dreams.
And we will not go quietly.
Because the greater part of progress is the will to show resistance.

And theres an energy, I feel in the air,
a whole generation becoming aware,
And one by one, they're lining up in a row,
to kick a nail into the coffin of the status quo.
So I believe, we're at our strongest when our backs up against the wall.
But I believe if you divide from me, I still wont fall.
I'll be necessity's direct descendant,
I will be thankful, but I wont be dependant.
cause having a belief can make you more than just a rebel
and every single avalanche starts with a pebble.

I believe that we can manifest our own evolution.
And I believe there's a solution.

Cause this world has everything-- more than we need,
And all it takes to plant it is the seed.
But when we see a third world nation, do we just blow them a kiss?
Someone else's problem, ignorance is bliss?
And if these words be made of life, and life be made of breath,
they're asking for our help but we're ignoring them to death.
While these people are our relatives, toda familia
drop curtain. dead. drown exit ophelia

We've let it all slide for too many years,
Too many people walk the trail of tears.
Til every culture has scars they can never forget,
But if you wanna see tolerance look to Tibet.

Cause I believe in a place where the truest foundation
holds up the roof of the world.
Where the people have such strength and beauty.
We all have a duty
to every Tibetan boy, every Tibetan girl.
Cause in their Tibet little things mean everything.
The child's eye doesnt see the government leveraging.
All it sees is every possibility in sight.
And Im glad that they can still see the light.

Cause in MY Tibet when it rains, it pours.
So many bodies on so many floors.
They've all taken so many beatings the world didn't notice,
Suffered while staring at God in the homeless.
And they still see compassion thru a blindfold of lies.
I can still feel the heat from the fire in their eyes.
So when I hear, "We cant solve this"
that's where defeat lurks
and I will not be still, because this is how hope works!!
One-chance-in-a-million is more than we need
Because we're locked on our target
And were ready to bleed.
So if they wanna keep us down
They need to go to greater pains
Because our prayer flags will still be flying
Even when it fucking rains-

And then respect will be shown,
Because a nation full of people isn't something you own.
They have the right to choose, they have the right lose,
And if they do, at least they can decide on their own.
So this will be the last generation oppressed.
Cause I've already heard the heartbeat in a free Tibetan chest.
And one day, I swear' you'll hear these children say,
this is MY TIBET, and this is how we pray:


I saw a ten year old girl, at a protest on New Years Eve,
turned the corner and her sign just said "I believe"
How deep does that go?
Kid hit the core, and I want her to know,
that I am thankful for you showin' up to reach me girl.
And I am not beyond the will for you to teach me girl.
Cause I believe that there's a lesson in the simplest view,
And so if you can hear my voice, this is for you:

And for every woman staring at her unborn daughter,
And for every lamb in every country, limping to the
And for every single teacher out there voicing the plead
"Before they rewrite your history, I'll teach you to read".
And for every juvie-haller that can hear my vocation,
Just believe that you can leave and you can rock the
And for everyone in every cause that's gaining inertia~
And for every woman fighting in the senate in Persia.


And if we're gonna bleed, I say,we choose our battles.
Bleed a little smarter, scream, baby, dream harder.
You're already human! Thats the only credential,
to re-define the boundaries of our human potential.
Your mind has every thing you need to answer your prayers.
False data dropping to the ground in layers.
So embrace your humanity, let it flower
Come un-glued, and speak truth to power.

Do you wish your homophobia were legally binding,
every time you see the pretty boys, bumping and grinding?
Do you really believe that there are winners in war?
Do we really take our trophies from the blood and the gore?
And do we leash our prisoners?
Skip Miranda?
Feed my baby propaganda?
Rock big brother, on my knees,
To Drug our children's A.D.D.s?
Mandatory class division,
immigration is not a medical decision.
Tibetan children, Martial law
Blitz kreig, shock and awe.

Vocals, it always starts with the vocals.
One fella acapella tryin not to choke holds
A deeper meaning, a harder leaning
A greater pressure up against the ones that say were only
Of a, a better system A better way to live.
A harder sense of purpose with a whole lot more to give,
and If we rattle our cages then they'll ALL start to hear
And things'll start becoming clear

Now that the dissonant vibrations are settling down
Now that the anger is subsiding - I finally found
A deeper place within me,
the grace within me
To close my eyes and open up a space within me,

Where everything in all directions glows as I breathe
And I become a part of all the things I perceive
And I can finally break the muzzle,dismiss my restrictions
lean to the power of my own convictions.

And while the weight of the world
may be about to crush my spirit,
baring its teeth,
and making damn sure I fear it
I'll say bring it on with every syllable I sing
let me know that I'M A VOICE WORTH SILENCING.

Cuz you can say that global change is too hard to conceive
And raise a gun to anyone who's heart is on their sleeve
But I will never quiet down, I will not walk away,
I will always refuse, because I still believe.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Elephant Trekking

We were reading about elephant trekking, circus elephants, and elephant paintings - then we saw this elephant documentary, "How I Became an Elephant." It was directed by Tim Gorski and Synthian Sharp, both animal activists. Very interesting and a must-see for all animal lovers and people who travel. search.....

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Circus Elephants

My daughter came home from the circus, distressed. She wasn't thinking about the circus elephants beforehand - or the lions. She said the lions looked really angry, and it was only the whips that kept them from "eating the trainer" which she said it looked like they wanted to do. The elephants are beaten with bullhooks - sticks with large metal hooks on the end. These circus animals are tortured daily for our "entertainment" - what a shame. search.....

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Activists Juliette West, Tim Gorski, Synthian Sharp

A 14-year-old activist has taken on the project of saving Asian elephants from abuse. See her story in the new elephant documentary, How I Became an Elephant. Juliette West with co-directors Tim Gorski and Synthian Sharp search.....

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