hehehe thank you for the intro Chevy :-) merry Christmas everyone. Have a wonderful time whatever you do. It’s a fresh start which makes today so special. So be free, be wild, fly like the wiiiiind, fall in love with the stars. Love love love and more loving! Not just today, but alwaaaaays ;D <3 xxx
After going vegan this year I began volunteering for Scotland for Animals. A charity focused on raising awareness for all the issues and injustices faced by animals throughout Scotland. I made this short film to help them promote awareness of cruelty that goes on in abattoirs, and most hopefully, to encourage people to take action. So glad they’re happy with it and will be sharing via their site and other animal rights focused channels. Big thanks to Tina (founder of Scotland for Animals) for her support in making this. Also, please see below for useful links and great quotes from advocates of animal rights, such as Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein. Thanks for watching and sharing.
Easy to go vegan! >>> veganeasy.org/vegan-easy-challenge
Quotes from advocates of animals rights including Joaquin Phoenix, Carl Sagan, Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, George Bernard Shaw, Leo Tolstoy, Gandhi and Leonardo Da Vinci.
“We are all animals of this planet. We are all creatures. And nonhuman animals experience pain sensations just like we do. They too are strong, intelligent, industrious, mobile, and evolutional. They too are capable of growth and adaptation. Like us, firsthand foremost, they are earthlings. And like us, they are surviving. Like us they also seek their own comfort rather than discomfort. And like us they express degrees of emotion. In short like us, they are alive.”
“Humans — who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals – have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and “animals” is essential if we are to bend them to our will, wear them, eat them – without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.”
“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”
— Albert Einstein
“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”
“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”
“Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you anymore.”
“Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”
—Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984
“When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity.”
— George Bernard Shaw, writer and Nobel laureate (1856–1950)
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
—Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828–1910)
“It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.”
—Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948)
“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places.”
—Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519)
On Thursday afternoon, I enjoyed a brilliant masterclass by JAN HARLAN (he was STANLEY KUBRICK’S producer for 30 years!!) so you can imagine the kind of pleasure and excitement it felt to be in his presence :D one of my favourite lines of his: “Intellectual knowledge of art means nothing, but if you fall in love with a film or a painting…to L O V E the art… that’s what matters, it means everything… ” A great way to spend the afternoon, and forget all about stuff like buying Christmas presents! :) great great day xx
Susan Sarandon and Gina Davis are perfect in this. Just so seriously cool and free. Love love love it :)
RED has been selected to screen at New York’s amazing Anthology Film Archives as part of the NewFilmmakers Summer program series on August 19th 2014. The center focuses on the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema. And is one of the largest archives of cinema in the world. This was my most loved venue in New York… quality independent films and Q&As every week within such a cool rustic atmospheric setting. Loved watching Kenneth Anger films here… Such a privilege for RED :) Thank you!
On the road from Taghazout to Imsouane to Sidi Kaouki to Essaouira. Haggling, burning, a little bit of surfing:) <3 remembering trendy days in Manhattan and Brooklyn...that urban concrete swarm...a sharp contrast to where I am now in Morocco, barren, vast, simple ...what a funny little planet... So today I wake up in my hotel room which is pas trop cher and feels so nice I finally enjoy the feeling of sitting quietly...ready to face the emptiness of this little screen before me. Feeling the warmth here, and I hope you do too, wherever you are. Simone x
Very pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded funding from the Arts Trust of Scotland supporting me in the development of new works – future films and multi-arts theatre projects.
Thank you so so much! :)
Crazy days in NYC! :D I’ve landed my first VJ gig kicking off on the 2nd May in Brooklyn! Woop!! Also made my first video for The Wooster Group blog dailies!! Watch here >
“The film is psychologically shocking, and beautifully sad. Simone Smith hit it right on with the emotions.”
Another great feature on RED including my thoughts on the making of it. Full article here. Thank you so much Film Shortage <3
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been awarded Creative Scotland investment to contribute towards my time in New York City where I’ll be undertaking a production internship with The Wooster Group beginning March 2014.
The Wooster Group is an experimental theatre company known for creating numerous original dramatic works and has been one of the most influential and important experimental theatre groups in the world. They have managed to redefine the boundaries of what theatre is and what it can do.
During my stay there, I will also be researching my new multi-arts piece ‘RELEASE ME’ – a combined film and theatre piece that explores the relationship between, sex, death and existence.
I can’t wait :) HUGE THANKS to Creative Scotland for the support and mega MASSIVE THANKS to The Wooster Group for inviting me to NY. <3 : ) truly wonderful
(Willem Dafoe in ‘Brace Up!’ by The Wooster Group)
“A film with the animal urgency of Simone Smith’s RED can still leave us windless.”
Great review on RED by No Budge. Full article here.
“It’s packed with atmosphere and some important honest commentary on life that may not have been shown this way before.”
Brilliant in-depth review on THE RINSING by Mike and Rusty’s Reviews. Full article here.
“Here’s a jarring/lovely smack in the face (and ears). Here’s the latest (experimental) short from Saturday Shorts veteran Simone Smith.”
THE RINSING gets hand-picked by Mike Muldoon for this week’s Saturday Shorts. Full page here.
Hello :) this week I attended Shorts On Tap in London – a short film event that provides a platform for both up & coming and established film-makers to display their work, exchange ideas and receive feedback. I was there to introduce my film The Rinsing (shortlisted to be shown in their ‘Women at Crossroads’ line-up). The venue was packed! Filled wall to wall with filmmakers and film fans, and I watched some great material. Very deep and interesting issues explored… and the Q+A sessions sparked off some heated debate! (there were moments I thought people were going to throw punches!!) To top off the excitement, The Rinsing received a strong reaction from the audience and was selected by the jurors as BEST FILM. Wonderful… :) and I’ve been invited to be a juror at their next event as well. Big thank you to Shorts on Tap for an awesome evening x
You can Watch The Rinsing here (via Channel 4, Random Acts).