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Lunafest Favorite, Director Ela Thier Talks About Her Craft

Momasphere ‘s Lunafest women’s short films festival on Sunday, May 23rd, at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, kicks off with award-winning film A SUMMER RAIN, by producer, writer, director Ela Thier. Momasphere managed to snag an interview with Ms. Thier, to talk about the film and her craft. Now in its ninth year, LUNAFEST was established by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and support worthy women’s nonprofit organizations. Last June, Ms. Thier poignantly described some of the difficulties women filmmakers encounter in an open letter to the film community. Ms Thier’s feature film credits include FOREIGN LETTERS, PUNCTURE, THE WEDDING COW, and dozens of short films including JUDO GIRL, GENTLE CYCLE ONLY, and A SUMMER RAIN. Ms. Thier will be on-hand at New York City’s only Lunafest to lead an interactive session and Q & A with festival attendees.

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How Our Mothers' Work Ethic Shaped Us: Four Personal Stories 

To honor our mothers, Momasphere would like to share a few of the stories collected for My Mother’s Work Project. Whether our mother’s work was in a traditional job outside the home, or as a homemaker, our mother’s work ethic, habits and experiences have no doubt played a large part in shaping who we are.

As work-life balance, or the lack thereof, and happiness, or the endless pursuit thereof, take center stage for many mothers today, we are excited to be creating a repository of reflections upon our mother’s work life- happy, sad, sentimental, irreverent- to share with our visitors and stimulate a dialogue.

If you are interested in participating in this project by contributing a 200-600 word piece, please send an email to with My Mother’s Work Project in the Subject Line. Within the body of the email, please include your story, title and a short 2-3 sentence bio., including a link to your website if you have one. If you have a photo you would like to share, please attach it as a jpeg (the highest resolution you have), and let us know you’ve done so, though we may opt not to use it. While we appreciate every single submission, we may not be able to publish everyone’s story. Please make sure we have a good way to get in touch with you.  We will contact you to let you know if and when your piece will run so you can alert your fans, friends, family and maybe even your mother!!!!


Everything in Moderation: Wise Words From My Mother Who Excelled At Everything

I grew up in a family of nine in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. We even had a neurotic dog named Smudge thrown in the mix.  People can't fathom growing up that way. I am often asked how I survived and why I am so "normal."   

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Momasphere Interviews Sharon Lerner, Author of The War On Moms: On Life in a Family Un-Friendly Nation

Momasphere recently caught up with award-winning journalist and author Sharon Lerner. Ms. Lerner’s new book, The War on Moms: On Life in a Family Un-Friendly Nation tells overworked, stressed-out American moms two things: that they're not alone, and they're not to blame.  According to Ms. Lerner, working and non-working American mothers are pressed for time and money, unable to find decent affordable childcare, and wracked with guilt at falling short of the mythic supermom ideal. In short, we have it harder today than they have in decades, and we’re worse off than many of our peers around the world. Momasphere will be hosting the author's first Brooklyn The War On Moms book launch, which will include a riveting panel discussion on Thurs, May 13.


Momasphere: You say in the introduction of the book, that in this country, women and families are under a ‘full-on attack.’ This problem is certainly not new. Was there a specific incident that propelled you to write this book?

Sharon Lerner: It was more of a gradual process. I knew I wanted to write about women, and I knew I didn’t want to rehash the same subjects, particularly the subject of whether we should work or stay home. It seemed to me that there were problems with both options, so I decided to look at the larger policy context that frames those options.

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Creative Outlets: Curious George Shows the Way

By Ellen Bari

 “Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.” Dr. Tom Barrett, motivational speaker and author.

 It surprised me to learn that Fifi the monkey, a.k.a. Curious George, the most beloved American mischief-maker, was born in Paris, amidst the chaos of war-torn Europe. His creators, German Jewish immigrants, continued to work on their children’s books with impassioned determination  while plotting their courageous escape from the Nazis.  I found the story particularly inspiring with a great lesson for us all- creative expression can offer salvation even in dire straits. This is not to suggest that we are able to produce masterpiece works of art whenever life gets tough, but I have no doubt that having a creative outlet, can help us through the roughest of times. 

Hans Augusto (H.A.) Rey, the illustrator, and Margaret, author/muse, miraculously fled the Nazis with little more that their drawings in tow.  Louise Borden’s fascinating book, The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey, 2005, which details the story of their escape, has come to life in a wonderful exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York, Curious George Saves the Day:  The Art of H.A. and Margaret Rey

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Mama Wants a Brand-New Job: Mothers in the Reccession

Photo courtesy of Brain Child Magazine

This is Momasphere's first excerpt from Brain,Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, one of our favorite literary publications for moms. All attendees at our next event, Thursday May 13, 2010- inaugural book launch and fascinating panel discussion of Sharon Lerner's new book The War on Moms, which deeply probes the issues affecting all working families today- will receive a free copy of the spring edition of the magazine.

The author, Katy Reid, who has worked part time for many years and is now looking for steadier employment, explores the current recession employment landscape, and its impact on moms. From those who have managed to create new businesses after being downsized to others struggling to make ends meet, Katy looks at the options available to a wide spectrum of moms, some of the choices we’re making and how we're coping with the new work world order. 

By Katy Read

In unexpected ways, the Great Recession has been good for Amy Stone. Oh, not the fact that her family has had to slash expenses: downscaling the cable and cell-phone plans, cutting back on restaurant meals, dropping their dental coverage. And certainly not the fact that her husband was laid off and, though he has a new job, is now making $50,000 less than he formerly earned.

But for Stone, the hard times have presented an opportunity to build a business doing work she loves to do: creating handmade baby gifts, ceramic baby hand and feet impressions, murals, jewelry, pottery—basically offering her artistic talents “to anyone who has an idea.”

Stone, a former FedEx executive who took a buyout to be a stay-at-home mother—she now has two daughters: one four years old, the other eighteen months—has an art degree. Click Here To Read Complete Article on Brain Child.

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