I feel like one of those mother’s that cannot stop talking about her children …. well I am one of those mothers. I am so proud of what they have achieved in their little lives so far. They are inquisitive, chatterboxes, funny and delightful …..
So before I get carried away, which is not unusual for me to do, let me get to the point.
Sean was accepted to join the “Clowning Around Workshop” at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. For those of you who do not know what DTFF is, to put it in a nutshell it is an off shoot of the original Tribeca Film Festival held in New York and is a community-minded, five-day event that showcases the best of Arab and international cinema, with the likes of Robert de Niro, Selma Hayek and Kevin Spacey running workshops and walking the red carpet.
Wikipedia describes it as “The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the TriBeCa neighborhood in Manhattan.”
Sean loved it, the workshop allowed the participants to freely express themselves, to be “their” funny, to grasp onto 1 or 2 concepts of being a funny clown and run with it. At the end of the workshop the “clowns” went up on stage and tried to make the audience laugh. Sean, appropriately dressed as a goblin, got a lot of laughs with his short but punchy little antic of telling the piano player when to and when not to play. The woman next to me only laughed at him, no other clowns got the ok from her 🙂 so I was really chuffed. At the end of the performance, Lee DeLong looked for Sean to give him a big hug and the only Red Nose to be handed out. We are not sure if that was because he was the youngest or the funniest, but being parents of course we believe it was because he was the best….”smug looks on our faces and hearts melting”
So here is the link to see all the workshops that were an option to go to, scroll down to the Clowning Around section to see Sean….he is the shortest and youngest Student there.
I must also just add how well the Family Day at the DTFF was organised. The girls and I arrived at 1pm and spent 2 hours wondering around all the tents and participating in the activities, such as making films, zoetropes, kites, planting their very own Baobab trees, having their hands henna’ed and just enjoying all the entertainment that was around. Well put together DTFF….
The only challenge to work on for next year is to ensure that their is enough stock for all the littlees that arrive after 6pm and want to join in on the fun. Sean was left with very little to do and no baobab tree to take home, but more enlightened and a very happy boy.