Monthly Archives July 2015

Farley’s Finds: Film, Food & Favorites – July 28

Farley’s Finds: Film, Food and Favorites is a weekly series where I share with you what I love, what is deserving of a toast of whiskey, where I’ll be (events) and what I’m looking forward to this upcoming week. It’s sounds totally self-centered, but REALLY it’s because I stumble on some really amazing things other people are doing and I want to share them with you. So there!

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I had a chance to attend the Prescott Film Festival over the weekend and one of the highlight was a documentary in the Arizona Showcase block called Power’s War. The director was clearly a commercial success with work under his belt from National Geographic and the like, but this was his first delve into the more intellectual side of storytelling. It was about a little-told story of one Arizona’s deadliest shootouts and the journey for justice. One of the tasks he faced was not having a lot of actual footage or photographs to work with you he ended up doing some graphics and composites that were really a remarkable enhancement.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: https://vimeo.com/116074975

If definitely blogged about these books and this author before in my personal blog posts, but Neale Donald Wal...

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Farley’s Finds: Film, Food & Favorites – July 21


Farley’s Finds: Film, Food and Favorites is a weekly series where I share with you what I love, what is deserving of a toast of whiskey, where I’ll be (events) and what I’m looking forward to this upcoming week. Yes, I know, it is all about me 😉

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I happened to stumble on a Canadian Sci-Fi miniseries on Netflix called Ascension that I absolutely became obsessed with. I can’t even deal with the reality that it is only 6 episodes. If you enjoy that genre and like really complex, human characters, you will enjoy this watch. Ugh so stinking good!

As part of birthday gift for my honey I got him and I glass blowing lessons at Circle 6 Studios in downtown Phoenix. You get to make something to keep and right now there’s a Groupon available. If you really enjoy the art form there’s a whole series of tiered courses you can take or you can just take seasonal classes.

For all of my actor friends who may not have insurance or even if you do but find your prescriptions are crazy absurd expensive, try downloading the free app Good RX on your phone or use the desktop site...

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Farley’s Finds: Film, Food & Favorites – July 14

Farley’s Finds: Film, Food and Favorites is a weekly series where I share with you what I love, what is deserving of a toast of whiskey, where I’ll be (events) and what I’m looking forward to. I’m freshly back from San Diego Comic Con so it will be infused with higher than normal dose of nerdiness.

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This year I went to SDCC with a slightly different goal – I chose panels to learn something in my particular skill set. I attended comic con film school, a panel of how to have a successful web series and a panel on how to create a content platform based on a niche audience. Over and over again the words ‘passion’ and ‘community’ were used as the thread that tied it all together.

If you have similar interests, check out the Ms. in the Biz website. It’s run and designed by and for women in the industry. I bought the book at the con and am looking forward to getting some insider tips from the female perspective. Post cover everything from first time filmmaking to creating a space that is inspiring to your acting career to faith based approaches and more.


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Farley’s Finds: Film, Food & Favorites – July 6

Farley’s Finds: Film, Food and Favorites is officially one month old today! If we were in high school, we’d be celebrating this anniversary with peach Schnopps bought by a friend who looks 25 in leather pants and a funfetti cake!  In this weekly series I share with you what I love, what is deserving of a toast of whiskey, where I’ll be (events) and what I’m looking forward to. This edition will be a bit shorter because I’m running around like crazy week.

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This week I’m in love with the pretzel bun burgers and french fries cooked in duck fat at the Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. in Gilbert. Mmmmm it’s so yummy I can’t express it in words! All the beers were fantastic too including a coffee stout, a sour ale and a few nice IPA’s. The inside if hip and a little loud, but I plan to thoroughly enjoy the patio as soon as the weather cools down.

I’m obsessed with this documentary coming out called ‘The Wolfpack’ and I cannot wait to see it at Camelview 5 Theatre in Scottsdale, which if you don’t already know, is the best theater to go to fill all of your indie film dreams and desires...

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Free to act

Melissa Farley Headshot (side)

I’ve been acting longer than I’d like to admit. Partially because it just makes me feel old and partially because it seems wildly more acceptable to still be doing it part time at a local level if you’re fresh and say maybe only a year into the game. Needless to say, I am much more ripe than that.

I’m not embarrassed about what I’ve achieved. In fact just today I had a sudden urge to clean out and purge everything at my desk that wasn’t needed from the last 3 years or so, and the level of growth is undeniable. I guess I’ve been thinking about time a lot recently and noticing how my feelings toward time have changed. Watching someone younger than you lose a life, watching someone who lived a full life of 85 let go of theirs and realizing that I have no birthdays left before the looming big 3-0, makes you really take notice of it.

Time is this human constructed system for allocating how we navigate our daily lives like a map, how we quantify ourselves to explain physical evolution and changes and something that we have a changing perspective of – when we’re young, minutes can feel like hours, especially when you’re grandfather is telling a long prayer before Thanksgiving dinner and ...

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