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in Filmmaking
on Mar 28, 2009

Here’s the third of our guest blogs from Sundance Lab-supported filmmaker Gayle Ferraro, who is blogging from the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

Day 3

No sleeping in after the late night, this is the last day and a short day at the forum so we have to get moving. The morning sessions were again a great offering. I opted for one called “We are the government and we are here to help,” which had a funny ring to it even though I had no real idea what it would be about. At the session, Barry Coleman from Riders for Health, whose work is delivery of health care services with motorcycles, said of his approach when entering a new village, “You look for the woman in glasses and she probably does all the work.” Something about that was not lost on the women in the room.

Our Sundance Team regrouped for a debrief lunch on our own. We gave feedback on our experiences — all very positive and how we thought it could be improved in future years. We walked around Oxford center doing our last minute obligatory gift shopping, stopping for tea at a pastry shop (like we needed yet another meal…) and just enjoyed the time off for a few hours before the final night tapas in town with our Skoll hosts.

As I head out in the morning for NYC I have to reflect on what a wonderful experience this had been for me — meeting the other filmmakers and spending time with them; the Sundance Institute and the detailed care they took of us; the Skoll Foundation and the fascinating organization pushing for unusual and meaningful changes in so many ways; and the countless impressive social entrepreneurs I spoke with. At this point I have little else except my admiration and appreciation of some very dedicated, talented and future-thinking people. Thanks for bringing me along.

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