To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together.~Loran Elsely, The Immense Journey, 1957
For me, Meld is an opportunity to change the way I live and inspire others to do the same. After 10 years of working in the film industry as a producer- «living the life» (traveling around the world, learning new languages, experiencing different cultures), I was still working 20-hour days and didn’t feel balanced or fulfilled in the way I had always envisioned. But for each place I’ve traveled along the way, I learned something new about myself. And seeing so many different perspectives, led me to question my path.
In 2009, I began receiving more and more climate-themed film submissions. Having grown up in Berkeley, CA as a «green» child, I considered it a sign. I wanted to go to sleep at night thankful for another day and wake up in the morning inspired to live life. I wanted to continue learning. I wanted to combine my love of cinema, my fascination with people and storytelling and bring together different genres of thought to create new ways to see the world. I also wanted to bring peoples’ real life stories to the public eye in a way that would engage, inspire compassion and raise awareness. A strong believer in the humanitarian spirit, I wanted to give back.
The Nero Project («Nero»= Water in Greek) in Athens is an opportunity to «meld» innovative minds to bring awareness to the Kifissos River and the importance water plays in our daily lives.