THOUGHTS ABOUT BALLOONHAT
from Erika of Orlando, FL
This e-mail will be a bit long but I
just NEED to express my feelings after
watching the movie... I'm Brazilian and
today watched your film at Loews Cineplex
City Walk at Universal Studios Orlando. At the beginning
I thought it was a movie for kids... then the movie started
and I saw Brasil!.. Couldn't handle it, and a little tear fall.
Not of sadness but I'm in USA about a year and sometimes it's
very hard for me to face the fast-food, electronic, no nature life
that we live here, and I keep saying to everybody..."Brasil
is beautiful! Might not be perfect or rich in money but our nature
and way of life is free of that US overdose of advertisement, and
pure is priceless." ...There's really no way for Americans
to see that from here because they live here, or when they go to
Brasil they see just the "Sao Paulo-Rio de Janeiro" tourist
travel...so I just couldn't believe when I saw that raw part of
my country that only me and Brazilian people know being expressed
for all the world to see.
film shows that we don't need to have a language to speak. Even
though language is different everywhere and part of a culture, once
you get in that culture and GIVE something that makes them smile
you are, even for a moment, part of them.....and at least for one
second you stop judging and become EQUAL, sharing the same value.
That is very important.
guys did GREAT on the film. Congratulations!!!
Mary of Arcadia, CA
on an endeavor greater than what this President has been able to
accomplish. Right on. And if you’re ever in Arcadia, California,
stop in for a home-cooked meal...but hey, ah, e-mail me first...
from Julie B. of Los Angeles, CA
read an article about you in the LA Times and went to your site
to learn more. Fascinating!!! I love balloons -- they can make anyone
Great pics -- love the shots in Africa & India.
from Dvora of New York
your movie last night at Tonic, and loved the message, the photography
and videography, and the warm, endearingly self-aware and self-deprecating
from Matthew Amster of Gettysburg College
is contagious. I have had the experience of hosting a screening
at my college and noted a clear pattern of initial cynicism about
the project changing fast to overwhelming enthusiasm. My students
and colleages keep asking me about the film and its fate in the
commercial marketplace. They universally "get" the point--a
journey into the cross-cultural reaction to the balloonhat as an
example of how we all need to laugh. The same people who scowl when
hearing about the film initially, become passionate about wanting
all their friends to see it. I hope that it gets into wider distribution
soon and that more people can join in on the journey.
from Shari Epstein of Santa Monica, CA
every link on your website after reading today's article about Addi's
work in the LA Times. The photos are magnificent. Can't wait to
see the movie. Please continue your wonderful work.
from Dean, Gretchen, Dale and Abe of Stevens Point, WI
started making balloon animals for my kids. Wanted some hat ideas;
typed in "balloon hats." What a nice surprise! "Laughing
is the smile of the world," said it all for me. Enlightenment
= Lighten Up! Good Luck and God Bless from Wisconsin.
from Molly of Alabama, USA
it's beautiful. Thank you for bringing something special to random
adults and children everywhere.
from email@example.com of palo alto, CA
this project fascinating. I have, for a couple of years, taken along
balloons when I travel...mostly in small tours. It has opened up
spontaneous connections on the streets that seemed the truest, purest
Please let me know of any screenings in 2006.
from Elisa S. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL
to come across this story on www.theworld.org and found it interesting.
I read your adventures in Africa and I think what you have done
is wonderful, I can't imagine those peoples faces or what they were
thinking. You have found a great way to connect with people without
using language. Great Job Guys.
Flossie the Balloon Lady of New Zealand
Hi there. What an inspiration. Love the idea of this documentary.
How can I get to see it here in New Zealand? I am in the process
of giving up my office job in order to use balloons to bring smiles
to people here in NZ. What a joy it is to be able to give the gift
of a smile:-)
from Emil of Delaware
you for your wonderful project, Balloonhat.
from David A. of Austin, TX
you ever considered going to D.C. and doing a Shock and Awe
on the ASSembled dignitaries? If they had balloon hats on during
debate they couldn't possibly authorize any more troop deployments.
Disarm their dissembling! Anyway, just a thought.
from Carlo of Roma!
come back you to my country. I can assure you lots blow jobs. that
is correct english yes? thank you.
from Ana - firstname.lastname@example.org of Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
traveling a little through the internet and wanted to know what's
new with balloonhat people, so here I am! This is Ana from Belgrade
(Natasha's sister) and I just want to say Hi to you all !!! Haven't
heard from you in a long time, hope you are doing great! I couldn`t
watch the clips, 'cause I must install the program first, looking
forward to that!
LOTS OF KISSES !!!
Planing to travel anywhere soon?
from xander Ashwell of Leicester, UK
from rachel kantrowitz of Larchmont, NY
wish to reiterate some of this high praise! i too have been happily
receiving ur newsletter for years, and i continue to be inspired
by the idea of u guys venturing out into the world with balloons
in hand, just to make it a better place. its amazing, and i so look
forward to seeing this movie! ~~ :)
from Jennifer P. of Los Angeles, Ca.
guys are right! You can't look at somebody with a balloon hat and
not have it bring a smile to your face! I think this is such a great
thing your doig for people around the world. Laughing is good therapy,
so keep putting smiles on our faces= )
from John Harper of Luton, UK
like to say I really enjoyed the film. It is the kind of film European
audiences will go for. When it is on at the cinema again I will
definitely watch it again. Try contacting BBC4. I feel you would
have a good chance of having it shown on TV here. Best of luck.
from Al F of Central USA
this is the same one) I caught a bit of this on cable TV last summer,
on what channel I don't know, and was so intrigued I never bothered
to start taping it.
I was very interested
in buying the proposed coffee table book before finding out about
the problems, but I certainly bought the book that eventually came
been anticipating a DVD of this documentary -- I certainly hope
it is an option you are considering!
from Elizabeth Willing of Toronto
loved your balloon hats arriving in my email for many years now.
I am looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes to Toronto.
Thanks for keeping our hearts warm!
from Sly Arquero of Stockton, CA
you see someone without a smile,
stop and give them yours.
guys are great!
from Val Ford of www.valfordphoto.com
I love you guys.
from Sue of Luton, local library, second floor
i compeletely lost my inhibitions about wearing a hat and i did
discuss the state of the cinema afterwards. Evening was great fun
and i got great pics. the hat sits now on my mantelpiece, named
A.G. Vermouth of Luton, UK
screening was great fun and inspired viewers to don hats and discuss
the state of cinema while listening to loud rock and roll after
the movie at Justin's. Thanks to all who came, commented, and conquered
their inhibitions by wearing a hat.
from Jonneine of Los Angeles
u thru http://www.fascinomamusic.com
thank you, you
lifted me today...shared your site with friends