Tag Archives: Oaxaca cultural navigator

Open Letter: It’s a struggle! I’ve migrated to a self-hosted WordPress site.

This is a do-it-yourself blog/website that I am struggling to learn how to manage.  I must say, I am a content person and the “back end” mystifies me.  I probably have no business managing this self-hosted blog myself. Nevertheless, the deed is done and I’m trying to figure out now how to get the

Subscribe to Me!

feature back onto my front page.  This is where the subscriber signs up to get each of my posts delivered into their email in-box.  In the transition from WordPressDotCom to WordPressDotOrg, I have lost all my subscribers and only just discovered that they have not received any of my posts over the last month.  Big Bummer!

Yesterday, I spent four hours trying to understand and get the Google Feedburner RSS going.  I get it that if you click on the orange RSS icon you can get a syndication of my blog that is delivered to Google Reader or other vehicles for getting news delivery.  I don’t think the people who read this blog really understand that.  They are likely more interested in recipes and travel tips.  But I could be underestimating the audience.

I’m now publishing a monthly newsletter.  If you want to join the mailing list, please let me know!  In the meantime, thanks for figuring out how you can stay connected to me.

Saludos y buen suerte a todos,

Norma Hawthorne

Three Documentary Videos Produced at 2010 Film Making Workshop

YouTube Channel  http://www.youtube.com/user/normahawthorne

Rescate Seda features the taller of Arte y Seda and the family of Aurora Contreras and Reynoldo Sosa, written and directed by filmmakers Sheri Brautigam and Pam Holland.  The interview was conducted in Spanish and translated to English subtitles.  The film, below, features the labor-intensive process of growing silkworms, cultivating the cocoons, spinning the silk and weaving it, then dyeing it with natural materials.

Pantaleon Ruiz Martinez: Pintor de Teotitlan del Valle was written and directed by filmmakers Laura Dunne and Eric Chavez Santiago.  The interview was conducted in Spanish and translated to English subtitles.  The film, below, features the oil paintings and weavings of Pantaleon who is a noted Oaxacan artist.

Magdalena’s Traditional Tortillas was written and directed by filmmakers Lauren Waits and Dara Stillman.  The interview was conducted in Zapotec and translated to English subtitles.  Magdalena is one of the owners of Las Granadas Bed and Breakfast in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca.

These three films were produced during the one week intensive documentary filmmaking workshop held in February 2010 in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca.  Participants were novice to intermediate level students taught by Erica Rothman, Nighlight Productions LLC, Durham, NC, and Jim Haverkamp, also of Durham, who teaches at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies.  Executive Producer of the program is Norma Hawthorne, Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC.

Here is the photo album from the workshop:


Woven Together: Entretejidos — Oaxaca Documentary Film

This short film was written, filmed and directed by the team of Eunice Hogeveen and Sarah Kennedy Davis and created as part of the Oaxaca Documentary Filmmaking Workshop: Visual Storytelling, which was held in the village of Teotitlan del Valle from January 31 to February 6, 2009.  Enjoy!


The film tells the story of an expatriate American woman, Annie Burns, who has moved to a small village in southern Mexico and her relationship with her host Zapotec family.

Instructors were Erica Rothman, Nighlight Productions, Chapel Hill, NC, and Mikel Barton, Durham, NC.  The workshop was produced by Norma Hawthorne and Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC.  We hope to hold the next documentary filmmaking workshop in winter 2010.