Author: Michael Galinsky

Last night, we were lucky enough to get a babysitter so that we could go see Richard Brody discuss his book, "Everything is Cinema" about Jean-luc Godard. We actually missed the majority of the discussion while grabbing dinner, but the dessert was getting to see "A Married Woman". It was inspiring in its simple complexity. In working on our current project,...

On the DSR list serve a person, recently referred to "donors," lurking on the edges of the discussion. Several donors wrote in response that they didn't appreciate the reference. Several other posters, including the list's admin, were quick to defend the use of the term. While I understood that the OP meant no harm it pointed to a bit of...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/health/13mind.html?8dpc This NY Times article touches on something I was discussing with my intern today as he set to work organizing materials for donor 67. Nature is a lot more powerful than people wanted to believe in the last couple of decades. The ascendant idea was that with good nurturing/parenting almost all obstacles could be overcome....

Father's Day. Last year at this point, I started working on my film, Donor 67 again. I had been doing a little research, and a little writing, but still mostly just thinking. A couple of weeks earlier I had posted an op-ed about the problems with anonymous donation. I had been corresponding with Alana Sveta Stewart, and planned on meeting her that afternoon. My wife shot a little video as I was woken up by my kids upstate with cards and pancakes. On the way back to Brooklyn we stopped at a parking lot amusement park, and when we got back to Brooklyn we found chaos as a building across the street had collapsed. Alana came by and ended up staying for a month. She was the first adult donor conceived person I had met. Our discussions helped me to better understand some of the issues that our culture needs to better understand.

Our 16 year old cat is sick. She hasn't eaten in almost a week and has been throwing up when she tries to drink. When I went to make an appointment with the vet yesterday and I asked the receptionist how we might handle things if she wasn't going to make it, she looked at me like I had just...

I have not had the opportunity to read the entire study discussed in my last post. However, I have looked over it, and think that it's a valuable tool for highlighting the needs and feelings of donor conceived people. It is clear as a bell that many dc people have suffered a great deal either from lack of connection to...

Last week "My Daddy's Name is Donor" was released. This report, which was put together by the Institute for American Values, shines a very harsh light on the whole system of egg and sperm donation - specifically, from the point of view of the children conceived by the process. Alana, whom I have known and worked with for the last year,...

About 10 years ago, after making several narrative feature films, we decided to give documentary filmmaking a try. Now we're pretty sick of documentary filmmaking and want to jump back into narrative. Through the making of Donor 67, we met Alana Sveta. We are currently working with her on the script called "Adam and Eva". In the meantime we are...

I read a terrifying Flannery O'Connor story last night. Then I had a nightmare, except I was awake. In "A View From The Woods", a doting grandfather (of only one of his nine grand kids- the rest have too much of his son-in laws blood in them), who happens to be a spiteful father and even meaner father in-law, sees his...

It was a tough week for F. We signed her up for a week of explorer's camp that took her all over the city to parks and museums. It sounded like a great program, but her anxiety has come back and her fear of the subway was overwhelming. It started on Sunday. We were at the playground, killing a little time...

After well over six years of shooting, and two solid years of editing, our latest film project, Battle of Brooklyn, is starting to become a movie.  Over the next three months we hope to finish post production and premier it at a major film festival. The film chronicles the efforts of community activists struggling to save their homes, and their community,...