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“Hi Flicksters! I’m thrilled to introduce to you my friend Helen Hunt. We’re welcoming her as April’s guest editor on What The Flicka, and she’s going to be taking over Felicitations today to kick things off. Take it away, Helen!”
I’m so excited to have the opportunity to join What The Flicka as guest editor for the month of April. I’m choosing a theme to start a discussion that I’m very eager to be a part of. The theme we’ll be following for the month is “Letting Go.”
When I was pregnant with my daughter I went on a Hawaiian vacation. It was on a beach there that I spotted a mother surfing. She got out of the water, put her surfboard down, took a bottle of water and poured it on her breast and started nursing. I thought, ‘I want to be her.’ That’s when I decided to learn to surf and ultimately where the inspiration for my new film RIDE came from. I play an editor at New Yorker Magazine who follows her son to Los Angeles after he drops out of college to surf. With the intention of teaching him a lesson, she ends up on a path of self-discovery that has all to do with letting go.
My daughter is almost eleven now. Balancing on the tightrope of when to hold on and when to let go is an art I master then lose then master then lose. There’s a lot in this movie that’s me.
I’m looking forward to hearing stories from other women about the art of letting go.
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