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Meet Rebecca Friedlander of Rebecca Friedlander Productions in El Cajon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Friedlander.

Rebecca, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Storytelling with a purpose is more than a hobby for me– it’s a way of life. Whether I’m filming about Celtic Spirituality in Ireland, speaking with my live potter’s wheel message for groups, or creating self-portrait composite photos, each medium holds a unique opportunity to talk about truth and love in a creative way. For the past fifteen years, I’ve worked as a full-time artist and film producer, creating programs for television and speaking around the globe.

Programs include:
-Celtic Pilgrimage – a look at the ancient history and spiritual legacy of Ireland and Scotland.
-Radical Makeovers – a makeover show featuring 30 women around the world who have discovered “beauty that counts from the inside out,” and discovered the purpose for life.
-Spiritual Warfare 101 – a fantasy film shot with swordfighters in Alaska.
-Southeast Alaskan Odyssey – aired on PBS, this program features the “Alaska String Band” and life in Alaska.

With no formal training but simply a passion to create with purpose, I learned how to use cameras by starting my own TV show on a local cable channel. The show was poor quality, but our community loved it, and eventually, it developed into an internationally-aired program with about 70 episodes. Since then, I’ve created TV shows and films I create all my own costumes, and love scouring second-hand stores both in California and in Europe for props and fabric which help give my programs an “old world” feel even on a small budget.

Composite photography has also been a great medium, and modern graphic design tools enable us to create what we see in our mind’s eye without spending hours behind an easel. I love beauty, and I love telling stories. Film and photography have become amazing ways for me to do both! I’m a firm believer of “dream big and start with what you have,” because doors will open as you cultivate your skill and refine your communication skills.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Working with a small or nearly non-existent budget can be difficult! However, it stretches you to be more creative than ever before. Some of my favorite props came about from a moment when I simply had to just what I had… which didn’t look like much! The result was a raw, organic feel that looked more authentic and real than if I’d just thrown money at the project. One of my favorite compliments from viewers is, “This wasn’t a low budget film!” In my opinion, creativity goes further than money, and it can be a lot more fun.

Rebecca Friedlander Productions – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Storytelling and Creativity:
-Films/programs for TV with a message
-Composite photography and art
-Speaking with my potter’s wheel

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
First, I always want to grow in my art and find new ways to create.

Second, I want that art to communicate to my audience well, so that the messages both intrigue and leave them with fresh vision and food for thought.

Third, at the end of the day, I believe that God’s joy and delight trump any human opinion. I love sensing Him say “well done” at the end of a project when I’ve given my all to it.

Pricing:

  • “Celtic Pilgrimage” special price: book and DVD $25
  • “Spiritual Warfare 101:” book and DVD $20

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