Open Hands, 16K Crew Members, & Michelle Rodriguez


So much has been evolving, both in my life and with this project. I wanted to share what has been going on, and how it is shaping our production.

First, I've started working on some freelance jobs, while continuing to work on The 1 Second Film part-time.

One of the coolest projects I've gotten to be part of was the Open Hand Initiative. Open Hands is a new non-profit founded with the idea of bringing together people around the world through common bonds in art, health, and disability. This summer, I had the opportunity to travel with Victor Pineda to Syria, and to help with OHI's Youth Ability Summit.

Open Hands Door

The Youth Ability Summit brought kids with various disabilities from the US and Syria together in Damascus to brainstorm and create a new comic book featuring a disabled superhero.

Opeh Hands Initiative

The comic will be brought to life by Liquid Comics, and will be distributed throughout the middle east and the US. Here is a first glimpse of the Silver Scorpion, developed during the workshops:

Silver Scorpion

It was an amazing experience to meet all the real life super heroes involved in Open Hands, from the kids, parents, siblings, volunteers, translators, and staff. The impact this short experience had on the lives of all involved was absolutely transformational, and will continue to resonate and ripple.

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On a personal level, the Youth Ability Summit confirmed my belief in the power of creative diplomacy and story telling. The story of the Open Hands Youth Ability Summit is a powerful vehicle for change and inspiration. Not only will the comic book create an inspiring story, but the story of how the comic book was made will also continue to be told and inspire. In fact, the story was recently shared by Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative.

And on a practical level, the logistics, detail, and awareness required to pull off the event was indelibly impressed upon me. These are lessons that will stay with me as this project moves forward.

My favorite part of this project continues to be the process, especially the people I'm meeting along the way. For instance, I was invited to be part of OHI through my friendship with Victor Pineda (@victorpineda).

Victor Pineda crossing desert

I met Victor by chance 3 years ago at the LA Film Festival. I was trying to pitch Don Cheadle the film, and was waiting to talk with Cheadle when Victor recognized The 1 Second Film flier in my hand. Victor already knew about the project from stumbling across it online, and the two of us started a conversation that has lasted for years.

Nirvan and Victor

Since returning to LA, I've started working with a few companies doing creative consulting. One of these companies is Hint Mint (who I also met via T1SF). Hint Mint is trying to raise $10,000 for Avon Walks for Breast Cancer during October (Breast Cancer Awareness month). Yesterday, we completed the Art for Awareness Auction, raising over $6,400. Hint Mint is also donating $1 to Avon Walks for Breast Cancer for every facebook fan they get in October:

Meanwhile, work on The 1 Second Film continues. We picked up a few Syrian Producers, spreading our crew to over 90 countries around the world.

Syrian Producers

Back in the states, we have been filling our donated little office with volunteers. My friend Tricia Rodrigo has been helping edit part-time. It's still slow going as we try and sort out all of the media and storage challenges. Looks like we need to get about 13 TB RAID drive! We've also had 2 new volunteers, Heather Flores and Kate Hupp, who've been helping with digitizing and bookkeeping.


Donations continue to come in. Last week we had 2 Executive Producers (Emmanuel J Bleck & Daniel Berman) and over the weekend, actress Michelle Rodriguez donated $1 with an open credit (more on that in the next blog post).

Michelle Rodriguez

Oh, and we passed 16,000 Crew Members!

Okay, so that is a massive update for now. Let me know if you have any questions! We trying out a formspring account where you can post questions to us here:




Tue, 01/18/2011 - 11:12am

This is a very nice and great idea. Founded a program like this for the benefits of those who have disabilities by supporting them and able to encourage them to live like normal. Wonderful thought! Nettbutikker

Sun, 11/28/2010 - 7:29am

Can someone please donate a dollar so I can be a producer?

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 3:01am

Two kids in the same family can often feed off of each other and make the whole lot more stressful or if you are lucky one is having a good day and it rubs off on the other. -Garrett Hoelscher