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Pre-production Update: Maple Walnut Banana Bread



We are halfway through our 30 days of Bittersweet's funding campaign! Where the crowd is the source! (The crowd being you!) More important than us, you are what keeps this project going, and ultimately your support is what gets it made! Crazy! Social media today offers a pass to becoming "Insta famous" as they say. There are too many influencers, too many people asking for a piece of you. Is there such a thing as altruism anymore? Is it coming to the point where we only use social media for business networking and vicious scrolling where we consume so much data in one sitting that our brains must completely forget its relevance the second we put the computer away? Yes, we're already there. It's mentally exhausting. And there is definitely research to back this up! Instagram is apparently instigating changes to their mobile site - altering the number of likes displayed beneath a post, removing ads that promote weight loss, and banning face filters, all in an effort to make their platform less depressing. Seems neat, we think [https://news.northeastern.edu/2019/11/15/instagrams-move-to-eliminate-likes-could-improve-mental-health-of-the-social-media-platforms-users/].



So you can imagine this method of content sharing and crowdfunding makes it interesting for filmmakers and creatives to prove ourselves. Some people become rapidly successful, others don't. When we started this process, it was just me and Clara. We have since added Chandler Oja to the team as the assistant director and casting director and script supervisor. He does it all, he is amazing and you will hear more about him in future posts on social media platforms. We are incredibly humbled to be embarking on this process and are incredibly grateful to you, our followers, for your continued support and generosity!



March 2019 - A meeting At Sara’s Table, Duluth MN: The space serves as a mirror reflecting the plans for Bittersweet’s future. The restaurant crowded for a Wednesday morning, voices swirling above the sound of the dish pit and orders stacking up. Smells of roast coffee and spiced matcha latte. It had snowed the past weekend which drew more people in to the warm, crowded restaurant. Eventually we started talking about a character battling anxiety. Everything just clicked. The vision for Bittersweet developed out of that conversation—putting ourselves through stressful situations is how we grow as people. This is the story Bittersweet intends to tell.


Still frame from a scene in Bittersweet

When someone we love dies, we lose a part of ourselves. Our anxieties and fears deepen. Grief fills the absence in our hearts, and it never gets easier. The story of a grieving woman is always told with varying degrees of patriarchy. We rarely get to see inside a woman’s perspective as a human being faced with her life turned upside down. Rebecca’s story lets us peer into the lives of everyday women when tradition is not an option.


We wanted to share with you a super delicious maple syrup recipe (receive a free printable collection of several other recipes with a $10 contribution, hint hint, it's freakin' sweet!)





MAPLE & WALNUT BANANA BREAD

Ingredients:

1/2 c. melted butter

1/2 c. pure maple syrup (room temp)

1 egg

3 ripe bananas

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 tbsp. milk

2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350* and grease a loaf pan.

2. In a mixer, blend the butter and syrup.

3. Add in the egg, bananas, vanilla, and milk.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add slowly to the banana mix.

5. Add the walnuts.

6. Pour into the pan and bake for 50 minutes. When finished, let it cool on a wire rack.


YUM!



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