Laurie Townshend
(@humanfreq)

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Writer-Director behind Mothering in the Movement documentary film (in development) @motheringinthemovement

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Laurie Townshend
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1 Day 10 Hours Ago

Best attempt at a selfie with my dates last night 😂 My mom and her friend (barely in frame) had a great time though 😘 #torontomasschoir 30th Anniversary concert #gospelchoir #takemetochurch #latergram

Laurie Townshend
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2 Days 12 Hours Ago

The plan is to go to my new favourite tea bar to write today...but it’s gonna take everything in my power to get up out of this onesie and face the cold (“feels like -8 °C” with biblical winds)💨😩❄️😩 #writerdirector #womeninfilm #blackwomeninfilm #onesies #constellations #stardust #writingdownthebones #winteriscoming

Laurie Townshend
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5 Days 6 Hours Ago

November 7, 2017 highlight ✨My short film The Railpath Hero and Charles Officer’s Short Hymn, Silent War were programmed by Ella Cooper for TIFF’s Black Star Film Festival #womeninfilm #blackwomeninfilm #blackwomendirectors #filmfestival #blackstarfilmfestival

Laurie Townshend
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25 Days 7 Hours Ago

THROWBAAAACK to permed (feathered?) hair, the wrong eyeglass frames, and the pièce de résistance...silky cargo pants! 😩 Setting: The now defunct Summer Institute of Film and Television (SIFT) in Ottawa 2007. 🎬 I’m pitching my first feature script for Bishop’s Crown which would eventually become my first short film, The Railpath Hero (2013). It’s my very first time pitching in front of a panel of judges and 200 of my peers. I didn’t win the competition, but when you consider the GLOW-UP??!! I’ve won so much more 😂😂😂 #permedhairclearlydidntcare 🤷🏾‍♀️ #tbt #blackwomeninfilm #blackwomendirectors #glowup

Laurie Townshend
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26 Days 6 Hours Ago

I just really like the sound of that 😉You can now watch my short doc ”Charley” @studioanansi (link in their bio) 🎬🙅🏾‍♀️✊🏾#blackwomeninfilm #blackwomendirectors #documentary #docfilms #activism Produced by @therealgoldelox

Laurie Townshend
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28 Days 7 Hours Ago

Reflecting on September’s lessons: trust in, accept, and surrender to whatever’s around the next corner. The Universe is a self-healing, self-correcting masterpiece. It’s got you. It’s got me. It’s got us. Thank you, babe for choosing to journey through this lifetime with me 😘 #love #gratitude #thanksgiving #healing #mondaymushiness

Laurie Townshend
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29 Days 2 Hours Ago

There’s only one 10-year-old for whom I’d battle country road traffic and face hoards of weekend apple pickers. Happy birthday to my beautiful nephew, JT. You’re a kind, sensitive, and brilliantly intelligent soul. Auntie Laur loves you so much ❤️

Laurie Townshend
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2018-10-11 17:11:00

“You read about these monumental teachable moments in education publications, but the authors always leave out this part: that to reach the hearts of your students, a teacher must sometimes bear her own. In those heady moments of vulnerable dialogue about my road to self-acceptance. In the precious relieved tone of one student's, "I thought you were alone", I concluded that on this day each of my students would earn an A+. As far as I was concerned they had earned their doctorates in Compassion.” -LINK to full essay in bio 🌈 🌈 🌈 The truth is that as a teacher, you don’t really have to let your students in on any aspect of your life outside of the classroom. The problem with that however is most efforts to be private (particularly when fuelled by fear) require you to twist yourself inside out, to dodge, to hide, to outright lie about the life you’re actually proud of. No family photos on your desk. Carefully selected pronouns. Lying by omission. Rendering the best parts of your life invisible. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ I send courage and resolve to any fellow educator or student struggling with how to be authentically themselves at school, church, or amongst family. And a special shoutout to teacher-allies & administrators whose attitudes help create a culture of love and acceptance within these institutions. #nationalcomingoutday #loveislove #comingout #loveyourself #allies #tbt #huffpo

Laurie Townshend
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2018-10-11 09:30:16

Who doesn’t identify with the absurdity of our human condition when it comes to emotions and exhaustion. This is priceless 😩😂😴

Laurie Townshend
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2018-10-10 03:32:05

Not my words, but most certainly my heart’s expression. Deep gratitude for @mariannewilliamson and her teachings. 🍃 🍂 🍂 “Life is such an enormous feast, and most of us don’t allow ourselves to eat even half of it. As much good has come at me in my life I have repelled probably most of it. I remember my friend Richard telling me how I would always come up to the edge of something wonderful and then say no, close the door, spit it out. I suppose that’s why my favorite line in A Course in Miracles has always been, “God will outwit your self-hatred.” The thing about denying ourselves our good is that by denying ourselves we are denying others, because what we denied ourself was always some form of power, some way we might have served in a higher way. That’s when you begin to see that false humility, saying no to life, spurning love, avoiding responsibility, and rejecting opportunity are all that the devil is. They are the workings of fear, the resistance to God, the ego’s playground. Our pain is the ego’s peak experience, but even to that God will have a response. He will use your pain to rebuild your life. You will live to see the day when opportunity comes and you will not say no. When life offers itself and you will say “Hell yes.” When angels gather and you say “Come on in.” Then you will even bless the past, with all its aborted trajectories, because without them you might not have known how to say yes when the time to really, really say yes arrived. I knew that God was great. I knew that God was the ruler of the universe. Those, I always had within me. But what I have learned to my astonishment is that God is so patient. What an awesome God, to not lose sight of the ultimate goal, to make sure that somehow, somewhere along the line, you will allow yourself to truly live. He will not stop until you do. No matter how many steps you take away from life, He will silently, mysteriously bless your path and wait until you say yes.”

Laurie Townshend
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2018-09-28 16:20:44

Always a special day when former NHLer, Graeme Townshend visits his kid sister’s classroom to tell some stories and drop some knowledge 🙌🏾👨🏾‍🏫 #teachersofinstagram #lovemybrothers #townshendhockey #middleschool #mystudentstellmehashtagsarelame 🤷🏾‍♀️

Laurie Townshend
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2018-09-19 12:22:13

Stress ball coming in handy these past 2 weeks 😔🌪👩🏾‍🏫🎥 #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #teacherfilmmaker #blackwomeninfilm #selfcare #balance #lovewhatido #baddays #betterdays #staypresent #staypositive

Laurie Townshend
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2018-09-16 07:49:15

This is what faith is to me 🙏🏾❤️ #god #faith #source #belief #sunday #sundayvibes #gratitude

Laurie Townshend
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2018-09-15 13:02:33

Industry. Business. Networking. Films. * * And at the heart of all this? * * People. Relationships. Stories. Dreams. * * #thatsawrap #tiff18 #tellingourstories #fortheloveoffilm #blackwomeninfilm #blackexcellence #tiff2018 #motheringinthemovement #blackwomendirectors

Laurie Townshend
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2018-09-13 17:30:03

The first B.L.A.C.K. Ball TIFF2016. Forget rising stars. These hardworking talents from Scarborough are soaring at the apex of the film world ✨#blackbrilliance #excellence #tiff18 #blackisblack #tbt #differentyearsamegreatvibes

Laurie Townshend
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2018-09-11 20:07:18

At last night’s Black Ball, I may have awkwardly said something to Y’lan Noel about snapping a selfie. Tonight, despite not remembering the party itself, he remembered the pic request and went out of his way to make it happen. How sweet is he?! 😊 📸 #insecure #insecurehbo #tiff2018 #tiff18 #blackexcellence #theweekendafterparty #stellameghie #blackfilm #blackfilmmakers

Laurie Townshend
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2018-09-10 09:29:21

Thank you Jimmy for loving us so much that you left us with words powerful enough to transcend the pages they were written on, giving rise to more light, more colour, more sound. * * Thank you Barry Jenkins for harnessing those elements so masterfully. For so thoughtfully shaping them into the cinematic brilliance of If Beale Street Could Talk. * * Thank you dear friend and phenomenal artist Hieram Weintraub for capturing Mr. Baldwin’s dignified elegance. I will cherish this jacket forever ❤️✊🏾🙏🏾 #jamesbaldwin #ifbealestreetcouldtalk #worldpremiere #barryjenkins #tiff18 #tiff2018 #hieram #customartwork #latergram