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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16 Days 22 Hours Ago

New ink, new films, new gigs, new hat, new hair. I took some risks in 2017 - but only because I had a soft place to land....she’s on the other side of the camera in several of these pics, while my crazy ass “directs” the shot 🎬🤪 @cashew23 here’s to the RIPPLE effect seeing us into 2018 😉❤️😘 #bestnine #2017bestnine #xrp #godeeper #noresolutions #justlove #visioning #cryptocurrency

Laurie Townshend
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18 Days 16 Hours Ago

My “got-to-the-venue-too-early-went-home-took-out-contacts-took-a-nap-and-it’s-too-damn-cold-to-leave-my-house” look * * UPDATE: Had a blast with the ladies at Lula Lounge. Still #coldaf but thanks for a great night @stateofsate #torontochill #deepfreeze

Laurie Townshend
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20 Days 17 Hours Ago

Nephew, JT with a little Jeff Healy style guitar picking on Christmas Day. Best gift from his mom & dad! #latergram #auntielove #merrychristmas #giftofmusic #guitar #yamahaguitar #acousticguitar

Laurie Townshend
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22 Days 14 Hours Ago

Just spotted on the 404! Get to bed!! #repost @corimurray ・・・ For all the believers out there. 🎅🏾 is on his way. Happy Christmas Eve.

Laurie Townshend
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23 Days 3 Hours Ago

Couldn’t tell me nothing ‘bout my red patents and matching red-roof-house purse 😂👠 👜 #70sfashion✨ #70ssanta #santa #mallsanta #christmas #xmas #christmaseve

Laurie Townshend
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27 Days 15 Hours Ago

Refreshingly pure vocals. Consistently. #datenight #danielcaesar #toronto #fivesoldoutshows #livemusic #freudian

Laurie Townshend
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2017-12-11 11:22:25

“You were all eagle feathers today!” Such an honour to have Mahlikah Awe:ri with my grade 8 students today for Day 2 of TDSB EngageArts Spoken Word workshop #tdsb #engagearts #scarborough #teachingheartsandminds #decolonizeeducation #spokenword #slampoetry

Laurie Townshend
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2017-12-07 20:07:40

I was overwhelmed with emotion when I bumped into childhood friend, Marcia yesterday at the Black Canadians Summit. As kids growing up in government housing, we spent a lot of time together in each others’ apartments playing games, inventing recipes, being mischievous...in the midst of all of that there were malfunctioning elevators, cockroaches, urine in the stairwell, busted washers/dryers, errant fire alarms, regular police presence. We figured out pretty early on that because safety and comfort were so elusive, we had to invent worlds to which we could escape. In those moments where we played or cooked or ran pranks on neighbours, we found joy. We had a beautiful childhood. All of this came rushing back to me when we embraced for the first time in 30ish years. #instantrecognition #reunion #childhoodfriends #tbt #throwback

Laurie Townshend
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2017-12-06 15:14:14

Expertise, craft, wisdom, and inspiration wrapped up in legacy. This is what brilliance in storytelling looks like. THIS is us. ✊🏾🎥✨ #nationalblackcanadianssummit #blackcanada #filmmaking #blackfilm #ourstories #blackwomendirectors #blackproducers #nfb #nationalfilmboardofcanada #cfc

Laurie Townshend
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2017-12-04 19:18:44

Just heard the news that @hankwillisthomas has won the AIMIA AGO photography prize as voted by the public. Had the honour of meeting him this weekend at the #visibility symposium #legacy #iamaman #iam #amen

Laurie Townshend
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2017-12-03 19:07:35

I am forever comforted by the fact that no matter the institution- educational, corporate...the art world, a Black table always materializes. Honoured to have a seat at this particular table with Lyle Ashton Harris, Zun Lee, Rhea Combs and Seye Ogunlesi #safespaces #blackpeoplebelike #takingupspace #claimingspace #noapologies #visibilty #ago #rootingforeverybodyblack

Laurie Townshend
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2017-12-03 12:37:17

My dear friend and mentor @zunleephoto in conversation with @rhea_combs of @nmaahc What does it mean to express joy not as a response to trauma but as a daily embodied practice? Zun thank you for loving Black people enough to ask this essential question. ❤️✊🏾🙏🏾 #agotoronto #visibility #holdingpatterns #blackjoy #fatherhood #mentorship #nmaahc #smithsonianafricanamericanmuseum

Laurie Townshend
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2017-12-03 05:07:44

Foggy like Sunday morning 🎶 #secretgetaway #staycation #sundayvibes

Laurie Townshend
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2017-11-15 09:18:20

When your WC @rutina_wesley likes your comment about her WC, posting today in honour of WCW #wcw #womencrushwednesday #loveislove #blacklove #queensugar #blacklovematters

Laurie Townshend
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2017-11-11 10:24:26

It’s been a hectic two weeks with Black Women Film Leadership Program, my screening, not to mention report cards being due. Weekend goal: to stay in my onesie until Monday morning 😊 #weekend #onesie #workfromhome #womeninfilm #blackwomeninfilm #winteriscoming #cozysaturday #weekendvibes

Laurie Townshend
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2017-11-09 08:52:57

Thrownin’ it back to 2012 and being on set with my former student and lead actor, Stephan James @tdotsteph for my short film, The Railpath Hero. This week’s @tiff_net screening of that film just happens to coincide with the badass news that Stephan just landed the male lead role opposite Julia Roberts in the new Amazon series, Homecoming. No surprises here. This young man is the real deal 🤩🔥 #soproud #scarboroughboys #torontokids #stephanjames #blackfilm #blackwomendirectors #blackwomeninfilm #toronto #womeninfilm #directher #tbt #throwback 📸 @islandcinephile

Laurie Townshend
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2017-11-08 11:36:05

Oh what a night 🎶 Honoured to have shared the screen with Charles Officer @canesugar_filmworks and @stellameghie for @tiff_net Black Star series! Thanks to @ellacoopercreates for a great q&a as well as @bwfcanada for their support. Finally to my sweet @cashew23 thank you for always holding me down when I get nervous as s**t and for being my biggest cheerleader (#jadaisthatyou 😉) 😘 #blackwomeninfilm #blackwomenfilm #bwfcanada #tiffblackstar #torontofilm #ourstories #womeninfilm #directher #blackwomendirectors 📸 @zunleephoto + @cashew23

Laurie Townshend
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2017-11-07 12:06:02

School’s out and I’m putting on my filmmaker’s hat 😉🎬🎩 See ya’ll tonight for @tiff_net Black Star series screening of The Railpath Hero (written-directed by yours truly), Short Hymn Silent War by Charles Officer and Jean of the Joneses by Stella Meghie. Canadian program curated + panel moderated by @ellacoopercreates 7pm TIFF Bell Lightbox #womeninfilm #blackwomeninfilm #blackwomenfilm #bwfcanada #tiffblackstar #blackstarseries #toronto #filmmaking #directher

Laurie Townshend
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2017-11-05 12:55:08

I was turned on to award-winning doc filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton’s Black Mother Black Daughter when I was first thinking about making Mothering in the Movement. Through her work I’ve learned deep truths about telling stories that are both personal and universal in their themes. I am honoured to know that I can call on Ms. Hamilton for guidance as I embark on my truth-telling journey with Mothering. ❤️🎬❤️📸 @ellacoopercreates #blackwomeninfilm #blackwomenfilmcanada #blackwomendirectors #directher #documentary #nfb #toronto #indiefilm #womeninfilm #tiffblackstar #bfi #blackstar

Laurie Townshend
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2017-11-03 04:38:31

Black Women Film! Canada represent 🎬✊🏾💃🏾😍 #fame #80s #bwfcanada #blackwomenfilm #blackwomeninfilm #tiffboombox #filmindustry #directher #latergram

Laurie Townshend
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2017-11-02 18:53:03

Channeling the indomitable Grace Jones for tonight’s @tiff_net BOOMBOX Fame-inspired fundraiser #lovethe80s #film #torontofilm #womeninfilm #blackwomeninfilm #shareherjourney #tifflightbox #gracejones #fame #famecosts #80stv

Laurie Townshend
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2017-10-26 17:03:19

“She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short.” Brian Andreas | Story People #headshot #toronto #portrait #series #greywalls #pinkfloyd #vintagetee 📸 @zahra_siddiqui

Laurie Townshend
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2017-10-25 10:24:31

When you catch a glimpse of that next golden opportunity on the horizon 😍🌇 #torontoartist #indiefilm #womeninfilm #blackwomeninfilm #directher #eyesontheprize #headshot #vintagevibes #pinkfloyd 📸 @zahra_siddiqui

Laurie Townshend
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2017-10-24 17:24:31

A wise person once told a single friend of mine to buy a king-sized bed to attract her perfect mate. It worked! So in that spirit, I asked the super talented @zahra_siddiqui to work her magic behind the camera. If you build it (or pose for a headshot), gigs will come🤞🏾😂🙏🏾 Thanks again for a beautiful session Zahra 📸 #toronto #portraitphotography #headshots #ifyoubuildittheywillcome #torontophotographer #pinkfloyd #concerttee #vintagetee

Laurie Townshend
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2017-10-22 16:40:12

I wrote The Railpath Hero in 2011 out of necessity. My hero, Damon Bishop (a composite of my brothers and former students) had been living in me for a long time. He needed to speak. He needed an outlet, an escape- in much the same way real-life survivors of sexual trauma need a release from a cycle of shame and silence. When I allowed Damon to speak through me, he taught me that there is no perfect way to heal. He reminded me that a cry for help can be heard in the silence BETWEEN words. He demonstrated to me that resilience can look like fierce dedication to a goal one minute and straight up indifference the next. Damon continues to teach me after all these years. I imagine him playing in the NHL (crimson laces and all), thinking about starting a family, working out and meditating daily... the only practice that helps him cut through the shame and calm the rage within. I am deeply indebted to all the “Damons” who continue to do the work of healing after trauma...because the healing doesn’t stop with you ❤️✊🏾❤️ * * If you missed seeing Stephan James (Selma, Race, Shots Fired) in 2014 screenings of The Railpath Hero, you’re in luck! Come out to @tiff_net Lightbox (350 King St W in Toronto) on NOV 7 at 7pm. * * The Railpath Hero and Charles Officer’s @canesugar_filmworks Short Hymn, Silent War will precede @stellameghie ‘s Jean of the Joneses as part of TIFF’s Black Star series running Nov 3 thru Dec 22. Celebrating 100 years of Black Film Excellence! Black Star Canada programmed by the brilliant @ellacoopercreates 🎬🎥#blackwomenfilm #tiff #blackstarfilmseries #railpathhero #indiefilm #shortfilm #blackfilm #blackwomeninfilm #blackwomendirectors #directher #womeninfilm #survivors #childprotection #breakthesilence

Laurie Townshend
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2017-10-16 06:00:47

Even my mama got in on the goat "schmurgling" action! If you're ever looking for a playful and ourdoorsy activity for a kid's bday celebration, check out Haute Goat farm in Port Hope. Debbie and her husband are great hosts, lunch was yummy, and it's only an hour from Toronto! #hautegoat #kidsbdayparty #somethingdifferent #lovemymom #mothersanddaughters #cherishthesemoments #latergram

Laurie Townshend
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2017-10-15 12:14:49

Spent the day at Haute Goat with some Nigerian dwarf goats and my GOAT of a nephew (see what I did there?) for his 9th bday. Jonah, you're kind, so creative, and you've got a mean beat box 👊🏾 Auntie Laur loves you so much! Great party!! #nephewlove #auntielove #happybirthday #goatsareawesome #hautegoat #shmurgleagoat #nigeriandwarfgoat #alpaca

Laurie Townshend
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2017-10-14 17:13:31

The stats around Black pregnancy and the treatment of Black kids are sobering but the holding, the creating, the IMAGINING that Black moms engage in is what inspires me to keep pressing forward in the making of this film. Please consider following our journey over at @motheringinthemovement where you can read our latest post in its entirety * * ✊🏾❤️🙏🏾#shesgotthewholeworldinherhands #mothering #motheringinthemovement #revolutionarymothering #revolutionarymothers #indiefilm #documentary #documentaryfilm #documentaryfilmmaking #nfb #womeninfilm #blackwomeninfilm #blackwomenfilmmakers #blackmoms #blackmothers #pregnancy #blackjoy #blackgirlmagic #blackboymagic

Laurie Townshend
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2017-10-13 15:37:09

So many genuinely beautiful souls running around these streets making art. Thank you @zahra_siddiqui for creating choice vibes for our little photo shoot. Can't wait to see your magic!