The Social Distancing Weekly: March 29, 2020
Welcome to The Social Distancing Weekly
Here's a nice thought: We're doing this for each other. All the staying home, closing up shop, risk-taking and sacrifice—it's for the common goal of keeping each other safe and healthy.
We honour that, and every week we'll be back with more:
- Movies at home
- Tools for your personal projects
- Virtual tourism
- Resources on health
- Community and kindness
Movies at home:
SXSW Short Films
Watch the 2020 SXSW Short Films, for free! Oscilloscope Laboratories and Mailchimp present #SupportTheShorts in the wake of this year's festival cancellation.
A note on the Virtual Paradise Theatre movies below: We're delighted to partner with film distributors to bring new movies to the people who'd love them most!
A climate changing, bee-saving film about mushrooms that "offers nothing less than a model for planetary survival" (New York Times).
This Oscar-nominated film is a darkly humorous and “engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement” (Screen).
The Wild Goose Lake
A "downright Hitchcockian" (AV Club) Chinese neo-Noir featuring neon-drenched cinematography.
Tools for your personal project:
Hosting Virtual Events on Zoom
Inspired by creative, exciting uses of Zoom? This handy guide is full of great tips.
West End Phoenix has launched one-on-one writers' workshops with its publisher, Dave Bidini. We know Dave would be a great instructor.
Taking It Easy
Do what's best for you! The Chronicle of Higher Education has a piece on 'Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure.'
Montreux Jazz Festival
The legendary Montreux Jazz Festival has released more than 50 full sets from Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye and more.
The National Theatre
Were you in the audience for one of our packed Fleabag screenings? Don't miss the National Theatre Live, online! Streaming a free play every Thursday night.
Resources on health:
Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19
The University of Toronto presents a free, virtual course on the anxiety reaction.
The Evolution of a Coronavirus
From bats to human lungs, The New Yorker has a deep dive for all curious minds.
Map COVID-19 Cases in Toronto
Co-created by a U of T student, Flatten.ca is designed to help public health professionals project incoming patients.
Community and kindness:
Your City Councillor
Stay up-to-date with your local councillor's email newsletter. We've been learning a lot from our local representative, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão.
The Canadian restaurant industry needs help! We need immediate and clear action from the government to support those who own, operate, serve and support restaurants.
Support Canadian Musicians
Want to show your support to local artists? This article in Exclaim! tells you how.
Canadian Cinema Worker Fund
A temporary funding resource for workers affected by COVID-19 cinema closures across Canada.
Until next week:
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Until then, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, requests, inspiration or just to say hi. We're all in this together.