When Isabella Rossellini began her first year of Green Porno, every interviewer asked: Why? The question was understandable; actresses don't often turn towards the world of short filmmaking to dig into science, to show the masses how insects reproduce ... especially by making themselves look like human incarnations of said creepy crawlies.

Rossellini told each interviewer how Robert Redford and the Sundance Channel were eager to relaunch and experiment with the short film format, and how they hoped the experimentation could be on environmental subjects. It was the perfect diving board for the actress and model. She'd always been interested in animal behavior, and had wanted to make a film about animals ever since she was 14 or 15 and read King Solomon's Ring. She dreamed of being like Jane Goodall, but life took her in a different direction, until some forty years later when she was able to revisit her childhood dream.

As someone who is often irked by the oft-used retort: "Go make it yourself then!" -- I love this story. It's never as simple as doing something yourself. There are a myriad of challenges that come into play, some that weed out the weak, and others that simply weed out those without mass amounts of time and funding to play with. There is a time and place for everything, whether it is fueled by youthful exuberance or the amalgamation of years of experience.
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