Tribute for Natascha Randt Monday, Sept. 13th 1pm slt

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This Monday, September 13th, I have been invited to speak about Natascha, as an innovative and prolific filmmaker of Second Life, truly one of the greats of our virtual world.
Chantal Harvey, who heads the group, MachinimaMondays in Second Life,
invited me to talk about Nat, our movies we made together and her passions as a filmmaker, with her group of machinima makers. Chantal kindly let me invite all who might be interested, and I expect we will have quite a crowd at this event.

I feel this is still a bit early for me to be speaking in public, but I do it to help honor Nat’s memory as a woman who made a mark in the virtual world of machinima.
I feel truly privileged to be asked to do this, and with all the love and pride for Nat, I will be showing 5 of our own videos (Randt & Hoisan) and one of her many plane videos in her massive YouTube Channel of over 500 videos!! Take time and explore her channel when you can!
I will use Nat’s own words to discuss her process and our process in taking an idea and starting from scratch and seeing it as a finished machinima on YouTube.
All those reading this who have an avatar, please join us.

Where: MachinimaMondays  Click to get a  url
When: Monday, September 13th, 2021
Time: 1pm SLT or (PST) to 2pm SLT
I hope you can make it and if you can’t, Chantal told me it would be live streamed
so it will be available on YouTube at anytime.

I will be giving out beautiful votive candles made lovingly by Menubar Memorial to those who attend.  I invite you to visit at any time a humble memorial dedicated to Natascha, that I have erected on our sim,
LINC Memorial   (click the link)
You can rez and leave a flower or a candle, something you feel is appropriate and sit quietly and listen to the wind-chimes, the wind, the birds and remember Natascha in life.
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I will write below again, the poem, I left as a comment, for those of you who didn’t read it. It sits on her memorial in Second Life, for anyone there who would like to read it too.

Fly
for my film partner Natascha

The rain feels like a curtain,
closing down our stage.

I’m so numb..but not uncaring
In my frozen way… I am pure sadness
that solidified and can no longer move.

Please don’t confuse my dry eyes
with indifference…
I am not shrugging, I’m flailing; I’m falling.
I’m not strong, I’m a toneless voice,
my tongue in shreds.
Only disbelief is the solder
that holds me together.

Some things are beyond repair
some souls must go
because if they stay
their life…
will be no life at all.

And so when we least
expect it,
they de-materialize
and fly away..
We are left in shock
We are numb or weep
We refuse to accept
they’re gone…

but they are free…
Oh, they are free…..

Fly high Nat..the sky always called to you.

Karima

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38 Responses to Tribute for Natascha Randt Monday, Sept. 13th 1pm slt

  1. daleinnis says:

    So lovely… many many hugs, dear friend. Monday will be a great tribute to her. ❤️

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    • Thank you Dale..I truly hope so, I have put lots of love in the preparation of this event.
      Inshallah, it will be well received and honor her in the way she so deserves to be honored.
      🙏🌹🙏

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  2. Jeff Flesch says:

    Every word of this post is so touching, dear Karima; and the poem is so profoundly beautiful. It is dripping with love. We are all thinking about you, and sending our love. ❤️🥰🙏

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    • Thank you so much Jeff, big hugs!.. I just need a little time, but I will be back on WordPress reading you all and writing again. I feel this great responsibility now to honor Nat. This is a beautiful event to do that in and I will try to do it justice. Inshallah! After Monday, I can post the link here for those of you who might like to watch and hear it. Thank you again for your sincere support, Jeff. I feel it. 🙏❤️🌹

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      • Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re most welcome, Karima. Hugs back! Understood. Take all the time you need, we’re not going anywhere. ❤️ I’m sure it will be beautiful. Inshallah! I would love to watch and hear it. I’m glad you feel it, my friend, as I’ve felt your love and support always! ❤️🙏🌺

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  3. You were mutual muses that fed each others’ creative spirits. It doesn’t end here, Nat still, and will always be with you. I was always felt honored to be included in your creations. Namaste Kari *Hugs*

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  4. Ace says:

    My dearest Karima, this post is so heart touching and filled with so much love for Nat…one can’t help but feel it. And you honor her and her beautiful spirit in this mesmerizing poem. I will hope to catch the YouTube stream of the loving tribute…so proud of you for speaking even though it’s all still raw. Your words truly let Nat’s soul still shine so brightly. Stay strong and love you, dear friend 🖤🤗

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    • Oh Ace,,,thank you…it’s so hard..I read your words and I have tears.. I want to honor her as she deserves and I think inshallah, many of us will do that this Monday. I felt almost incapable of taking this on, so soon, but todayI finished what I will say and I feel that Nat would approve. Inshallah We say in Arabic, Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (Verily we belong to God and Verily to Him we return) This is the reality..Nat’s spirit is free and I feel her….I feel she goes on… hugss you tight.. dearest Ace…🤗❤️🌹🦋

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  5. It will be tough but come monday you will I feel sure discover extra strength inside you that helps to get through it. Even if it’s with sobs and tears!

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  6. KK says:

    I feel the love in each and every word of yours for Natascha. It’s so touching and the poem too. I’m sure the event will be quite lovely and beautiful. Hopefully I would be able to catch the the tribute program to be streamed on YouTube. Stay blessed my friend 💐💖

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    • Oh thank you Kaushal for your beautiful support. I really feel that.. Inshallah the event will be lovely and I will give it my best for Nat. Just a year ago she made a post here, thanking everyone for their kind wishes, when she was in the hospital.. She said”I am back from Hospital.
      I am not good but better and so I wanna thank you all who sent prayers and good vibes and positive thoughts and so on.
      That means a lot to me!
      The next three month or so will decide if I have more or less years to walk on this little mad planet. ”
      Well she almost had a year…and I am so grateful for that
      Thank you for being you 🙏❤️

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  7. A heart wrenching tribute, Karima. I am profoundly moved by your verses.

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  8. nineiz says:

    My deepest condolences. You made beautiful art together. Wish for you strength. May she fly in peace.
    /Liza Veliz

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  9. Joey says:

    Thank you so much for your words at the Tribute, Karima. It must have been so difficult to speak, and yet you made it a wonderful experience. I could feel the love and deep connection. As I am sure everyone there did. I have watched all these machinimas many times, but tonight was special, knowing so many others enjoyed them with us. Nat was so very gifted as a film maker and such a fun person. I miss her lots.

    Hugss ❤

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    • Hi Joey…it was so difficult at times..just the reality…I will never make videos like we did…ever again.. It hit a few times so hard..her incredible shots, iconic ones that stick in my mind.The night was special and you are right, the videos were fresh when watching them with others, with some, I am sure who never saw any before.. It was amazing and very full of emotion. Thank you for being so close Joey and now we have something else we must get right on October 2. I will meet with you soon Big Hugs..

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  10. Hoyt says:

    I’m sorry I couldn’t make it.I would have loved to hear you speak. I hope you recorded it. I have not stopped thinking of Nat since her passing. She was brilliant and the two of you were an exceptional team. I will explore her channel. I hope her work wil live on.

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  11. Diana says:

    Oh Karima.. This was so heartfelt.. So beautifully expressed… Stay blessed always..❤️❤️🤗🌹

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  12. jonicaggiano says:

    Dearest Karima,
    Your poem is so beautiful. Filled with sadness but a incredibly beautiful tribute to someone I wish I had known as well. The poem also gives you a sense of not wanting her to live a life she can no longer enjoy.

    “Please don’t confuse my dry eyes
    with indifference…
    I am not shrugging, I’m flailing; I’m falling.
    I’m not strong, I’m a toneless voice,
    my tongue in shreds.
    Only disbelief is the solder
    that holds me together.”
    (So beautifully written)

    I did not know Natasha but have been privileged to see your work with the team and know she was an incredibly talented woman. I plan to go into the event and watch when I am not hurried. I am just seeing this notice dear Karima.
    My prayers and love are with you and I have been thinking of you as well and thought I would check in today to see how you were. Please don’t worry about responding, I know you are morning my kind friend. Thinking of you. Imagine that I am giving you an enormous southern hug. Love Joni

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