Friday, November 19, 2010

Where can you find my recent work online?

Right here!

KT & host Liam Mayclem of Eye On The Bay.
Liam & KT - bike date at the park

My most recent project is Islands of Life, a feature length documentary about the conservation success story of the Bahamas. The film explores the protection of several wildlife habitats, including the land crab and the flamingo. I served as story consultant and film editor on this project.

I co-produced, co-hosted and edited the first two segments (SF Bike Tour & Scraper Bikes) of the recent Eye On The Bay Bike episode (originally aired Oct 25, 2010).

SF Bike Tour

Scraper Bikes (produced, directed, edited)

I produced, wrote and edited the following promo for Link TV's ViewChange - The Mothers Index:

Other promos for Link TV:

NHK Newsline (from Japan)

Global Spirit - is a multi-cam talk show infused with documentary segments that I edited for Link TV.

Here's a smattering of a few favorite episodes.

Watch here:
Global Spirit - full episodes
Global Spirit - clips


Hey! You Up There! is a show for kids about sports hosted by kid journalists who go behind the scenes to talk with top athletes. Shot in studio and on location.

Watch more here: Hey! You Up There!


Here But Not For Long - Lexus Golden Opportunity Sales Event

Here But Not For Long - Edited by Kristin Tieche from Kristin Tieche on Vimeo.

A promo for Lexus that I edited. Shot on Canon 7d!


Business profile for - Luscious Garage. I edited this segment.


Power Paths is a feature-length documentary that I edited that aired on PBS in November 2009.

Watch here: Power Paths.


Ediblease pilot with host Kara Tsuboi

Ediblease & SF Grill from Kristin Tieche on Vimeo.

I produced, directed and edited this pilot for Ediblease, a cooking show that makes sense of the locavore movement - Eating Well... Made Easy!


And last but not least, your dose of daily madness on my very own Vimeo Channel:

kt go giants!!!

KT's Vimeo Channel

Enjoy the ride!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

whale song as food for thought

I'm reading this book that I happened to come across at the $1 book sale at the SF Public Library - "The Moon By Whale Light," by Diane Ackerman. It's an incredible book of non-fiction. I'm realizing that I can learn more about human nature's good intentions by studying the way animals communicate with each other - the echolocation of bats, the dance of a crocodile and especially the singing of the Humpback whales. Here's an thought-provoking passage that I feel worth revisiting again and again:

"... mind is such an odd predicament for matter to get into. I often marvel how something like hydrogen, the simplest atom, forged in some early chaos of the universe, could lead to us and the gorgeous fever we call consciousness. If a mind is just a few pounds of blood, dream, and electric, how does it manage to contemplate itself, worry about its soul, do time-and-motion studies, admire the shy hooves of a goat, know that it will die, enjoy all the grand and lesser mayhems of the heart? What is mind, that one can be out of one's? How can a neuron feel compassion? What is a self? Why did automatic hand-me-down mammals like our ancestors somehow evolve brains with the ability to consider, imagine, project, compare, abstract, think of the future? If our experience of mind is really just the simmering of an easily alterable chemical stew, then what does it mean to know something, to want something, to be? How do you begin with hydrogen and end up with prom dresses, jealousy, chamber music? What is music that it can satisfy a mind, and even perhaps function as language?"

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Giant Parade!

On November 1, 2010, the San Francisco Giants became the World Champions for the first time in history! It was one of the greatest times I can remember being here in The City, and I also experienced the greatest connection to my birthplace that I ever remember.

Two days later, SF exploded into a sea of Orange & Black as 1.5 million fans descended upon the downtown area to welcome our champs home. It was an amazing outpour of support and love for our team! I am blessed to have shared that beautiful moment with such amazing friends, so now, I share my memories with you!

Music: Wide Eyes, Local Natives

(I'm going to make another one where I bleep out the expletives, but I like the raw feeling to it right now. Not too many expletives. Plus we got Timmy Lincecum who made "F*ck Yeah!" the Giants slogan for 2010. It was on the tip of everyone's tongue.)

Friday, November 05, 2010

on baseball, dreaming and loving

A few weeks ago, one of my girlfriends asked me what was it about baseball specifically that created such die-hard fans. Why was it that when nine players take the field, people from all walks of life cast aside their differences in the ballpark or in a sports bar and form a camaraderie under the colors of their team's uniform?

It's the dream, I told her. Baseball is not just our national pastime, but it's also the American Dream. Our heroes on the field pull us out of our daily routine once a year from late spring to early fall, and with them we must hope and we must believe that our dream of winning it all against the odds becomes a reality.

We step on the roller coaster ride with them in April and we live their drama, sometimes with all the twists and turns of a Hollywood screenplay - though when we buy our tickets, we don't know if we're off to see a comedy or tragedy, if our team will give us the feel-good movie of the year, or if it will end in bloodbath and we must close our eyes because it's too painful to watch. Or maybe, just maybe, the final scene will leave you crying tears of joy.

When my favorite player steps up to the plate, I can imagine it's me. I visualize smacking that ball far into the outfield. I hear the crack of the bat. I watch the ball soar past the outfielders' reach... long, far and uncatchable. I am running the bases. I am sliding home. I am listening to the cheers and applause. I am hi-fiving my team mates.

Baseball is such an American icon that its significance goes beyond the sport itself. Baseball is inherent in the American psyche. In budding relationships, holding hands brings us to first base. Kissing brings us to second. Then there's the joke about how men fantasize about hitting a home run while having sex. We refer to our boyfriends and girlfriends as a good catch.

We make pitches in business meetings. We expect people of integrity to step up to the plate. When we're in a sticky situation, we're in a pickle. We strike out if a guy that we fancy doesn't call back. Life throws us curve balls almost daily! Something unexpected in life is out of left field. We hit it outta the ballpark when we've done a great job. We can even order a grand slam breakfast at Denny's if you choose to visit that establishment. We live baseball at home, in bed and at the office. In America, the baseball analogy touches our lives whether we're fans or not.

And so I go to the ballpark already speaking the language of baseball. It's a metaphor that my heart and mind are already pumping through my bloodstream and nervous system. So when I watch a game live, my emotional and physical reaction naturally is extreme. The cheering doesn't stop. The adrenaline surges. My stomach gets tied up. And in the ninth inning of Game Five of this World Series, I got choked up. When Wilson threw the last pitch, and the dugout ran onto the mound to smother him in hugs, my friends and I followed their lead.

It's at that very moment that baseball becomes love itself. My girlfriends and I all picked our Giant boyfriend early in the season. But late in the season, after I had gone yard with the Giants, I was caught repeating over and over how much I loved this entire team. I took to wearing Orange and Black even on non-game days - always wanting to show my unconditional support and send my good vibes, showing them that I was thinking of them always, especially when they were away. And I was not alone. San Francisco loves this team. I talked Giants with everyone I encountered - the cashier at Trader Joe's, my shoe repairman, my bike mechanic, the farmer at the Ferry Plaza market, the gal at the pet store, the barista who made my cappuccino. San Franciscans embraced these players as a team and as individuals as much as they embraced us as their fans and their City. The love was reciprocal, as if we had the right chemistry.

Love makes you do crazy things for your lover. Aubrey Huff reached into his pants and pulled out his thong for his fans.

Love makes you steadfast and true. Buster Posey committed himself to doing it all over again for San Francisco next year.

Love makes you come to your senses. Freddie Sanchez publicly severed his allegiance to the hometeam of his youth - the Los Angeles Dodgers - and forever devoted himself to their rival San Francisco. 1.5 million euphoric fans can have that effect on you.

Euphoria feels like falling in love. Brian Wilson, while marching to City Hall to receive the keys to The City, described the energy as electric.

I rode away from City Hall filled with this powerful sense of love and passion for where I'm from. I owe that feeling to The Giants. I owe that feeling to baseball.

From the pit of my heart, Giants, THANK YOU for making me dream and love again!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

list no. 8 or 9? I have lost track - bathing in Orange and Black

1. hugging strangers
2. hearing "Don't Stop Believin'" on some random person's car radio for the hundredth time and not being tired of it
3. falling in love with The City... again, and The City loving me back
4. the knowledge that a few more cultural icons have emerged from San Francisco
5. Torture has become Euphoria

As a friend of mine says, "This feeling is eternal for as long as it lasts." It will last a long while. Perhaps my lifetime.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GYPSY CABARET - A Benefit for Forms of Identification

Gypsy Cabaret Party Oct. 14 @ Mission Workshop

Jessica and I are so close to making our first fundraising goal so we can finish our film. We have partnered this time with several local SF businesses and artists to put together a fun-filled evening for you in exchange for a modest tax-deductible donation. If we get 75 people to attend our event, we can meet and even exceed our first fundraising goal of $2,500! A short distance to go, but we can't make it there without your help! Plus, it's going to be an amazing night filled with great music, dance and raffle prizes!

Please invite friends and family & spread the word!!!!

Empowerment Works! is the (501)c3 fiscal sponsor of the film and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Additional donations can be made via Eventbrite:

a benefit for Forms of Identification

Thurs. Oct 14, 6 pm to 10 pm

Mission Workshop
40 Rondel Place (16th & Mission)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Gypsy Cabaret is the second fundraiser planned to help producers Tieche and Ingersoll-Cope put the post-production finishing touches on the film to prepare it for a premiere screening and entry into national and international film festivals. Raised funds will also help with the marketing and promotion of the finished film.

DJ Delachaux spins Burlectro
Live Dance Performance
Bike food carts
Raffle for various prizes including Mission Workshop messenger bag, Pedal Panties & Private dance lesson for two at Vima Dance Studio.

$15 - $25 sliding scale tax-deductible donation includes one beverage

Sunday, August 08, 2010

pas de deux

It was my privilege to witness this ballet performed by the same two dancers in this video today at Stern Grove surrounded by trees in misty weather.

Makes me want to be in love, roller coaster ride and all.

Also available to watch here.

Monday, August 02, 2010

High Tea at Numi Tea Garden - a fundraiser for my film

Forms of Identification High Tea at Numi Tea Garden

Help us finish our experimental dance film Forms of Identification, which asks the question, "How can I be me when I'm not me?"

RSVP and reserve your spot now!

High Tea w/ Champagne

Monday, July 05, 2010

KT's World Cup Roundup

David James - England - Not the greatest goalkeeper, which is why he is called Calamity James. Among all the hotties of the World Cup, KT loves him primarily for his passion for collecting vintage bikes, living a green lifestyle and maintaining artistic and literary hobbies. A true Renaissance Man. His next career move is to accept my invitation to come ride bikes in SF.

Bastian Schweinsteiger - Germany - Not exactly KT's physical type (though I have no complaints). My love for him is based solely on his football skillz alone. I liked him better during Euro 2008 when he had platinum blond hair. Der Schweiniiiiiiii!!!!

Didier Drogba - Ivory Coast - He's a goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations, credited with playing a vital role in bringing peace to his country and was voted one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people. KT loves him not just for his abs, but that smile and those bedroom eyes. In addition, he has donated every dollar from commercial endorsements to build a hospital in his hometown (He gets two photos - that's how much I like him).

Diego Forlan - Uruguay - That tan, those abs, those pecks, those blond curls! And he's unstoppable on the pitch!

Florent Malouda - France - So sad he went home early. How can you not appreciate those chiseled features?! South African newspapers have suggested he pursue a modeling career and I concur. He also scored France's only goal during the Cup. Thank God.

Kevin Prince Boateng - Ghana - A great goal scorer. In addition to collecting tattoos, apparently he also has a shopping addiction and more pairs of shoes than Imelda Marcos.

Massage y Soccer

Massage Y Soccer
Only in San Francisco? A find from my friend Adrienne.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

fifa duh

I love seeing the muscular limbs floating through the air in slo mo as much as I love seeing moments like these where our demigods look like total dorks.

gets better with age

Cartwheel, Place Trocadero
Taken nearly 2 years ago. I still love it.

And this one too.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

no matter if we win or lose, this is Cape Town

I've been following my friend Renata Falzoni's experience covering the Cup in South Africa. This short woman-on-the-street video captures the spirit that we are really missing in this country.

I've been trying to do my part, but one Lone WC Nut alone does not make a party. Despite SF ranking as one of the top WC viewing cities, I still don't feel the fever here like we would in any other country in the world... yet! ;-)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Coup de boule!

No one remembers Italy's goals from 4 years ago, but EVERYONE remembers le Head-Butt!

Another fantastic example of the French sense of humor.

Allez l'Equipe de France!

L’équipe de France je t’aime, je t’apprécie.

Couplet 1
Tout le monde dit qu'on passera pas le premier tour
Qu'en France on est des tricheurs - c’est mal
C’est pas grave moi j’ai eu notre message d’amour
ça vient tout droit de nos cœurs
Car on s’en fout que vous vous tapiez des putes
Le plus important c’est que vous marquiez des buts !

Allez l’équipe de France
On y croit , on vous fait confiance
Foncez, rien n’est perdu
Mais... Sortez vous les doigts du cul !

Couplet 2
Faites des petits-ponts, des pichenettes, des talonades
Vos matches sont trop chiants, on veut des Papinades
Faites pas les cons chez les Sud africains
C’est pas pour rien cette main contre les rouquins !

Allez l’équipe de France (Allez l’équipe de france)
on y croit, on vous fait confiance (on vous fait confiance)
Foncez rien n’est perdu (rien n’est perdu)
Mais Sortez vous les doigts du cul (les doigts du cuuuul)

Allez l’équipe de France
On y croit , on vous fait confiance
Foncez rien n’est perdu (rien n’est perduuuuuuuu)
Mais sortez vous les doigts du cul (les doigts, du, les doigts du cul)

[Point musical magnifique]

Allez l'équipe de Fraaaance


- Gaël,
- Quoi ?
- Tu penses vraiment que cette chanson va les aider ?
- Euh...bof !

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Settle for your amazing, powerful self!

A couple friends have stumbled upon this book for women and settling on what is referred to as Mr. Good Enough. This makes me frustrated.

Men have the same problems when seeking a mate. Men are picky. They want her to look like a model, be younger than him, not be too aggressive. They sometimes think they can push her around or win her over with charm. And then they want her to let them be slobs or chums or whatever. They also want to make more money than she does, and are usually not ok if she has more success in her career than he does.

BUT, are there self-help books on the market for men to debunk their dating myths? No. There aren't. This whole market is a scam to make money off of women's insecurities.

AND what's more is that the title of this book is assuming that men are just good enough, and that an amazing, wonderful, cool person that inspires you isn't out there. That you should settle. Why settle? (This reminds me of the 30 Rock episode when Liz Lemon almost settles for Wesley Snipes, the annoying insurance salesman, when all of a sudden Matt Damon the pilot strolls into her life.)

If inspiration is what you seek, ask and you shall receive. (I'm going back to the Trifecta here.) Or as Ghandi put it, Be the Change.

We are amazing women. We are amazing human beings. Powerful. We have achieved so much, faced many obstacles with health, money, love and family. We are doing nothing wrong. We have done everything right!

Be yourself, and nothing else. Your beautiful, multifaceted and profound self!

And that goes for men as well as women! In a relationship or out!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I am lucky to have known him!

My dad's best friend:

Richard Salay, a beautiful man who joyfully influenced many.

Richard, Dickie-Boy, Sales, Dick, Pops, Salay, Dad, Grandpa... enraptured with love, has shed his skeleton and moved on. Recently achieving 70 years, he amassed an enormous yet eclectic portfolio of smiles. He simply made life more interesting. He will be revered.

Long live Dickie-Boy.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Ofertório - A Vélo Vogue Film

So if other bloggers get to write about their kids and spouses, I think it's fair game for me to write about my break-ups, and how a bike ride helped me deal with the latest.

This was filmed entirely with my Panasonic DMC-LX2 on the day that I broke up with my ex-boyfriend. I rode my bike to the Labyrinth at Land's End to make an offering and decided to film the whole thing.

The music is Ofertório by Brazilian artist Milton Nascimento. The title means "Offertory." I love the music, but don't understand the lyrics. When I first heard it, I knew it matched the visuals of this film.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A Photo Show

I'm going to participate in this group amateur photo show. I was assigned the Upper Haight. Because I've had to deal with so many extraneous things, and then with Bike to Work Month upon us, I've found myself kinda too busy for photo taking, but I managed to snap some nice shots, and I'm sure there will be a wealth of other good ones in the mix!

Monday, April 19, 2010

my favorite movie of all time

If you don't have it in your Queue, put it there now and move it to the top of your list. I just watched it again last night, and am thinking that I'll keep it for the rest of the week and watch it over and over again.


As defined by Wikipedia: Saudade has been described as a "vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist ... a turning towards the past or towards the future." A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing. It may also be translated as a deep longing or yearning for something which does not exist or is unattainable.

Monday, April 12, 2010

faster cupcake kill kill

I went to a wedding. They had a piñata. Form of cupcake.

I had to kill it.

I had a cheering section.

Killing felt good.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

i'm much happier with this ninja version of domestic bliss

much more satisfying than my own reality at the moment (although Cloud and I are doing just fine, thank you very much).

Thursday, March 18, 2010

more DVF!

be a cyclist, wear a dress!

"The biggest mistake a woman can make is not to be herself in public or private."
— Diane Von Furstenberg

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

i was just feeling so happy to be a virgo, when i read this

I like calling upon reason and logic to help through the rough spots. I can always count on rational thought. That's what we Virgos do best! So now, according to Mr. Brezsny, must I really subject myself to further (irrational) scrutiny?

Virgo Horoscope for week of March 18, 2010

The storm is your friend right now, Virgo. So are the deep, dark night and the last place you'd ever think of visiting and the most important thing you've forgotten about. So be more willing than usual to marinate in the mysteries -- not with logical ferocity but with cagey curiosity. The areas of life that are most crucial for you to deal with can't be fully understood using the concepts your rational mind favors. The feelings that will be most useful for you to explore are unlike those you're familiar with.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

my gmail theme

I selected "Ninja" as my Gmail background theme. What I like best about it is that every day, the cartoon ninja characters change their activities. Sometimes they're flying through the air in total sabotage, other times they're bowing in respect.

It gave me hope today to see the ninjas putting down their nunchucks and instead offering a bouquet of flowers.
"In the context of lifelong partnership, love is not an emotion.  Love is a course, an utterly steadfast, stable path that deviates not in the face of hardship or challenge.  It is an undeniably fixed and invariable promise that does not waver, even in the face of death.  While we look for a mate who shares our hobbies, is sexually attractive, makes us laugh, and helps us to feel good, these things are not the substance of love.  All of our criteria for finding a mate - the person has to look this way, have that kind of job, dress like this, be hip, have this much money, etc., are all things that will disappear with time.  None of them will last.  All that will last is the love that was given and the love received.  True love must transcend our limited views of love, for true love stands in its own category.  As such, it is not dependent upon the endless ebb and flow of our emotions and on the ever-changing agendas of our current likes and dislikes."
Katherine Woodward Thomas

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The 8 Phases of Dating

I have over 3,000 emails in my inbox. Jess was laughing at me for my disorganization. I keep all these emails because sometimes there are some special gems I want to look back on. Especially when they make me laugh.

This is one of them: The 8 Phases of Dating.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

take a bite outta SF

Cloud yawn
I know... another picture of Cloud.

This one rocks though. Looks like she's gonna eat the Muni.

Monday, March 01, 2010

wild parrots on lightpost

wild parrots on lightpost
Spotted at Ferry Terminal a couple Sundays ago. The parrots bring a sense of magic and wonder to a city that's already quite magical and wonderful. :-)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

viewer feedback

One of the shows I edit, Global Spirit, has been generating some unique viewer feedback:

> LASTNAME: Ovallep
> POSTAL_CODE: 10031
> SUBJECT: Global Spirit
> Mr Host: Congratulations!!
> Your program is done according to the New Age. The One who write you is an instructor of this new times, serving god and humans being.Plase may me tell you something: Your themes are only introduction of each one, there is much much more to learn, it mean, to teach, in every one of this, that's our function, but only for those who are ready to enter in an upper world. For thousands of years, men have read and hear about god, times has come that will know it. Go ahead!!

Monday, February 08, 2010

more on donations to Haiti

I found out today that the SF Fire Department is collecting donations until Friday February 12. I encourage all of you to find a firehouse near you and drop off any clothing and other useful items that you are not using. Follow this link so you can find an SFFD firehouse location.

Here's a list of items they accept:

* Clothing, including new or used underwear, for all ages. It would be incredibly helpful if these donations could be separated (babies, small children, large children, women & men’s clothes).
* Shoes, all sizes
* Medical Supplies: Gauze, Tape, Neosporin, Tylenol/Advil (Generics OK)
* Kotex and Cloth Diapers
* Towels and Sheets
* Plastic Storage Boxes (Large) for packing, shipping and giving Haitians something to store their personal effects in. If you can bring nothing else, bring these!

It makes me happy to know my shirts, shoes, skirts, pants, even my underwear, will be worn by someone who lost everything and really needs it.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

donating to Haiti

I have three large bags full of women's apparel and a few other useful trinkets which I will drop off on Monday or Tuesday.

Not much more to my post today but to say that I am happy to be able to give.

I hope my giving inspires you too.

Friday, February 05, 2010

here it is again... we need the eggs

Just a reminder. This should make all of us sigh in recognition of the richness of life.

Alvy Singer: [narrating] After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I... I realized what a terrific person she was, and... and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I... I, I thought of that old joke, y'know, the, this... this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, uh, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y'know, they're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and... but, uh, I guess we keep goin' through it because, uh, most of us... need the eggs.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Donating for Haiti in SF

Sirona Cares - a local organization working in Haiti's orphanages is collecting donations of clothing and supplies. Sirona Cares is run by Michelle Lacourciere and supports several orphanages in Haiti. Her blog with postings about how the orphanages have been affected is at

Items they accept:

Clothing, including new or used underwear, for all ages. It would be incredibly helpful if these donations could be separated (babies, small children, large children, women & men's clothes).
Shoes, all sizes
Medical Supplies: Gauze, Tape, Neosporin, Tylenol/Advil (Generics OK)
Kotex and Cloth Diapers
Towels and Sheets
Plastic Storage Boxes (Large) for packing, shipping and giving Haitians something to store their personal effects in. If you can bring nothing else, bring these!

They also need help sorting the donations. The following is from their blog -

"If you have more time than money, collect donations and bring them to 190 King Street in San Francisco. The owner of the property has donated the space for sorting, and we will be there receiving. We sort, fold, and box everything in plastic bins which will be used in Haiti for years. If you haven't been there, you don't know the many lifes of a plastic bin, but the goods a family collects will be kept dry, they will use it first as a suitcase to hold their entire life's belongings, then someday it will be a bathtub. Perhaps even a gas station. Haitians need these bins, as they need everything else.

If you are near San Francisco or itching for a reason to come: 190 King Street is our drop spot. Go to 188 King Street if we aren't there and Philip, the security guard, will let you in. Unload (park on the sidewalk) and then move your vehicle (south of the Giant's stadium is best) and then come back to sort. I'm serious, if you are sitting somewhere wishing you could do something like go to Haiti, come here. You will be busy, and feel the blessing of delivering good to Haiti" - Michelle Lacourciere

Times that space is available to sort are Monday through Friday 9am - 9pm. Saturday 9am - 8pm.

You can also drop off your donations at 2 other locations:

286 Fair Oaks Street [@24th] from Monday night onwards. Call ahead to arrange at 415 706 4453


More Mojo Studios, 1347 Church Street (at Clipper). Collection times are Monday - Friday 9am-12pm and 3-6pm
[p] 415 821 mojo (6656)