CID FILM UPDATES: November

DAWNLAND ON INDEPENDENT LENS

The Upstander Project is pleased to announce the national broadcast premiere of DAWNLAND will be on Monday, November 5th at 10pm EST on Independent Le ns (WGBH in Boston). The film will also be free to stream after the broadcast through the end of November in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Dawnland is also screening in Boston tonight, November 1st at 7pm as part of the Bright Lights Film Series at Emerson. Filmmakers Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip will be in attendance. More details here.

Another free screening is scheduled for November 15th at 6:30pm at the Watertown Public Library with learning director, Dr. Mishy Lesser. Details here.

 

KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT BROADCAST PREMIERE

KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT, directed by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth, will have its broadcast premiere on Thursday, November 15th at 9pm EST on WGBH.

Built over 200 years ago in a small Wampanoag community at the tip of an island in the Atlantic, the Gay Head Lighthouse is one of America's most famous beacons. From whaling days to electrification, Keepers Of The Light tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation to keep the light, woven with the story of the recent race against time to save the historic beacon from falling over the edge of the rapidly eroding cliffs.

 

YOUTH AND GENDER MEDIA PROJECT ON TOUR

Jonathan Skurnick continues to tour the country with his YOUTH AND GENDER MEDIA PROJECT films. Recent appearances include:

  1. A screening of Becoming Johanna at the Out and Equal Workplace Summit for corporate LGBTQ inclusion staffers.Over sixty representatives from corporations all over the country came out to watch the film and many are excited to bring the team and the films to their employees for professional development sessions on inclusion.

  1. Three screenings of Becoming Johanna with Johanna in attendance at Duke University, sponsored by more than twelve different departments at the University, including the Duke Office Of Diversity and Inclusion, Duke Children's Hospital, Duke Community Family & Medicine, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University, and the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at Duke.

Jonathan recently signed with Speak Out, the country's foremost progressive speaker's bureau, which will help him reach more schools and companies with his transformative screenings and professional development sessions around trans youth inclusion.

 

SALLY TRAILER COMPLETED

The brand new trailer for the documentary SALLY, directed by Deborah Craig, is done! Watch it here.

Spanning nine decades from the 1930s to the 2010s, Sally tells the inspiring story of gay rights activist and feminist Sally Gearhart. Brilliant, charismatic, provocative and visionary, Sally worked side-by-side with Harvey Milk, was an icon to the first generation of lesbians to live openly and one of second wave feminism's most radical voices. Through contemporary witnesses, archival and found footage, animated sequences from Gearhart's cult novel "The Wanderground", and the octogenarian's own voice, Sally takes the viewer on a hilarious, complex and surprising journey to discover how a "good southern girl" became an "outrageous" lesbian separatist leader and then ended up living alone in the woods, left behind by those who shared her ideals and forgotten by history.

 

A CALL TO REMEMBER AT THE UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

A CALL TO REMEMBER, directed by Ken Winikur, is playing in the UK Jewish Film Festival. The film is also nominated for a Suncoast Regional Emmy in the Historical Documentary Category.

The film focuses on the life of David Schaecter. Born in a small town in Slovakia, his harrowing tale of surviving the Holocaust takes viewers on a poignant journey. After surviving Auschwitz, David emigrates to the United States, rebuilds his life and gives back to his community.

 

PATERNAL RITES AT PLURALITIES NONFICTION FILM CONFERENCE

In November, Jules Rosskam, director of PATERNAL RITES, will be giving the keynote address at Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference, a national gathering in San Francisco presented by the Doc Film Institute at SF State that brings together thought leaders and innovators who are pushing the field forward for nonfiction forms in the 21st century. Paternal Rites will screen as part of the conference program.

The Paternal Rites team is also booking their Spring 2019/Fall 2019 college, museum and microcinema tour, with stops planned in Amherst, MA, Houston, TX, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA and more. Click here if you're interested in booking the film.

 

MINISTER OF LONELINESS PRODUCTION UPDATES

Joe Applebaum and Stu Maddux are off to the UK to shoot their feature-length documentary, MINISTER OF LONELINESS. They will be shooting in the Midlands area of England at a number of organizations with programs to combat loneliness and isolation that will help them identify subjects for the film. They will then be traveling to Glasgow, Scotland to continue. There they will be looking at programs to help refugees who experience severe loneliness and isolation - moreso than other groups. Again, they will be looking for subjects. They are also hoping to make contact with Tracy Crouch, Minister For Loneliness in the UK Government. Fundraising continues as well... as usual!

 

THE BANJO PROJECT KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Please help spread the word about THE BANJO PROJECT Kickstarter campaign, which ends November 18th: click here for more info.

The Banjo Project is nearing completion on a digital museum - banjo.emerson.edu - for exploring overlooked, misunderstood and forgotten cultural heritage, featuring curated stories about the long and contested history of America's quintessential instrument. Produced and curated by Marc Fields, a multiple Emmy winner for his arts and culture documentaries on PBS, The Banjo Project is built on over 300 hours of original media including video interviews, performances and rare archival footage with many of the most influential musicians, historians, collectors and builders. A fraction of this material was used in his 2011 PBS documentary, Give Me The Banjo.