On Wednesday December 5th at 5:30pm EST watch DAWNLAND from anywhere during this special free screening of the film, concert, and Q&A with filmmakers participants.
At 5:30pm on December 5th go to the live stream on the Dawnland facebook page to watch the concert, film, and panel conversation. Throughout the event share your comments and questions with the Dawnland community on Facebook live.
TO ATTEND IN PERSON AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE IN PORTLAND
We’ve had a productive few months since our last update – raising $26,000 through a crowdfunding campaign, $11,000 from the Berkeley Film Foundation, $10,000 from the Wallace Global Fund and $2,500 from the Silicon Valley Foundation. These generous contributors allowed us to travel back to Honduras to film an update to the story of murdered indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceresand Peruvian and indigenous farmer Máxima Acuña’s stories.
In Honduras we filmed the beginning of Berta’s murder trial, where eight of the nine men accused of plotting her assassination are being tried. In Rio Blancho we filmed Berta’s three adult daughters, who have picked up where their mother left off in the struggle for indigenous rights. In Peru we filmed Máxima and her family farming their land at Tragadero Grande high atop a 12,500’ peak in the northern highlands of Cajamarca.
Now we need your help so we can get back into the edit suite to begin a rough assembly and first rough cut of the film. We’ll need to have a cut in hand before we can submit the film for completion funding from the Sundance Documentary Fund, Ford Foundation and other institutional funders of documentary film. Please check out our powerful 5-minute sample and consider making a year-end tax-deductible donation to our campaign through CID.
FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY, directed by Erin Palmquist, has received it's fourth award! The Ojai Film Festival selected the film to receive their very special Festival Theme Award for Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film.
From Baghdad to The Bay is a documentary that follows the journey of an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the US military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S., and ostracized from his family and country, Ghazwan Alsharif struggles to rebuild his life in the United States while coming out as an openly gay man.
LAKE OF BETRAYAL RECEIVES CINEMA VERITAS AND TELLY AWARDS
LAKE OF BETRAYAL , a documentary film about Kinzua Dam and the Seneca Nation of Indians produced by Paul Lamont and Scott Sackett, has been honored with the 2018 Cinema Veritas Award for Documentary. Lake of Betrayal also received a 2018 Silver Telly Award for documentary and two Bronze Telly Awards for editing and aerial cinematography. Lake of Betrayal is distributed by NETA and can be seen on PBS stations nationwide. It's also available on Amazon Prime . Library and educational copies may be purchased from VisionMakerMedia.org. Home DVDs are available at TowardCastleFilms.com .
SPACE TORAH PROJECT AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
On November 7th, Executive Producer Rachel Raz and Verissima Productions teamed up with superb DP Austin de Besche and a crew of ten to film SPACE TORAH PROJECT after hours at the Museum of Science. They interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, the first male Jewish astronaut, who took a complete Miniature Torah scroll into outer space, and his Rabbi at the time, Shaul Osadchey, about the connections between our most ancient traditions and scientific exploration. They have reached 20% of their $50,000 goal. Learn more and become a sponsor here.
MINISTER OF LONELINESS PRODUCTION UPDATES
Production is underway in The UK!
Stu Maddux and Joe Applebaum have spent the greater part of November in the UK shooting for MINISTER OF LONELINESS . They spent most of the time in the West Midlands in England and in Glasgow, Scotland looking at local programs that have taken root to combat loneliness and isolation. These include men's soccer leagues for older isolated men called Walking Football (yes, walking!), a phone bank through AgeUK for older people to check in regularly on other older isolated people, a program to help isolated female asylum seekers adapt and combat inherent challenges, to a program helping retired older isolated men get out of their houses called Men in Sheds .
They also met with many local government officials and made strides toward their goal of a meeting with Tracey Crouch, the former (and first) Minister for Loneliness in the national government. She oversaw the National Strategy around combatting loneliness and isolation that is now being implemented.
Next steps are shooting key interviews in Seattle and San Francisco, planning a segment in Boston dealing with Transgender Youth and then back to the UK in early February!
They, of course, continue to work hard raising funds to continue production.
A REVOLUTIONARY TRIO: THE STORIES BEHIND THEIR FACESTO BE RELEASED IN DECEMBER
A REVOLUTIONARY TRIO: THE STORIES BEHIND THEIR FACES features Daguerreotypes of three men and women who lived during the Revolutionary War and who were still alive during the early days of photography. Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, in collaboration with Verissima Productions, set out to find the stories behind the photographs, which are part of her two volume "Last Muster" books. Thanks to a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, they will be releasing the three, 15 minute segments in mid-December. All films will be free to the public.
To find out more, check the Facebook page for Verissima Productions, or go to their website to sign up for their newsletter.
SETH FEIN TALKS OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ON CUNY TV
CUNY TV Digital Series recently spoke with Seth Fein, filmmaker and Brooklyn College film professor, for their Short Docs Web Series. Among the topics covered, was his new documentary-in-progress OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, about Washington's small screen Cold War against the Cuban Revolution on Latin American TV across the sixties.
Shep Abbott, producer of GLOUCESTER SPEAKS, a feature documentary about the past, present and future of his beloved and iconic home town, has been awarded production grants totaling $17,000 by the Garland Legacy Project and the Essex County Community Foundation. Entering its fourth year of production, Shep expects to complete Gloucester Speaks in December, 2020.