BROADCAST PREMIERE OF 'DAWNLAND' ON INDEPENDENT LENS
A note from the filmmaker, Adam Mazo:
BIG NEWS! We're thrilled to announce the broadcast premiere of DAWNLAND will be on Independent Lens on PBS! Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. We promise to update you as soon as we learn the airdate, which will be during the 2018-19 season.
Thanks to the Boston Globe for the front page story on Dawnland film participant Dawn Neptune Adams. We're grateful to Dawn for sharing her story in this way, and thrilled to see the film described as "riveting".
'FINDING KUKAN' PBS BROADCAST PREMIERE
We are excited to announce that FINDING KUKAN will be having its PBS broadcast premiere on May 8th at 8pm ET on America ReFramed on PBS World Channel. Read more here.
The film is also streaming onKanopy and available for educational distribution through New Day Films.
'THE YOUTH AND GENDER MEDIA PROJECT' IN CA
THE YOUTH AND GENDER MEDIA PROJECT has been screening their films to enthusiastic audiences all over California this Spring. Johanna Clearwater has been accompanying director and educator Jonathan Skurnik on many of these screenings, wowing audiences with her wisdom and poise.
'CIRCLE UP' SCREENING AT MFA BOSTON
Julie Mallozzi’s film CIRCLE UP will screen at the Museum of Fine Arts May 9-13, including a special Mother’s Day weekend event Saturday, May 12 at 3pm with filmmaker and subjects.
The film tells the story of a group of Boston mothers seeking true justice for their murdered sons – justice that involves not revenge and mass incarceration but forgiveness, accountability, and community healing.
Filmmaker Karina Epperlein flew the protagonists of FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN - Brandyn, Imani, Stacee, Shawntrail, Darius - to Berkeley for a reunion writing workshop on April 23-26. Together they reflected on the effects that Alchemy Inc. and the seven year journey the film has had on their lives. They skyped with Alchemy founder and director, Kwame Scruggs, and the sixth protagonist, Tyler, who could not make it.
The purpose of the reunion was to see how the work - Alchemy, the film, the outreach and traveling, their relationships - is still living and growing. The intensive days of looking back and envisioning forward brought forth deep and stimulating conversations among them and they did not shy away from the darker aspects of life. The topics they shared in a final presentation Sunday afternoon in Karina’s living room initiated another bigger circle of insights, inspiration, delight, tears, and laughter.
From introspection, to sharing with others, they felt the powerful ripple effects of their 7 year collaboration, and they hope to build on this in the future.
'Finding the Gold Within' is available for streaming through GOLD Streaming. Their GOLD Facebook continues to have updates on the protagonists and Alchemy.
KOPKIND CID FILM CAMP SUCCESS STORIES
Lisa D'Apolito's film, LOVE, GILDA, opened the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18th to rave reviews. Lisa had attended Kopkind CID Film Camp in 2014 and had workshopped the film then. Congratulations, Lisa!
Savanna Washington's film, PLAYING FRISBEE IN NORTH KOREAhas just been accepted into Hot Docs Doc Shop under the category, 'Hot Docs Recommends'. Savanna says, "It was because of my time at CID's filmmaker camp a couple of years ago that I got the feedback I needed to make significant changes to the film that got us to where we are now." Congrats, Savanna!
I am thrilled to announce that our documentary KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT will premiere this fall on WGBH. We will also be announcing our festival/theatrical premiere screenings soon. We are still seeking funding for finishing expenses such as color correction, sound mix, and composer. If you would like to support this project, please email me at email@example.com. We have great broadcast underwriting opportunities available!
'MINISTER OF LONELINESS' ON THE SEARCH FOR SUBJECTS
Producer Joseph Applebaum and director Stu Maddux have embarked on their search for subjects for their latest feature-length offering, MINISTER OF LONELINESS. The documentary explores the growing epidemic of chronic loneliness around the world caused by a perfect storm of changes in society. Of particular interest to the filmmakers are young people affected by technology, new mothers, and people aging with HIV. An estimated 49 million Americans are believed to suffer from the effects of loneliness and that number is growing at an alarming rate. There is now a body of medical evidence that suggests feeling lonely during much of the week is as dangerous to your health as smoking or obesity. The filmmakers (The Clowder Group) have begun approaching NGOs, potential strategic partners , and corporate sponsorship in the US, UK and Japan. Stay tuned!
SETH FEIN, DIRECTOR OF 'OUR NEIGHBORHOOD', FEATURED IN JUMP CUT
Seth Fein, director of OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, was featured this month in Jump Cut. His film looks at the US government's TV propaganda in Latin America in the 1960s. You can check out the full article here. Seth will be holding a fundraiser for his film in Queens, NY in June - keep an eye out for more details in next month's newsletter!
'KU KANAKA/STAND TALL' TO PREMIERE ON PBS WORLD CHANNEL
Marlene Booth's new film KU KANAKA/STAND TALL will premiere on the PBS World Channel on Monday, May 7th at 9pm ET/8pm CT.
The film follows Terry Young, who in August of 1969 at 15 years old, took a dive from the rock wall perch where he and his friends were messing around, hit his head on sand in the shallow waters and in one split second, became a quadriplegic. Paralyzed from the neck down with only limited use of his hands and arms, he nonetheless graduated high school, college and as a PhD; competed as a wheelchair athlete; got arrested for the cause of Hawaiian sovereignty; and pioneered as a professor in the field of Hawaiian Studies. Read more here.