September 2012 Film Updates
More grant submissions! The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the biggest one. For that we utilized the help of KTQ interns Julian Walker and Rosa Gaia Saunders to help prep transcripts from new interviews.
After receiving wonderful feedback as part of the ITVS Open Call process we re-applied and have moved on to Round 2 of the current Open Call. We find out in about a week if we advance to round 3. To prepare for this we've begun recutting our 10min demo to include recent material that we've filmed.
Fall is super busy for As Goes Janesville, but let's start with the single most important piece of news. We have a new broadcast date: October 8th, 2012 on PBS' Independent Lens. Why? Because PBS feels that the public should have more time to see and discuss our film prior to the election. And that's not just because Paul Ryan, the GOP's VP candidate, is from Janesville. It's because the issues we address are incredibly relevant to the future of this country at a time during which we'll be going to plus to decide who will lead us for the next four years. What should we do to bolster our middle class? How can we avoid letting political polarization derail or effort to grow our economy? What does it take to reinvent your life and community amid our continued economic crisis? We are rolling out "bizLab" as a way to deepen our engagement themes. At select screenings we will work with partners in each location to bring together business, labor and community leaders to discuss how we can overcome our political differences and work together on local economic development. We will not only target festival screenings for this work, but also have over 100 screenings through ITVS Community Cinema throughout October.
A new editor for the project, Nora Gully, is working away on cutting together scenes and story lines for a revised version of the film by two-time Peabody Winner Maria Finitzo. Very exciting stuff is finally emerging.
All the grants are in and now the waiting begins! Editor Liz Kaar will continue on the project despite her own living revolution - moving to Guatemala for a year to learn Spanish! Living Revolution charts the ongoing social change occurring in contemporary Bolivia.
Milking the Rhino received an encore broadcast on Sunday, September 9 as part of the acclaimed Global Voices Series on PBS. To accompany the broadcast, director David E. Simpson wrote a blog for ITVS'’ “Beyond the Box,” which includes an in-depth update on the film and its locations. The film is now streaming online via PBS, until October 9th.
In the four years since putting the finishing touches on Milking the Rhino, the film has traveled to six continents (we’re still working on Antarctica), won a slew of festival awards and – most gratifying of all – inspired new thinking about conservation and sustainable development.
One of the offshoots of MTR that we are most proud of is happening in classrooms around the world at this moment. The deadline is approaching for the fourth annual Milking The Rhino Innovative Solutions Showcase. Created at Penn State University in response to the film, the competition challenges students to think critically about sustainable community development, developmental entrepreneurship and the role of technology in enabling new solutions to global inequalities. Teams of students draw from their academic areas to conceptualize and communicate (in a 3-minute video pitch) their innovative ideas. Their solutions are then judged by an international interdisciplinary panel. Originally open only to Penn State students, the showcase has now gone global, with partners in three African countries (and counting).
Back in July 2011, The Interrupters Youth Media Summit kicked off the film’s outreach campaign and made the first efforts to get Chicago youth involved with the issues raised in the film. The legacy of that first outreach event is still resonating in August 2012 as one of the participating teens, Brittany Douglas from Community TV Network, has gone on to create her own documentary, The Bullet, about her own experiences dealing with the loss of loved ones due to violence. This past month Brittany had the opportunity to sit down with one of her idols, Ameena Matthews, to interview her for the film, which we then helped her workshop in rough cut form at KTQ Labs. We have no doubt this is the just beginning of Brittany becoming a community leader in her own right.
Fans of the film will be intrigued to learn that CeaseFire has now rebranded as Cure Violence in an effort to create "a movement of people who understand violence is a disease." Watch a video explaining the change from founder and executive director Gary Slutkin.
Meanwhile, Mexico, South Africa, Ireland and Chicago…that was just a taste of some of the places where The Interrupters screened in the month of August. In September, The Interrupters continues its travels as the film will screen at Moscow’s Show US Film Festival in Partnership with the US State Department and the American Film Showcase.
Finally, our partnership with The National Museum of Mexican Art, Enlace Chicago, LuchArte and Yollocalli Arts Reach wrapped up their special month long youth art exhibit – ‘Stop The Violence With Art’. The August 30th closing ceremonies featured Chicago area art professors from such schools as Columbia College who honored the work of the youth artists and stressed the value of arts education. Violence Interrupter Eddie Bocanegra was an integral part of the event as one of the instructors of LuchArte and stressed the impact that the exhibit had on the youth artists, stating: "Often at-risk youth are robbed from their innocence without them knowing. I think art is a way in which we can bear witness to what they have gone through.” Thanks again for all the organizations, youth participants and for all visitors who made it out to The National Museum of Mexican Art.
Next month now sees the launch of www.interruptviolence.com. Stay tuned!
The team behind The Trials of Muhammad Ali is editing with an eye toward Sundance submission!
To compose the film's original score, we've called upon the expertise of musician extraordinaire, Josh Abrams, who composed the soundtrack for The Interrupters. Working closely with the production team, Josh will create a sonic palate that will contribute to the film's signature aesthetic while lending needed breathing room and pacing.
Fundraising also remains a top priority, to cover our archival licensing fees and give this documentary the worldwide audience it seeks. Help us bring this film to the big screen by making a tax-deductible donation today. Thanks for your support!
August was another exciting month of shooting and fundraising for the Unbroken Glass team. A chance visit from Dinesh's uncle Vitthal and aunt Manju from Jaipur, India provided him with a rare opportunity to interview them about his mother Susheela and their experiences in India. We explored just how pervasive the current stigma is against the mentally ill in modern India, and unearthed Susheela's recipe for "apple chutney."
We're planning on having several fundraisers in the Indian American community in and around Chicago in the coming months. If you're part of this community and interested, Dinesh and the UBG team would love to chat. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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