2010 FILManthropy FESTIVAL SCREENING SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Feature Film #1 @ 9:00 AM
Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission
Feature Film #2 @ 11:30 AM
OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie
Feature Film #3 @ 1:00 PM
Feature Film #4 @ 2:15 PM
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Feature Film #1 @ 9:00 AM
Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives
Feature Film #2 @ 10:15 AM
Save Our Seas Shark Documentary
Feature Film #3 @ 11:15 AM
Feature Film #4 @ 1:45 PM
MZUNGU (n.) white wanderer
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Directed by: Barney Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin, Juan Reina (65m, USA, United Kingdom, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: —A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and MORE4 FILM—Albino United follows a highly unusual soccer team in Tanzania made up of a group of albinos and black players in their first ever national league season. Over the last few years, more than 50 albinos have been murdered in that part of the world, some as young as six months old, where witch doctor's peddle the myth that albino parts can bring people wealth and good luck. With the going price of a full albino body fetching for upwards of $70,000, many albino's have been attacked with machetes and their limbs cut off while alive.
In the wake of these gruesome killings, many albinos fled to the capital city, scared for their lives and seeking protection. It was from within this group of displaced and persecuted albinos, that Albino United was formed, a soccer team with the sole objective of challenging the beliefs that had led to the horrific deaths of so many of their kin. The film follows the amazing story of this team as they travel to different epicenters of albino murders, playing in front of crowds of stunned onlookers. Despite all expectations, the team finish in the top of the league and become a national phenomenon, proving to the masses that albinos are not only good footballers but that they are humans in their own right. http://www.barneybroomfield.com/journal/40/Albino_United
CHARITY: Salif Keita Global Foundation
The Salif Keita Global Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Malian musician and singer, Salif Keita.
The US-based organization will focus on raising awareness for the social integration of people with albinism, create advocacy for the global plight of albinos, and raise funds to build free healthcare and educational services for people with albinism in Africa and around the world. The organization is headed by Mr. Keita's Malian-American wife, journalist and activist, Coumba Makalou.
In Africa, Albino infanticide is a relatively common practice. Even those who escape death at birth are still vulnerable to discrimination and/or violent attacks.
Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission
Directed by Dena Seidel (82m, USA, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: Visionary oceanographer Scott Glenn leads a team of world-renowned ocean scientists and engineers at Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (COOL Room) as they race against time to launch the first transatlantic autonomous underwater robot. RU27, or "Scarlet", will be the first successful glider robot to explore the vast uncharted waters of the North Atlantic. Scarlet's historic mission will inspire a future robotic oceanographic observation network critical for monitoring and predicting climate change.
The 8-foot robot is launched off the coast of New Jersey into the immense Atlantic Ocean, destined for Spain. Once at sea, Scarlet transmits important scientific data to the COOL Room via satellite. The robot faces extreme weather conditions, ship traffic and aggressive sea life that can terminate her mission. With limited power and never before tested hardware, Scarlet faces daunting challenges. While fighting powerful currents and storms, she breaks world records. When unknown ocean organisms hinder Scarlet, scientists risk their lives in the high seas of the mid-Atlantic to free her of biological growth. Throughout her journey, data collected by Scarlet is fed into oceanographic navigation and forecasting models. On December 4, 2009, after 221 days at sea, Scarlet makes history by reaching Spain and becoming the first underwater robot to cross the Atlantic.
The The Sylvia Earle Alliance's (SEA) purpose is to explore and care for the ocean. We are committed to inspiring a sea change in public awareness, access and support for marine protected areas worldwide, ranging from the deepest ocean to sunlit reefs, and from the seamounts of the high seas to coastal seagrass meadows.
We draw inspiration from the vision evoked by our founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle: to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas--hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.
Under Dr. Earle's leadership, the SEA team has embarked on a series of expeditions to further this vision and shed light on these ocean Hope Spots. We also bring the discoveries and stories of a network of ocean experts to the public through documentaries, social and traditional media, and innovative tools like Google Earth's "Explore the Ocean" layer. Additionally, we support the work of many conservation NGO’s with whom we share the basic mission of ocean protection and public awareness, most notably our global partner IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature).
Plant a Fish
Plant a Fish is a newly-launched nonprofit, headquartered in New York City, by third-generation ocean explorer and environmental advocate, Fabien Cousteau, whose mission is to empower communities to become involved with responsible 're-planting' of key marine species in their local habitats in distressed bodies of water around the world. Initial targeted projects in 2010-2011 will include responsible re-planting of oysters in New York Harbor, sea turtles in El Salvador, mangroves in South Florida, corals in the Maldives.
Directed by Arnd Wächter (70m, Morocco, Spain, USA, 2009)
SYNOPSIS: Crossing Borders is an seventy minute documentary that follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together for seven days through the rich cultural landscape of Morocco and in the process of discovering 'The Other', discover themselves. With group home stays, travels, hikes, and emotional, frank discussions, the students confront the complex implications of the supposed 'clash of civilizations' between Islam and the West.
The relationships formed through shared experiences contrast sharply with the media-shaped views Americans and Muslims have of each other. Humor, honesty and a willingness to be challenged all bring individuals closer to each other and the friendships that develop disarm hidden stereotypes. http://www.crossingbordersfilm.org
CHARITIES: Crossing Borders Education Ltd.
During this time, there is a critical need for a new generation of individuals and future leaders who understand the major challenges to cross-cultural conflicts and who have the capabilities, commitment and grit to address them.
Crossing Borders Education is committed to providing programs and intercultural tools that have the potential to empower students to see the world from a different perspective and to realize their opportunities and responsibilities for global concerns.
Search for Common Ground
Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict: away from adversarial approaches, toward cooperative solutions.
Although the world is overly polarized and violence is much too prevalent, we remain essentially optimistic. Our view is that, on the whole, history is moving in positive directions. Although some of the conflicts we are currently dealing with may seem intractable, there are successful examples of cooperative conflict resolution that we can look to for inspiration - such as in South Africa, where an unjust system was transformed through negotiations and an inclusive peace process.
Directed by Jeremy Seifert (40m, USA, 2009)
SYNOPSIS: DIVE! Living Off America's Waste
The multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars of good, edible food - resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism and call to action. http://www.divethefilm.com
CHARITY: Food Finders
Food Finders is a multiregional food bank that rescues food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets. This food is then taken directly to missions, shelters and domestic agencies to feed the needy and impoverished. We rely on our volunteers and staff drivers to help pick up and deliver on a same-day basis. On average, Food Finders helps feed 16,000 people a day, reducing the amount of food insecurity prevalent in neighborhoods throughout Southern California.
My Father, Joe
Directed by Nikila Cole (9m, Canada, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: MY FATHER, JOE is a story of betrayal. Not a betrayal by a lover or friend, but a child's shocking first realization of a parent's fallibility.
After escaping Nazi-occupied France with his family, 10-yr. old Jacov finds his small, predictable world in the factories and markets of Montreal's St. Laurent Street shattered when his father's reality is painfully exposed.
Based on a short story by Jack Englehard (INDECENT PROPOSAL), from his book ESCAPE FROM MOUNT. MORIAH, this 9-min. drama was shot in the languages of the time: English, French, and Yiddish. (English subtitles where necessary)
Although this film takes place in 1940 in Canada, and concerns a very specific historical period, the challenges faced by immigrants all over the world today are still enormous. As educated refugees and skilled workers flee war, famine, and political oppression, they often find themselves unable to practice their professions at the level they have left behind. This film is dedicated to the countless "invisible" doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other professionals everywhere, supporting themselves as taxi drivers, waiters, and many other underemployment jobs to put food on the table for their families.
CHARITY: Solar Cookers International (SCI)
Solar Cookers International (SCI); harnessing the sun to benefit people and the environment. Our work reaches far into the lives of people around the globe, enabling access to solar cooking and water pasteurization.
Directed by Andrea Heydlauff (10m, Brazil, USA, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: My Pantanal is a film about a nine year old boy named Aerenilso, who lives on a ranch in the Pantanal, the world’s largest and wildest wetland, in Brazil. Aerenilso takes us on a journey and shows us what it is like to be a Pantaneiro (a cowboy), riding his horse, doing his chores, and exploring this incredible landscape that is teeming with wildlife, including the mystical and secretive wild jaguar. Sadly, jaguars here (and across their range from Argentina to Mexico) have been hunted by people for decades, especially ranchers who think jaguars are a threat to their livelihood. But Aerenilso’s ranch is different. He lives on a conservation ranch where the cowboys and jaguar researchers from the wild cat conservation group Panthera are working together to show that ranching and jaguars can coexist in this magical place.
CHARITY: Panthera (www.panthera.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan and Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, for the sole purpose of conserving the world’s 36 species of wild cats, with the main focus being on the largest and most threatened – tigers, lions, jaguars and snow leopards. Panthera’s core strategies are grounded in rigorous scientific research, political engagement with heads of state and national land-use agencies, and education and outreach activities with local communities living in areas with big cats. Panthera focuses on saving wild cat species across the globe because this is a winning strategy for conserving large, functioning ecosystems on which they depend, and contain thousands of species of plants and animals. Cats act as landscape guardians and their presence indicates healthy, intact ecosystems that are crucial for all life, including people. While Panthera’s efforts are focused on saving wild cats, the impacts go far beyond. www.panthera.org
MZUNGU (n.) white wanderer
Directed by Shana Gilbert (77m, USA, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: MZUNGU is not just another Social Justice Documentary. You know the kind — filmed in Africa to pull on the heart-strings of the 1st World to send their money and cry-a-tear. No. Finally, there exists a global issues film that shows more than the flies-on-the-face and the hopelessness in the world.
Mzungu IS the rest of the story. What happens after the filmmakers and the characters all go home? This story begins with four average, middle-class American college kids — all a bit unsatisfied with post-9/11, and being handed the American Dream with little to no effort on their part. Together they set-out to 'save-the-world', and rather end up uniting an entire community of friends working together for change.
Shana Marie Gilbert, Producer/Director, knew American youth culture was flooding to Africa and making a mess of it. But what if there was a better way? What if it was possible to actually Help people? Her journey to find this answer became the story, Mzungu. The power of this film lies in the questions it forces us to ask ourselves:
Can we actually Love one another?
CHARITY: Come Let's Dance
Come Let's Dance exists to empower and inspire African children and their communities through the hands-on implementation of education, medical care, family style living, personalized relief, and the creation of self-sustaining agricultural and business ventures.
By empowering at-risk African youth and their communities, we enable a generation of leaders who will take the hand of their Africa and dance into a stable, hopeful future.
Directed by Steve Audette (15m, USA, 2009)
SYNOPSIS: A story of a 13 year-old boy who faces special challenges as he climbs mount Kilimanjaro, the worlds highest freestanding mountain. His goal, to raise money and deliver free wheelchairs to the people of Tanzania. This coming of age adventure has some unexpected twists that push this child to his limits just before reaching the summit at nineteen thousand feet above sea level.
CHARITY: Free Wheelchair Mission
Free Wheelchair Mission utilizes an organizational model that leverages development and support efforts alongside an extremely economical design and a vast network of manufacturing, shipping and distribution partners - the resulting system stretches donor dollars and maximizes beneficial impact on a global scale.
Manufactured in China for maximum economy, the wheelchairs are packed in bulk in ocean-going containers in quantities of 550 units; shipped from the port of Shanghai, the containers are transported directly to the designated receiving country for highest efficiency. Upon meeting the container at port, carefully screened in-country distribution partners assume financial, logistical and distribution responsibilities for the container, and for locating qualified beneficiaries.
OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie
Directed by Bud Clayman, Scott Johnston, Glenn Holsten (80m, USA, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: Soon after college, mental illness interrupted his dreams of a filmmaking career. Thirty years later - and without waiting for the symptoms to vanish - he's making the movie of his life. Bud Clayman is both the subject and director of this innovative documentary about pain and vulnerability, empowerment, and the quest for belonging. This touching, funny film traces Bud's past battles (Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder), along with his current struggles and gains in dealing with Asperger's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Reclaiming his quest as a filmmaker, Bud chronicles an interior world of anxiety, social confusion, and what he calls "the fight inside my head," countering it with relief, humor, and connections. Through acts of change and acceptance, Bud's perspective begins to shift. New confidence moves him to write and star in a retro-campy scene that connects his storms of alienation and growth with themes that resonate in each of us.
Behind the lens, a parallel journey unfolds as we see Bud the Director grapple with shaping (and being shaped by) an incisive, highly personal documentary - a movie that he is certain will change his life. From the shadows of suffering, a portrait of imperfect courage emerges - a testament to acceptance, change, and hope. http://www.OC87.com
CHARITY: Project H.O.M.E.
The mission of the Project H.O.M.E. community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.
The River Under The City of Angels
Directed by Fred Kaplan (28m, USA, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: On Wednesday August 2nd, 1769 Father Juan Crespi accompanying the first European land expedition through California came upon the Los Angeles River. The river was the sole source of water for the city's 105,000 residence in 1905. The Los Angeles River was unpredictable and unstable changing its path by many miles in any given year. Once William Mulholland diverted the Owens River to the city of Los Angeles the river was been left to rot as symbol of urban decay.
Environmental writer J.J. Price has said, "Paving the Los Angeles River is implicated in most of the problems Los Angeles is famous for; severe environmental degradation, extreme social inequities, and water imperialism. 'The River Under the City of Angels' is an optimistic look at the revitalization of the Los Angeles River. The documentary features a variety of interviews including poet Lewis MacAdams, founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River, Councilman Ed Reyes, artists and many others.
Fred Kaplan walked the banks of the Los Angeles river for 90 days and returned with heart warming stories that illustrate the magic of the river and the people who are revitalizing it. The revitalization of the river isn't only about the river it is about re-visioning the future of Los Angeles.
The river that gave birth to the city was transformed into the dumping ground of the cities in effort to control floods. Beautifully videotaped the river is seen as a rich vibrant environment bursting with life.
CHARITY: (FoLAR) Friends of the Los Angeles River
(FoLAR) Friends of the Los Angeles River is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1986, whose mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship. Once home to steelhead and grizzlies, the Los Angeles River meandered through wetlands, marshes, willow, alder and sycamore, providing desperately needed water for the region. Now running over 50 miles long - from the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley to the ocean in Long Beach - the Los Angeles River flows through 14 cities and countless neighborhoods. When the Army Corps of Engineers initiated a flood control project in the late 1930’s, they began the process of paving 80% of the River, creating the world’s largest storm drain. Over the ensuing decades, the River that had been the sole water supply for the City of Los Angeles before the Los Angeles Aqueduct was completed in 1913 almost disappeared from public consciousness. With the cement came a perceptual shift: the River no longer existed. Instead, it was a “flood control channel,” a no-man’s land, surrounded by fences and signs.
SaSa: A Light in the Dark
Directed by Diane Namm (6m, USA, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: In the heart of the jungle, by the Indian-Burmese border, a flicker of hope burns bright -- for the moment.When a young Burmese boy, "SaSa" (an alias) from the Chin State walked for seven days out of the jungle 14 years ago, there was no way of knowing that he would survive the years ahead of him. He arrived in Rangoon, wet, hungry, homeless and without a friend to call upon. He didn't even know how to ask for help in any language other than his native Chin dialect. Buoyed by the hopes and dreams of his own villagers, those in the Chin State that he met along the way and his deeply spiritual family (who remained and still do at the mercy of the Myanmar Regime), SaSa left the village where he'd watched so many of his friends and relatives die from preventable deaths: tuberculosis; malaria; dehydration; malnutrition; hunger; and childbirth.His father prayed that SaSa would study to become a doctor so that one day he would return to his people — to save them.
That day has come.
Humanitarian Aid Relief Fund, Inc (d/b/a/ HART-US) was inspired by the vision and work of Baroness Caroline Cox, a former member of the House of Lords in London and CEO of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust. She is currently serving as a cross-bench member of the House of Lords. In 2005, she won the most prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial International Award on Human Rights and Social Justice. She has trekked through the world's most dangerous conflict zones including the Armenian enclave Nagorno Karabakh, Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Burma and Indonesia to give "voice to the voiceless" in areas where other International Aid organizations will not go. She has assisted North Korea with Parliamentary programs and medical initiatives and worked with a team of UN leaders in the effort to change the former Soviet Union policies for orphaned and abandoned children from institutional to foster family care.
Save Our Seas Shark Documentary
Directed by Peter Knights (50m, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, 2007)
SYNOPSIS: Sharks are in trouble. Increasing demand for shark fins, for shark fin soup, is robbing the oceans of sharks and is negatively affecting our oceans ecosystems. Without sharks, our oceans will fail. Help save our sharks, and Save Our Seas.
WildAid's mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade within our lifetimes.
To achieve this WildAid uniquely focuses on raising awareness to reduce the demand for threatened and endangered species products and to increase public support for wildlife conservation.
WildAid is a non-profit 501(c )3 organization headquartered in San Francisco with representation in China, India, Galapagos, London and Canada.
We are also revolutionary in our funding - Our overhead is funded by donations from foundations and direct donations from individuals so that all on-line donations can go 100% into programs.
Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives
Directed by Alice and Lincoln Day, Alice and Lincoln Day (68m, USA, 2009)
SYNOPSIS: Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives is a recognition of our deep dependence on the natural world and the significant threat to that world posed by war and preparations for war.
The scale of environmental damage over the last half century is unprecedented. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity - all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanity's own making: massive population increases, unsustainable demands on natural resources and ruinous environmental practices. Ironically however, war, that most destructive of human behaviors, is commonly bypassed.
In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war entails actions that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity, and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned by war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored. The environment remains war's "silent casualty."
Activities that do such damage cry out for far-reaching public scrutiny. Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives breaks the silence about the environmental impact of war on the grounds that such scrutiny is "inconvenient" or "callous" at a time when human life is so endangered.
If we cannot eliminate war Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives demands a fuller accounting of war's costs and consequences on our vulnerable planet. It points to the change in values and actions required to heal the planet from war and promotes a plan to cleanup the mess we have created.
CHARITY: Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows
Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows was formed by Alice and Lincoln Day, educators and board members of several environmental organizations, as a 501(c)3 financial entity to provide information and increase public awareness about the extensive and often hidden environmental consequences of war and preparations for war.
On the basis of their nine years of experience reviewing films with the District of Columbia Environmental Film Festival, they concluded, first, that the ecological footprint of war has been only minimally addressed on film and, second, that film is a particularly well-suited medium for presenting this topic to a broad and diverse audience.
For more information about the Fund, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SYNOPSIS: In the Limpopo region of South Africa, some of the poorest kids live without running water or electricity. Many of them have lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic and without an adequate school system, they can expect a future without many options. Scholarship is a revealing look at what a chance for en education means to kids who have nothing.
In 2007 a teacher named Leigh Bristow started a scholarship program that gave kids a full academic ride at a good school. The name Sumbandila is Venda and means 'Show the way' and the ultimate goal of the program is to transform the lives of underprivileged children with exceptional potential; to create entrepreneurs and leaders who make significant contributions to society and their own communities; to essentially 'show the way' to some of the poorest parts of South Africa. For the nine recipients of the scholarship, this opportunity is a chance at a better life.
CHARITY: The Sumbandila Scholarship Trust
The Sumbandila Scholarship Trust was founded in 2007 by Leigh Bristow. The name Sumbandila is Venda and means 'Show the way' and the ultimate goal of the program is to transform the lives of underprivileged children with exceptional potential; to create entrepreneurs and leaders who make significant contributions to society and their own communities; to essentially 'show the way' to some of the poorest parts of South Africa. The program nurtures both leadership potential and the entrepreneurial spirit while encouraging social responsibility and awareness. Sumbandila Scholarship program develops children's potential through both academic education and practical experience and empowers them with a belief and the ability to make a difference in their communities. It is the founders' belief that this development of talented yet disadvantaged children will have an impact that goes far beyond the lives of the individual scholarship students.
Directed by Prawit Thainiyom (24m, Thailand, 2007)
SYNOPSIS: Traffic is a unique and powerful program that addresses the issue of human trafficking in Asia-Pacific. Hosted by Lucy Liu, Traffic tells the stories of real people caught in the trafficking chain. The show features Ana, trafficked from the Philippines and forced into prostitution; Eka, an Indonesian woman, trafficked into forced domestic servitude in Singapore; and Min Aung, from Burma, trafficked to Thailand and imprisoned for 2 years in a factory. Their harrowing stories are told along side others in the trafficking chain, including a trafficker who has been forcing girls into prostitution for over 20 years, a young man who pays for sex, an anti-trafficking police officer, and a woman who runs a shelter for abused victims.
CHARITY: Polaris Project
Polaris Project is committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and to strengthening the anti-trafficking movement through a comprehensive approach.
Wheels4life, The Film - A Story About Giving
Directed by Hans Rey (38m, Tanzania, USA, 2010)
SYNOPSIS: Wheels4Life: A Story about Giving chronicles the impact of bicycles on people of the Ugweno Valley in Tanzania, Africa. Documented over the course of one year, this documentary tells the story of how bicycles changed the lives of people in this valley. It also illustrates how Wheels4Life works and shows how you too can get involved. You'll see how a bicycle can get a child to a distant school, a health care worker to an ailing patient and help a struggling individual make a living. But most importantly, this story shows how giving the gift of mobility can change a life.
Wheels4Life is a non-profit organization that provides bikes for people in developing countries in need of transportation to get to work or to school, including health care workers. Wheels4life was founded by extreme biking legend and former Mountain Bike World Champion Hans Rey [hansrey.com].
Hans has been a professional athlete for 20 years, he still travels the world promoting biking and riding the unridable. He has been competing and demonstrating his talents in 60 countries, in recent years he been filming documentaries with his 'Hans Rey Adventure Team', combining his extreme biking skills with different cultures, always in search of something historical or mysterious.
Wheels4Life is Hans's way of giving something back to the people he has met on his journeys; Hans remains grateful for the opportunities and career he had through the sport.