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“Bending Sticks” has broadcast premiere on public TV in 2016

We are excited to announce the broadcast premiere of Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty on public TV in 2016. Thanks to the Southern Documentary Fund, UNC-TV, and SCETV for birthing the REEL SOUTH Series. More about the series. . .


The American South – its history, people, culture, and landscape are infused with a sense of heritage like no place else in the country – or the world.

Introducing REEL SOUTH, a new anthology series that highlights the masterful, provocative Southern tradition of storytelling, exploring the alluring and complicated region and its diverse voices and points of view.

A collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF), REEL SOUTH includes half-hour and hour-long independent, documentary films about the American South. The six acclaimed films of the pilot season (2×60, 4×30) have recently premiered at film festivals and theaters, building buzz and audiences. REEL SOUTH now brings these films to a national audience hungry for authentic stories from one of the most unique corners of America.

Episode 106 – Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty

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“Peace in Our Pockets” Screens at Global Peace Film Festival Oct. 3rd and 4th

2015-GPFF-LaurelsPeace in Our Pockets screens at the Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, FL, Saturday, October 3rd @ 8:30pm and Sunday October 4th @ 12:30 pm.  We look forward to sharing with the Orlando community and  local organizations and peacebuilders.

More about the festival. . .

The Global Peace Film Festival, established in 2003, uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. From the outset, the GPFF envisioned “peace” not as the absence of conflict but as a framework for channeling, processing and resolving conflict through respectful and non-violent means. People of good faith have real differences that deserve to be discussed, debated and contested.  GPFF works to connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change. The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.

Patrick Dougherty & “Bending Sticks” Excerpt Featured at Renwick Gallery Group Show

This excerpt from BENDING STICKS: THE SCULPTURE OF PATRICK DOUGHERTY will be on view at the Smithsonian’s newly renovated Renwick Gallery as part of a new exhibit featuring a Dougherty stick sculpture. Nine major contemporary artists have been invited to install works that respond to the architectural spaces of this historic landmark in Washington, DC. “Wonder” opens November 13, 2015 and will be on view for six months. More info about “Wonder”:

“Peace in Our Pockets” Slum Tour Screenings Continues in Nairobi

Thanks to Kariobangi Mirror and others for hosting the third slum tour screening of Peace in Our Pockets in Mathare #10, Nairobi. Lead organizer of these events, Willis Adika Adeya wrote that this new initiative is awessome as it allows them to reach many people and engage in debate and discussion. His organization, Kariobangi Mirror is focused on social change, civic engagement, arts empowerment and social development in Nairobi’s informal settlements. He hopes the film can reach even wider audiences beyond Nairobi and Kenya.

“Peace in Our Pockets” Screenings in Kenya and Nicosia

We are very happy to have completed Peace in Our Pockets  this past Feb. 2015 and having the film roll out internationally in diverse settings. The film website has also been redesigned to highlight how the film is being used as a tool for change by peacebuilders and how screenings can be a catalyst to support new and existing peace and development programs. Learn more here about how to host and sponsor screenings and bring Peace in Our Pockets to your community.

We are thrilled to share the film at Build Peace 2015 in Nicosia, Cyprus. Fiber Art hand made by Diana Weymar. Copy by Roger S. Duncan
This is an important and unique international gathering of activists, artists, policymakers and others working in the peace and technology field, exploring best practices and creative initiatives that make our world more peaceful, healthy, and resilient. There will be two screenings Friday, April 24th @ 20:30 and Saturday April 25th @ 23:00. More details on the Build Peace Art page here.

Also this weekend KBMirror and other partners in Kariogangi and Nairobi, Kenya host a screening Sunday, April 26th at Hamisi House in Mathare North. This event is one of several being planned in Nairobi’s informal settlements and the Eastland slums where much of the film was shot.  Peace in our pockets poster

Silvia Heyden, Feb 27, 1927– March 2, 2015

SilviaCU NICESilvia Heyden, admired far and wide for her unique gift of weaving vibrant tapestries, died peacefully at sunset on Monday, March 2nd at age 88.  We feel blessed to have worked with Silvia on A Weaverly Path and to have been touched by her warm spirit, humor, and wisdom.  She will be greatly missed by us and by family and friends both here and in Switzerland, but her rich legacy of well over a thousand tapestries and her passion for the arts will continue to inspire us all.

A Report from Asheville Inclusive Arts Coalition

Thanks to everyone who participated, organized and sponsored the Oct. 16th gathering of activists and advocates who came together in Asheville, NC to build more inclusive, accessible communities.
Polly Medlicott, co-producer of A NEW KIND OF LISTENING, was one of the organizers and presenters at the event which touched on many of the themes explored in our film.

You can read more about this great event here…