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PEACE IN OUR POCKETS Official Selection 2016 Longleaf Film Festival

We have exciting news! Peace in Our Pockets is an Official Selection at the 2016 Longleaf Film Festival at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC. This fest puts a spotlight on made in NC films so we are especially happy to be screening with other great NC filmmakers and films.

Peace in Our Pockets screens Saturday, May 14th at 6pm to 8:30pm in the Daniels Auditorium.  Our film screens with a number of narrative and documentary shorts. The event is free and open to the public. You can learn more about the screening, schedule, and festival  at the Longleaf website here.

“PEACE IN OUR POCKETS” – A Sold Out Screening at FRESH DOCS

We were very happy to have our first Durham, NC screening of PEACE IN OUR POCKETS at the Full Frame Theater as part of FRESH DOCS. It was a sold out show and several in attendance asked if they could screen the film in coming months. Fresh Docs Full Frame Theater We are especially excited about a collaboration with social justice and tech entrepreneurs and community organizations looking for ways to use the film to inform local efforts to build peace and use technology in innovative ways.

Contact us if you would like to preview and/or host a screening.

 

“Peace in Our Pockets” Screens at FRESH DOCS, Feb. 26th in Durham, NC

The Southern Documentary Fund and the Center for Documentary Studies are pleased to present a free screening of Peace in Our Pockets Friday, Feb. 26th @ 7pm at the Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus, 320 Blackwell St., Durham, NC.  Kenny Dalsheimer’s latest film follows the inspirational Kenyan activists of Sisi ni Amani as they promote civic engagement, build democracy, and defuse violence in the lead up to the 2013 national elections.  With cutting-edge text-messaging, mobile phones, and grassroots organizing, the peacebuilders commit to transforming the very meaning of peace in their country.

The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series.  A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

 

2016 News from Kenny

Wishing you a peaceful, happy 2016. I wanted to share a quick update on goings on at the start of this new year.

First, I am very excited to share about my latest documentary – The Alice Gerrard Project.
Alice MS SunglassesThe film will follow legendary musician, songwriter, documentarian, mentor, and advocate for Old Time music over a year, capturing her latest musical collaborations and performances, ongoing work on a photo documentary book project, training sessions with her dog Polly, and more. It has been great fun getting to know Alice and I look forward to collaborating with her and others on the film in 2016.

Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty had its broadcast premiere on PBS and UNC-TV January 25th as part of the Reel South series. KennyShootsWSBEstThe film and series will be airing again across the UNC-TV network in coming months, on the SCETV (South Carolina) stations, and other PBS stations across the US.

 


Peace in Our Pockets
has its Durham, NC premiere as part of Fresh Docs Fri., Feb. 26th. Fresh Docs is a program of the Southern Documentary Fund. These events are free and open to the public. Other Peace Film news for 2016…We are producing a limited number of DVDs to share with supporters and partners and will be streaming the film across a university viewing platform. Peace in our pockets poster

Peace in Our Pockets had its first screenings in Nairobi, Tana Delta, Kenya, South Sudan, and the Hague. The film was an Official Selection at the Global Peace Film Festival 2015. Check out the review in Building Peace, an online journal of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Visit our film website to learn more about the project and how you can see host and sponsor screenings. Finally, follow us on Twitter (@PIOPfilm) and Facebook.

Kenny produced a video for the Alliance for Disability Advocates in Raleigh to promote the NC Youth Leadership Forum. The forum is, “a dedicated group of people of all ages and abilities based out of North Carolina that seeks to promote independence, peer relations and advocacy among today’s generation. We do this by holding a yearly YLF in our state’s capital. With the passing of the ADA in 1990, the current generation’s opportunity for advancement is higher than it ever has been before, and we seek to take full advantage of the blossoming movement to educate ourselves and others about everything from disability history, to the independent living movement and important lawmakers and revolutionaries”.

Hello My Friend: The Story of the Afghan Sisters School Partnership, video about a decade long intercultural exchange and service project between Carolina Friends School and the Topchi School in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan is being shared with partners in Afghanistan and close to completion. The final video will be shared with schools and educators across the country and around the world to inspire peace education, service learning, intercultural exchange, and community development.

A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden is available on DVD and Blu Ray and is again being sold as a bundle with Silvia’s book, “The Making of Modern Tapestry”. Order at aweaverlypath.com.

“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. . .

REEL SOUTH 2016

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”: americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2015/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