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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.

“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.

“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

“A New Kind of Listening” Screens at Asheville, NC Creative Sector Summit

A New Kind of Listening will screen as part of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Creative Sector Summit,  Saturday, April 25th @ 10-11 a.m.  The screening will be followed by a drop-in forum with the Asheville Inclusive Arts Coalition to answer questions for arts organizations about accessibility  and the importance of having an ADA plan to be eligible for grants.  Learn more here.Screenshot (2)

“Bending Sticks” Screens at Varisty Theater in Chapel Hill July 18th

“Bending Sticks; an evening with Patrich Dougherty” on Friday July 18th . This event will include the screening of the film “Bending Sticks” which  highlights the work of environmental artist Patrick Dougherty’s extraordinary and monumental scale works built with live saplings.The film will be shown at the Varsity Theater at 7:00pm followed by a reception at FRANK Gallery at which the artist will be present. Tickets are $30 and space is limited.  Proceeds benefit FRANK Gallery.

“Peace in Our Pockets” Rough Cut Screens at Build Peace Conference April 4th

Join us for a Work-In-Progress screening at the Build Peace Conference in Cambridge, MA on Fri., April 4th. Special thanks to the Build Peace team for hosting this event which kicks off a weekend of sharing experiences and ideas on using technology for peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

The film screens April 4th @ 7pm in the MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA. A Q&A and discussion follows with opportunities to share feedback with the filmmakers. Free and open to the public.

“A Weaverly Path” Screens at Durham Arts Council Feb. 6th @ 7pm

Join us for a special screening of A Weaverly Path at the Durham Arts Council on Thursday, February 6th at 8pm as part of the landmark exhibit
“Silvia Heyden & Edith London: Together Again”. The evening begins at 7pm with an Artist Talk by Ms. Heyden. The free exhibit features 30 Heyden tapestries and 30 London paintings. This is a wonderful celebration of two Durham, NC powerhouse artists and is not to be missed. Runs through Feb. 28th.