Peace Piece: The Immersive Poems Of Mandy Kahn

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“I’ll lay down my weapon first”…

Peace Piece: The Immersive Poems Of Mandy Kahn is a new documentary profiling the author and her special style of messaging.

Peace Piece is an experiential introduction to Shakespeare award-winning poet Mandy Kahn and the process behind her immersive, performative, peace-building poems.

Filmmaker Courtney Sell carefully documents both the personal and interactive aspects of Kahn’s work culminating in a public performance at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Themes include meditation, nature, and unity. A perfect blend of new age gratitude and intentions, playfulness, and poetry.

Mandy Kahn already has two books out (Glenn Gould’s Chair and Math, Heaven, Timeboth from London-based poetry press Eyewear) and her new book of the same name as the film releases May 2021 timed to the. The author’s bio can be viewed at http://cargocollective.com/mandykahn/BIO and it provides more info about her and her work. The director, Courtney Sell has some strong film credentials as well including My Dying Day (2007), and No Place Like Home (2006).

Peace Piece features notable people including best-selling spiritual author Denise Linn, art dealer Jeffrey Dietch, actress Mandy Zima (Californication) and more and it has garnered strong festival play including:

  • Official Selection – Film For Peace Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Ierapetra Awards International Documentary Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Festival Angaelica
  • Official Selection – Great Northern Film Festival

Documentary / 2019 / 75 minutes / color / A film by Courtney Sell

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Back to Natural

The multi-award winning Back to Natural provides audiences with a complex understanding of the ways in which race, identity and hair are all related, and offers a compassionate view point on issues that impact African descendants’ sense of self and the often unknown barriers society places on one’s ability to simply exist.

  • How many people know that young children around the world are kicked out of school for simply wearing their hair the way it naturally grows?
  • How many people realize that choosing to not chemically relax one’s hair or wear wigs or extensions can be extremely damaging, impacting a Black person’s ability to be employed?

Back to Natural gives a unique and shocking look at the global policing of Black bodies and the underlying racism against natural looks.

“Explores the relationship between politics, hair, and racial identity in Black communities.” – Evan Dawson, WXXI-NPR (Rochester, NY)

“Extraordinary. [Back to Natural] touched on so many vital, crucial issues within our communities, within ourselves. As individuals and collectively… you illustrated it so well, so dynamically. And I think it’s inspiring, and educational for all of us.” – Actress, Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Manchurian Candidate)

“Back to Natural is an historic look at not only Black History, but also an exploration into activism-in-motion as it brings to the forefront an investigation into identity and a person’s self-worth. Recommended.” – S. Daniels, Film Release News.

The Natural Hair Movement today represents the peeling off of a decades-long mask that required Blacks to adopt the look and feel of the larger white population. Rooted in an unlikely form of racism, it became compulsory for Blacks to shed their natural looks to secure jobs and find acceptance. Hair-straightening products (many of which proved damaging), wigs, and extensions were commonly used to hide the genuine and natural look of individuals. The psychological influence of hiding in disguise has had great impact across the generations.

Back in the 60’s the “Natural” look resurged but was met with renewed discrimination and prejudice. Considered anti-establishment and part of a Black revolution, it furthered a bigoted societal response.

The movement is now resulting in a newfound freedom though physical authenticity.  And, it’s not a movement for just the young or just in America. It spans across all ages, includes both men and women… and it is worldwide.

Over 25 interviews were conducted with some of the top intellectuals and professors, global natural-hair influencers, hair stylists and more throughout the US, South Africa, and France. Included among them were:

  • Salamisha Tillet PhD: Distinguished professor, Award-winning Activist, Author, Cultural Critic and Non-profit Founder.
  • Carl Hart, PhD: Distinguished Professor, Public Intellectual, Researcher, and Author.
  • Noliwe Rooks, PhD: Professor, Award-Winning Author, Activist
  • Lori L. Tharps: Associate Professor, Award-Winning Author
  • Jenell B. Stewart: Lifestyle & Natural Hair Blogger/Podcaster/Influencer
  • Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq.: Attorney, Author, Activist
  • Okema T. Moore: Actor, Singer, Writer, Director and Producer
  • Natasha Gaspard:  Award-winning Television Producer, Founder / CEO of Mane Moves Media, Inc.
  • Roxanne Kalie: International Model & Actress Aline Tacit, Hair Dresser, Activist
  • Mireille Liong-A-Kong: CEO, Influencer, Activist, Author
  • Brian Favors, Educator & Activist

The multi-award winning documentary has garnered laurels including:

  • Winner “Best Documentary” / Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
  • Winner “Founders Award / International Black Film Festival
  • Winner “Women in Film Award” / Blackstar International Film Festival

Back to Natural has also earned nominations and appearances at 

  • Capitol City Black Film Festival
  • NYC Film Festival
  • Black Reel Awards
  • African World Festival
  • Barbados Independent Film Festival

“…a powerful call for healing” – Searchlight

2018 / 68 Minutes / 16×9 / Color / English Language / A film by Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD

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From the Holocaust to Hollywood – The Robert Clary Story

In this third production from The Holocaust Education Film Foundation (To Auschwitz and Back, Surviving Birkenau), actor Robert Clary (best known for his role in the television series Hogan’s Heroes) personally tells his “how I got to Hollywood” true story.

What began with a close-knit loving family was followed by the horrors of war, genocide, two years in forced labor camps and three concentration camps, but the result was not only liberation but an ultimate victory over the enemy.

Born in Paris, France (1926) Robert Clary is the youngest of 14 children; raised by adoring parents who supported his artistic desires. At the age of 12 he began a career singing professionally on the radio and he lived a most wonderful life… until 1942 when he was taken by the Nazis, thus beginning an odyssey of horror that would forever haunt him.

Clary was ultimately liberated from Buchenwald on April 11, 1945. He overcame unimaginable obstacles to become a beloved entertainer on television, in the movies and on Broadway, but perhaps he is best known as the iconic Corporal Louis LeBeau on “Hogan’s Heroes.”

With all his success, the tattoo on his arm, number A5714, is a daily reminder of what he lost and, interestingly, what he also gained.

2021 / 49 minutes / 16×9 / English / A film by Ron Small

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American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel

At what other point in our history has the line between church and state become so tangled and polarizing?

“This documentary has the potential to move hearts and minds”– Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times.

“Eye-opening” – Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times 

“…it speaks to what it means to find common ground,
to live with our differences.”-
Tyler Hammel, The Daily Progress

Every story has a birthplace, a core, a microcosm from which when expanded upon takes on a larger than life arc. In “American Heretics”, a group of deeply faithful Christians in Oklahoma are challenging firmly rooted fundamentalist Christian doctrine. Labeled as “heretics” for their beliefs and seemingly defiant interpretations of the Gospels, they are open minded to the Bible as a living document and have made incredible progress.

American Heretics challenges what we think we know about the Christian heartland by offering a rare personal glimpse into the contentious and often misunderstood history of religion, race, and politics in America, all seen through the eyes of a courageous group of Oklahomans working to bridge the divide within their community.

Directed and Produced by Emmy Award-Winning Filmmakers Jeanine Isabel Butler and Catherine Lynn Butler, American Heretics touches upon major themes in America and the definition of our nation including, but not limited to:

  • Immigration
  • Gay Rights / Gay Marriage
  • Race
  • Political Activism
  • Black History
  • Gender Bias
  • Societal Oppression
  • Religious History
  • Sanctuary Cities
  • Heresy

Told with both personally emotional stories and arresting expert narration weaved throughout cinematic footage, photographs and illustrations that maintain a progressive pace, American Heretics is a politically charged tale of America that brings hotly debated subjects to the forefront of consciousness.

Consider this…

Christianity is the most adhered to religion in the United States with over 70% of polled American adults identifying themselves as Christian in 2019. With an LGBTQ theme as a core subject in American Heretics, the subject itself is a hot button throughout the Christian community. According to the most recent Pew Research Center study of acceptance rates of homosexuality in America (2020), while 70% of Catholics believe it should be accepted, only 38% of Evangelists believe so. This divided acceptance is possibly the largest subject of division within the Christian community with
gay marriage at the center of it.

Of the top 5 issues being faced in America (according to Heritage.org) , 4 are addressed head on in American Heretics:
 
Conservatism vs. Progressivism
Health Care
Immigration
Religious Freedom
Marriage √

Among those featured in American Heretics are Dr. Reverend Robin Meyers, Reverend Lori Walke, Dr. Bernard Brandon Scott, Reverend Bishop Carlton Pearson, Dr. Robert Jones, Nehemiah D. Frank, Reverend Marlin Lavanhar, Oklahoma State Representative Collin R. Walke (D-87) and more.

The DVD version includes two bonus segments:

  • Extended Panel Discussion / Q & A with Cast
  • Introduction of the film by Rev. Bishop Carlton Pearson

About the filmmakers:

JEANINE ISABEL BUTLER (Producer, Writer and Director):
Jeanine is an award-winning director, producer and writer. Specializing in documentaries and non- fiction entertainment, her work has been broadcast across multiple platforms, screened at film festivals worldwide and garnered numerous awards, including 3 National Emmy nominations for Documenting the Face of America (PBS), The Science of HIV/AIDS (The Discovery Channel), and Africa (BBC/Discovery Channel). Butler has produced, written and directed longform documentaries for Explorer, the premier documentary series for National Geographic and crafted strategic storytelling for nonprofits and international NGOs.

CATHERINE LYNN BUTLER (Producer and Co-Writer): Catherine Lynn Butler is an Emmy award-winning documentary writer/producer with global experience developing and delivering impactful long and short form documentaries for television, museums, educational nonprofits and NGOs. Emmy Award winning docs include Journey of the Universe (PBS); The Women of Tibet (PBS); and a National Emmy nomination for Documenting the Face of America (PBS). She also produced the critically acclaimed feature-length investigative documentary The Future of Food, which enjoyed widespread theatrical and digital distribution.

2019 / Documentary / 85 Minutes / Color / 16×9 / English Language / A film by Jeanine Isabel Butler and Catherine Lynn Butler.

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We Are Not Princesses

The Syrian refugee crisis is not the fallout of the inevitable violence of war, but an intended outcome of a deliberate strategy by the Assad regime to shift responsibility for his citizens to the rest of the world. Those who have fled the violence are not opportunists seeking handouts and social services in the West, but part of a massive humanitarian crisis that is the tool of a political agenda.

In “We Are Not Princesses”, Antigone, the ancient Greek heroine, ignites the spirits of 4 Syrian women living as refugees in Beirut.

In this world-wide, critically acclaimed feature documentary, Feminine wisdom, passed through the ages, connects the inner lives of a group of women providing them with a sense of belonging.  Through intimate verite footage, the film illustrates that which is invisible to the eye: The thoughts, memories and dreams of these mothers, sisters and wives as they grapple daily with past traumas and future uncertainty.

The women featured in “We Are Not Princesses” are living as refugees in Beirut. Four women are highlighted in the film, but others wanted to tell their stories. Their families would not allow them. Creative production animation was used to permit the denied to participate without revealing their identities.

The four featured women are:

Fedwa, 60, is the mother-figure of the group. Despite having lost two sons in two years, she remains determined to hold her family together. Paradoxically, she identifies with Sophocles’ flawed leader, Creon, because of his obstinacy and desire to keep order at all costs.

Heba, 27, Fedwa’s daughter, has, like Antigone, gone through the pain of losing both of her brothers, one of whom she never had the chance to bury as he was shot by a sniper coming out of a Damascus mosque.

Isra’a, 22, believes she is Antigone through and through. She is vocal about how the war has offered an opportunity to liberate Syrian women. She sings a rap of her story of fleeing Yarmouk camp, along with thousands of others, while wearing 4-inch high heels.  Isra’a is self-confident and the other women admire her for it.

Mona, 30, when her son was dying was unable to get him to the hospital in time because of shelling. Now in Beirut, Mona is racked with guilt. Mona is the narrator leading the viewer through the film with her poetic reflections on life in the camps and on Antigone.  Her reflections speak to the universal truths of the film, such as choice and how to regain a sense of self when all that you’ve known has been ripped away.

The film brings forth a unique structure. Built around the development of a theater workshop and the rehearsals for the performance, the structural foundation of the film, “We Are Not Princesses” is not an observational documentary about the putting on of a play. Instead, the film explores how these newfound tools of expression taught in the workshop play out in the lives of the women outside of the rehearsal  and performance space.

The personal experiences and stories of the actresses, as well as their reaction to the play itself, are woven into the structure of the overall experience. Following the four women, we explore the theater space, the domestic space, and the public space of Beirut through an intimate narrative guided by the women’s voices.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Bridgette Auger (Co-Director/DP/Producer): Bridgette is an artist and filmmaker strongly committed to using art for social change. She has lived and worked in the Middle East for over 12 years, covering the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya as well as the refugee crisis as a result of the war in Syria. Bridgette sought out intimate stories to raise complex questions about sensitive issues. Her credits include The Guardian, New York Times, Die Zeit and the short film “This Is Not Me هاد مو أنا: Enduring Syria’s War”. Bridgette holds a degree in Photography and Imaging from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a Masters degree in Social documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Itab Azzam (Co-Director/DP): Itab is a London-based Syrian filmmaker. She won a BAFTA in 2017 for her work producing the BBC Two series Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, and is also a winner of a British Broadcast award and a Liberty Human Rights award. Itab has extensive television experience including the BBC’s Syrian School; the series East West; and Bizarre Foods: Syria for the Travel Channel. She co-founded Sabbara, a Syrian social enterprise empowering women through economic employment and psychological support, and also co-founded the Open Art Foundation, an arts charity that works with marginalised communities around the world.

2018 / 74 Minutes / Color / 16×9 / Arabic with English Sub-titles / A film by Bridgette Auger and Itab Azzam

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David Susskind Archive: Truman Capote Tells All

Not seen in full since its original broadcast in February 1979.

This extensive and intimate interview has host David Susskind with Truman Capote discussing the icon’s personal and professional history, his writing, his social persona and ultimately his unpredictable impact.

More than an interview, the wide-ranging conversation between longtime friends delved into topics you are unlikely to have seen or heard elsewhere with Capote bringing in persona, in full force to the proverbial table.

Capote was a true force in American literature having penned 13 books including the controversial In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Grass Harp to name just a few. Additionally of note… at least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote’s work. He was, according The Telegraph “One of the most controversial literary figures of the 20th century”.

1979 / 52 minutes / Color / English / A David Susskind Production

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Merger, The

Based on Aussie comedian Damian Callinan’s successful one man stage show…

“Set against the political backdrop of Australia’s refugee policy and the racism it generates, Mark Grentell’s The Merger (2018) uses the genre of the sports film to explore – and ultimately challenge – the attitudes around this hotly contested topic.” – The Conversation

Troy Carrington, a former professional football player returns to his country town after an abrupt end to his sporting career and is persuaded to coach the hapless local footy team, the Roosters

The former star footballer now turned social justice campaigner befriends a young wannabe filmmaker who recently lost his father and is persuaded, despite opposition, into coaching the town’s struggling team. He then recruits refugees to make up the team with hilarious results, taking the community on a journey of change. Despite the challenges, as a Grand Final Win emerges as a possibility, the locals and refugees that combine the team realize that The Merger has already won!

The film stars Damian Callinan (Backyard Ashes), Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby) and John Howard (Mad Max: Fury Road) and has garnered some strong critical acclaim including:

CGA (Casting Guild of Australia Awards) Award NOMINEE, Best Casting in a Feature Film, Faith Martin

AFCA (Australian Film Critics Association) Award NOMINEE, Best Actress – Kate Mulvany

FCCA (Film Critics Circle of Australia) Award NOMINEE, Best Actress – Kate Mulvany

AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award NOMINEE, Best Lead Actress – Kate Mulvany

AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award NOMINEE, Best Supporting Actor – Fayssal Bazzi

People’s Choice Award NOMINEE, Best Narrative Feature, Melbourne International Film Festival

“The Merger presents Sport as a platform for human connection that crosses class structures and culture.” – The Guardian

2018 / 103 minutes / Color / English / A film by Mark Grentell

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Escape from Room 18

Escape from Room 18 tells one of the most unpredictable true stories of transformation in our century.

John Daly received an e-mail from someone in his long-forgotten past.

Did it mean “they found him”? Was he being set up? Or… was he being “saved”?

Daly was a high-ranking officer in one of America’s largest neo-Nazi skinhead organizations (Daytona Beach, Florida). He learned early on to turn his human emotions off and accept hatred and violence as his way of life.

They then learned he was a Jew and attempted to murder him.

A true story of redemption unlike any other, Escape from Room 18 brings the viewer on a transformative journey from within organized hate and violence to the embracing of a new life of compassion and public atonement.

After the attempted murder, John fled to Israel for safety. Years later he received an e-mail from someone from his long-forgotten past; a fellow ex-skinhead.

Apparently on a mission to change his own life and make amends for his past, he invited John to meet him in Prague to discover and see firsthand the effects of what they both had preached and practiced. Suffering from PTSD and a brain tumor, John was reluctant at first.

Was this a new, clandestine attempt on his life or was this an invitation to salvation?

In fact, Kevin’s invitation was an honest one.

Subsequently, Escape from Room 18 takes a twist that is so unpredictable, the film plays out as an unprecedented look at human transformation, redemption and salvation. It provides a glimpse into the lives of two men that serves as a profound statement for all to witness.

Featuring John Daly (as himself), Kevin Connell (as himself), Rafa Garcia (as the young John Daly), Alexander Kaminer (as Gleb Kaminer) and more, Escape from Room 18 combines both documentary and dramatic recreation in what TC JewFolk called the “Intense Reformation of a Jewish Nazi”.

An Official Selection at

  • The Moscow Jewish Film Festival
  • The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival
  • The Odessa Jewish Film Festival
  • and The Ekaterinburg Jewish Film Festival

2017 / 60 Minutes / Color / English Language / A film by Daniel Brea

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