Awareness Film Festival: A Conscious Cinema Celebration at Promenade Playhouse
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The last date listed for Awareness Film Festival 2013 was Sunday July 28, 2013 / 7:00pm (Conspiracy Rising).
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*July 26, 2013 at 7:00pm: _Authority and Expectation
_*The documentary film Authority and Expectation follows young Iraq War veteran Wray Harris as he recounts the rocky road that led to his enrollment in the Army and the irrevocable effect combat had on him. With footage of the 20-year-old in tears on base, of gunfights and body scoops, of a Humvee on an assault mission, of a mosque under attack, the depth of his depictions leaves your senses like the streets of Baghdad: forever changed.
July 26, 2013 at 8:45pm: *_Red Reign*_
Masha Savitz’s hour-long documentary centers on human-rights lawyer and activist David Matas, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for exposing a series of shocking crimes in China, where peaceful practitioners of the tolerance and compassion-based religion known as Falun Gong were imprisoned and executed in order to harvest their organs. Interviews with Israeli, American and Canadian doctors, experts on current-day China and a woman who survived 14 months in captivity for practicing Falun Gong are among those who shed light on Matas’ investigation and its outcome.
July 27, 2013 at 1:00pm: _Genetic Roulette _
Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.
Monsanto’s strong arm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Don’t miss this film!
Screens with: Sahaya | Andy Lauer 2012
July 27, 2013 *at 1:00pm: Ride a Wave: Live and Love it Up_
_*A documentary film tracing the history of Ride a Wave, a nonprofit organization that hosts one-day surf camps for children with disabilities in Santa Cruz and Malibu, California. Watch kids whose lives are defined by impairments, such as cerebral palsy, autism, cancer, blindness, Down syndrome and other challenges, experience California’s surf in a whole new way. Since 1998, RAW has helped children break through barriers, to safely share the joy of boogie boarding, surfing, and kayaking. Dedicated volunteers and innovative surfing equipment specifically designed for RAW make it all possible. This all-volunteer organization depends on community support and donations to provide summer surf camps at no cost to the participants. The film, Ride a Wave “Live and Love it Up!” shows the evolution of a small group of enthusiastic surfers who have become a highly organized, non-profit organization that provides a life-changing experience for the volunteers and participants. The film highlights several young people overcoming obstacles and catching waves with world-class surfers.
July 27, 2013 at 2:30pm: Diminished Chords*
An eighteen year old hearing impaired girl who grew up in New York City struggles to fit in with her new peers in the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. Her distant alcoholic mother and emotionally absent, workaholic father provide little support. Lia expresses her desire to learn to sing to the school audiologist who quashes her dream by informing her that she will be unable to match pitch due to her hearing loss. However, Lia meets a new friend, Beth, who helps her train and eventually encourages Lia to audition for a solo in the musical. In the meantime Lia begins teaching ASL at the Deaf Institute, and starts to accept herself and her impairment.
Screens with: _Second Chance
*July 27, 2013 at 4:00pm: The People & the Olive
_*A feature-length documentary about the daily struggles and joys of Palestinian olive farmers. When a group of American ultra-marathoners sets out to run 129 miles in 5 days across the West Bank they discover that in replanting uprooted olive trees they are planting hope and building cultural bridges.
*July 27, 2013 at 4:00pm: _The Hidden Hand: Alien Contact and the Government Coverup
_*The film examines the phenomena surrounding UFOs, Extra Terrestrials, alien abduction, and the US secret military cover-up of supposed E.T. contact and back-engineering of alien technology. The film incorporates interviews with military insiders like astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, and Col. John Alexander. It also interviews UFO experts like hypnotherapist, David Jacobs, and those who claim to have had actual E.T. contact. Narrative scenes are interspersed throughout the film to shape the concepts of the film from complimentary viewpoints, weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction into a new world view that may shocking and eye-opening for the viewer.
July 27, 2013 ar 4:30pm: _Read Me Differently _
Q&A following the film with director Sarah Entine — A shock of recognition in social work school leads first-time filmmaker Sarah Entine to explore how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family, starting with her own struggles. With surprising candor, vulnerability and even a touch of humor, Read Me Differently reveals the strain of misunderstood learning differences on family relationships. It is a unique film that will generate thoughtful discussion whether in a classroom setting, work environment or at home with family members and friends.
July 27, 2013 at 5:30pm: _Graceland Girls _
Educating its adolescent girls has proven to be the cornerstone of Kenyan development, yet so many are denied equal access to education, social and economic equality and respect. The half-hour documentary Graceland Girls provides an intimate look at how the high school students at Graceland Girls School in central Kenya have, so far, defied the odds. Using a combination of video and digital photographs – taken by both the subjects and the filmmaker – the girls express the beauty and pressures of empowered Kenyan girlhood and share their personal struggles to find hope for a better future.
*July 27, 2013 at 6:45pm: _My Best Friend
July 27, 2013 at 8:00pm: One Couch at a Time
EntrepreneuREEL presents: ‘One Couch at a Time’, the first full-length feature documentary on the CouchSurfing movement and this emerging ‘age of sharing’ we are entering. The film follows protagonist and veteran CouchSurfer, Alexandra Liss, through 21 countries, 6 subcontinents, for 7 months using CouchSurfing.org. As we explore our inner and societal limits, this film pushes us to ask ourselves and our peers ‘what would YOU be willing to share with a stranger?’ CouchSurfing is a planet in this ‘sharing economy’ galaxy- and the platform for which this entire film takes place. Alexandra also explores crowd funding, co-working, ride-sharing, and gifting at the ultimate sharing society – Burning Man! We focus, however, on the micro by capturing the magical, heart-warming, serendipitous exchanges that occur one couch at a time. Each host and traveler along the way provide unique experiences becoming sub-subjects illustrating the incredible exchange. Alexandra, who begins her journey full of confusion, ends up learning lessons of a lifetime with the help of a few worldly friends. We learn, that by embracing the ‘age of sharing’ mentality is to have access to methods which make the pursuit of your passions and dreams merely a couch away. Featured interviews include sharing economy expert Rachel Botsman, founder of Burning Man Larry Harvey, sacred economist Charles Eisenstein, and of course, the founder of Couchsurfing, Casey Fenton.
Wheelchair Diaries | Reid Davenport 2013
*July 27, 2013 at 8:00pm: Conscious Love
*_Conscious Love_ is a compelling and comprehensive discussion of Love, which invites viewers to examine the implications and potentials that love offers, both personally and globally.
Filmmaker Ajah-Denise C. Fambo-Demarteau depicts the most human and powerful choices we are able to engage in through multiple points of views and first-hand interviews.
Can we find real inspiration and opportunities to understand and act, with conscience and consciousness in thought and action; and be guided by the Essence of Love?
Can we, in our individual lives and group relationships, elevate ourselves, as well as those we share our lives with, by embracing the Consciousness of Love?
Conscious Love_ is a unique and uplifting documentary film, which considers these questions. This important work illuminates the power and the potential of love in our lives, in its many diverse forms, through the first-hand accounts of unique people who comprehend, and live out, the essences of love.
*July 28, 2013 at 11:30am: _Earth Meets Wind
July 28, 2013 at 11:30am: Things We Don’t Talk About, Women’s Stories from the Red Tent
Dr. Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost
July 28, 2013 at 1:00pm: _Overdraft _
First person accounts present factors contributing to the federal debt and possible solutions. Topics include entitlement programs, defense spending, tax reform, and the choices America’s debt forces on individuals and businesses.
*July 28, 2013 at 2:00pm: _J&J
_*Q&A following the film with director Elliot Halmoff — Two amazing true stories of courage, hope and inspiration about lives joined at work. Jose’s car accident was so grave he was declared dead at the scene; miraculously, yet paralyzed, he fought to live. His co-worker JoAnn was 35 when diagnosed with breast cancer, was given 3 months to live when re-diagnosed years later with aggressive Stage 4 breast cancer that metastasized to her brain, bones, and lungs; she survived a horrific accident before brain surgery when the metal gurney crushed her into the MRI. They are now owners in a company where they work together. Their story gives hope to others where it has been lost, inspiration where it has fallen and courage where it has dwindled. You will laugh, cry, and be inspired…
*July 28, 2013 at 3:00pm: _Medium
_*WORLD PREMIERE — Medium is about Nela, a different person, that hears voices and suffers because of this. There are others like her. Are they all having hallucinations? Or could be that there are other realities that the majority of us are not capable of noticing? Closing our eyes to this possibility is the answer that the world has given to these people. But little by little things are changing. Medium is about that change.
*July 28, 2013 at 4:30pm: _Charity
_*WORLD PREMIERE — Q&A following film with director Lisa Stiles — Charity is the beloved nice girl- always donating her time and of herself, volunteering and helping charities. She doing the right thing with a kind and giving heart while maintaining the school’s highest marks. Even after her bestie Liam and Charity are bullied by the “in” crowd she takes on tutoring the star basketball player, Jackson, to save him from a team suspension, which also means she has to deal with his girlfriend, who is the “Queen of Mean”. The 3 seem to be becoming fast friends, frustrating Liam, as Charity spends all of her time with Jackson…until one kiss sets off a chain of events, leaving Jackson dead and Charity in jail for murder.
July 28, 2013 at 6:00pm: My Way to Olympia
The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to athletes, who compete at the Paralympic Games in London 2012. He himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sport who cannot understand how anyone could take on such an odeal voluntarily. Even more since everyday life for people with a disability is most often challenging enough.
He meets U.S.archer Matt Stutzman, Norwegian table tennis player Aida Dahlen, German swimmer Christiane Reppe, Greek boccia player Greg Polychronidis and a Sitting Volleyball team. Niko neither spares the athletes nor himself asking questions about life, sport and fears. With an ever growing appreciation for sport Niko attends the Paralympic Games and travels back to the ancient city of Olympia, where everything began and where boccia playing is prohibited.
July 28, 2013 at 7:00pm: Conspiracy Rising
Set against the global socio-political landscape, Conspiracy Rising explores a number of conspiracy theories in this timely look at conspiracists and the deeply gullible spirit that lurks inside us all. Princess Di was murdered by her ex-husband. 9/11 was an inside job. Area 51 conceals a massive alien cover-up by the US government.
Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? What’s really at the root of society’s skepticism of the “official story?” And what type of person believes a sinister and secret society is manipulating the government? Don’t miss this fascinating exploration of the vulnerability of the human psyche.