Narrated by Nathan Fillion, “Highway of Tears” chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Aboriginal women along British Columbia’s Highway 16, and how the systemic racism that defined their lives also contributed to their deaths. Since the late 1960s, at least eighteen young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretchof Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. None of these cold cases were ever solved until 2012, when a special RCMP investigation was able to link DNA from one of the murder victims to deceased US criminal Bobby Jack Fowler; but this single answer has done little to heal the wounds of Aboriginal communities who have seen dozens of their young women vanish along the “Highway of Tears,” victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of a federal government that keeps them trapped on impoverished reservations and, as critics charge, evinced little interest in apprehending their killers. “Highway of Tears” not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.
I’m excited to share that I will be participating in an Art Walk to raise funds for The Sherry Theater in North Hollywood. Artists James Franco and Jeff Wack will be showcasing their work too, so there’s surely going to be a few some great pieces to explore on Saturday May 18th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.
There’s some really fun activities planned for this weekend. On Friday night, there will be a 24 Hour Play showcase, along with Spoken Words by talented performers, followed by a party at 11:00pm.
Saturday will be the Art Walk hosted by James Franco, Jeff Wack and myself. There will be fun art activities for guests to experiment with at the theater.
I can’t wait to see what great filmmakers Artisitic Director, Scott Haze has lined up for the 120 Hour Film Festival on Saturday night, following the Art Walk. I’ve participated in a few 48 Hour Film Festivals in the past and it’s always interesting to see how a creative group can create amazing projects in such a short time span.
Sunday is fun-day from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. It’s kids play time, complete with mural painting, a movie screening and fun improv games. There’s also a free improv session at 6:00pm followed by a live music karaoke bash!
Come join The Sherry Theater gang and support the arts. Buy tickets for the 24 Hour Play here and the 120 Hour Films Festival here. Tickets for the It’s sure to be a full house!
Be sure to check out Scott Haze’s performance in James’ new film “As I lay Dying” that will be premiering at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. James Franco wrote and directed the film based on William Faulkner’s story.
If you don’t have anything planned. Come out and discover a great local theater. Who knows, maybe you’ll participate in the next production!