Over the last few years, documentary films have managed to pave their way into the mainstream movie audience. Some well crafted documentaries have presented their findings in a way that touches our hearts. These real stories are changing the way we see the world. Many of these documentaries are self-produced and completed without the aid of production companies or distributors, so the politics of censorship rarely come into play.
While editing “Highway of Tears”, I spent countless hours studying the works of documentary filmmakers in an attempt to pinpoint how they captured the attention of the world. One doc in particular managed to gain the following and momentum never seen before in modern documentary filmmaking: “Blackfish”. The film premiered at Sundance and was then picked up by CNN Films. Below is an example of the social impact a film can have to inspire people to stand up against injustices.
This is a great piece of graffiti art by Michael Beerens. I hope you enjoy it and reflect on how this work was inspired by “Blackfish”.
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!