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“Leh Wi Tok” film premiere, April 7

From Emmy® award winning Pawtucket, RI Producer/Director, John Lavall:

Can a single voice over the radio move listeners beyond the pain and anger of recent memories – violence that pit neighbors against each other, the exploitation of child soldiers, unimaginable atrocities, and the displacement of millions? For the people of Sierra Leone, a nation struggling to repair itself after more than a decade of war, the answer to that question comes in the simple Krio phrase “Leh Wi Tok” (Let us talk).

This Thursday 4/07/11 at 7:00pm • Park Theatre, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston • Tickets $20.00 • Hosted by the Foundation for West Africa

My partner’s brother and his girlfriend traveled to Sierra Leone to work on this film. I saw a preview of the film earlier this year and it was very powerful and very well done. I’m looking forward to seeing the whole thing.

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LUCKEY: a documentary Screening and Q&A

Over the summer I visited the Providence Children’s Museum to see their new playspace, the Climber. This Wednesday, at the Cable Car, their is a screening of a documentary about the creators of the Climber and other children’s playspaces around the country, Tom and Spencer Luckey.

Providence Children’s Museum presents two screenings of the provocative documentary film “LUCKEY” at Cable Car Cinema (204 South Main Street in Providence) on Wednesday, October 6, 6:30 and 8:45 PM. Tickets are $7.50; adult audience.

The film shares the story of Tom and Spencer Luckey, the father/son team of nationally acclaimed artists and architects from New Haven, CT who designed the vibrant new outdoor climbing sculpture that opened at Providence Children’s Museum this summer. Following both showings, audiences will meet Spencer Luckey during a Q&A.

Enabling sculptor Tom Luckey’s artistic vision after his devastating fall through a window at age 65 is a difficult proposition for his divided family. The Luckeys must cross delicate lines drawn long ago by divorce and remarriage while supporting Tom, fully paralyzed but with wacky personality intact, as he pursues building his biggest, most complicated sculpture yet at Boston Children’s Museum.

Tom enlists the help of his son Spencer to build the sculpture and, as they try to forge a working relationship from a complex father-son relationship, both push for their own vision. Their rivalry is creative – they argue over art, design, and execution – but they are also reeling emotionally because of Tom’s accident. Meanwhile, Tom also struggles to re-spark his romantic life with his wife Ettie as she and Spencer share the role of primary caretakers.

“LUCKEY” is an honest, transparent look at the dynamics of a family in crisis and a powerful portrait of an eccentric artist trying to create a new life in the wake of a devastating accident. To learn about the award-winning documentary and see a trailer, visit luckeythefilm.com.

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News & Notes – Art & Culture Edition

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It is all murals all the time here at Greater City: Providence! Andre emerges today on the Shepard Fairey mural on Aborn Street. Obey.

The Providence Roller Derby sent us a video of them practicing earlier this week at the Skating Center in Kennedy Plaza:

Their next home bout is Saturday the 14th at the Convention Center, check their website for details.

When they’re not busy trying to steal Curt Schilling’s video game empire from us, the Bucket is working on their annual arts festival. We keep getting emails and reading about it on the Faceplace and thinking, “oh, that’s not ’til September, we’ll write about it later.” Except that September is like right around the corner and the first festival event was last night! Oops.

Check the Pawtucket Arts Festival website for their massive list of events happening now through the end of September.

I have no idea if it is cool or not to like OK Go, but they’re playing a live show tonight (yes, tonight, Friday the 6th) in Waterplace Park as part of the city’s Waterplace Park Concert series (actually, as the last act of this season’s series). The concert is free and begins at 7:30pm at the Rosa Parks Amphitheatre (which is the Waterplace Park Basin in case you didn’t know).

And… the Rhode Island International Film Festival kicks off next week:

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Film Screening, “Where Do the Children Play?” (03/30)


Photo (cc) J. Stephen Conn

Documentary and Discussion Ask
‘Where Do the Children Play?’

KINGSTON, RI – A provocative documentary film, “Where Do the Children Play?,” will be shown at a free public screening on Tuesday, March 30 from 7:00-9:00pm at the University of Rhode Island’s new Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881). The film examines an issue of growing concern among pediatricians, mental health experts, educators and environmentalists: more and more children are growing up today with few opportunities for unstructured play, especially outdoors.

An audience discussion about the ideas explored in the film will follow, led by Providence Children’s Museum director Janice O’Donnell; Meadowbrook Waldorf School faculty chair Su Rubinoff; RI Families in Nature founder and director Jeanine Silversmith; and URI Child Development Center director Sue Warford.

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“Handmade Nation” at Craftland (01/15)

Handmade Nation at Craftland

Friday, January 15, 2010
Two screenings: 6pm and 8pm!

Seating begins 15 minutes prior to start time.
Q+A with director Faythe Levine to follow the film.

Tickets are $8 and include popcorn and one beverage!

Faythe Levine traveled 19,000 miles to visually document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos. In HANDMADE NATION (along with the book of the same name, published by Princeton Architectural Press) she selected a variety of makers and essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through websites, blogs, boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs. Together they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination, and networking.

This “new wave of craft” is no longer just about cross-stitching samplers or painting floral scrolls on china. Instead, it has increased its realm to embrace an emerging movement of artists, crafters and designers working in traditional and nontraditional mediums to intervene in mass-market consumerism, to challenge the familiar and to attempt creative and economic freedom.

Join author and director Faythe Levine for the Providence premier screening of Handmade Nation! Local artists featured in the film will also be present!

Tickets purchased online will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail. If you would prefer to pick up tickets on the night of the show, please place your order by calling 401.272.4285.

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Event: “Waltz With Bashir,” David Polonsky Q&A at Avon

n54604686035_3036This Wednesday at the Avon is the Providence premiere of the Golden Globe award winning (for Best Foreign Film) and Oscar nominated movie “Waltz with Bashir.” This dramatically animated Israeli film documents the filmmaker’s journey toward discovering the truth about an Israeli Army mission he participated in during the first Lebanon War of the early 1980s that left him with a loss of memory about the events. The long-forgotten images begin to resurface as the director interviews old friends and comrades around the world.

This wouldn’t normally be worthy of a post all by itself, but in this case the movie will be followed by a question and answer session with the movie’s influential Art Director David Polonsky. The community is fairly fortunate to have Polonsky here as an Artist-in-Residence at Brown-RISD Hillel doing a residency at the two universities for the next three months. This is an example of the power of our local educational institutions in creating culture here in Providence. Other communities may get the movie, but we get the movie AND public and educational access to the talent behind it.

The ambitious calendar of Polonsky’s time in Providence can be seen here and his website here. A preview of the movie can be seen here and a review by the NY Times here.

For the movie, doors open at 5 PM and tickets are first come first serve.

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