Monday, November 04, 2013

November Update - New Films and Filmmakers on the Southern Circuit

Happy November, friends! The weather is becoming crisp, leaves are changing colors, and we've got three new filmmakers on the Southern Circuit! Please join us in welcoming Vivienne Roumani (Out of Print), Jeremy Seifert (GMO OMG), and John Beck (Harvest).

Vivienne Roumani is an independent producer/director based in New York City. She brings to Out of Print a unique perspective gained as a director at the Library of Congress and the UC Berkeley Library, where she led digitization projects. Vivienne's previous documentary, The Last Jews of Libya, narrated by Isabella Rossellini, had its U.S. premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and was subsequently screened at major festivals and other venues around the world as well as on the Sundance channel.

Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the revolution that is changing everything about the printed word – and changing us. We find ourselves in the midst of the riveting debate over the future of ideas when anyone can find out almost anything about any topic, anywhere, at lightning speed. Filmmaker Vivienne Roumani weaves order as she tackles the questions confronting the modern word industry and shows that much more is at stake than how quickly we can access the latest byte.

Nov 7 - City of Miramar, Miramar, FL
Nov 8 - Palace Theatre, Gallatin, TN
Nov 10 - Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA
Nov 12 - Morris Museum of Arts, Augusta, GA
Nov 14 - Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL
Nov 15 - Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment, Chattahoochee, GA
Nov 17 - The Clifton Center, Louisville, KY

In 2010, Jeremy Seifert completed his debut film, DIVE!, Living off America’s Waste. Initially made with a $200 budget, a borrowed camera, and a lot of heart, DIVE! won 22 film festivals worldwide. In 2010 with the release of DIVE!, Jeremy began the production company, Compeller Pictures. He is now a filmmaker and activist, traveling the country and speaking on humanitarian and environmental issues. Jeremy’s second film, GMO OMG, tells the hidden story of the take over of our food supply by giant chemical companies, an agricultural crisis that has grown into a cultural crisis. He has once again found the heart of the project in his own journey and awakening. Jeremy and his wife, Jen, live in North Carolina with their three children, Finn (7), Scout (4), and Pearl (2).

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?

Nov 11 - East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Nov 12 - Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Nov 13 - Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Nov 14 - Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
Nov 15 - Link Centre, Tupelo, MS
Nov 17 - Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA
Nov 18 - The Arts Council, Gainesville, GA
Nov 19 - Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Nov 20 - Indie Memphis, Memphis, TN
Nov 21 - Haley Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC

Bay Area filmmaker and journalist, John Beck splits his time between directing and producing documentaries, shooting promotional video and writing freelance journalism. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a journalist in Sonoma County where Harvest is set among the vineyards. It was while on assignment to capture footage of a night harvest at Foppiano Vineyards in 2010 that he stumbled upon the behind-the-scenes drama and sacrifice that go into every bottle of wine. That's when he decided to follow all walks of life - rich, poor, winemaker, grape picker - through next year's harvest of 2011. It would turn out to be the worst harvest in Sonoma County in at least 50 years. His previous films, the feature-length Worst in Show, and shorts Stringers and Drag King, have won numerous film festival awards. His print stories have won national awards from the Society for Features Journalism and the Association of Sunday and Features Editors. Beck was born in Nashville, Tennessee and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area

Shot entirely in Sonoma County, the feature-length documentary Harvest reveals the blood, sweat and tears that go into every bottle of wine. There is no swirling, no sniffing, no sipping or quaffing. This is all about back-breaking manual labor and night picks at 2 a.m. with only tiny headlamps. Over the course of three months during Harvest 2011, the film follows five family wineries - Robledo, Rafanelli, Foppiano, Harvest Moon and Robert Hunter. This is the story behind the wine you drink.

Nov 12 - The City of Suwanee, Suwanee, GA
Nov 13 - Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA
Nov 15 - City of Hapeville, Hapeville, GA
Nov 16 - Banners at McNeese, Lake Charles, LA
Nov 18 - Vermilionville Living History Museum, Lafayette, LA
Nov 19 - Arts Council of Central Louisiana, Alexandria, LA