Saturday, March 28, 2015

April's Films and Filmmakers

Can you believe that it's already Spring? We can't, especially as we enter the last month of this year's Southern Circuit. Finishing up the tour, we welcome April's film and filmmakers If You Build It, A Kind of Order, and Resistance. Find out more about these films below and check out the webpage to stay up-to-date with the entire lineup for the 2014-2015 Southern Circuit Film Schedule.

Patrick Creadon began his career as a cameraman at PBS shooting the critically acclaimed series, The 90’s. His feature-length directorial debut, Wordplay, was a breakout hit at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film continues to be one of the top highest grossing documentaries of all time. In 2011, Creadon made his television directing debut on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He is a graduate of Notre Dame and earned his Master’s degree in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. The recipient of a number of grants and a veteran film festival jury member, Creadon is married to and collaborates with producer Christine O’Malley. They have three children.

If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power to re-invent not just their town, but their own sense of what’s possible.

April 08: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
April 09: Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL
April 12: Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA
April 14: Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

Noel Schwerin has written, produced and directed award-winning films, including two national
PBS primetime specials: Bloodlines, which was used by the U.S. Senate, the National Association of Women Judges and the Federal Judicial Center, winning top honors at the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Women in Communications; and the two-hour A Question of Genes, which won a special citation in CPB’s Report on Public Broadcasting and The Needs of Minority and Diverse Audiences, and is excerpted at San Jose’s TechMuseum and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

A Kind of Order follows a warden, a white separatist and a black gang-banger for seven years as they struggle to move beyond the stark reality of America’s locked down racial order. Challenged for the first time by a U.S. Supreme Court desegregation ruling and a novel mixed race program, their stories reveal the institutional nature of racial hierarchies and the hope and hidden risks of transformative change.

April 15: Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
April 16: Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
April 18: Creative City Collaborative, Pompano Beach, FL
April 20: East Tennessee State University, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, Johnson City, TN
April 22: Indie Memphis, Memphis, TN
April 23: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Michael Graziano produced and directed Resistance. He and Ernie Park, who also helped produce Resistance, founded Uji Films in 2007. Their films have aired in more than 10 countries and have been screened at a variety of well-known film venues and festivals around the world. Their previous documentary film, Lunch Line, was screened across the US and in Europe and Australia sparking dialogue and collaboration on both sides of the school lunch divide. Prior to joining with Ernie to form Uji Films Michael received an MA from Georgetown University and was a PhD Candidate and teaching fellow in film and media studies at Northwestern University.

When scientists in the mid-20th century developed the means to mass-produce antibiotics, it was a medical miracle. Only now are we realizing the potentially catastrophic implications of this innovation. Have we reached a point where we must save antibiotics in order to save ourselves? Resistance explores the global pandemic of antibiotic-resistant infection – what’s causing it and what’s being done to combat it.

Current debates over antibiotic use in human medicine and animal farming take center stage as the film follows patients, healthcare providers, and farmers who’ve confronted resistant infections first hand; and microbiologists and medical doctors who’re working to develop new solutions to the problem. Their stories are joined with insights from writers, public officials, and politicians to explain the past present and future of antibiotics and why their ineffectiveness is one of the greatest threats modern humanity has ever faced.

April 23: Robinson Film Center, Shreveport, LA
April 24: Union College, Barbourville, KY
April 25: The Tennessee Valley Art Association/Ritz Theatre, Sheffield, AL
April 28: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
April 30: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA
May 01: City of Hapeville, Hapeville, GA