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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
From Tribe of Heart:
News from Tribe of Heart , Producers of PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME and THE WITNESS
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home wins
Best Feature Documentary Award at Moondance!
Video highlights from world premiere • Details about upcoming festivals
Encore broadcast of The Witness on Tampa Bay PBS - WEDU
We are back from Boulder, where Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home won the "Spirit of Moondance" Best Feature Documentary award! The film is already off to a great start, thanks to the compassionate people of Boulder who gave us a warm reception with a full house screening and a standing-room-only Q&A following the film.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, and a video is worth even more, we have compiled some images and interviews from our world premiere weekend to help share the experience with you. Watch them now!
The weekend's events brought together an inspired and inspiring team of individuals whose dedication and infectious enthusiasm helped make the premiere a success. Our sincerest gratitude goes out to the film's associate producers Eric Huang and Kevin Smith, Tribe of Heart's international coordinator Italia Millan, and extaordinary volunteers Pam Page, Barbara Bear and Matt Bear, along with Donna Marino and Kellie Cremer, and of course, Harold Brown, who made the trip to Boulder to participate in the premiere events and to give a presentation the following day.
We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to the other subjects of the film who were not able to attend: Howard and Willow Jeane, Cheri and Jim, Cayce and Jason; to Kevin and Joy, whose musical talents infused the film with energy and spirit; and to the many friends and colleagues of Tribe of Heart whose generosity and assitance made this film project possible and who helped see it through the many challenges to the finish line. We felt all of you with us when the lights dimmed and the first frame appeared on screen. We hope to meet up with many of you as we take the film on the road in the coming months. On our last night in Boulder, we were given a very personal reminder that to each animal in need, even the smallest gesture of help can make all the difference in the world. You can read the story of Ronnie, one very lucky raccoon, here. What a fitting way to end our World Premiere Weekend!
James LaVeck and Jenny Stein
Co-founders of Tribe of Heart PS: DVD release in 2010. Details to come.
Tribe of Heart currently has a pressing need for financial support to help bring this life-changing documentary to the widest possible audience. Please consider making a donation today to help support the launch of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. Thank you!
Donations can be made online or mailed to:
Tribe of Heart, PO Box 149, Ithaca, NY 14851 USA
Earlier this year, The Witness was broadcast on Tampa Bay's PBS affiliate WEDU, thanks to the efforts of local attorney Isabelle Tassi, who brought the documentary to the attention of WEDU's Vice President of Content Jack Conely. Now WEDU+ will be showing the film again as part of its Animal Awareness Night of programming this Sunday at 10 PM.
The other films being shown are Guardians of the Gulf, looking at the impact of Red Tide on local and worldwide waterways (8 PM), Fifteen Legs, about a pioneering group of activists dedicated to preserving the lives of domestic animals in America (9 PM), and the WEDU productions Horses of Proud Spirit (9:30) and Dolphin Rescue (11 PM), along with a special episode of Up Close with Cathy Unruh devoted to protecting black cats (11:30 PM).
Please encourage your friends and family in West Central Florida to tune in! More details
Their fate will be sealed in the next few weeks. Please take a moment to learn more about this time-sensitive situation and to sign our petition. You can also follow our efforts to save the deer on Facebook and Twitter.
Next Stops on the
Film Festival Circuit
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Screening Times Peaceable Kingdom:
The Journey Home
Friday, Oct. 23 at 3:25 PM
Sunday, Oct. 25 at 10:05 AM
Each screening will be followed by
Q&A with filmmakers Jenny Stein
and James LaVeck
Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 AM
Producer James LaVeck will be one of the participants in a panel discussion which also includes Robert Kenner, the filmmaker of Food, Inc.
Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival
Screening Times Peaceable Kingdom:
The Journey Home
Friday, Nov. 6 at 3 PM
Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 AM
Each screening will be followed by Q&A with director Jenny Stein, producer James LaVeck, and assoc. producer Kevin Smith
St. Louis International Film Festival
St. Louis, Missouri
Screening Time Peaceable Kingdom:
The Journey Home
Saturday, Nov. 14
Time and Location TBA
Named one of the 10 Best International Festivals in the U.S. by Chris Gore's The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, the St. Louis International Film Festival has a special focus on American independent productions and horizon-expanding international films that would otherwise never screen in St. Louis.
Stay tuned for more details about our screening event!
Maple Farm Sanctuary's Annual Picnic Fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 18, 1-5 PM
101 North Ave., Mendon, MA Special Guest Harold Brown
Two of the seven subjects of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, Cheri Ezell-Vandersluis and Jim Vandersluis, are the founders of Maple Farm Sanctuary. In the film, they tell the touching story of how they once raised goats and cows for dairy production until their conscience demanded they forge a more authentic relationship with the animals they cared for. You can meet Cheri, Jim, and fellow film subject Harold Brown at Maple Farm Sanctuary's annual picnic and fundraiser. Learn more here.
Tribe of Heart is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that produces award-winning, life-changing films about the journey of awakening conscience and the ethics of the human-animal relationship.
The progress of social justice is slow and measured. Its growth depends on an increasing number of us becoming aware of the truth and consequences of our actions.
I believe that it is morally wrong to allow our wanton desires to interfere with the basic needs and interests of other sentient beings.
I believe the physical and psychological abuse – confinement, social deprivation, mutilation, genetic and reproductive manipulation, and profit exploitation – imposed by us on other animals is morally wrong.
I believe the suggestion that the exploitation of other sentient beings by humans can be achieved without cruelty, violence, or injustice is false and misleading.
As an advocate for all life, committed to compassion and justice, I refuse to take part in the exploitation of other sentient beings or to collaborate with those caught up in such injustice.
I pledge to do my best to live a life that conveys a clear, sincere and uncompromised message that is free of resentment, fear, exploitation, anger, cynicism, and manipulation.
Furthermore, I pledge to continue to support a broad range of nonviolent initiatives and programs that will hopefully one day eliminate the needless pain and suffering we inflict upon all the many wonderful creatures with whom we share this planet.