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Bringing the California Condor Back from the Brink

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In the months after The Condor’s Shadow premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the film has become a part of the curriculum in college conservation and environmental programs nationwide. Filmmaker Jeff McLoughlin also tours with the film and screens it to Audubon and environmental groups as well as in theaters and museums around the country. (Arrange a screening here: theCondorsShadow.com.)

The film resonates with a broad range of audiences with verite action sequences of biologists mountain climbing into rugged condor nesting habitat as well as scenes that reveal the emotional connection that conservationists develop with these curious and intelligent birds.

In the 2014 Boulder Colorado Rights of Nature Film Festival, audiences offered these screening reviews of The Condor’s Shadow:

“A quiet, beautifully constructed film that provides heartwarming and sometimes heart-wrenching insights into the dedication and heroism needed to bring this magnificent species back. Should be required viewing for those who consistently resist efforts to protect and recover endangered species.”

“I loved learning what conservation of the California condor is like behind the scenes. This film went beyond my expectations.”

“Yes, I learned much about condors and the efforts to save them and the need to change away from lead ammunition.”

The film is a revealing departure from typical natural history filmmaking in the way it lays out just how difficult a task endangered species recovery really is. It’s a natural for those who aspire to a conservation role and those with a concern for wildlife.

Fighting for Social Justice During the Jim Crow Era

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Written by Tova-Beck Friedman, Director of Red Father

It is rewarding when a documentary you worked on for some time appeals to a wide audience. We screened RED FATHER in diverse venues — from Human Rights to Jewish to African Diaspora Film Festivals — and were pleased to always find enthusiastic and interactive viewers.

RED FATHER is the story of Bernard Ades, a Jewish lawyer who fought for racial justice during the Jim Crow era. Researching the topic was, for me, an eye opening experience, from reading Joseph Moore’s MURDER ON MARYLAND’S EASTERN SHORE: RACE POLITICS AND THE CASE OF ORPHAN JONES, to grasping the extent of the prevailing racism. Going through photographs of lynchings, I was overwhelmed by the fact that nothing was done behind closed doors — everything was in the open, “On the Court House Lawn,” as Sherilynn Ifil’s book title suggests. White folks dressed up in their Sunday best, looking straight into the camera, treating the event as entertainment.

Ades was born into an affluent Jewish family in Baltimore, Maryland. Radicalized by the Great Depression, he leaves the comfort of his surroundings to fight for equality. Believing in Communist ideals, he joins the Party and works as a lawyer to defend African Americans in capital cases. When the white judicial establishment takes revenge and tries to disbar him, young Thurgood Marshal joins the defense team — the first African American to defend a Caucasian litigant in Maryland. Thurgood Marshal will later use the outcome of his defense, In Re Ades, to successfully argue in front of the Supreme Court in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education which resulted the end of segregation.

Bernard Ades’s story is narrated by his daughter. She admires the father who confronted legal racism, fought fascism in Spain, and was repeatedly blacklisted. Nonetheless, she does not spare her criticism of the Communist Party’s conduct. She ends the film with a powerful and poignant statement: “I also have great sympathy for the ideals that he had and even that the Party had, of equality and social responsibility for one another… but those ideas were poisoned by the way the Soviet Union behaved …They poisoned the well and that is very sad and it also defeated his ideas — those of them that were noble.”

Upcoming Screening of Ending Silence, Shame & Stigma: HIV/AIDS in the African American Family

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On December 7th at 3PM, New Light Baptist Church will host a screening of the documentary, Ending Silence, Shame & Stigma: HIV/AIDS in the African American Family. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion lead by filmmaker Kat Cheairs.

New Light Baptist Church is at 213 E. 125th Street between 2nd and 3rd in New York City.

Fall Arts and Visions News

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We are happy to announce that Matt and Katie Celia’s new documentary, Off the Floor, was reviewed and recommended in the November-December issue of Video Librarian magazine. In October, their film was an official selection of the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis and also of the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

On November 17th there will be a special screening and discussion of Tova Beck-Friedman’s doc, Red Father, at the Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College. Last month, the film was screened at Anthology Film Archives by New York Women in Film and Television.

Ending Silence, Shame & Stigma: HIV/AIDS in the African American Family will screen on November 14th at the Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Director Kat Cheairs.

Arribes: Everything Else is Noise will be screening on November 10, 2014, at Copa de Cava in London. Tickets may be purchased here. The documentary screening will be followed by a tasting of some of Spain’s finest, award-winning extra virgin olive oils.

In the News: Good Kurds Bad Kurds Writer-Director Kevin McKiernan’s New York Times Op Ed

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There is wall-to-wall coverage in the news about Syria’s embattled Kurds. Read Kevin McKiernan’s New York Times Op Ed on Why Kobani Must Be Saved.

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