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A universal story of courage and compassion as a Vietnam veteran, a peace advocate, and a community struggle to find common ground.
A universal story of courage and compassion as a Vietnam veteran, a peace advocate, and a community struggle to find common ground.
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"Beyond the Divide" Wins Award & More!

Posted by Jan Selby (Creator)

Dear Friendly Supporters,

We have a lot of exciting news to share!

Preliminary DVD wrap
Preliminary DVD wrap

The photo above means that our DVDs are in production and will be on their way to you by the end of the year. Thank you for your patience! If you were one of our generous backers of $50 or more, you will receive a Director-signed DVD! Additional DVDs for home use can be pre-release purchased on our website. Due to rules defined by film festivals, we have to postpone selling DVDs for a few months but we expect they will be available by Spring 2015. In the meantime, check our website to find out how you can bring BEYOND THE DIVIDE to your city!

An Award at the Flyway Film Festival

During the last weekend in October, Jan attended the Flyway Film Festival in beautiful Pepin, Wisconsin, one of the “25 Coolest Small Town Film Festivals” according to MovieMaker Magazine. After more than 1200 submissions from around the world, the festival featured over 50 films, dozens of visiting filmmakers, panel discussions, and workshops. One of the highlights of the festival is the opening night awards ceremony where talented recipients receive the Flyway Axe, a stone sculpture designed by nationally recognized local artist David Culver. This year BEYOND THE DIVIDE took home the Minnesota/Wisconsin Showcase Film Axe! 

“Compelling and genuine. With a deceptively simple opening, Beyond the Divide slowly unfolds to become a complex, multi-layered, and heartwarming film that sneaks up on you, bringing with it a variety of viewpoints and a history that spans decades. A narrative of impressive scope, presented in an eloquent and seamless way. Simply wonderful." -Theresa Weir, Flyway Juror and NY Times Bestselling Author 

Jan also participated in the panel “Documentaries: Story Over Topic and Character Above All” along with fellow filmmakers Jeff Spitz (Food Patriots), Jesse Roesler (The Starfish Throwers), and Amy Elliott (Wicker Kittens) who discussed the critical role of story and character in documentary filmmaking. BEYOND THE DIVIDE screened on Sunday followed by Jan and editor Bill Kersey leading an engaging Q & A session. You can enjoy an interview Jan did with Andrew James and Matt Gamble of Row Three click here:

Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference

It was an honor to screen BEYOND THE DIVIDE at the 2014 Peace and Justice Studies Association annual conference in San Diego earlier this month. Director, Jan Selby was in attendance to discuss the film along with very special guests and film principals, Dan Gallagher and Betsy Mulligan-Dague. Audience members from around the world participated in a discussion following the film. The conversation was educational, insightful, and so well received that it continued outside into the night once the building had to close! 

Thank you again to the PJSA, and the Peace Resource Center of San Diego, and the local Veterans for Peace chapter who made it possible for Jan, Dan, and Betsy, to attend the conference! While at the conference, Jan, Dan, and Betsy had the opportunity to meet Paul K. Chappell who was a plenary speaker. Paul is the Peace Leadership Directorat the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and lectures on waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. He also leads workshops on peace leadership. Paul will be speaking in Minnesota on November 17th ! Find out more here:

Twin Cities Screenings in November to Honor Veterans

Our first screening was this past Sunday, November 9th, at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis. BEYOND THE DIVIDE screened as part of the Parkway Theater’s “Veterans Salute, 3 Wars 3 Days Remembering the Vets”. A conversation with Director Jan Selby and veterans followed the screening.

The second screening will be held on Wednesday, November 12th at 7 pm at The University of St. Thomas. This screening is sponsored by The University of St. Thomas Veterans Association, Students for Justice and Peace, and the Department of Justice and Peace Studies and is free to the public. We are excited to screen the film at the college level to explore how it can foster discussions about peace building. Join us at The John Roach Center in room 126 for a screening of the film and a conversation with Jan Selby following the film. 

To bring BEYOND THE DIVIDE to your community, please email us at and learn how you can host a screening.

Betsy Mulligan-Dague, Jan Selby & Dan Gallagher in San Diego
Betsy Mulligan-Dague, Jan Selby & Dan Gallagher in San Diego

Thank you again for your continued support! 


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