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A Place to Stand is the life story of Jimmy Santiago Baca, an award-winning poet who learned how to read and write while in prison.
A Place to Stand is the life story of Jimmy Santiago Baca, an award-winning poet who learned how to read and write while in prison.
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Albuquerque's Premiere (and more!)

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Hello Backers!

We are very excited to announce that A Place to Stand will be premiering in Albuquerque as a part of the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience this Friday, June 5th at 7:30 PM. It will be screening at the KiMo Theatre and you can obtain tickets here: http://holdmyticket.com/event/204297.

We ask you to please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested. This is the first time we're showing the film in the city we made it so we want to pack the theater tight!

In other news, we've been screening at various other festivals - the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona last week (see picture above) and the Maui Film Festival this week - as well as smaller private venues. We're still hunting for distribution so the film isn't publicly available yet, but we aim to release it as soon as possible, hopefully late summer or in the fall. When we figure that out, you all will be the first to know!

In addition to the film, we have developed a curriculum that goes along with the film. This curriculum is for a variety of populations (teens, adults, the incarcerated, for students of poetry, for the Hispanic community and so on). It has gotten glowing reviews from high schools who have used it so we're stoked to start getting that out there in a wider way - once we release the film.

That's all for now! We look forward to the day when we can finally birth this baby into the wider world. For now, though, the game is patience and delayed gratification.

With Gratitude,
The A Place to Stand Team

Rewards and More

Dear Friends -

Two weeks ago we packed your rewards and sent DVDs and posters to you! Here's some proof!

It was a great pleasure to hold those DVDs of A Place to Stand and know that it was because of you we were getting to pack them up and send them out. So big thanks once again.

Also in the news - Campbell, our Outreach Coordinator, is in NYC taking the next steps towards getting the film out into the world! This is him in the midst of the reward-packing haze:


Our vision now is to make use of A Place to Stand as an educational vehicle for all kinds of people in many venues. We are building a team to make the film and an adjoining curriculum available in schools, prisons, detention centers, rehab facilities, and anywhere people can use inspiration from the film, around the U.S. We still feel strongly the journey of Jimmy is a story that could change lives and grow artists.

We are looking for grassroots, development and financial supporters to join our movement for 2015. We want this to be big and we would love for you to be a part of it in any capacity you're willing and interested.

Are you in the NYC area? Can you meet with Campbell in New York? You can join Campbell for Coffee at Starbucks in Union Square tomorrow, 10/30! Lattes courtesy of Catamount. 

Campbell is also able to meet privately with interested supporters within the next couple of days, and to speak via phone for those elsewhere. Please email info@aplacetostandmovie.com to meet or set up a call with him.

Hope to see you in New York!

With Gratitude,
The A Place to Stand Team

The DVDs and the Premieres

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LA Premiere!

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The World Premiere - We Invite You!

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Dear Friends -

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF A PLACE TO STAND IS ONLY ONE MONTH AWAY! The premiere and festivities will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico from September 25 - 28th (details below).

To mark the occasion, we are so excited to release the first official trailer for A Place to Stand.

Exciting, no? But back to the premiere details....

What's been happening?

An exciting turn of events is that THEATERWORK, a fantastic theater company in Santa Fe, stepped up and are organizing the premiere for us. But not only that, they've organized a series of events surrounding the premiere, making the weekend into a celebration of Jimmy's life and work and a celebration of the arts.

Here is the list of events happening over the Premiere Weekend. Please contact Paula Olson from THEATERWORK to RSVP for any of the following events: pmolson@cybermesa.com.

As this is a celebration and we want anyone moved to attend, all tickets are offered for donation only. All donations will go towards distribution and to create educational materials to accompany the film.

All events take place at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe:

With Eyes Wide Open! A Gathering of Poets
Thursday, September 25th @ 7:00pm at James A. Little

An extraordinary reading by five guest poets from around the country, opening the three day celebration with their own words and vision. The headline poets are Natalie Diaz, Seema Reza, Tom Z. Hernandez, Jaime Chavez and Carlton T. Spiller.

A Place to Stand - The Gala World Premiere of the Film
Friday, September 26 @ 7:00pm - at James A. Little

The World Premiere of A Place to Stand, to be followed by a gala reception with live music and the opportunity to meet Baca and the filmmakers. This is the only event closed to the public. It is by invite only to eligible Kickstarter backers, crew and dignitaries.

Matinee Screening: A Place to Stand
Saturday, September 27 @ 2:00pm - at James A. Little

An encore screening of the film, followed by a public conversation with Jimmy Santiago Baca, Daniel Glick, Gabriel Baca and David Olson after the screening.

Sunlight & Shadow: From the Poetry of Jimmy Santiago Baca
Saturday, September 27 @ 7:00pm - at James A. Little

Part One: Breaking Bread With The Darkness: The Lucia Poems

A performance which brings poems written by Jimmy Santiago Baca for his daughter Lucia to the stage. The poems burst from the heart of a father remembering the roads that brought him to the present - lifted by, charged up with the love of his child. "...I believe in you, in your power as you leap on the trampoline, I believe that your laughter is the truest form of democracy..."

Part Two: Thank The River For Another Day! A dramatic reading of texts pulled from the collected works of Jimmy Santiago Baca, performed by members of THEATERWORK's Permanent Company and Guest Artists.

"I place the downy breast feather I found at the river in the plant pot with the rest - a fledgling hawk's breast feather, its name-stone heart experiencing the joy of learning what wings are and the magic of water."

Exhibit: Dust/Rock/Blades/Bones
September 25 - 27 - Pat Payne Room, James A. Little Theater

An art show of pencil drawings by Eric Christo Martinez, drawn for inclusion in A Place to Stand.

Eric Christo Martinez was born in Albuquerque in 1979. Growing up he was fascinated by the arts, but it wasn't until his trip to prison - a ten year sentence - that he discovered his passion for the arts and "tonali" as he calls it - a Nahuatl word meaning destiny or calling in life.

Writing Workshop
Thursday, September 25 Pat Payne Room, James A. Little Theater

An extraordinary opportunity to work with Jimmy Santiago Baca in an intimate setting for an entire day. The participants are limited to 12. There are still 4 places left.

Those interested will be asked to make a $1,500 tax deductible donation to the film's distribution efforts. If you are interested in participating please email: info@aplacetostandmovie.com

Accommodations:

If you're interested in attending any of the events, please book soon. The New Mexico wine and cheese festival is the same weekend as the premiere so hotels are filling up fast.

Recommendations:

1) Call the Inn at Santa Fe and identify yourself as with the A Place to Stand group for a discounted rate:

Inn at Santa Fe 8376 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe, NM 87507 (505) 474 - 9500

2) The Inn of the Governors is not able to offer a reduced rate however it is a recommended hotel:

Inn of the Governors 101 W Alameda St Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 982-4333

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Please call or email Campbell, our Director of Marketing and Outreach, with any questions you may have about the Premiere Weekend - (406) 599 - 6725, campbell.gerrish@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Fe!

With Continued Gratitude,
Daniel and the A Place to Stand Team

P.S. We have more events to announce for this fall. More news and updates coming soon...