A film about how public art is key to post conflict community building
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Who We Are:
Ashley Beckett (Producer): Focused on sustainable post-conflict development in Sub-Saharan Africa with a Masters in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh. She has traveled extensively, including working with a home for orphans of war in Uganda in 2010. Her experience speaking French, Swahili and Luganda will be an asset to the project. Ashley believes that cultural development through supporting the arts is the key to sustainable peace processes and post-conflict development. Her passion for positive social change and a better way of getting involved is expressed in a TEDx Talk she gave in April of 2012.
Laura Asherman (Director): Graduated from Emory University with an interdisciplinary degree in writing and film. While studying conservation and political ecology in Tanzania, Laura worked with traditional Maconde woodcarvers, learning their craft and compiling their stories. Laura speaks both conversational Swahili and French. With this film, Laura is continuing her commitment to the use of art in building community.
Mike Morgan (Director of Photography): Atlanta native and freelance videographer. Mike studied film and video production at Georgia State University. He has a strong desire to combine his fervor for travel and apt eye for cinematography.
We will film artists gravely affected by civil war in East Africa. We will be on site in Uganda for 4+ months to film artists who create in communities that have been gravely impacted by violence. Ashley will arrive in January for pre-production, including meeting with artists and community figures with whom we have been in correspondence. Mike and Laura will arrive in February to begin filming. We will follow 1 to 2 artists for 3 months, discussing their roles in the community and how their art contributes to social change.
What We Need:
Film Equipment - We have cameras and some sound equipment but need to fill in gaps in equipment to produce the best quality film. View our Amazon wishlist here.
Plane Tickets - Round-trip tickets cost about $1500.
Production Costs - We have many friends in the region, which will help us keep costs low, but we will need money for public transport, living, and paying local crews.
Central Africa has experienced decades of violence. Millions of people have been displaced by war. By telling the story of these artists, we will show how art can help grow peaceful futures in war-torn Africa. The stories we tell will have an impact on the narrative of these wars, showing that great hope can emerge from great sorrow. Our passion is to see an end to the violence that plagues these communities. We will stop at nothing to help, and see this story as a way to create communities.
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