Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Hilla and I spent our lat day in Hawaii vistiing the West side of the island of O'hau. Thanks to the amazing Jeff Stone we were able to screen the AFTER THE STORM film to a group of exceptional high school kids involved in a film production program at Waianae High School called "Seariders". Jeff and his brother Randy Stone started this program almost ten years ago to help local teens on the island get a head start in learning the skills needed to compete in the world of film and tv production. Candy Suiso, an inspired and inspiring teacher is in charge of the program and the staff are all brilliant graduates of the school who have come back to Waianae to pass along what they know to the next generation. You can visit their website at www.seariderproductions.com to learn more about them.
Superstar: : Kristina Vakameilalo
James, Jeff Stone, Candy Suiso, Hilla, Beverly Stone
Sunday, October 25, 2009
In Hebrew there is an expression, Today Started Off On The Right Leg. James and I woke up to a wonderful view of the ocean in Hawaii and then The Heartland Film Festival called to tell us that After The Storm won the audience favorite award. Of course everyone loves an award, but this one is especially important and special for us. After all the audience is what counts. We are hoping this will help us bring the film to more people. Thank you Indiana!!! Good morning Hawaii!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Hilla and I are here in Hawaii forcing ourselves to enjoy the sun and the sea and the kindess of the island people. This morning we were on the local morning news program and then we went to the theater where we screened the film for students from five different schools. This was the first time an audience of young people were gathered together to watch the film, and judging from their reaction afterwards AND their concentration during I'd say it was a big success. The kids seems to connect on such a deep level with the struggles of the New Orleans' kids and the stories of each of them overcoming their obstacles. We're already trying to figure out how to create more screenings for Middle School Students throughout the U.S.
Anyone out there with ideas about how to get this film into Middle Schools and High Schools?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Tomorrow we're on to Honolulu to the Hawaii Film Festival!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Over the weekend, AFTER THE STORM won the AUDIENCE FAVORITE award at the Woodstock Film Festival! And as if that wasn't enough, the next day the film received a wonderful review in the . http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/10/05/movies/05storm.html But all this was leading up to an exciting of the film at The in NYC. Some of the performers featured in the film arrived fresh from New Orleans to join in the festivities and see themselves projected ten foot high -- Desiree´, Griffin, Gabrielle, Ashley and Annie were all there along Gerry McIntyre, Randy Redd, Duncan Sheik, , Lynn Ahrens and Steve Flaherty and many many other.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
- After-School and Summer Arts Programs -- continued operation at North Rampart Street Community Center and expansion into other New Orleans community centers.
- Summer Musical Theater Workshop -- a new, week-long, life-to-life Arts experience that connects New York theater professionals with New Orleans community center kids through one-on-one training, workshops, classes and performances.
- Year Round Music Lab – creation and implementation of a year-round music lab at North Rampart Street Community Center.
- New Community Center Partnerships – development of relationships with other New Orleans community centers to re-build and create programs to introduce and enhance kids’ participation in the arts.