Though Peter, Nick and myself have all parted ways geographically, we are still very much united on bringing The One Who Builds to audiences who might find it educational and inspiring. Our primary goal for 2014 has been to work on getting the film out there as an educational tool through both university and community screenings.
Last year we were approached by John Gartrell, Director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University about possibly arranging a screening there. This ultimately led to being asked to be a part of the RIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION film series in February of 2015. We are very excited about being a part of this and feel great about Duke being one of our first stops on the university screening tour.
I’m also excited about our first Austin screening since I’ve moved back to Texas. Kat Albert, independent filmmaker and screenwriter of Studio e2 here in Austin has been curating some community screenings at East Austin Eats, a food truck park on east 7th street. The One Who Builds has been programmed as a part of DOCUMENTARY NIGHT and will screen along with Bat City USA, a documentary about some of Austin’s most famous residents, the largest urban bat colony that resides under the Congress Avenue bridge. It should be a warm, fun night under the stars surrounded by food trucks —the perfect Austin evening. We’ve also been in contact with CARITAS, a local refugee resettlement agency in hopes that they might participate.
And lastly, we have snuck into one last (?) film festival. Last winter we came across the COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival in Toronto which is a festival that is dedicated to inclusion and community enhancement. The One Who Builds was accepted and will be screening in the Interfaith Films category. So this fest is right up our alley and we’re happy to be included! Very exciting to be making our Canadian premiere.
Hopefully we will have more educational screenings to announce in the coming months! Also, please let us know if you are interested in setting something up.