Happy 2015! New Team Member + Screenings

Happy 2015 everyone!

We are pretty excited about the year ahead –lots of things in store for The One Who Builds. We are happy to announce that this past fall we brought a new team member on board. We’d like you to meet our Outreach Coordinator, Todd Savage.

PBW_9759Todd Savage is an experienced editor, writer, and researcher with a deep curiosity, an eye for both detail and the big picture, and a radar for what’s interesting and new. After 12 years in Amsterdam, he recently relocated to Austin, Texas. He is an experienced journalist working to make the jump into documentary filmmaking.

His passion for documentary film was kindled with an experience attending Barefoot Workshops, a doc “boot camp” in Clarksdale, Miss. Over 10 days, while living in old sharecropper shacks, he and the other aspiring filmmakers researched, shot, edited, and screened a short film. While there, he made film called “A Joyous Racket” about the relationship between a young blues musician and his teacher.

Since that time, he also has volunteered and attended Sheffield, SXSW and IDFA, where he was a moderator interviewing directors after their film premieres.

Soon after arriving in Austin, he produced a short film (with Ben Steinbauer of “Winnebago Man”) called “The Legend of Cheer Up Charlies” that was chosen as one of 12 films in the city’s “Faces of Austin” showcase. He is also working as a producer with filmmaker Dale Cannedy-Azim on a video series called “My First Time” for the website lstylegstyle.com.

Since joining the team, Todd has been doing incredible work researching educational distribution and screening opportunities for The One Who Builds. As we embark on this educational screening tour, we’re so lucky to have Todd on board with us, keeping the film in front of new audiences nationwide and sharing Dr. Omer and his team’s story with more and more people.

Which brings us to SCREENING NEWS…

eatdrinkWe have been invited to screen the film in Fredericksburg, Texas, just outside of Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country for the Hill Country Film Festival‘s annual Eat. Drink. Be Inspired. Fundraiser. In their words it is “much more than dinner and a movie, the event pairs a unique culinary experience with a moving film that will enlighten with inspiration.” We’re excited about sharing the film with a rural audience, something we don’t always get to do. The Hill Country Film Society provides year-round independent film programming in the Texas Hill Country and we’re happy to support their endeavors with this event.

The event is scheduled for January 30th at 6:30 at Hoffman Haus in Fredericksburg. Tickets can be purchased here.


Months ago we shared with you that we will be screening the film at Duke University.  We are absolutely humbled and thrilled to be included in this year’s Rights! Camera! Action! Film Series presented by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Human Rights Archive, the Archive of Documentary Arts and Screen/Society and cosponsored by The John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture. Our film is included amongst many other films that we admire deeply such as Waste Land, Banished, The Devil Came on Horseback and At The Death House Door. If you’re in the Durham area, this ongoing screening series is not to be missed! Our screening of The One Who Builds will be followed by a very special panel discussion with panelists from various NC refugee resettlement organizations.

The One Who Builds screening is now just weeks away, set for February 5, 2015 at 7pm at Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4, 114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC. For more information, please visit the event page on their website.

2015 is off to a great start and we hope to share more news with you soon!