A New Color to Screen in January

PAINTS and ADFS offer a film to honor East Bay artists

Edythe Boone was a young mother living in low-income housing in Harlem when she organized her first mural project — her goal: to build a sense of community among her neighbors. The now seventy-something artist moved to the East Bay a short time later, and has been creating community-building murals here ever since.

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In the Appreciating Diversity Film Series’ next film, A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone, filmmaker Mo Morris follows the tireless Boone as she guides current East Bay students and seniors through the mural-making process. The film not only demystifies how the huge, complex art works are made; it also demonstrates how the process of working together to produce a piece of public art reinforces important community values like long-term thinking, self-esteem, and teamwork.

The Bay Area is alight with literally thousands of murals. They dot, and in some cases define our neighborhoods. They are as rich and diverse as our population. Through these screenings, we hope to open a wider discussion about the value of the East Bay’s murals. Each film will be followed by a panel discussion about our local mural scene.

At a time when the Ghost Ship fire makes the challenges artists face to stay and work in the Bay Area heartbreakingly clear, Boone’s work, and that of all Bay Area muralists, are a tangible testament to the critical importance of art here. Join us in learning more.

2015 Audience Favorite at the Mill Valley Film Festival

ADFS is co-presenting this film with PAINTS (Promote Arts in the Schools, Inc). PAINTS supports visual arts, literary arts, music and the performing arts and has funded all of the ceramic mosaic murals at the Piedmont elementary schools. Currently, PAINTS is collaborating on a painted mural at the Piedmont Middle School. ADFS is supported by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, Piedmont Adult School, City of Piedmont and the Piedmont League of Women Voters.

Two FREE screenings, in two locations:

In Piedmont:

WHEN: Thursday, January 12. Doors open 6:30 PM; screening 7 PM, Panel 8-9PM

WHERE: Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont

 In Oakland:

WHEN: Saturday, January 14, 3 PM screening, 4 PM panel

WHERE: The New Parkway, 474 24th Street (between Telegraph & Broadway), Oakland

 

For more information, contact maude@diversityfilmseries.org or 510 655 5552.

Somewhere Between

Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, “Somewhere Between” is the true story of the coming of age of four girls adopted from Chinese orphanages into American families. The film focuses on the intersection of race, identity, family, and adoption. While viewing these stories, the audience is exposed to the complexity of forming a family that doesn’t meet the general expectations of society.

The director made the film so the girls could share their common experiences and for everyone who grapples with issues of race, culture, identity, and being “different.” The girls travel together, and discuss many thoughts and questions they have in common. One girl even decides to go to China to find her birth family.

The film explores the emotional and psychological fallout on children and parents when stereotypes and assumptions collide.

The Diversity Film Series proudly presents “Somewhere Between” to open a dialogue about what we see, who we are, and the changing face of the American family.

Review by John Anderson, Variety Magazine“One needs several hearts to survive the breakage inflicted by “Somewhere Between,” a delicately wrought, deeply felt docu-profile of four teenage girls who differ in background and aspirations, but are all adopted from China… One girl remembers being abandoned at age 2 by her brother at a bus stop. 80,000 children from China have been adopted in the United States since 1989.”

TWO FREE SHOWINGS

In Piedmont: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Avenue, Piedmont

6:30 PM Reception | 7 PM Screening | 8-9 PM Facilitated community discussion

In Oakland: Saturday, March 28, 2015
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

3 PM Screening