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GeneralFounded in 2003 as an NGO or Charitable Organization, the ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL is the only festival dedicated to raising awareness for International Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Environmental Preservation, and Animal Advocacy through Film. Through the years, the Artivist Film Festival has screened more than 400 international Films representing 60+ Countries, and has produced Film Tours connecting our Sponsor’s Brands to more than 35 Million people in 5 Countries: U.S.A., U.K, Japan,... (read more) Mission: Our mission is to create produce film festivals with an international community of artists, advocates, and progressive thinking individuals for the purpose of raising awareness for International Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Animal Rights, and Environmental Preservation.
MoviesThe 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival, Egyptian Theater Hollywood Dec. 1-4, 2010. For FREE tickets reserve them at http://artivistff-la.eventbrite.com/ . And this years' entries are: ======================================================================= "ReGeneration" Director: Phillip Montgomery Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 8PM Artivist Opening Night Event Screening – Los Angeles Premiere Philip Montgomery’s feature documentary film ReGeneration takes an uncompromising look at the issues facing today’s youth and young adults, and the influences that perpetuate our culture’s apathetic approach to social and political causes. Focused on how today’s education, parenting, and media can shape us, the film follows three stories each with a unique perspective – from an inspired collective of musicians working outside the corporate system, to a twenty-something conservative family about to welcome the birth of their second child, and a group of five high-school students from the suburbs looking for their place in society. Their stories are interspersed with the knowledge, wisdom, and personal reflections of some of the country’s leading scholars, social activists, and media personalities, including Andrew Bacevich, Noam Chomsky, Talib Kweli, and the late Howard Zinn, among others. With such a varied and intelligent group of interviews, viewers come to a deeper understanding of the numerous influences shaping today’s culture where one universal feeling is shared – our society is at a crossroads, economically, environmentally, and intellectually – and we must change ourselves and the world for the better. ======================================================================= Wednesday Dec 1, 2010 at 9PM "Kids of the Majestic" Director: Dylan Verrechia LA Premiere at the 7th Artvist Film Festival - Los Angeles Every day, a sea of passengers floods the Majestic Railway Station of Bangalore City. Beneath the commotion of commuters, a group of orphans live beneath the station, collecting the trash that the passengers have left behind. 'Kids of the Majestic' is a documentary by filmmaker Dylan Verrechia and Dr. Suhas Radhakrishna that follows a group of such orphans: Rafik, a smiling young drug addict; Mental Manja, nicknamed 'mental' because he didn't speak until he was 10; Arun-Badur, the artist and the writer; Baba, who at 8 has travelled throughout India alone; and Joti, mother-to-be at 16, who was abused at 9. The filmmakers befriended these children who, uneasily and slowly, opened up to them, sharing their life stories as no one before has ever heard. This documentary upholds a strong moral content by not only depicting the reality and hardship of these children, but also the positive aspect of this social group that works within its community. ======================================================================= “How Weed Won the West” Director - Kevin Booth Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at 7pm LA Premiere at the 7th Artvist Film Festival - Los Angeles While California is going bankrupt, one business is booming. 'How Weed Won the West' is the story of the growing medical cannabis / marijuana industry in the greater Los Angeles area, with over 700 dispensaries doling out the buds. As a treatment for conditions ranging from cancer and AIDS, to anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia, cannabis is quickly proving itself as a healthier natural alternative to many prescription drugs.Following the story of Organica, a collective owned by Jeff Joseph that was raided by the DEA in August of '09, the film shows that although some things have changed with Obama in office, the War on Drugs is nowhere near over. From Kevin Booth, the producer/director of Showtime's 'American Drug War', 'How Weed Won the West' puts California forward as an example to the rest of the country by documenting how legalizing marijuana can help save the economy. ======================================================================= "War Don Don" (War is Over) Director - Rebecca Richman Cohen Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 at 930PM LA Premiere at the 7th Artvist Film Festival - Los Angeles Synopsis: "War Don Don" (War is Over) is a Rashomon-esque legal documentary, with global importance, a thought provoking film that engages the heart, mind and conscience. In Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the 'special court.' Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace. Directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen, "War Don Don" tells the story of a sensational trial with unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and from behind bars, Sesay himself. In Krio, war don don means 'the war is over, ' as today, thankfully, Sierra Leone is at peace. Can the trial of one man uncover the truth of a traumatic past? ======================================================================= Friday Dec 3, 2010 at 7PM “Complexo – Universo Paralelo” Director: Mário Patrocinio LA Premiere at the 7th Artvist Film Festival - Los Angeles At the peak of tensions in Rio, two Portuguese brothers ventured into the most feared slum and lived there during the largest police operation ever launched in that state. They experienced a life where most people awaken to the sound of gunfire and sleep accompanied by shots. The heads of the largest criminal faction in Rio speak intimately and plainly of the life in the world of trafficking. They are the power that exists after a decades-long absence of government power. But the film also offers a slice of life with inspirational characters - a mother shows how her faith in Jesus makes her believe all is possible; the president of the dwellers' association shows that despite the frightening expansion of the complex, the arrival of crime, drugs and guns, he is able to make life better for his favela neighbors; a rapper - MC Playboy - a funk artist who realized that his path was not trafficking, while he saw many of his friends murdered, he conquered his space within the community and fights to destroy prejudice and bring all of society together. The people in the favela live under constant tension in the midst of a power game where both everything and nothing is possible. Through action and word, each character adds a piece to a gigantic puzzle that reveals to us the daily life of the favela as a whole. Director Mirio Patroconio’s film asks and answers “How is it to survive in this reality?” ======================================================================= Hempsters Director: Michael Henning Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 930PM Synopsis: HEMPSTERS: PLANT THE SEED follows seven activists as they fight to legalize industrial hemp in the United States, which is used in over 30 countries and is widely known to have numerous environmental benefits such as: less reliance on oil, more efficient use of energy, forest conservation, soil redemption and landfill use reduction, just to name a few. Featured in the film are Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, Ralph Nader and Merle Haggard. HEMPSTERS is a thought-provoking and compelling documentary that will not only encourage all of us to take action, but love us one step closer towards a more sustainable planet. ======================================================================= Saturday Dec 4, 2010 at 2PM “Maasai at the Crossroads” Directors: Joe Dietsch, Kristin Jordan LA Premiere at the 7th Artvist Film Festival - Los Angeles Synopsis: In MAASAI AT CROSSROADS, we chronicle the struggles of the Maasai tribe as they attempt to modernize while maintaining their traditional culture. Since the most direct route, of such a society towards modernization, is Education, the framework of the film is structured around the non-profit organization, Africa Schools of Kenya (ASK). A Speaker Program was conducted over March and April 2009. ASK is an educational curriculum that introduced experts in their area of expertise and their outside influences to the tribe - deeply influencing the worldview of the students, as will as the adults/elders. The external factors forcing the Maasai to modernize are the current drought and the encroaching influence of civilization. The questions asked are: What elements of any culture are important? / What should be preserved and what can be left behind? / Will the children return to the traditional Maasai way of life after being exposed to the modern world? If so, why? / What elements of the Maasai culture define them as a people? / How are the Maasai integrating modernization to aid themselves in becoming stewards of their land? / And why is this so important?
HeroesJames Cromwell, Tipi Hedren, Olivia Wilde, Hank Azaria, Ted Danson, Ed Begley Jr., Sharon Lawrence, Persia White, James Haven, Ted Danson, Alyssa Milano, Matthew McConaughey, Mira Sorvino, Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Begley Jr., Mike Farrell, Claes Nobel,