Just this week Francisco Bello sent some of us an email about the HBO premiere of his "El Espiritu de la Salsa" and Laura Varela sent a FB about community screenings of her "American Veteranos" in San Diego.  And I'm noticing that Workshop alums have upcoming showings on Independent Lens and other series, national and local.  So I thought I'd start a thread where we can post upcoming screenings, events, broadcasts, re-broadcasts, whatevers of our work.  We're all interested and can help spread the word.  So here's the venue -- Jump in!

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From Barbara Allen, who said I could pass this on since she's on her way to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where her film is in the FESPACO film festival, Diaspora competition:  "My film DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis is in national screenings.  Some sample dates:  Boston 3/4, Atlanta 3/3, Minneapolis 2/27, Miami 2/27, Cleveland 2/26 and 3/1, Sacramento 2/28, Charlotte 2/27, Indianapolis 3/6, Cincinnati 3/12 and 13, Austin 3/6 and 7, and more.  Please check local listings and spread the word!"  And good luck at the festival, BA!
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The PBS series, American Experience, will premiere my new film, TRIANGLE FIRE, this coming Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:00pm (check your local listings).  On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers died in a fire at the Triangle Waist Company. It was one of the largest workplace accidents in the nation’s history and few could deny that in the catastrophe lay a harsh truth: private industry had manufactured an industrial nightmare.  From the ashes of the Triangle Waist Company arose the most sweeping and aggressive workplace reform laws in the nation and a powerful new conception of American government as an institution with a duty to guard the safety and dignity of its citizens. 

I hope you can tune-in!

I know we're all looking forward to Stanley Nelson's FREEDOM RIDERS on American Experience next month, especially those of you who met Stanley at Workshop or just admire his work.  Here's another connection, too:  One of the students taking part in the 2011 Student Freedm Ride, Marshall Houston of Alabama, credits  his Documenting Justice professor, Andrew Grace, for pointing out the opportunity.  Tx, Andy! 


A note from Yoruba Richen to share:

I hope you all are having a rejuvenating spring!

I wanted to let you know that I will be screening an excerpt of my new
documentary - The New Black at Harlem Stage this Wednesday.  It is
part of a program of Work - in - Progress films.  There are two other
other exciting docs on the program as well.

The New Black is an explosive new documentary about race, sexuality
and the church.

Harlem Stage Gatehouse  is at 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York, NY

The program is on Wed, May 4th at 7:30 pm. Only $10.

Below is more info.  Hope to see you there!


From Laurens Grant

Oprah invites Director Stanley Nelson and nearly 200 surviving freedom riders as guests on her show - 50 years after they first got on the bus to change America forever.  Producer Laurens Grant in attendance!
Freedom Riders premiers Mon. May 16 on PBS' acclaimed history series American Experience. Check your local listings for show times. Help spread the word!

 Check your local stations for broadcast times
 Check out Oprah's web site:

Hope you're watching the Student Freedom Riders online.  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/  It's absolutely inspiring to see these college students grappling with history and big concepts like heroism, responsibility, and leadership. Our own Laurens Grant produced, and I know some of you at stations are doing events/web around it, would love to hear more! 

News from Robin Hessman --


Dear Friends of My Perestroika,

We hope you are having a great June!

We are really proud to announce that My Perestroika has been selected for the Economist Film Project which means that the film is going to be featured on the PBS NewsHour on Thursday, June 23rd! Last week, we recorded English voice-overs for our NewsHour segment. (Since they simultaneously broadcast on the radio, the subtitles wouldn't do.) Robin was a frighteningly convincing Pioneer leader.

In other news, we will be opening at The Music Box Theatre in Chicago on June 17th and later at The Wilmette Theatre on June 24th. Please help up spread the word to all your Chicago friends!

Don't forget that right now My Perestroika is still playing in San Francisco, West Newton, MA, Boca Raton, FL, Concord, NH, San Jose, CA, and Portland, OR.

Soon we will have screenings in Utica, NY, Ogden and Salt Lake City, UT (with Skype Q & A with Robin) and The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH on June 19 & June 21st. Internationally we have upcoming screenings in Barcelona and Slovakia.

Again, all info is on the screenings page of our website. http://myperestroika.com/screenings/

It makes a big difference every time each of you tells a friend about My Perestroika. We couldn't do it without you. Thank you so much!

Great review for My Perestroika in the WSJ:



It's on POV this week, congrats!

A note from Loren Mendell, one of those (few) delinquent Workshop grads without a page on our site.  OK, Loren, I'll put this up this time, but get on board!!


Hi friends,
I've been directing the A&E show INTERVENTION this year and my first episode premieres Monday night at 10pm (check local listings b/c at my house it airs at 7pm and 11pm). The episode characters are Sarah and Mikeal and here's a quick preview:  http://www.aetv.com/intervention/index.jsp
Thanks for your support and hope you "enjoy" it.     Loren

ANOTHER WORKSHOPPER FILM on PBS!!  'The Learning' Airs Tuesday at 10 PM

POV's 24th season continues tomorrow at 10 PM with the U.S. broadcast premiere of The Learning, a surprising tale of immigration, globalization and America's shifting position in the 21st century told through the experiences of four Filipina women who leave their families and schools in the Philippines to teach in Baltimore. Check your local listings.
Join POV for a live chat Wednesday, September 21 at 4:30 PM ET with filmmaker Ramona Diaz (Workshop '02) and the teachers featured in the film. Then visit the website to view deleted scenes from the original cut. The Learning will also be available online beginning Wednesday, September 21.

Keep up with the films at POV, on Twitter @povdocs or on Facebook.


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