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7TH ANNUAL ARTIVIST FESTIVAL

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1ST TO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4TH

The Artivist Collective is pleased to announce the slate for the 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival. This year’s festival will take place December 1-4 at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, screening 45 independent, narratives, documentaries, shorts, and experimental films from around the globe. The festival concludes on Saturday, December 4th, with The 2010 Artivist Awards Honoring Peter Fonda, Barbara Pyle, Avis Richards, and the winning films of this year’s festival.

Founded in 2003, "ARTIVIST" is the first international film festival and awards dedicated to raising awareness for Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Environmental Preservation, and Animal Advocacy. Our mission is to strengthen the voice of socially conscious artists - "Artivists" - while raising public awareness for social global causes. Through the years, the Artivist Film Festival has showcased 400+ films representing more than 60 countries around the world. Artivist has reached millions of people with its film festivals in Hollywood, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Lisbon. In recognition of the socially conscious platform it provides, ARTIVIST has been endorsed by Claes Nobel of the Nobel Prize family, Amnesty International, and the United Nations Department of Public Information.

Artivist Founder-President, Diaky Diaz, states “through the films and the presence of diverse NGOs active in human rights, animal advocacy, and environmentalism present at Artivist, the festival presents a unique opportunity for filmgoers to gain both awareness of issues and become active participants in positive change.”

**All Screenings are followed by Filmmaker Q&A Panel and a Reception!!!

***LIMITED FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE!!! To reserve, please visit: www.artivist.com

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1ST AT 8:00PM

Opening Night Film: Los Angeles Premiere

ARTIVIST SPIRIT, 2010 ARTIVIST AWARDS WINNER

REGENERATION
Dir. Philip Montgomery

Narrated by Ryan Gosling and featuring the music of Sound Tribe Sector 9, the feature 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 Amy Goodman, Andrew Bacevich, Noam Chomsky, Talib Kweli, and the late Howard Zinn. 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.



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2ND AT 7:00PM

Los Angeles Premiere

HOW WEED WON THE WEST
Dir. Kevin Booth

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.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2ND AT 9:30PM

Los Angeles Premiere

WAR DON DON (WAR IS OVER)
Dir. Rebecca Richman Cohen

“War Don Don” (War is Over) is a Rashomon-esque legal documentary with global importance, and 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. The story of a sensational trial with unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and from behind bars, Sesay himself. Can the trial of one man uncover the truth of a nation’s past?



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD AT 7:00PM

Los Angeles Premiere


BEST FEATURE – HUMAN RIGHTS, 2010 ARTIVIST AWARDS WINNER

COMPLEXO - UNIVERSO PARALELO (A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
Dir. Mario Patrocinio

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 formed friendships with inspirational people that would forever change their lives and their perception of what is possible in this world. Through action and word, each character adds a piece to a gigantic puzzle that reveals the daily life of the favela as a whole.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD AT 9:30PM

HEMPSTERS
Dir. Michael Henning

This lively documentary begins with the arrest of Woody Harrelson for planting four feral hemp seeds in Kentucky and his subsequent trial and acquittal. Featuring farmers who want to grow the multi-purpose crop as a way to save their farms, “Hempsters” puts hemp at the heart of just about every grassroots issue in America today, and is a rousing portrait of our country’s most spirited and sensible free-thinkers. A hyper-paced ride with a sizzling soundtrack, this motion picture features Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ralph Nader.



SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4TH AT 12:00PM

Los Angeles Premiere

PLAY AGAIN
Dir. Tonie Schel

One generation from now most people in the USA will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole? Following six teenagers who, like the average American child, spend up to fifteen hours a day behind video-tv-mobile-computer screens. Director Tonje Schei unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure - no electricity, no cell phone, no virtual reality, and experience what it is to “play again”. Soundtrack includes music from the acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Ros and singer Kimya Dawson (JUNO soundtrack). Music Director is Andreas Hessen-Schei, of the Norwegian bands Jaga Jazzist and Shining

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4TH AT 2:00PM

Los Angeles Premiere

MASSAI AT CROSSROADS
Dirs. Joe Dietsch & Kristin Jordan

How can cultures integrate modernization while remaining stewards of their traditions? And why is this uniquely important to the human experience? Maasai at Crossroads chronicles the struggles of the Maasai tribe as they attempt to modernize in the 21st century while still preserving their ancient culture.



 

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