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IndieGoGo Campaign for A Safe Space – The Film

“Have you been looking for a way to engage against discrimination?

Writer Samih Nassar teamed with producer Lindsay Ogus and director Michael Flax to create a film that could channel our passion against today’s growing discrimination. We wanted to create a fresh narrative that reflects Canadian diversity. By supporting A Safe Space, you support not just a film but also a social movement. We are providing a platform for Muslim females in the arts to share their work and their stories with new audiences, and using the film to show why such a platform is necessary.

We spoke to dozens of Muslim artists about their experiences, and sent the script out to them to make sure we made a truly authentic film. In our campaign video, they tell us why this film needs to be made. Make sure to watch our campaign video!

There are two ways to help:

1) Contribute financially – even small contributions raise our popularity and give us more visibility on Indiegogo!
2) Post to Social Media or Email your friends (see links below) – in the end, the more people hear about us, the more likely we are to meet our target!

For full details on the crowdfunding campaign, check out https://igg.me/at/asafespacefilm! For even more behind the scenes photos, bios of our cast and crew, and news from the film, check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/asafespacefilm!

Thank you for supporting me, and supporting A Safe Space!

IndieGoGo Campaign for A Safe Space – The Film
Campaign Runs: May 17th – June 15th

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-submitted by A Safe Space

Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival Seeking Volunteers!

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Scarborough Arts invites you to volunteer for this momentous 5th year of the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival! The festival runs from June 6th to 11th, 2017, and this year is promising to be the best one yet, with a variety of film programs, parties, concerts, industry meetings, guests, and of course more films!

The Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival is only made possible by our amazing volunteers. This festival was founded as a volunteer driven project to bring international stories to the borough of Scarborough, uniting residents and guests under the lights of the screen. We are tremendously grateful for the time and dedication of our volunteers. We sincerely hope that you consider joining the volunteer team this summer!

As a volunteer you will be meeting and interacting with all kinds of new people, developing and sharing your unique skillset while participating and supporting the arts. For volunteering with the festival you will receive free access to all screenings. You will also be provided with a t-shirt, training sessions and volunteer appreciation events!

To apply for a volunteer position please complete this application form.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email volunteer[at]scarborougharts.com”

-from Scarborough Arts website

Call for Youth Photographers and Filmmakers for EAST Animating Democracy 2017 (Scarborough Arts)

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“Are you interested in photos and film and are between the ages of 16 and 21? We want to hear from you!

 

Application Deadline: Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5 PM
Download the Application Form HERE.

Scarborough Arts will be hosting a FREE intensive 8-week workshop with media artists Solana Cain and Chris Laxton. Over these 8 weeks, you will have the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of photography and film-making and explore stories that matter to you! Topics that will be covered include: camera approach and practice, post-production, editing, and jobs and freelance opportunities.

PLUS: Films created during the run of EAST Animating Democracy will be premiered at the 5th Annual Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival—the biggest international film festival in Scarborough—in June 2017!

This is your chance to explore your passions through the lens! Ready to apply? Download the Application Form and send it back to Jen D. Fabico, Program Director at programs@scarborougharts.com. For more information, contact 416-698-7322. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5 PM. Workshops take place on Wednesdays, 6-8 PM, at Warden Hilltop Community Centre on 25 Mendelssohn Street.”

 

Call for Submissions (locally & nationally): 15th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Toronto)

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“Every year, we welcome films of all lengths and genres that reflect the multitude of experiences that make up our cities and communities. The Regent Park Film Festival is especially dedicated to showcasing works by Indigenous filmmakers and filmmakers of colour, as well as works by trans, queer and female identified filmmakers. We encourage local, national and international participation.  During the festival, we offer a school program, which is a fun film festival experience with educational programming specifically tailored to students and teachers from schools across the GTA.

WE INVITE FILMS FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

GENERAL PROGRAM: Features works by filmmakers from a multi-cultural and/or Aboriginal backgrounds and/or films that explore difference and solidarity, immigrant experiences, urbanization, cultural identity and resonate with the inner city, community based, trans-national and transient realities of Regent Park and similar communities in Toronto, in Canada, and all over the world.

EMERGING DIRECTORS SPOTLIGHT: Features works created by emerging filmmakers under 26. This program encourages self-representation and seeks to promote dialogue within the community, as well as among the guest youth filmmakers from Regent Park and other parts of the world.

SCHOOL PROGRAM: Features works suitable for or Grade 1-8, featuring themes relevant and engaging for youth. This program encourages self-representation and seeks to promote dialogue within the community, as well as among the guest youth filmmakers from Regent Park and other parts of the world.”

For submission details, please visit www.regentparkfilmfestival.com

Program Highlight: Community Heartbeat (BluePrintForLife & BluePrint Pathways)

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“BluePrintForLife has now delivered over 120 projects in over 50 communities receiving national and international awards and recognition as a healing program. We have some exciting news ! Blueprint has developed a new mental health program to re-engage communities we have visited in the past, and engage youth who were to young to attend our program previously.

We will still deliver our flagship week intensive where we become the replacement school for a week, but we will not only employ traditional cultural elements but we will be designing a full community show incorporating, dance, stomping and drumming.

blueprint-troysextonWe are excited to highlight Troy Sexton who has toured the world in the musical Stomp and is currently the official bucket drummer for the Toronto Raptors basketball team. We will be creating a customized community show that represents elements reflective of each unique community we visit. We will be asking communities to lend things like oil drums, snowmobiles, canoes, kayaks, Kamitiks etc which will all help create the unique stage design the youth will be interacting with.

When we need a break from stomping, drumming and cultural activities we will be engaging the youth on topics that you want Blueprint to address such as bullying, drugs and alcohol, abuse, suicide, managing anger and healing paths. We will also be introducing meditation, journaling, and spoken word during the week.

Teachers, social workers, police, elders, recreation coordinators, and school counselors are strongly encouraged to attend as this is guaranteed to be amazing professional development and training for them, creating deeper relationships within the community.

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All of this will be filmed and a short video produced of the week and final show so the community can relive the pride, passion and hope. This program typically takes place from 9 am to 5 pm each day from Monday to Friday with the final night show being Friday evening.

Blueprint is looking at numerous funding opportunities to help subsidize our new program so that communities will not need to bear all of the cost. We are asking communities to send us a simple one page letter stating you are excited to look at Blueprint returning and engaging your youth on a range of mental health issues with this unique healing program. We will use these letters to assist in our search for funding.

Email Steve@blueprintforlife.ca if you are interested in having “Community Heartbeat“ come to your community. Mental Health letters of recommendation are available upon request.
We look forward to returning to your community, seeing old friends, and creating new ones.”

-submitted by BluePrintForLife

2017 Indigenous Education Week – Artist talk, hip hop, poetry, and more (Jan 23-27, Toronto)

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“ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The 2017 Indigenous Education Week at the University of Toronto will be held from January 22nd to the 27th. Indigenous Education Week is a series of events for students, staff, faculty, and the community to participate in and learn about Indigenous knowledges, nationhood, and the diversity of Indigenous nations.

January 22nd

DIGGING ROOTS
3-4:30 pm
Great Hall, Hart House
Cost: Free
website: http://harthouse.ca/events/sunday-concerts-digging-roots/

January 23rd

INDIGENOUS STUDIES STUDENTS’ UNION – OPEN HOUSE – OFFICE OPENING
11am-1pm
Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies
Lunch will be served.

January 24th

HERE ON FUTURE EARTH: AN ARTIST TALK WITH JOI T. ARCAND
Moderated by Dr. Karyn Recollet
2:00 pm
Main Activity Hall, Multi Faith Centre

STORYING TOGETHER: SCREENING OF WEAVING THE SASH AND SHARING CIRCLE
6:30-9 pm
East Common Room, Hart House
website: http://harthouse.ca/events/storying-together/

January 25th

MIND, BODY, SPIRIT: HEALING FROM THE INSIDE OUT. A SELF CARE WORKSHOP WITH OPENING FROM ELDER ERNIE SANDY
12:00 pm
Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies
Facilitator: Bonnie Jane Maracle, Learning Strategist
Presented by Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement
Register by emailing: sage[at]utoronto.ca

FROM BASRA TO STANDING ROCK: DECOLONIAL LOVE, HIP HOP AND SOLIDARITY. DISCUSSION WITH QUESE IMC AND YASSIN “NARCY” ALSALMAN
2:00 pm
Debates Room at Hart House.
Moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson. Opening by Brianna Briskool Olson.

TOBACCO TEACHING WITH TRADITIONAL OJIBWE TEACHER/KOKOMIS JACQUI LAVALLEY
5:00 pm
Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE.
Presented by the Indigenous Education Network.
website: http://oise.utoronto.ca/ien/events.html

January 26th

THE SEVEN CRIES OF CREE YOUNG PEOPLE: THE INTERGENERATIONAL IMPACT OF ST. ANNE’S RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL ON SURVIVORS. A TEACHING WITH ANDREW WESLEY
11:00 am
First Nations House Lounge

CLEARING A PATH: POETRY FOR A UNIFIED FUTURE. READINGS AND DISCUSSION WITH GWEN BENAWAY, LEE MARACLE, AND GREGORY SCOFIELD
2:00 pm
Debates Room at Hart House

January 27th

BEYOND THE BREAK: READING BY KATHERENA VERMETTE
2:00 pm
First Nations House Lounge
Moderated by Jamaias Da Costa. This event is followed by a closing reception.

First Nations House is located at 563 Spadina Ave., on the Third Floor.
There is an accessible entrance via Bancroft Avenue and an elevator at the back of the North Borden Building. First Nations House has a gender neutral restroom. If you require specific accommodations, please contact Susan at 416.978.8227.

We would like to acknowledge our partners in IEW 2017: Indigenous Education Network, OISE, Hart House, the Multi-Faith Centre, Indigenous Studies Student Union, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (S.A.G.E.)”

-submitted by 4Rs Youth Movement

Profile Highlight: Dramatic Changes Artist Society (Halifax)

 

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at Artbridges.

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Dramatic Changes is a “not-for-profit organisation that aims to:
1) Create and present story-based art such as films, musicals, websites, songs, and games to raise awareness of social justice issues.
2) Amplify the voices of marginalised communities by supporting collaborations between community members and professional artists.
3) Support diversity in the arts industry
4) Provide arts mentorship to the community”

To read more about Dramatic Changes, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

The 14th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Nov. 23-26, Toronto)

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“The Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto’s only free community film festival, celebrates 14 years with the announcement of the 2016 film line-up during its annual Fundraiser and Program Launch, in the heart of the Regent Park Community, at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East). Festival Programmer, Diana Cadavid, introduced Films, Workshops, Panels and Virtual Reality Installations that will showcase stories from and about inner city communities across the world, including 34 from Toronto-based filmmakers and 8 filmmakers from the Regent Park Community. The Festival will open with the well-established and anticipated EMERGING DIRECTORS’ SPOTLIGHT and close with JEAN OF THE JONESES, written and directed by Toronto’s own Stella Meghie. The Festival runs from November 23rd to November 26th, 2016. The full programming is free of charge to the public, including complimentary daycare, all taking place at Daniels Spectrum.

Regent Park Film Festival’s Executive Director, Ananya Ohri said: “As Toronto’s only free film festival we to bring access to incredible films and media experiences to people from all walks of life. We are proud to host the most diverse film-going audiences in the city. Join us in celebrating the magic that happens at the intersection of art and community, and examine its potential to inspire human connection and change.”

The full 14th Regent Park Film Festival Program is available at:
http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/2016-schedule/

The Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s only free-of-charge community film festival that has been making powerful films accessible to low income communities across Toronto for over 14 years. It offers high quality international programming, presented at world-class film festivals, that resonates directly with the changing pulse of our city. Regent Park Film Festival is the 2016 recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network TD Arts Diversity Award.

The Regent Park Film Festival was started by a student teacher Chandra Siddan and other educators in the community. They wanted to bring people of Regent Park, especially students, access to stories that resonate with the residents. In 2003, the Regent Park Film Festival was a small event at Nelson Mandela Public School and over the years it grew to be a 4-day event, with its programming (screenings and workshops) happening year-round. The Regent Park Film Festival’s work is based on the idea that everyone deserves safe affordable housing, healthcare, healthy food and access to stories that open up possibilities.”

-from Regent Park Film Festival press release
Read Regent Park Film Festival’s profile on ArtBridges’  Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (Nov.15-20, Calgary)

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The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival has been sharing human rights, environmental, and socially significant documentary films since 2006. The 2016 Festival will run Nov. 15-20, 2016.”

“At the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, we present some of the world’s best documentaries on the issues that are important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans. We’ve brought these influential documentaries from international filmmakers to more than 30,000 people in the Calgary area and across Canada, and thanks to our sponsors, we’ve done it free of charge.

Since our start in 2006, we’ve grown 100%, from a three-day festival with two venues to a six-day festival in four venues. In addition to the annual festival, we also present justREEL, a year-round film series.

In 2016, the documentaries we presented were chosen from a submission pool of more than 1000 filmmakers from over 100 countries. Every screening, whether it’s a festival presentation or part of justREEL, includes a discussion with the filmmaker or experts on the film’s topic; these conversations are lively, inclusive and enlightening, occasionally charged or even contentious, but always thought-provoking.

Good Films. Do Good.

For more information about the Film Festival, please visit www.justicefilmfestival.ca

-from the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival’s website

7th Annual Spectrum Productions Screening and Gala (Nov 2, Montréal)

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“It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our 7th Annual gala and screening “Films from the Autism Spectrum”.

This year, more than 65 Spectrum participants followed their love of film and dedicated a staggering amount of time and effort into writing, producing, editing and creating film and animated shorts.

On November 2, they will be thrilled to share the results of their efforts at our feature event “Films from the Spectrum,” at the Mile-End landmark Rialto Theatre.

Event Details
Location: Rialto Theatre, 5723 Avenue du Parc
Date: Nov. 2nd
Time: 6:00 – 10:00
Tickets: $25 available @ https://goo.gl/ees5Y7 or in person @ Spectrum Productions

Join us for this unique chance for the filmmakers and their viewing public to come together and see why art is the lifeline for these teens to find their voice and help change the conversation about what is possible when you have autism.

For further information please visit our event page here: https://goo.gl/8ViO9E
Or contact Spectrum @ 514-448-1644.

If you are interested in further supporting Spectrum by volunteering before or at the event or by helping us fundraise for the event please get in touch. We can use all the help we can get!

Thank you all for your ongoing support! We look forward to spending an evening with you to celebrate the incredible work of these talented youth!”

-from Spectrum Productions