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Film Block A: Shorts themed teaching children, climate change, elephants

  • wealthy street theatre 1130 Wealthy Street Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 United States (map)
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CUP OF TEA: Fiction A young photographer stands at the edge of a lake as she takes pictures of the beauty surrounding her. She breathes in the clean air and closes her eyes as she takes it all in, forgetting her troubles for a moment. She notices a young village kid smiling at her. She smiles back. Suddenly, she’s jolted back to reality when the young delinquent picks up her bag and makes a run for it. She chases him through the beautiful landscape as he whips through jungles and open fields and villages. He’s very familiar with the place and she doesn’t have a chance. Just when hope seems to be at an end, she finally finds the kid, and what she sees overwhelms her and melts her heart. ‘Cup Of Tea’ is a short film about the potential we all have to change someone else’s life, and while you’re doing that, might as well change it for the better.

 Jitendra Rai

 Jitendra Rai

Director Biography: Given his decade of work with theatre legend Makarand Deshpande, Jitendra has built an excellent reputation in the theatre community in Mumbai. He has worked extensively with NGOs that are related to children’s issues. He is highly active in conducting theatre workshops with children in Aseema Charitable (NGO), Dhai Akshar (NGO), Blind Association Center etc. He has worked as an assistant director and casting director on films like Stanley Ka Dabba , Hawaa Hawaai (with Amol Gupte) and Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (with Vishal Bhardwaj). He is a gifted visualizer and has written many films, of which ‘Cup Of Tea’ is very close to his heart. 

Gardeners of the Forest: Fiction A young photographer stands at the edge of a lake as she takes pictures of the beauty surrounding her. She breathes in the clean air and closes her eyes as she takes it all in, forgetting her troubles for a moment. She notices a young village kid smiling at her. She smiles back. Suddenly, she’s jolted back to reality when the young delinquent picks up her bag and makes a run for it. She chases him through the beautiful landscape as he whips through jungles and open fields and villages. He’s very familiar with the place and she doesn’t have a chance. Just when hope seems to be at an end, she finally finds the kid, and what she sees overwhelms her and melts her heart. ‘Cup Of Tea’ is a short film about the potential we all have to change someone else’s life, and while you’re doing that, might as well change it for the better.

Ceylan Carhoglu

Ceylan Carhoglu

Director Biography: Ceylan Carhoglu graduated from Koç High School in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in filmmaking. Ceylan recently graduated from Chapman University with a degree in film production. In 2014, she produced and directed a short documentary called “Phyllis” about an extraordinary 91-year-old woman who refuses to let her old age define how she lives her life and other pieces like “The Happiest Place on Earth”, an observational documentary that chronicles the coming-of-age story of an underprivileged child growing up in the middle of an impoverished Anaheim neighborhood. Her documentary "Gardeners of the Forest" was a winner at the 2016 Emmys: College Television Awards and was nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Student Academy Awards. 

Saving My Tomorrow: From the children who will inherit the planet comes a collection of songs, activism and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth. Saving My Tomorrow features kids from around the world who take on our biggest environmental challenges -- from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, scientists talk with kids about how organisms are affected by a changing earth. A lyrical mix of science, music, and stories of plants and animals in danger, the show is a call from kids to all of us to help take care of the planet and everything on it.

Amy Schatz

Amy Schatz

Director Biography: Amy Schatz is a director and producer of children's shows and documentaries. Most recently, she completed Saving My Tomorrow, a 6-part HBO series on the environment, produced in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, and An Apology to Elephants, a film with Lily Tomlin. Additional titles include the Classical Baby series, Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales, A Child’s Garden of Poetry, Through a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001, and more. Her work has received eight Emmy Awards, five Directors Guild of America Awards, three Peabody Awards, and others.

Supermom: A daughter thinks her mother is a real life super hero - she might be right. Starring Justine Herron ("Kevin Hart - Let Me Explain") and John Hensley (lead of "Nip/Tuck," "Teeth," "Hostile III").

Director Biography: Jason Honeycutt is an award-winning director, born and raised in rural Michigan. He grew up making movies from childhood. He worked three jobs to pay for film school and moved to Los Angeles where he's directed and/or edited content for FX Network, FOX, CBS, Dreamworks, Universal Republic, Sony Music, Disney, TNT and others. He is the winner of six Promax Gold Awards and is a part of the On-Air Promotions team at FX Network, where he helped them to win Promax's "Marketing Team of the Year" six times in a row.

Jason Honeycutt

Jason Honeycutt

His first short film, "Returning Home," won a number of film festival awards such as "Best Supernatural" (Detroit/Windsor Film Festal), "Best Produced Screenplay" (Oregon Film Award), "Golden Ace Award" (Las Vegas Film Festival), amongst others. His second film, "Intersection," won "Best Short Film" at the Durango Independent Film Festial, "Best Screenplay," at the Idyllwild International Film Festival, "Best Drama" at the Apex Film Festival, as well as 10 other wins or nominations.

Earlier Event: April 7
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