Today, the office has been in what could best be described as an orderly frenzy. Actually, who am I kidding? First, the office is always a bit of a whirlwind, but second, it’s probably been this way for about three weeks. That is because we are concluding our preparations for the first annual “Creative Activist Arts Festival.” Tonight is the kickoff for the two-day festival that will celebrate Dan Eldon’s art, premiere several new documentaries, and allow for festival-goers to dialogue with filmmakers and activists.
For the past few days we have been working out the final logistics for the event: panel speakers, stage cues, ticket sales, spatial logistics, etc. The final touches have come together and some of us are getting ready to head over to the Edgemar [where the documentaries will be shown tomorrow] to set up. Others of us are staying here to tidy the office for the “Chef’s Soiree” this evening.
Everyone has been working like crazy and it promises to be an incredible event! I literally cannot wait to see the documentaries [learn more here: http://www.creativevisions.org/whats-happening/view/209-caaf]. I personally, am particularly excited for, for “After the Fall,” an intimate portrait of children and young adults in Romania, infected at a young with HIV/AIDS. I am not exceptionally well-informed about this problem in Eastern Europe—one generally hears more about the AIDS epidemic in Africa—so I am excited to gain some insight and see how I can get involved in helping to solve the problem.
The cool thing about this festival, is that so many current issues are represented through these documentaries. There are films about the environment, food, health, athletics, music, LGBT, poverty, and art. Whether you have been passionate about an issue for a while, or are just looking to gain some perspective on a subject, you will benefit so much through this festival. Besides raising awareness, the festival presents an opportunity for a diverse group of people to come together to catalyze positive change globally. Not only will you have hundreds of people to discuss issues with, but everyone will also have the opportunity to have Q&A with filmmakers and activists and to discuss how to bring about change.
Can art change the world? We are about to find out.
To get your last minute tickets, follow this link: http://creativevisions.givezooks.com/events/creative-activist-arts-festival
I hope to see you there! Check back over the weekend for updates on the festivities!
Everyone finalizing last minute details!