A big thank you to everyone who made it into the city on Thursday night in the wet and cold to attend the launch of Arts in Action, it was a wonderful turnout, with plenty of good brew flowing, chatter and a film to really provoke thought and discussion! Apart from a few technical glitches the night ran rather smoothly. Thanks go to all those who contributed to the success of the evening. Firstly I have to mention the wonderful event staff at Donkey Wheel House, Alana, Jessie and Cherie for being so accommodating, efficient and responsive to my needs. They are a great team, very willing to assist in any way they can, I highly recommend Donkey Wheel as a venue if you re looking for somewhere a little different to hold an event, function or meeting.
Secondly thank you to everyone who donated a camera, 6 cameras raised and a few more on their way. Great effort! Thanks to Zoe a volunteer from the project who came along as a representative to meet and greet and collect cameras. I am deeply grateful for the support and assistance provided by my friends, especially Mary for being my “Door Angel” and Melissa for taking over the popcorn making just when I needed her most! Deano I must say stole the show with his tasty ales, tragic jokes and charming service. His little doco which had its first public screening was a big hit. Deano also saved the day with his hotspot smartphone that provided wifi when the venue’s internet connection failed. Thanks to Deano the skype call with Richard from Bali was able to take place as planned. Richard joined us after the feature film, to talk to the audience about his Bali kid’s camera project. Thanks so much to Richard for his time and sharing. Thanks also to Sonia Grieve for sharing her wonderful artwork “Atlas Novus” – which added a warm and soft glow to the room. And finally thanks to Andrew Bradsworth whose beautiful music played in the background.
So what’s next? I have plans for a screening on Remembrance Day of the film “Operation Emotional Freedom” which will coincide with a worldwide summit on PTSD and include a skype call with the Producer Eric Huure. But before that I have been invited to collaborate on the screening of “Our Generation” during Reconciliation week. If you’d like to stay informed about upcoming screening events and collaborators please join the mailing list to be notified of new posts and updates.
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