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Vegucated Releases International DVD in Conjunction with NYC #ClimateWeek & Vegetarian Awareness Month

Vegucated Releases International DVD in Conjunction with NYC #ClimateWeek & Vegetarian Awareness Month

[NEW YORK, NY] Award-winning eco foodie documentary Vegucated continues striking a chord with viewers at environmental film festivals around the world. It is available digitally, on DVD and for community screenings licensing worldwide in celebration of Vegetarian Awareness Month (October) and International Vegan Month (November).

Vegucated features three meat and cheese lovers who agree to accept the challenge to abandon their old eating habits and become vegan for six weeks. Hopeful the change will result in a healthier lifestyle and trimmer waistline, these volunteers  —Ellen, Tesla & Brian— are surprised to discover that much more than steak at stake and that the fate of the planet may well fall on their plates.

Thought-provoking and always entertaining, Vegucated takes viewers on an eye-opening journey of transformation far beyond a few tofu food substitutions as three daring people share one common adventure and ultimately find their own paths in creating a greener, cleaner world, one bite at a time.  To celebrate the growing global awareness of veganism, Vegucated debuts a new, international edition DVD this Autumn. The new edition features subtitles in Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. The DVD is available in select Whole Food Markets and other retailers around the country as well as through the Vegucated website HERE.

One year after its world premiere and first award, Vegucated received its Caribbean premiere in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as a selection of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival. This is the eighth film festival and the fifth environmental film festival that has selected the film.

Closing out the annual NYC Climate Week (September 24th -30th), Vegucated  joins up with award-winning short “What’s For Dinner?” (shot in China) for a double-feature free screening sponsored by VegFund. Tickets are free and first come, first serve to the public with general admission. Remaining tickets are available at vegucatedbrightergreen.eventbrite.com. This free screening is Saturday, September 29th, 1 to 4 pm at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue. Executive Producer Mia McDonald (“Dinner”) and writer–director Marisa Miller Wolfson (“Vegucated”) will do a Q&A post-screening.

On Monday, October 1, Yippie Museum & Cafe asks “Are You Vegucated?”. To celebrate World Vegetarian Day along with Meatless Mondays, YMC screens locally-made Vegucated and serves dinner beforehand. Sweets will be provided afterwards along with a filmmakers Q&A. Dinner will be cooked by local vegan chef–caterer David Lee Hall of Harmony Kitchen NYC.

For more information about Vegucated, visit http://getvegucated.com Press kits are available in .pdf format HERE.  Screeners and cast/crew interviews are available upon request.

 

Award-Winning Documentary LIFT UP Sets Distribution for Two-Year Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake

Last year Maurice Mitchell had an amazing idea, to do 100 shows that benefit Haiti all in a completely DIY fashion.  The Sparrow Project was excited to join him in that ultimately successful adventure.  Along the way we met film makers Phillip Knowlton and Huguens Jean who had just finished their feature length documentary chronicling two brothers who travel back to Haiti after the earthquake to pay respects to their grandfather.  Their film, LIFT UP will soon be available digitally through their website — http://liftupmovie.com

LIFT UP – OFFICIAL TRAILER from PHiLLYK on Vimeo.

“Though this project started with a personal journey, it quickly took on greater significance as it grew to include the narratives of so many survivors,” said Co-Director Huguens Jean. “We’re thrilled their stories will finally be accessible worldwide.”

Poignant, beautiful and unflinchingly human, LIFT UP follows two brothers, Clifford Muse and Huguens Jean, as they return to their native Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to commemorate their grandfather’s passing. The disaster having prevented them from attending the funeral, Clifford and Huguens plan to create a traditional Haitian kite to celebrate the life of the man who molded their childhoods.

Upon arriving in Haiti, they are surprised to find a vibrant nation filled with people committed to sharing their stories. As Clifford and Huguens collect the materials for their kite, they begin to record the experiences of their countrymen, and the scope of their journey expands. Soon musicians, painters, politicians, educators, family and friends are adding their voices and even contributing to Clifford and Huguens’s kite.

Their kite becomes a tapestry, depicting the life of Haiti after the quake. The familiar image of a Haitian child, standing on a roof, his kite soaring above, becomes a metaphor for the people of Haiti: surrounded by danger and standing on shaky ground while their spirits fight the wind, seeking their place in the sky.

Their journey at an end, Clifford and Hugues return to the US and fly their memorial kite at the 44th Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival. Despite mild wind, the kite dances hundreds of feet above the ground as a nation’s soul soars.

The Art of Insurrection: An #OWS Creative Roundup

At the heart of insurrection, beneath both good and ugly, is something eerily beautiful.  This beauty sits with the unbridled passion of the insurrectionaries.  With such passion creativity explodes …on canvasses, in printed materials, on film, scrawled on the walls of public places, etched across ad-spaces, or braided into songs.  The exponential growth of the Occupy movement cannot be compared to any other movement in recent history.  Out of what seems like a bottomless well of inspiration and creativity has come remarkable creations in the name of Occupation.  Sparrow has been involved with the Occupy movement since it’s inception and some creative projects, artists, and makers have besieged our hearts, below is a small roundup of our favorites.

From our friends At The Hop Productions comes “That Which We Occupy” (above) a stunning short with an eerie echo of the spirit of OWS.

“This is for you who have stood up. This is to acknowledge your cause.  We are trying to awaken a world that has sunken into a swamp of lies.  Occupy, protest & demand that there be real change.  There are no holds barred on freedom.  Let’s continue.”

»”Lunch at Zuccotti”  From his unwavering support of Project Palestine, to his work with The Harold Hunter Foundation, to documenting urban farming movements around the world, Paul Park’s boundless talent for making films has helped to beautifully document other creative projects in and around Occupy Wall Street.

»”Guerrilla Gardening at OWS”  Students from Sterling College in Vermont came down to Occupy Wall Street and showed us how to plant and sow seeds anywhere where there is soil. In this short film, they demonstrate how easy it is to grow winter greens and beets right in the parks flower beds, and then speak earnestly and passionately about the importance of farming, and understanding where our food comes from.

»”Permaculture at Zuccotti Park” Paul Park documents the mobile design lab at Zuccotti Park that would process the grey water from the OWS kitchen.

»Josh MacPhee’s artwork has become a cornerstone of Occupy’s graphic identity.  From his work with Just Seeds Collective on the Peoples History poster series to countless illustrations in contemporary revolutionary texts, Josh’s work continues to inspire and give vibrance to today’s social struggles.

»Rachel Schragis illustrated The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City as this gorgeous typographic flow chart. This image was generated by a crowd-editing process in Zuccotti Park facilitated by Rachel Schragis.  It is endorsed by the Occupy Wall Street Arts and Culture working group, and is based on The Declaration of the Occupation of NYC,  as written by the Call to Action Working Group and adopted via concensus by the NYC General Assembly.

»Occuprint is an online depository of the creative poster art that has come to define Occupations everywhere.  The Occuprint Lab emerged out of a collaborative poster project with The Occupied Wall Street Journal, Sparrow is honored to help assist Occuprint with production of large print runs of their posters.

Do you know of a great project that should be highlighted in our OWS creative roundup?  Email us with details info@sparrowmedia.net

Russell Simmons on Activism, Spirituality & Bold Native

After hosting the New York premiere of Bold Native, the first fiction film about the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Russell Simmons sits down to talk about veganism, spirituality and radical activism. On the nine billion animals bred, raised and killed for food annually in the U.S., Simmons says, “Aside from all the suffering we’re causing and all the sickness we cause, we’re abusing the planet as well.” He goes on to talk about the difficulty in creating a change in consciousness and the importance of films like Bold Native for doing just that.

To book a screening of Bold Native at your college contact danielle@sparrowmedia.net