Film and event with Film-Maker: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, Time 7pm
When men in a prison art class agree to collaborate with victims of crime to design a mural about healing, their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. At times the divide seems too wide to bridge. But as the participants begin to work together, mistrust gives way to genuine moments of human contact and shared purpose. Their struggle to find creative common ground raises challenging questions about punishment, justice and reconciliation — the insights gained are reflected in the art they produce in Concrete, Steel and Paint.
The DIRECTORS will be at Riverviews to introduce their film.
Cindy Burstein is an award-winning independent producer. Formerly a community organizer, she received her MFA from Rutgers University to pursue the use of documentary film as a tool for dialogue and civic engagement. She also works with other independent filmmakers to develop public engagement initiatives for theatrical releases, broadcast premieres and educational distribution. She is a 2010 recipient of the Leeway Transformation Award, a fellowship which recognizes women artists engaged in social change.
Since co-founding the Community Media Workshop in Dayton, Ohio in 1974, Tony Heriza has been involved in many aspects of media for social change: producing, editing, teaching and working with community organizations. His work has been broadcast nationally on PBS and featured in many festivals. He is now the Director of Educational Outreach for the American Friends Service Committee and along with his co-producer, Cindy Burstein, is an active member of the New Day Film distribution co-operative.