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small, beautifully MOVING PARTS

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SOUTHERN CIRCUIT OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS SERIES kicks off in Gainesville, Ga this Thursday, September 20, at The Smithgall Arts Center – 331 Spring Street SW. This is one of six movies and will be accompanied by dinner! Dinner will start at 6pm followed by the movie small, beautifully MOVING PARTS After the movie, we will have a MEET THE DIRECTOR reception for audience Q&A. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. Movie trailer is available on our website. For tickets call The Arts Council at 770.534.2787 or visit our website.

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INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES ANNOUNCED

THE ARTS COUNCIL, INC. & GAINESVILLE STATE COLLEGE ANNOUNCE
SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS 2012-13

The Arts Council, Gainesville State College and South Arts proudly present the 2012-2013 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. This tour is a unique interactive program that will bring six (6) award-winning independent films and their filmmakers into Gainesville City and Hall County.
The films in this series are small, beautifully MOVING PARTS directed and produced by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson; OTIS UNDER SKY directed by Anlo Sepulveda; SMOKIN’ FISH directed and produced by Luke Griswold-Tergis ; girl model directed and produced by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon; FREE CHINA directed and produced by Michael Perlman; and STRONG! directed by Julie Wyman. Each film will include a ‘Meet the Filmmaker Question and Answer Session’. Series tickets are $38 per person for the six films and include dinner prior to small, beautifully MOVING PARTS and all meet the filmmaker receptions at the end of each of the other films. Individual film tickets are $7 adults and $5 students and seniors (65+) and include a reception, after the screening, with the filmmaker for questions and answers.

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Opening the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series will be the screening of small, beautifully MOVING PARTS on September 20, 2012 at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. To kick off the independent film series, we invite you to join us for a dinner before the film, catered by Ed and Melody Entriken. Dinner will start at 6PM and the movie will follow at 7PM. small, beautifully MOVING PARTS: When technophile Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. A SXSW premiere and winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age. Tickets include dinner: $15 Adults; $13 Student/Seniors

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The second film in this series OTIS UNDER SKY will be screened October 18, 2012 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. OTIS UNDER SKY is the story of Otis (Anis Mojgani), a socially inept web artist recluse, who ventures into the world outside of the web and falls into unrequited love with Ursula (Roberta Colindrez), a kleptomaniac womanizer. Otis’ experience with love and loss inspires his greatest creation, an internet art concept that connects people spiritually. Directed By Anlo Sepulveda and produced by Mandi Sepulveda. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

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The third film in this series SMOKIN’ FISH will be screened November 8, 2012 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. SMOKIN’ FISH: Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin’ Fish, tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture. Directed and produced by Luke Griswold-Tergis; Jed Riffe is Executive Producer. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

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The fourth film in this series girl model will be screened February 14, 2013 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. girl model is the haunting documentary that follows 13-year-old modeling hopeful Nadya Vall and jaded modeling veteran and scout Ashley Arbaugh, poses many questions. In taking a look at the working conditions of children and the insatiable demand for girls as young as 11 or 12, filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin distilled a true vulgarity to a business that truly makes no apologies. In an exclusive interview with Mommyish, Ashley shares why she and her partner tackled this industry in the first place and responds to allegations that the film “humiliates” young Nadya. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

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The fifth film in this series FREE CHINA will screen on March 28, 2013 at 7PM at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. FREE CHINA is the film the Chinese Communist Party does not want you to see. The fates of a woman living in Beijing and a man living in New York become inextricably linked because of a common conviction… From the award-winning director of “Tibet: Beyond Fear”, Free China: The Courage to Believe examines the widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable and uplifting stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member and Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, who along with hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens are imprisoned and tortured for their spiritual beliefs. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

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The sixth and final film in this series STRONG! will screen on April 18, 2013 at 7PM at Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. STRONG!: Cheryl Haworth is an Olympic weightlifter, from Savannah, GA who has competed in three Olympic Games, winning the bronze medal in Sydney in 2000. She held the title of National Champion for 11 consecutive years. Weighing close to 300 pounds, Cheryl uses her size to her competitive advantage in a sport that has traditionally been the province of men. This is the story of Cheryl’s weightlifting career, the rigors of training for competition, and her personal experience of being big in a culture that values women who are small. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors.

Series tickets are $38 per person for the six films and include dinner prior to small, beautifully MOVING PARTS and all meet the filmmaker receptions at the end of each of the other films.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Trailers for each film in the series may be viewed at the Arts Council’s website www.TheArtsCouncil.net. Series and individual tickets may be ordered on line at www.TheArtsCouncil.net or by calling the Arts Council at 770-534-2787. For artist information call Gladys Wyant at 770-534-2787.

DIRECTIONS TO ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER
From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to Exit 113 bearing left onto I-985 north to Exit 20 GA Highway 60 (Queen City Pkwy/Candler RD). Turn left onto GA 60 and proceed approximately 2 miles to intersection with GA Hwy 369 (Jesse Jewell Pkwy). Turn right onto GA 369 and proceed approximately 1 / 2 mile to intersection with W. Academy St (Poultry monument/railroad museum on left & BB&T on right). Turn left onto W. Academy and proceed two blocks and the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center will be on the right at the intersection of W. Academy and Spring St.

DIRECTIONS TO GAINESVILLE STATE COLLEGE
From Atlanta on I-85N: Take I-85 N / GA-403 N via EXIT 251 toward GA-400 / Greenville (go 28.3 miles); Merge onto I-985 N / GA-365 N via EXIT 113 on the left toward Gainesville (go 15.7 miles); Take the GA-53 exit, EXIT 16, toward Oakwood / Dawsonville (go .3 miles); Turn left onto Mundy Mill Rd / GA-53 W (go .6 miles); Make a right turn at traffic light onto Mathis Drive (Wal-Mart on left)

From Gainesville on I-985S: Merge onto I-985 S/US-23 S/GA-365 S toward Atlanta (go 4.4 miles); Take the GA-53 exit, EXIT 17, toward Oakwood/Dawsonville (go 1.2 miles); Keep right at the fork to go on Mundy Mill Rd/GA-53 W; Make a right turn at traffic light onto Mathis Drive (Wal-Mart on left)

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The Arts Council Salutes Strong & Diverse Women

You Don’t Know What I Got, the debut feature from Linda Duvoisin, is a sprightly, candid portrait that examines the thoughts, ideas, convictions and passions of five diverse American women. Her technique shifts our attention at irregular intervals, abruptly changing time and place, mirroring the actual conversation patterns and highlighting the universal aspects of their experiences. She cuts from Tennessee to Minnesota to New Mexico, or joins Ani DiFranco onstage and off. Each of these master storytellers adds her voice to a tapestry of home spun tales, fables, confessions, advice, music, poetry, thoughts and actions. The richly textured portrayal is filled with the unforgettable stories of determined women who share an extraordinary passion for Life. Their wit and wisdom form the foundation of an immensely satisfying film. Features singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, Linda Finney, a police officer activist/poet, fellow police officer Julie Brunzell who shares her dream of becoming a social worker, Myrtle Stedman, born in 1908, a feisty artist and adobe-architect, and she revisits Jimmie Woodruff, the charming housekeeper who worked for the Duvoisin family.

A must watch for all women (18+ for some language and thematic content) and those who love women!

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The Arts Council in conjunction with Gainesville State College and South Arts is proud to screen You Don’t Know What I’ve Got and two shorts, We Shall Not Be Moved: The Nashville Sit-Ins and We Shall Not Be Moved: The Chattanooga Sit-Ins on April 12, 2012 at Gainesville State College, Academic Building IV, Mathis Road, Oakwood Ga at 7:30pm. Post screening the audience will have an opportunity to meet the director at a Q&A reception. Tickets $7 adults; $5 students and seniors (65+). To purchase tickets call 770-534-2787 or visit www.TheArtsCouncil.net

For other recent news about women…

THANK YOU TO THE LIKES OF ASHLEY JUDD FOR STANDING UP FOR WOMEN EVERYWHERE!

From The Daily Beast…

Ashley Judd’s ‘puffy’ appearance sparked a viral media frenzy. But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women.

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.

People Ashley Judd

Photo by Richard Drew

As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself of the media, I am painfully aware of the conversation about women’s bodies, and it frequently migrates to my own body. I know this, even though my personal practice is to ignore what is written about me. I do not, for example, read interviews I do with news outlets. I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me. I arrived at this belief after first, when I began working as an actor 18 years ago, reading everything. I evolved into selecting only the “good” pieces to read. Over time, I matured into the understanding that good and bad are equally fanciful interpretations. I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. I thus abstain from all media about myself. The only thing that matters is how I feel about myself, my personal integrity, and my relationship with my Creator. Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration. And casting one’s lot with the public is dangerous and self-destructive, and I value myself too much to do that.

However, the recent speculation and accusations in March feel different, and my colleagues and friends encouraged me to know what was being said. Consequently, I choose to address it because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.

A brief analysis demonstrates that the following “conclusions” were all made on the exact same day, March 20, about the exact same woman (me), looking the exact same way, based on the exact same television appearance. The following examples are real, and come from a variety of (so-called!) legitimate news outlets (such as HuffPo, MSNBC, etc.), tabloid press, and social media:

One: When I am sick for more than a month and on medication (multiple rounds of steroids), the accusation is that because my face looks puffy, I have “clearly had work done,” with otherwise credible reporters with great bravo “identifying” precisely the procedures I allegedly have had done.

Two: When my skin is nearly flawless, and at age 43, I do not yet have visible wrinkles that can be seen on television, I have had “work done,” with media outlets bolstered by consulting with plastic surgeons I have never met who “conclude” what procedures I have “clearly” had. (Notice that this is a “back-handed compliment,” too—I look so good! It simply cannot possibly be real!)

Three: When my 2012 face looks different than it did when I filmed Double Jeopardy in 1998, I am accused of having “messed up” my face (polite language here, the F word is being used more often), with a passionate lament that “Ashley has lost her familiar beauty audiences loved her for.”

Four: When I have gained weight, going from my usual size two/four to a six/eight after a lazy six months of not exercising, and that weight gain shows in my face and arms, I am a “cow” and a “pig” and I “better watch out” because my husband “is looking for his second wife.” (Did you catch how this one engenders competition and fear between women? How it also suggests that my husband values me based only on my physical appearance? Classic sexism. We won’t even address how extraordinary it is that a size eight would be heckled as “fat.”)

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You Don’t Know What I Got

You Don’t Know What I Got, the debut feature from Linda Duvoisin, is a sprightly, candid portrait that examines the thoughts, ideas, convictions and passions of five diverse American women. Her technique shifts our attention at irregular intervals, abruptly changing time and place, mirroring the actual conversation patterns and highlighting the universal aspects of their experiences. She cuts from Tennessee to Minnesota to New Mexico, or joins Ani DiFranco onstage and off. Each of these master storytellers adds her voice to a tapestry of home spun tales, fables, confessions, advice, music, poetry, thoughts and actions. The richly textured portrayal is filled with the unforgettable stories of determined women who share an extraordinary passion for Life. Their wit and wisdom form the foundation of an immensely satisfying film. Features singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, Linda Finney, a police officer activist/poet, fellow police officer Julie Brunzell who shares her dream of becoming a social worker, Myrtle Stedman, born in 1908, a feisty artist and adobe-architect, and she revisits Jimmie Woodruff, the charming housekeeper who worked for the Duvoisin family.

A must watch for all women (18+ for some language and thematic content) and those who love women!

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The Arts Council in conjunction with Gainesville State College and South Arts is proud to screen You Don’t Know What I’ve Got and two shorts, We Shall Not Be Moved: The Nashville Sit-Ins and We Shall Not Be Moved: The Chattanooga Sit-Ins on April 12, 2012 at Gainesville State College, Academic Building IV, Mathis Road, Oakwood Ga at 7:30pm. Post screening the audience will have an opportunity to meet the director at a Q&A reception. Tickets $7 adults; $5 students and seniors (65+). To purchase tickets call 770-534-2787 or visit www.TheArtsCouncil.net

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Jimmie Woodruff

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Ani DiFranco

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SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

It is with great pleasure that I inform you of SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION – The Art of Jazz Improvisation! This will be a 30-35 minute lecture-demonstration and Question & Answer session, with pianist Lynne Arriale, prior to her performance on January 28, 2012. You will have a chance to receive some rare insight into Jazz music, its beginnings, its future and some of Lynne’s personal anecdotes and stories. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please arrive at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center no later than 7:30pm. This presentation is included in the cost of your ticket. Tickets are still available at The Arts Council, please call today! 

 What is Spontaneous Combustion?

 Critically acclaimed jazz pianist, recording artist, composer and educator, Lynne Arriale’s demonstration will introduce jazz as a ‘language,’ the basic elements of a jazz solo and why improvisation is so much fun! Lynne’s approach makes understanding jazz completely accessible and enjoyable to anyone.


 The audience will gain a better understanding and appreciation of America’s great art form through simple examples and active participation.

For Example:

1.   The building blocks of a jazz solo and how basic melodic ideas, which may sound as simple as nursery rhymes, make up the improvisation.

2.   An example of using these basic melodic ideas in a solo, so that the audience can clearly identify where these ideas or ‘building blocks’ are present.

 3.   How any tune can be played in different styles, such as Bebop, blues, Brazilian, waltz, funk and various tempos which change the entire character of the piece.

4.   Audience participation in a Q & A session to make jazz a listener-friendly art form. 

Hope to see you all this saturday night at 7:30! 

Coffee, cookies, and salty snacks provided byThe Arts Council. You are welcome to bring your beverage and snack/food of choice!


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LYNNE ARRIALE – Ebullient, Emotional, Eloquent & Expressive

Internationally renowned jazz pianist LYNNE ARRIALE kicks-off EVENINGS OF INTIMATE JAZZ at THE ARTS COUNCIL with a performance on Saturday, January 28 at 8:00pm 

Lynne has been featured in such publications as Jazzed Magazine: The Jazz Educators Magazine 

and One Way: a Showcase for New Music 

“Her music, which JAZZIZ Magazine describes as coming from “the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul” crosses demographic boundaries, captivating the imaginations of all who hear her.”- allaboutjazz.com

“Jazz shouldn’t be just for jazz lovers,” explains Arriale. “It’s all about music, organized sound meant to reach people. It’s thinking outside the box in that there should be no box actually. It’s about finding melodies that somehow resonate with listeners. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of pop and folk music, and what strikes me most about folk music is that without any harmony, the melodies have such integrity. It has made me think about what makes a great melody, and I’ve tried to employ some of my ideas here. At the end of the day it’s about connecting with people and sharing.”

 At the core of her vast appeal is the subtle seduction of her intoxicating, memorable originals and unexpected pop tunes ranging from George Harrison and John Lennon’s classic, “Here Comes the Sun,” to Sting’s bluesy “Sister Moon,” the Rolling Stones’ epic “Paint it Black,” Blondie’s signature tune, “Call Me,” and the edgy “Something I Can Never Have” by Nine Inch Nails, all brilliantly and surprisingly re-imagined. She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale’s emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her.

Watch Lynne perform “Iko Iko”

Watch more performances by Lynne on our website!

  “Lynne Arriale’s Brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day” – The New York Times

 “The poet laureate of her generation… a stunning composer and prolific recording artist who has followed her muse without compromise.” (Andrea Canter, Jazz Police)

 “A singular voice as a pianist and leader… a powerhouse. Haunting, gorgeous – she has a knack for finding a song’s heart.” (DOWNBEAT)

The Arts Council is honored and thrilled to have such highly acclaimed musicians like Lynne Arriale kick-off our Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series!

To purchase tickets for this concert or others in our series call 770-534-2787 or order them online by clicking  on our website!

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Movie Night – November 10, 2011

Last Thursday,  Gainesville State College and The Arts Council screened AHEAD OF TIME, an independent film as part of The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

 

Dr. Jeff Marker being cued to start an interview with Zeva Oelbaum (AHEAD OF TIME, Producer)

Zeva enjoying the interview. After the event Zeva made a special mention of Dr. Jeff  Marker’s wonderful interviewing style. He is always well informed about his interviewee, prepared with pertinent questions and keeps all at ease with his wit and charm.

 

Professor David Smith and Scott Damron of Gainesville State College

 

Patrons enjoying refreshments after the film and interview

  

Gladys Wyant, Executive Director of The Arts Council and Zeva Oelbaum

   

David Smith, Gladys Wyant, Zeva Oelbaum and Dr. Jeff Marker

OUR THOUGHTS ON THE EVENING…

We state the obvious when we say photographer, Zeva Oelbaum thinks in images rather than in words. For her, the visual world with is shapes, patterns and colors, is the world she delves into most comfortably. Her work seems to be a window to her consciously understanding herself. A short evening spent in her presence is ample time to witness her inner beauty and passion for visual art.  When explaining her work and subjects one feels like they have had the privilege of being entrusted with intimate moments. She allows you the rare opportunity to witness the magnificence of the human spirit. We at The Arts Council had the honor of watching an independent film Zeva produced in 2009 called AHEAD OF TIME.

AHEAD OF TIME is about Ruth Gruber, an American lady not heralded nearly enough. While mundane chatter finds itself in the abyss of the Kardashian’s misgivings, most have hardly heard of this centenarian who was the youngest PhD at the age of 20, who was the first photojournalist to travel and cover both the Soviet Arctic and Siberian gulag, who documented and rescued holocaust victims, whose photographs of human suffering were printed in LIFE magazine… Ruth may be a senior but she lives to give us essential lessons for living in OUR times. The film was able to capture and convey the very essence of Ruth – a hunger for clarity, a gift of empathy and a ton of patience. Her motto has been and still is, “Have dreams, have vision and let no obstacle stop you.”

We thank Zeva and her team for bringing to fruition this wonderful documentary and for introducing us to a non-fictional heroine. A job truly well done! We wish Zeva the very best in her future endeavors and pray that our paths cross in the near future. We wish Ruth another 100 years of health, happiness, much excitement and magnificence!

The Arts Council, Gainesville, GA

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