Monday, January 6, 2014

EVENT CANCELLED!! Jonathan Demme's "New Home Movies from the Lower Ninth Ward" (A Benefit for the Oxbow School), January 18th in Napa, California


Filmmaker Jonathan Demme and Author Daniel Wolff have spent the last eight years documenting post-Katrina New Orleans and will screen New Home Movies from the Lower Ninth Ward at The Theater at 500 First Street in Napa on Saturday, January 18 2014 to support The Oxbow School.

 Jonathan Demme is among Hollywood’s first rank of filmmakers, with credits
that include Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, Beloved, The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won an Oscar, and a trilogy of Neil Young documentaries. Tackling challenging and controversial subjects, he’s directed eight different actors in Oscar-nominated performances. Demme is also an activist, whose concern is reflected in such projects as Artists for Democracy in Haiti, the documentary New Home Movies from the Lower Ninth Ward on post-Katrina residents of New Orleans and its follow-up, the portrait documentary I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful.

Daniel Wolff is an accomplished talent as an author, poet and filmmaker. His writing has appeared in numerous diverse publications, ranging from Vogue to Education Weekly, and his non-fiction books include How Lincoln Learned to Read and an award-winning and best-selling biography of crooner Sam Cooke. He’s also received credits on such documentaries as The Agronomist, about slain Haitian civil rights leader Jean Dominique, and several projects on post-Katrina New Orleans, including I’m Carolyn Parker—the catalyst for his look at the lives of everyday American heroes in his text, The Fight for Home.

Funds raised support Oxbow’s scholarship fund whose goal is to build a community of economically, geographically, racially and ethnically diverse young people from across the country interested in visual arts. Since the school opened its doors thirteen years ago, two-thirds of the students have received financial support.

The January 18th event begins at 5 p.m.  Admission tickets are $125 for cocktails and screening with Jonathan and Daniel or $500 for dinner with Jonathan and Daniel. Dinner includes, cocktails and screening. For tickets, visit . For more information contact Phoebe Brookbank at (707) 252-5427.

The Oxbow School:  The Oxbow School is a unique, interdisciplinary semester program for high school students that combines innovative academic courses with rigorous studio art practice. The School’s mission is to strengthen student abilities in critical as well as creative visual thinking, verbal articulation and collaborative problem solving.  The School works to develop a stronger sense of identity, self-worth and confidence in students while encouraging them to embrace responsibility for their own learning and lives.

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