D.C. area homeless women to tell ‘Life Stories’ in Kennedy Center performance
By Katherine Boyle, Published: April 29, 2012 in the Washington Post
Pertrina Thomas has a voice for the theater, but she never had the opportunity to use it.
As a shy student at Roosevelt High School in the 1970s, Thomas dreamed of being a journalist, of using her soft-spoken tone to tell the stories of others. But that voice remained silent for decades as she shuffled through rehabilitation centers trying to forget the details that led her there...
“We were told to hush,” Thomas, 56, confesses at Calvary Baptist Church...
“Back on Board,” “How I Got Over” among AFI Docs premieres
By Manori Ravindran, Published: May 21, 2014 on RealScreen
Cheryl Furjanic’s Back on Board (pictured) and Nicole Boxer’s How I Got Over are among the four documentary world premieres at the 12th annual AFI Docs festival, which is set to showcase 84 docs and shorts from June 18-22 in Washington DC.
In addition to Furjanic’s doc on Olympic diver Greg Louganis and Boxer’s film on 15 Washington DC women, the festival will host the world premieres of...
Formerly Homeless Women Become Playwrights in AFI DOCS’ Only Film About D.C.
By Dylan Tokar, Published: Jun 18, 2014 on RealScreen
The AFI DOCS film festival kicks off tonight, and over the course of the week and weekend, it'll screen 84 documentaries from across the U.S. and 28 different countries. But where’s the D.C. love?
There's just one film on the AFI DOCS slate that's from and about the District...
Filmmakers Nicole Boxer, Farzad Sangari and Steve James discuss their paths to AFI Docs
By Kristen Page-Kirby, Published: Jun 19, 2014 on RealScreen
It’s easy to think that film festivals — even our own beloved AFI Docs — enable audiences to be absolute movie gluttons, shoving films into their eyeballs as fast as possible. And that’s exactly right! There’s another level, though: The filmmakers who bring their work often skip the cinematic buffet for a chance to network, learn and (hopefully) make money. We talked to three directors at different stages of their careers whose films are appearing at the five-day AFI Docs festival to see what goes on behind the screens...
Can art save a life? Homeless women are subject of film premiering this weekend.
By Pamela Constable, Published: Jun 20, 2014 on Washington Post
At age 10, Shevanda Brantley ran away from an abusive home and plunged into a 20-year odyssey of self-destruction.
“I gave up on life, on God, on family, on everything,” she said. “I just got out of there and went into the streets. I learned to hustle, to survive. . . . I became a woman, I sold my body, I did drugs. . . . I got beaten, I got raped, I got my teeth knocked out. . . . I lost custody of my children . . . .”
'Citizenfour,' 'The Sixties' Among IDA Documentary Award Nominees
By Anita Busch, Published: October 29, 2014 on Deadline
[Ed. Note: How I Got Over was nominated for the Humanitas Award by IDA, more details at the below link.]
The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced nominations for the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards today, with awards being bestowed December 5th at the Paramount Theatre on the studio lot. The top films nominated in the best feature category include the critically-acclaimed Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and the state of surveillance of civilians ...