The last six months of my life have been consumed with this amazing project. What began as a simple dance film to raise awareness has evolved into a truly amazing project. Too Many Bodies, Place Called Us is a music video that leads to action, laid out in a website with resources for victims, loved ones, family members and activists. We have national and state resources for victims' support, compensation, voter registration and voter education. Additionally, I am creating, in associate with Nurjahan Boulden of Shooting Survivor and The Art Of Elysium, a series of individualized workshops to create safety, healing and societal change through art. Never has a project so aligned with my mission statement as an artist. The video has, as of today, been accepted into four festivals, including the prestigious San Francisco Dance Film Festival, where it will screen as part of the Raising Voices program on October 14. I will be at the screening and will speak on the panel following the films. San Francisco Film Society is hosting a panel discussion on October 9th featuring artist/reporter Dana King, choreographer Krissy Keefer, Public Defender Jeff Adachi and our director Reena Dutt. Email me if you are interested in attending that event. In Los Angeles the same week, it will screen at the South Asian Film Festival at Universal Studios. So far we have also been accepted into the Twin Falls Film Festival and The Grove Film Festival. We are spreading it far and wide and hope to add many many screenings to the list!
We are launching the video and website to the world on September 26 in Los Angeles with a press screening of the video, a sizzle reel from our pilot workshop collaboration and with an artists' panel. This event will be live streamed on Facebook and we invite you to join us! Joanne Divito will moderate the panel discussion between Nurjahan Boulden and Actor/Activist Alyssa Milano, the founder of NoRA and a fierce advocate for social change. We have one more surprise panelist! NoRA is sponsoring the video and the launch event is sponsored by Art of Elysium, NoRA and eTech. We are so grateful for their support and inspired by all of the work that they do.
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