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Haiti Film Festival schedule (January 23-24, 2011)

La Casa and Bloomington for Haiti present

Haiti Film Festival
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington IN

All proceeds support Haiti relief efforts.

Festival Schedule

1:00pm Doors open

1:30pm Welcome remarks

1:40pm Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (2009, 50 minutes, dir. Mark Schuller and Renée Bergan)
2:40pm Q&A with Co-Producer/Co-Director/Director of Photography/Editor Renée Bergan

Told through the lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan personalizes global struggles for fair employment. Each woman’s personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti. Poto Mitan focuses on women’s subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance. Initiated by the subjects themselves, Poto Mitan aims to inspire solidarity and activism to end injustice in the global economy. (A 2010 update film will be shown at 5:15pm.) Learn more at

3:05pm A selection of films by students of the Ciné Institute, Jacmel, Haiti (2010, 43 minutes)*

*Please note: Although every effort has been made to select films adaptable to any audience, due to the nature of these films some scenes may not be suitable for all viewers.

“Ciné Institute Students Efforts”
“A Day in the Life of Ciné Institute”
“Student Lesly Décembre reports from a makeshift refugee camp in Jacmel”
“DR Arrives”
“Stories of Heroes”
“Carnival Mask Artisans”
“Silent March”
“Crying Man”
“Scouts After the Earthquake”
“Look at Me”
“We are the World_Thank You”

The Ciné Institute is a fully-funded professional film school providing Haitian youth with film education, training, and micro enterprise opportunities. The Ciné Institute seeks to empower its students to create a vibrant Afro-Francophone film industry targeting audiences in Haiti, its diaspora, and beyond. After the earthquake, Ciné students quickly mobilized to document the stories of people in their community. For more information on the student filmmakers, please visit

4:00pm Brief intermission

4:15pm When the Ground Stopped Shaking (2010, 42 minutes, dir. Jace Freeman)* /

When the Ground Stopped Shaking is a film about the beauty and frailty of human life. It is a film about solidarity and the belief that all of the world’s children are of the same family. It is a film about hope and faith. Faith that even when the very foundation of your life may give way under your feet, a persevering heart can never be shaken.” –Jace Freeman

*Please note: This film contains medical scenes that may be upsetting to some viewers.

5:07pm Trailers and videos (16 minutes)

“The Country Club” (2010, 2:04, trailer, dir. Jace Freeman)

The Country Club is a powerful new film about daily life in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp run by Sean Penn in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Learn more at

“Haiti’s Heroes” (2010, 3:22, trailer, dir. Ciné Institute students)*

Haiti’s Heroes is an intimate portrait of Dr. Dubique Kobel and his team who operate a Partners in Health medical clinic in the largest refugee camp of post-quake Haiti. His journey began the day of the earthquake, when he, his wife, and childhood friends set up a tent in their neighborhood to treat victims. View the complete short film online at

“Poto Mitan Update” (2010, 10:22, dir. Mark Schuller and Renée Bergan)*

The filmmakers return to Port-au-Prince to learn how the women featured in Poto Mitan have fared since the 2010 earthquake.

*Please note: These films contain a few brief images that may be disturbing to some viewers.

5:30pm Brief intermission

5:40pm Strange Things: Children of Haiti (2010, 73 minutes, dir. Alexandria Hammond)
7:00pm Q&A with Director/Producer/Camera operator/Editor Alexandria Hammond

Strange Things follows three teenage boys from Cap-Haïtien – Denick, a prolific and charming 14 year old; Nickenson, a tough but sensitive 16 year old; and Antoine, an energetic paint-thinner abuser – who reflect on their country and their lives, while sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance. For more information, visit

Information booths by:
IU Creole Institute
Imagine Haitian
Fountains of Hope International
Cultural Cannibals
Lifeline Christian Mission
St Malachy Haiti Committee
Global Gifts
Hoosiers for Haiti
Lifeline Christian Mission
Dr. Doug Harty
The Timmy Foundation
International Sports Alliance
The Moving Picture Boys

Special thanks to our sponsors:
La Casa, Provocate-Haiti, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Black Film Center/Archive, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Maurer School of Law, IU Cinema, Nadine Pinede and Erick Janssen, Department of History, School of Education, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Creole Institute, Episcopal Campus Ministry, Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Micheline Fleurant

La Casa, CLACS, and Bloomington for Haiti present

“Documentary Filmmaking in Haiti: Directors’ Perspectives”
A brown bag lunch discussion with Directors Alexandria Hammond and Renée Bergan

Monday, January 24, 2011
Indiana Memorial Union Walnut Room, 900 E 7th St, Bloomington IN

Join us for an extended Q&A with the directors of two documentaries screening at the Haiti Film Festival at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater :

Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy
Renée Bergan, Co-Producer/Co-Director/Director of Photography/Editor
Screening at 1:40pm on Sunday, January 23

Strange Things: Children of Haiti
Alexandria Hammond, Director/Producer/Camera/Editor
Screening at 5:40pm on Sunday, January 23

Ms. Hammond and Ms. Bergan will answer questions about the documentary filmmaking process, their advocacy work in Haiti, and the effects of the 2010 earthquake on the people and groups depicted in their films. Previous knowledge of the films not required.

This event is free and open to the public.


Events for March 6 – 7

Great events happening this weekend in Bloomington and Nashville. Eat great food, hear great music, support local musicians and students, all while helping to raise awareness and money for Haiti.

More events shown on the Events page — check back often!


WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 6, ALL DAY
WHERE: El Norteño Restaurant, 206 North Walnut St, Bloomington, IN See map
CONTACT: (812) 333-9591

Benefit Lunch and Dinner to Help the Victims of the Earthquakes in Haiti and Chile

20% of gross sales will be donated to the Red Cross’ International response fund


WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 6, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: North Central Church of Christ, 2121 North Dunn, Bloomington IN See map

We are very excited to hear scripture readings and prayers in NINETEEN different languages. The program is a community event in which we ask international people to read scripture and pray in their own native language. This will not only give the opportunity to the internationals to know that we care for their countries and ask for peace for their nations, but will give locals, from different churches and organizations the opportunity to gather together to pray for these nations. After finishing the readings and prayers in the auditorium, we will have 19 different stations in the building each representing a nation. People will go through these stations and pray for those specific nations. We will have some information about Christians and their conditions in that country.

Countries represented include: Brazil, Burma, China, Ecuador, Ghana, HAITI (Acts 17:26-28); Israel, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia (John 3:16-17); Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria (Matthew 12:18-21); Palestine, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam (Psalm 95:6-7).


WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 6, 8pm (doors at 7:30pm), $7
WHERE: Willkie Auditorium, located in the middle building of the Wilkie Residence Center on the IU campus at 150 North Rose Street, Bloomington, IN. See map or Interactive campus map
FMI: and

Haiti Benefit Concert
Come support Haiti by attending a campuswide Haiti benefit concert, where IU performers will donate their talents and gifts to Haiti in concert form. All donations will be sent to Global Aid Network (GAIN), an outreach organization that works in partnership with Campus Crusade for Christ ministries.

The event will feature several students and alums from both the Jacobs School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Drama, including two bands, several soloists and an award-winning harpist, among other performances.

Want to help? We have an immediate need for the publicity team advertising the event. Help is needed for putting up posters Monday, March 1, setting up for the show Friday, March 5, and tearing down afterward on Saturday, March 6. If you are willing to serve in any of these areas, please contact Elisabeth Wurm at


WHEN: Sunday, Mar. 7, 5pm, sugg. donation $10 adults/$5 children
WHERE: Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S Jefferson St (corner of Jefferson and Main), Nashville IN See map

Great new events through March 13!

There are some great Haiti outreach and fundraising events coming up in our area, this week and next. Check out the Events page for all the latest listings!

Students for Haiti Challenge

Social justice organization Partners in Health is challenging students, staff, and faculty at colleges and universities around the country to help them raise $50,000 from February 22-28 for health care services in Haiti. The total raised during the challenge week will be matched by the Entrepreneurs Foundation Help Haiti Fund, so that $50,000 could become $100,000.

The Challenge states:
“If you succeed in raising $50,000, Partners In Health will receive a grand total of $100,000. The value of this donation is enough to purchase an ambulance to transport critical patients to PIH health facilities AND cover delivery of life-saving medical supplies by cargo plane from Miami AND outfit 125 households with water purification systems AND support a mobile clinic in Haiti for three weeks – serving hundreds of patients with basic primary care, triage, and referral services.”

Unaffiliated donations are being accepted, but PIH is encouraging students to register their schools by emailing

More information about the Students for Haiti Challenge can be found on their Facebook event page at

You can also track Challenge week donations at


Local volunteers needed

Conversations are underway for a local Haitian Heritage Week (or Month), to be modeled after Haitian Heritage Month in Florida, home to one of the largest concentrations of Haitian residents in the US.

Possible activities include:
– Haitian film festival
– Haitian poetry reading and workshop
– silent auction with Haitian food and entertainment, featuring art inspired by the earthquake or Haiti’s history
– community yard sale to benefit relief organizations
– benefit concert for Haitian musical group Alabanza
– Haitian music dance party
– school activity days

Other proposals include publishing a compilation of artwork and poetry inspired by the earthquake (to raise funds for relief agencies), and collaborating with local schools to send letters of support to survivors in Haiti.

For more information, or to volunteer to help plan or promote the events, please contact Kat Forgacs at

Players Pub benefit concert update!

image courtesy Michael Redman

This just in: the benefit concert held today at the Players Pub in downtown Bloomington raised $1,610 for Haiti relief efforts! The funds will be converted into materials donations to fill the 20′ cargo container being shipped later this week to the Dominican Republic, where the goods will be expedited through customs. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will then coordinate with other relief agencies to deliver the materials to Haiti by truck and helicopter.

image courtesy Michael Redman

The ten-hour-long Players Pub benefit featured many wonderful local musicians, including Krista Detor and Dave Weber, Steve Bulldog Johnson, Carpenter and Clerk, Laura Lashbrooks, Leon Chance, Maria Sarah, Natalie Coffin, Kathy Norton, Bill Headley, Ransom Haile, Mark Menefee, Tyler Fergeson and Elmo Taylor, OR2, Karen Taborn, Scott Kellogg, Layton Jaymes, Loretta Gooden, Jenn Christy, Nate Johnson and Mike Lucas, Janiece Jaffe, and event organizer Curtis Cantwell Jackson.

Much appreciation and love to all the people who planned, played, and paid for this event.

Haiti Soleil auction update!

A silent auction held Saturday Feb. 13 at the home of Bloomington newcomer Micheline Fleurant raised $987.00 for California-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Haiti Soleil. Auctioned items included clothing, textiles, visual art, jewelry, and handcrafts from Haiti, Ghana, West Africa, Thailand, Poland, Kenya, Mexico, Ecuador, Morocco, Benin, Ethiopia, Guatemala and the United States. Forty-nine items were sold in all.

The money will be used to help rebuild Bibliothèque du Soleil, a community library and cultural center in Carrefour-Feuilles that was destroyed during January’s earthquake. Immediate services will include emergency assistance such as counseling and support, child care, and documentation of the experiences of the community.

A second fundraiser is planned for August, to coincide with Bloomington families preparing to send their children back to school.

More information on Haiti Soleil can be found at or by writing