Creative Activist Arts Festival





The Upfronts of Creative Activist Media

inviting you to the frontlines of the stories that will change 2014

November 15 + 16, 2013 Santa Monica, CA


Film // Speakers // Performers // Art // Parties








After the End


 After the End is a documentary film about the effect of loss in each of our lives.  A story about the journey of hurt and hope that makes us human.  Following the stories of people from all walks of life who have each experienced the death of a loved one, the film explores what it means to lose someone without losing ourselves in the process. 


After the Fall

After the Fall: HIV Grows Up offers an intimate portrait of a group of teens and young adults in Romania.  They are long-term survivors of the pediatric HIV/AIDS epidemic that swept Romania in the late 80s and early 90s as Nicolai Ceausescu’s communist dictatorship and reign of terror came to an end.  Over 12,000 cases of HIV infection among children were recorded.  This documentary reveals what happened: the difficult history, the caregivers’ response, and the issues and challenges these youth faced as they came of age.  The film paints an intimate of their efforts to integrate into society, marry, have families, and embark on successful careers.  They are survivors with a variety of stories to tell that are heartbreaking and triumphant.


An Inconvenient Youth

An Inconvenient Youth is a documentary that gives a voice to kids on the frontlines of climate change.  Set against stunning visuals of a planet in crisis, we tell the untold stories of youth around the world standing up for a green, sustainable future they refuse to let slip away.


Food Chains

There is more interest in food now than ever before, yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick our food.  From the dawn of our nation, we’ve relied on the most vulnerable people in America to harvest our food.  While the exploitation remains, the reasons have changed.  Food Chains shines a light on the abuses in farm labor and more importantly explores pathways to structural change.


Frame By Frame

Frame by Frame is a character-driven feature-length documentary that follows the story of four Afghan photographers to explore the recent revolution in local photojournalism. These Afghan photojournalists are the storytellers, the truth-seekers, the voice of their own people. They’re seizing a unique opportunity to build democracy here in a way that never existed before: through a free press. Their work is a crucial part of showing what is happening during this very uncertain time.  


The Square 


 From acclaimed director Jehane Noujaim, The Square is the award winning documentary that takes you behind the headlines of the Egyptian revolution. From the 2011 overthrow of a 30-year dictator, through military rule, and culminating with the army’s removal of the Muslim Brotherhood president in the summer of 2013, we follow a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes, and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience. We want the film to employ its audiences to become its activists – to become the voices of a global conversation and the revolutionaries within their own communities.




Transcend is a feature length documentary that follows the epic journey of 2012 Boston Marathon Champion, Wesley Korir, and brings the audience into the world of distance running: a sport of endurance and belief.  After winning the 2012 Boston marathon, Wesley sets out with his coach to improve on his 2nd place finish at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and to shatter the course record.  Weeks before the race, however, Wesley feels like God is calling him to move into Kenyan politics.  After a disappointing performance at the Chicago Marathon, Wesley decides to spend the money he earned as a professional runner and run as an independent candidate in the 2013 Kenyan elections, in the hope of winning a seat as a Member of Parliament: a feat that had never been accomplished.


IMBA Means Sing

Imba Means Sing is an independent documentary feature film following the journey of 20 Ugandan children from the slums of Uganda to the United States, Canada, the U.K. and back again, performing as the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir.  They are earning an elite education for themselves, educational access for their siblings and food and provision for their families for years to come.  The audience is taken on a journey, experiencing the joy, wonder, homesickness and longing for a better life – right along with the kids.


Johnny Physical Lives

Johnny Physical Lives is a documentary short that combines archival material director Joshua Neuman shot of his brother Jonathan while he was battling cancer with animation to “physically” bring to life his inner world.  Through animation, the film communicates how Jonathan experienced cancer through the eyes of a rock star.  Jonathan passed away in 2002, but this is not a film about him dying of cancer.  Johnny Physical Lives is a story about courage, imagination, and one very special person, who – more than anything else – had rock n’ roll in his blood.


Landfill Harmonic

Landfill Harmonic is a documentary film that follows the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher, and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage.  The film is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.


Rising From Ashes

 “Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.


Running Blind


Running Blind is the story of EJ Scott, who set out to run 12 marathons in 12 states in 2012 for charity, and he did them all blindfolded!  EJ suffers from Choroideremia, a hereditary retinal-degenerative disease that causes blindness, and several years ago, EJ was diagnosed as legally blind.  EJ’s journey while running these marathons is an inspiring tale of strength overcoming adversity, and it’s ultimately a reminder that one person can indeed make a difference, no matter the cause.


The True Cost


The True Cost is a documentary film about the effects of the global clothing industry on people and the planet.  While the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.  The True Cost makes those costs vividly clear as it explores how we got here, the global damage being done, and the hope-filled prospect of choosing a different future.


Under the Influen$e


Under the Influen$e exposes the most severe crisis our civilization has ever faced.  Under the guise of democracy, huge global corporations have bought our politicians and are writing laws, that poison our planet and dismantle our democratic process.  The film focuses on what can and is being done by consciously aware people, movements and businesses to reverse the ecological destruction and take back our democracy. 


Year 33


Year 33 is a feature length documentary that tells the story of Cambodia’s burgeoning art revival as seen in the day to day lives of three young, Khmer artists: Narim, Vanny, and Viet.  It has been 33 years since the Khmer Rouge killed 1/3 of Cambodia’s population, including 90% of artists, and laid to waste its entire infrastructure in an effort to build a new society.  Today, political unrest and gross economic disparities have stifled development, while a rapid rise of tourism threatens to homogenize the fragile cultural ecology.  However, a small but growing artistic community is rising up to reclaim what was lost by forging new traditions with the potential to empower their communities and captivate the world.



Doing Well by Doing Good


Hayley Pappas 

Zach Ingrasci & Chris Temple – Living on One 

Bryn Mooser – RYOT 

Danny Blanton – Sevenly

Todd Grinnel & Ravi Patel – This Bar Saves Lives 


Life & Loss – The Stories We Tell


Amy Eldon-Turteltaub 

Andrew Morgan – After the End

Dianne Gray

Joshua Neuman – Johnny Physical Lives

Kathy Eldon

Trevor Hall 


The Women Turning Movies into Movements


Maria Bello 

Amy Eldon-Turteltaub

Kathryn Lejeune & Janna Watkins – Year 33 

Alejandra Amarilla (sp) & Juliana Peneranda – Loftus (sp) Landfill Harmonic 




Tony Testa’s Choreography 


Move the World – Dance Activism 




Dan Eldon

Art from the Dan Eldon Collection will be on display and for sale at the Festival.  In 1993, artist and photojournalist Dan Eldon was covering the famine and unrest in Somalia for Reuters News Agency when UN forces bombed the residence of warlord Aidid. Enraged loyalist supporters violently retaliated, murdering Eldon and three other western journalists. Although his life was short, Eldon lived his years with voracious passion, leading an aid mission across Africa and creating 17 extraordinarily powerful volumes of art work, all before the age of 22. In the pages that fill the bulging journals, Eldon reveals imagistic insight into his extraordinary perspective on the world. While the aesthetic beauty and sophisticated lexicon of the journal pages elevate the works to a reverential artistic level, the artist’s eye never strays from its place of unrelenting sincerity, reminding the viewer of Eldon’s uncanny ability to capture the present moment.




THE CHIEF’S SOIREE 15th 8pm – 11pm

An exclusive opening night reception Friday at the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism


THE TRIBE’S BALL 16th 7pm – 10pm

An all out party with live music, lots of drinks, and heavy dancing Saturday night at the Victorian



A meet and greet, mix and mingle with the creative activists themselves at their annual summit Sunday at the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism



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