Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 31, 2010

Porch Dogs Return with Cajun/Zydeco Music April 15

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  MARCH 31, 2010                                                                               

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

GOOD TIMES WILL ROLL AT BLAKE LIBRARY!

 

WHO:                    The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., sponsor, in support of Martin County libraries

WHAT:                  Chautauqua South

Porch Dogs: An Evening of Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Music

Put on your dancing shoes!

The Porch Dogs will present rollicking Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco music 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the Blake Library in Stuart as one of the final programs in the 2010 Chautauqua South arts and literary series. 

Porch Dogs was formed in 1992 by Orlando residents Andy Burr and Greg Taillon. Performing April 15 will be Greg Taillon on accordion, Andy Burr on guitar, Renee Riddle on fiddle, George McDonald on drums, Larry Dolamore on bass and Harvey Rosenfeld on percussion.   

A favorite at festivals across the United States, Porch Dogs has performed regularly at the Ft. Lauderdale Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival—the largest event of its type in the country.  The band is also a featured act at the world famous Iron Horse Saloon during Daytona’s Bike Week and Biketoberfest.             

WHEN:                  Thursday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:               Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772/221-1403, visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us or pick up a Library Connection at any branch library.

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March 26, 2010

Don’t Miss These Marvelous Marionettes! April 10, 2pm and 7pm

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

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DATE:  MARCH 26, 2010                                                                               

CONTACT:  MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                       

AWARD-WINNING CASHORE MARIONETTES

RETURN TO BLAKE LIBRARY APRIL 10!

WHO:  The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of the Martin County libraries

WHAT:     Chautauqua South: The Cashore Marionettes

                                                                                          

Back by popular demand, The Cashore Marionettes return to the Blake Library in Stuart Saturday, April 10 for two free performances:  

1)       “Simple Gifts” – Saturday, April 10, 2:00 p.m.                                                              Recommended for adults and children 8 and older 

The program “Simple Gifts” is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland.  The original vignettes presented in Simple Gifts, through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion and artistic insight, provide a sensitive vision of what it is to be human.  The performance spans the range of emotions with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing.  The marionettes are engineering marvels and the quality of movement is extraordinary.  “Simple Gifts” runs 60-70 minutes with no intermission.

2)        “Life in Motion” – Saturday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.

Recommended for adults and young adults

In the performance “Life in Motion,” a longer version of the above show, Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of comic and poignant scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life.  “Life in Motion” runs 90 minutes and includes a 15-minute intermission.

WHERE:  Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

 

WHEN:    

1) Saturday, April 10, 2:00 p.m. – “Simple Gifts” (for adults and children 8 years old and up)

2) Saturday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. – “Life in Motion” (for adults and young adults)

 

HOW:       Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations needed.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772/221-1403, visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us or pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library.

BIOGRAPHY – JOSEPH CASHORE

CASHORE MARIONETTES

At the age of 11, Joseph Cashore created his first marionette from clothespins, wood, string and a tin can.  It was while playing with this puppet that he was startled by the sudden but momentary sensation that the puppet was alive.  This illusion had nothing to do with the appearance of the marionette and everything to do with the quality of the movement.

After graduation from college Mr. Cashore made his second marionette.  He remembered that first marionette from childhood and thought he would try to make a puppet that could sustain and extend that sensation of being alive.  He quickly discovered that in order to have the fluid motion he sought, he would have to create his own control designs.  For the next nineteen years, while pursuing a career in oil painting, Mr. Cashore experimented with the construction of the marionettes and devised totally new control mechanisms.

During the late 1980s Mr. Cashore had a breakthrough. He had always admired Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and decided to make a puppet that would convincingly “play” the violin solo note for note.  “It seemed almost impossible to get the quality of movement that I wanted,” Mr. Cashore explains. “ But once I began to solve the technical problems and gain subtle control of the marionette body, I saw that there was the possibility for greater depth of expression with the marionettes.”  That puppet, Maestro Janos Zelinka, was the turning point in Mr. Cashore’s career and became the impetus for his present productions.

Mr. Cashore has been performing full-time since 1990 across North America, Europe and Asia.  He has received numerous awards including a Pew Charitable Trusts’ Fellowship for Performance Art, based upon his artistic accomplishment. He has also received a Henson Foundation Grant, an award intended to help promote puppetry to adult audiences.  Mr. Cashore has been awarded the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive, a UNIMA Citation of Excellence. UNIMA states that Citations are “awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant and enthrall.”

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March 25, 2010

Three-Part Study of Huckleberry Finn Starts March 29

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                       

DATE:  MARCH 25, 2010                                                                                                 

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

LECTURE SERIES EXPLORES HUCKLEBERRY FINN

WHO:                    The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., sponsor, in support of Martin County libraries

WHAT:                 Chautauqua South

                                Lecture Series with Jane Miller:  Study of The Adventures     of  Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American Literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn . . .it’s the best book we’ve had. 

All American writing comes from that.”

Jane Miller will present a three-part study of Mark Twain’s book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 29, April 5 and April 12 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart.  Books are available at the Blake Library Circulation desk. The programs are free and open to the public.

The book being used for the Lecture Series is the Third Critical Edition, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, ISBN  978-0-393-96640-4, W. W. Norton & Co.  The Third Critical Edition reprints the original illustrations accompanied by explanatory annotations.  This edition also presents readers with selections of historical information, including Mark Twain’s letters on the writing of the novel, and a section on the censorship of the book by schools and libraries. If books are not available at the Blake Library Circulation Desk, then any edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn may be used in the Lecture Series, or order your own copy from a bookstore or online.

SCHEDULE:      

Monday, March 29    

10:00 – 11:00     Lecture by Jane Miller

11:00 – 12:00    Question & Answer on Chapters I – XVI

Monday, April 5         

10:00 – 11:00    Lecture by Jane Miller

11:10 – 12:00     Question & Answer on Chapters XVII – XLIII

 

Monday, April 12     

10:00 – 11:00     Lecture by Jane Miller

11:00 – 12:00      Question & Answer on Pages 299 – 392

                                     Critical Essays and Mark Twain Letters

THE FIRST LECTURE presents the issues that are responsible for the periodic banning of the book since it was first published in 1885.  Introduced is the character of Huckleberry Finn and the importance of Huck’s voice as narrator.  Also discussed are the reasons, after writing one third of the book, Mark Twain came to a full stop after Chapter XVI.

 

THE SECOND LECTURE centers on the last two thirds of the book that Mark Twain finally completed seven years after Chapter XVI.  Closely studied is Twain’s social satire that describes the “sivilization” Huck encounters on his trips from the raft.   The pros and cons from critics about Mark Twain’s final chapters, and the ending of the novel, are also evaluated.

THE THIRD LECTURE centers on the essays and letters in the last 100 pages of the Third Norton Edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  A few are listed here: Mark Twain’s Blood–Curdling Humor by Robert Bridges 1885; An Introduction by T. S. Eliot 1950; Say It Ain’t So, Huck, Second Thoughts on Mark Twain’s ‘Masterpiece’ by Jane Smiley 1996; This Amazing, Troubling Book by Toni Morrison 1996. 

WHEN:                 Monday, March 29, April 5 and April 12, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:              Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  Registration not required. 

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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MCLS Celebrates National Library Week!

FOR RELEASE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK                                                                                          

APRIL 11-17, 2010

CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

Communities Thrive @ your library:

Celebrate National Library Week with the Martin County Library System April 11-17

(STUART, FLORIDA) – It’s National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  This year’s theme is “Communities Thrive @ your library.”  Stop by a Martin County library or visit the MCLS Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us, to see how the many types of information and services available to you there—for free—can help you thrive! 

“Libraries are the heart of every community and our library helps our community thrive,” says Judi Snyder, acting director of the Martin County Library System.  “At our library, people of all backgrounds come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get help finding a job or to find homework help.”

The Martin County Library System is celebrating National Library Week by presenting the following free programs.  (Unless otherwise noted, all Blake Library events listed are held in the John F. Armstrong Wing.)

2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, Chautauqua South: Cashore Marionettes, “Simple Gifts,” Blake Library. Adults and children no younger than 2nd grade.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, Chautauqua South: Cashore Marionettes, “Life in Motion,” Blake Library. Adults and young adults.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers: Bleacher Boys, with producer and cinematographer Karen Hunter, Blake Library.  Funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

2 p.m. Monday, April 12, Sampler Book Club with Sandy Withers, Discussion of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Blake Library.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

10 a.m. Monday, March 29, April 5 and April 12 – Three-part Lecture Series with Jane Miller: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Blake Library.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 14Career Workshop with Career Coach and Executive Recruiter Kathy Shabotynskyj, How to Find a GOOD job in 90 Days: The 5-Step Guide to a Successful Job Search, Blake Library.

 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14Free Réesumé Workshop Webinar with résumé expert Barbara Safani , Blake Library.

4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 – Art Explorations for Ages 6 and older, Aboriginal Dreaming: Walkabout Through the Outback!   Blake Library.  Pre-registration required.  Call 772-221-1407 to register.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

7  p.m. Thursday, April 15 – Chautauqua South: Porch Dogs, An Evening of Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Music, Blake Library.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

2 p.m. Friday, April 16 – Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning, IRSC Professor Series, Susan L. Wallace, Ph.D., Mayan Calendar and “2012”: A Passage in Time, Blake Library.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

For more information, call 772/221-1403, visit the MCLS Web site, http://library.martin.fl.us, or  pick up a Library Connection at any of the following Martin County libraries: 

  • Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart (772/288-5702)
  • Cummings, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City (772/288-2551)
  • Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown (772/597-4200)
  • Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound (772/546-2257)
  • Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach (772/463-2870)
  • Robert Morgade Library, Chastain Campus IRCC, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart (772/463-3245)

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March 24, 2010

When You Wish Upon a Book..DVD…CD…Try Amazon Wish List!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                  

DATE:  MARCH 24, 2010          

CONTACT:  JUDI SNYDER, PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/219-4964                     

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A BOOK…OR A DVD…OR A MUSIC CD…

Library System Introduces Amazon Wish List to Help Fill Collection Gaps

             As a result of budget reductions, the Martin County Library System is unable to provide either the variety or quantity of copies of high interest titles required to fulfill patron demand.  The many donations of gently used titles that the library system receives are insufficient to fill all of its collection needs.

             With support from the Library Foundation of Martin County, an Amazon “Wish List” has been established to help reduce collection shortfalls.  The list will contain titles selected by Collection Development Coordinators in concurrence with the Library’s Collection Development Policy.  The Wish List contains titles in a variety of formats including but not limited to printed books, audio books, DVDs and music.                

             For more information about the Amazon Wish List or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 22, 2010

Martin Libraries Receives High Rankings by State

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DATE: MARCH 15, 2010

CONTACT: JUDI SNYDER, PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/219-4964

MARTIN COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM ACHIEVES HIGH RANKINGS IN NEWLY RELEASED 2008 STATE LIBRARY STATISTICS

The State Library & Archives of Florida, Florida Department of State, has released its 2008 Florida Library Directory with Statistics, in which the Martin County Library System (MCLS) is ranked among 30 library systems across Florida in a category of service population from 100,001 – 750,000. In 2007 the service population for Martin County Library System was 143,737. The following results are derived from statistical tables found on the Department’s Web site, http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/bld/research_office/2008LibraryDirectory/index.cfm, under “Library Use Elements, Ranked”:

 • MCLS ranks 1st in the state in Library Visits per capita.

• MCLS ranks 1st in the state in Adult Program Attendance per capita.

• MCLS ranks 1st in the state in Young Adult Program Attendance per capita.

• MCLS ranks 2nd in the state in Children’s Program Attendance per capita.

• MCLS ranks 1st in the state in Total Program Attendance per capita.

• MCLS ranks 3rd in the state in Public Use Internet Terminals Per 1,000 Population.

• MCLS ranks 1st in the state in Circulation per capita.

• MCLS ranks 2nd in the state in Circulation Per Capita of Children’s Materials.

For more information about the Martin County Library System visit the MCLS Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or call 772-221-1403.

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March 18, 2010

Page Turner Adventures’ Oddball Vaudeville Tops Off The Big Read 3/27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                           

DATE:  MARCH 17, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                                                                         

WHO:                    The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.., in support of Martin County libraries

WHAT:                 The Big Read: The Big Read Finale 

Oddball Vaudeville – Presented by Page Turner Adventures

Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey of Page Turner Adventures will present “Oddball Vaudeville” 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 27 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road., Stuart.  The event is free and open to the public.  For kids and adults of all ages!

Join Kenny and Riley as they bring Martin County Library System’s Big Read project to a hilarious close with a sidesplitting show full of juggling, unicycling, physical comedy, magic and mystery.  Experience vaudeville entertainment the way Mark Twain might have seen it in his day!

Riley Roam is a former Fox 29 Kids Club Host.  Kenny Mikey is a former Ringling Brothers Juggler and clown.  Visit their Web site, www.PageTurnerAdventures.com.

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, March 27, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:               Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about Martin County Library System’s Big Read events visit www.bigreadmartin.org.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call

772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection, or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 12, 2010

Professor Susan Wallace Explores Archetypical Feminine Energy 3/26

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  MARCH 12, 2010                                                                 

CONTACT:  MARTIN COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:              Funded by the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of Martin County libraries

WHAT:           Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning @ your library

IRSC Professor Series

The Return of the Great Mother: The Resurgence of Ancient Patterns of Archetypical Feminine Energy

Presented by Susan L. Wallace, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan L. Wallace, adjunct professor of history at Indian River State College, will present “The Return of the Great Mother” 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 26 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart,  as part of the Chautauqua South IRSC Professor Series. 

Our world is in dire need of new paradigms of reality.  At this, our “11th hour,” we have great need of the kinds of strengths typically labeled “feminine” but which, in reality, are to be found in the psyches of both men and women. These archetypical traits, inclusivity and patterning, creating and winnowing, intuiting and comprehending in larger wholes, have long been denigrated, and we have blindly pursued the so-called “masculine,” logical thought patterns exclusively to the brink of extinction.  More of the same is not going to save us. Logic brings us science, but intuition and emotion give us life.

Emerging from the distant past, yet ever-present, wearing ever-changing masks, the archetype of the Great Mother is omnipresent in our world today. Look around you and you will see her face: in the person of a female Afghan politician, who, despite multiple assassination attempts on her life, continues to open schools for young girls in her country; or the young woman who lived in the top of a giant tree to keep loggers from cutting old-growth forests. Look within and you will feel her touch when you respond with sorrow and sympathy to the stories of battered women in shelters.  These are all faces of the archetype.

Explore this fascinating subject with Dr. Susan L. Wallace, adjunct professor of history at IRSC.

WHEN:           Friday, March 26, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:              Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required. 

For more information call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South calendar at any Martin County library, or visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Marine Art of Howard Schafer Celebrated at 3/26 Talk and Reception

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                         

DATE:  MARCH 12, 2010                                                                               

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403     

BLAKE LIBRARY PROGRAM HONORS ARTIST HOWARD SCHAFER

WHO:                    The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of Martin County libraries

WHAT:                  Chautauqua South:  Setting Sail for Art     

Bion B. Bierer, author of Howard Schafer: Journey of a Marine Artist

Author Bion B. Bierer launches a PowerPoint on Howard Schafer: Journey of a Marine Artist, celebrating the legacy of this well-known local artist. This program will appeal to lovers of marine art, boating, nautical detail and coastal nature.

Books will be available for sale and signing.  Enjoy a wine and cheese reception while you view a “gallery” of Schafer art.

WHEN:                  Friday, March 26, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations not required.

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a

Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any Martin County library or visit the library Web site,

 www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 11, 2010

Meet Producer Paco de Onis 3/14 at Reception Following Film, “The Reckoning”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                         

DATE:  MARCH 11, 2010                                                                                                                    

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                

                                 

2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Presents

“The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court”

with Producer Paco de Onís

 

2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 14, Blake Library

“The Reckoning” Explores the Complexities of Establishing International Criminal Court 

 

(Stuart, FL) – Martin County Library System will present “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court” with Producer Paco de Onís as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing.  Following the screening, the filmmaker will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work.  Light refreshments will be served during the reception.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Reservations are not required.

 

About the film:

Launched in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first international tribunal of its kind — a permanent criminal court created to prosecute individuals, no matter how powerful, for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. “The Reckoning,” a feature-length documentary filmed in High Definition on four continents, follows the dynamic and charismatic Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Senior Trial Attorney Christine Chung as they issue arrest warrants for the Lord’s Resistance Army leaders in Uganda, put four Congolese warlords on trial at The Hague, challenge the UN Security Council to support the Court’s call for an arrest warrant for the President of Sudan on charges of genocide, and shake up the Colombian justice system.

“The Reckoning” was filmed at ICC headquarters in The Hague for three years with unprecedented access to the inner workings of the Court, the dreamers behind it, and the obstacles they overcome as they create a new paradigm for global justice. In places where the Court has intervened, we see a dramatic ICC justice effect and hear the voices of people in the conflict situation countries. They are captured taking action and discussing what they can do to end the culture of impunity as a result of notorious criminals facing a reckoning with this new Court and the international law it was created to enforce. “The Reckoning” puts in high relief the mounting drama of the international justice movement, embodied in this tiny court in The Hague that is struggling to change the world and how we think about justice.

 A highly praised documentary, “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court” was selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was featured as the Opening Night Film at the Human Rights

Watch International Film Festival at Lincoln Center. “The Reckoning” has also screened at the Nantucket Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Movies That Matter Film Festival, among many other international screenings

About the filmmakers:

Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian, French). Prior to the ICC project, he produced “State of Fear,” a Skylight Pictures film about Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Paco has produced documentaries for PBS (“On Our Own Terms” with Bill Moyers), National Geographic (“Secrets from the Grave”), New York Times Television (“Police Force,” “Paramedics”), and MSNBC (“Edgewise with John Hockenberry”).

The film’s director, Pamela Yates, is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the Director of the Sundance Award-winning “When the Mountains Tremble,” the Producer of the Emmy Award-winning “Loss of Innocence,” and the Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning “Witness to War.” Most recently she directed “State of Fear” (2005), a feature-length documentary that tells the epic story of Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “State of Fear” was featured in the 2006-2007 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Pamela is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures, Inc. and is a member of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) and The Writers Guild of America (WGA). Ms. Yates is unable to attend the March 14 showing at the Blake Library.

The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975.  Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council.  Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit www.southarts.org.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers continues at the Blake Library April 11.  Bookmarks with a schedule and film descriptions are available at all Martin County libraries.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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