Redford Center: Art of Activism Mayor Cory Booker (Patriotism and Prayers)

This is the first of four excerpts we edited from Mayor Cory Booker’s talk with Lee Bycel at the Redford Center’s Art of Activism event at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco on November 11, 2010.

Description from the Redford Center’s Vimeo page:

“The Redford Center’s November 2010 Art of Activism program featured Newark, New Jersey Mayor, and star of the Emmy-nominated TV show Brick City, Cory Booker. One of four shorts from his interview with Executive Director Lee Bycel, Cory discusses what patriotism means to him.”

Redford Center: Art of Activism Mayor Cory Booker (Why We Need Crazy People)

This is the forth of four excerpts we edited from Mayor Cory Booker’s talk with Lee Bycel at the Redford Center’s Art of Activism event at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco on November 11, 2010.

Description from the Redford Center’s Vimeo page:

“The Redford Center’s November 2010 Art of Activism program featured Newark, New Jersey Mayor, and star of the Emmy-nominated TV show Brick City, Cory Booker. One of four shorts from his interview with Executive Director Lee Bycel, Cory discusses why crazy people sometimes make the best leaders.”

Redford Center: Art of Activism Mayor Cory Booker (Elections and Change)

This is the third of four excerpts we edited from Mayor Cory Booker’s talk with Lee Bycel at the Redford Center’s Art of Activism event at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco on November 11, 2010.

Description from the Redford Center’s Vimeo page:

“The Redford Center’s November 2010 Art of Activism program featured Newark, New Jersey Mayor, and star of the Emmy-nominated TV show Brick City, Cory Booker. One of four shorts from his interview with Executive Director Lee Bycel, Cory discusses the importance of not leaving change to elected individuals.”

Redford Center: Art of Activism Ellen Choy

This is another talk from the Redford Center’s Art of Activism event at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco on November 11th.

- Vimeo Description:

“Two exceptional young Bay Area leaders, Ellen Choy and Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, joined Executive Director Lee Bycel and Mayor Cory Booker on November 11 to discuss the inspiration and drive behind the remarkable social and environmental work they do locally.”

“Ellen Choy was one of two Bay Area activists honored at the Redford Center’s Nov 2010 Art of Activism program. Ellen is an organizer with the Mobilization for Climate Justice West, a grassroots coalition of Bay Area groups fighting for climate justice locally through direct action and movement building. Ellen also works with after school programs for high school students in the Bay Area, helping to convene an emerging young environmental leaders, and is co-founder of ChecktheWeather.net, a blog dedicated to young people of color redefining “green”. As a funk/soul/hip hop DJ, Ellen integrates music and art into all of her work, planning progressive music events, producing socially conscious mix tapes, and using music as a medium to communicate to young people.”

For more info on Ellen, watch this short documentary produced by Kontent Film’s and Redford Center:

Redford Center: Art of Activism Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont

This is another talk from the Redford Center’s Art of Activism event at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco on November 11th.

- Vimeo Description:

“Two exceptional young Bay Area leaders, Ellen Choy and Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, joined Executive Director Lee Bycel and Mayor Cory Booker on November 11 to discuss the inspiration and drive behind the remarkable social and environmental work they do locally.”

“Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont is executive director of Oakland Rising, an up-and-coming, non-partisan electoral force that recently contacted more than 17,000 Oakland residents to encourage them to participate in the U.S. Census. Through her work on a national level—as a Hurricane Katrina housing community organizer and a campaign field director, among other roles—and on a local level, she demonstrates her commitment to sustainable solutions to social issues such as affordable housing, quality education, and living wage job opportunities for youth and adults.”

For more info on Esperanza, watch this short documentary produced by Kontent Film’s and Redford Center:

Redford Center: Cory Booker Art of Activism

On November 11th we had the honor of covering the Redford Center’s annual Art of Activism Event at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco. This years guest of honor was Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker. You might be familiar with Mayor Booker from his many television appearances, or from the excellent documentary film Street Fight. (If you haven’t seen that film, definitely check it out.)

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The video posted above is Mayor Bookers talk, moderated by Lee Bycel in it’s entirety. Give it a listen. Here’s the description from Redford Center’s Vimeo page:

The Redford Center’s November 2010 Art of Activism program featured Newark, New Jersey Mayor, and star of the Emmy-nominated TV show Brick City, Cory Booker. One of four shorts from his interview with Executive Director Lee Bycel, Cory discusses why crazy people sometimes make the best leaders.”

Look out for more excerpts from the night in the next few days.

Credits:
Producer/ Director: Jeremey Lavoi
Camera: Abby Berendt Lavoi, Whit Scott, Ben Youngerman
Production Tech: Cory Boldt
Audio Engineer: Jeffrey Kane
Production Assistant: Angelo Hjelm

Redford Center: Breaking Night (Part 2)

Read about our shoot for the The Redford Center’s Creative Conversations program in our last post here.

Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

Perseverance

Mattering

“What does homeless mean?”

Suzan Bateson – Addressing Hunger

The program also included special guest Suzan Bateson, executive director of the Alameda County Community Food Bank

From the Redford Center website about the Creative Conversations Series:

Creative Conversations, our newest series, features inspiring activists, artists, and authors in an intimate setting, and addresses timely, top-of-mind social and environmental issues. Different from ordinary speaker series, the programs are conversation-driven, and incorporate a variety of creative elements, such as film and artistic performance, to increase impact and engage the audience in a multi-faceted way. At the core of the program is to inspire and explore new ideas, and to promote the importance of translating ideas into action.

Redford Center: Breaking Night (Part 1)

On October 10th, The Redford Center hosted Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, for their inaugural Creative Conversations program. Liz’s story is so incredibly inspirational it’s hard to sum up everything in a few sentences… So here’s her words, from her book trailer by Hyperion:

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We shot the whole Creative Conversations session, hosted by Lee Bycel, and edited it in to eight different sections for the Redford Center. Here are the first four (the next four to come tomorrow):

The Wall

Feeling Loved

Vision

School of Possibility

From the Redford Center website about the Creative Conversations Series:

Creative Conversations, our newest series, features inspiring activists, artists, and authors in an intimate setting, and addresses timely, top-of-mind social and environmental issues. Different from ordinary speaker series, the programs are conversation-driven, and incorporate a variety of creative elements, such as film and artistic performance, to increase impact and engage the audience in a multi-faceted way. At the core of the program is to inspire and explore new ideas, and to promote the importance of translating ideas into action.

Redford Center: Liz Murray “The Wall”

On October 10th, 2010, The Redford Center hosted Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, for their inaugural Creative Conversations program.

Redford Center: Liz Murray “Vision”

On October 10th, 2010, The Redford Center hosted Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, for their inaugural Creative Conversations program.