Mind/Game awarded grant by Berkeley Film Foundation

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The Berkeley Film Foundation recently announced their list of 2014 grant awardees, which includes Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw!

We are proud to be included in the community of filmmakers they support. Congratulations to our fellow awardees and best of luck on your projects!

The Berkeley Film Foundation has supported local independent filmmakers with grants since 2009. Their grants are funded by the City of Berkeley, Wareham Development, and the Saul Zaentz Company “with a mission to nurture, sustain and preserve the thriving Berkeley film community while attracting the next generation of filmmakers.”

Please save the date for BFF’s annual gala and fundraiser on October, 1, 2014 and help them continue to support filmmakers like us!

Daniel Ellsberg billboards in DC call on whistleblowers

On July 9, more than a dozen six-foot billboards featuring Daniel Ellsberg, the subject of Most Dangerous Man in America, went up in DC.  According to the nonprofit Institute for Public Accuracy, which broke the news, “13 billboards have gone up near Capitol Hill, the Justice Department, the White House, the Government Accountability Office, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the State Department, a popular bookstore at Dupont Circle and other prominent locations.”

The billboards feature a quote from Ellsberg and information about ExposeFacts.org, a website launched last month that encourages whistleblowers to submit materials and documents on “concealed activities that are relevant to human rights, corporate malfeasance, the environment, civil liberties and war” via its “SecureDrop” software. The ExposeFacts editorial board then reviews the materials and vets them before deciding on whether to release them to the public.

Read the original release about the billboards here.
The NY Times editorial page blog also weighed in on the campaign.
Specific billboard locations can be found here.

Chamique featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Where Are They Now?”

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Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Lawrence brings readers up to speed on Chamique’s life since her 2012 incident with the law and her diagnosis of bipolar II disorder in 2013. Lawrence writes that Chamique hopes to make mental health issues “the cornerstone of her non-profit organization that will focus on building mental health wellness programs and expand her audience beyond the faith-based groups in the southeast with whom she frequently visits.”

Read the full article here!

 

SLAM Magazine catches up with Chamique and Mind/Game

SLAM Cover SLAM Magazine featured Chamique in October 1998 when she was a senior at the University of Tennessee, soon to be picked number one overall in the WNBA draft the next year. Chamique was the first female to grace their cover and remains the ONLY female to have had the privilege. Check out this great article by Adam Fleischer about her journey since her rise to stardom and what she’s working on now, including the production of Mind/Game. Go Chamique!

Edward Snowden was inspired by watching The Most Dangerous Man in America!

Dissenter article

Daniel Ellsberg, after a recent discussion with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, says that the latter “hardened his resolve” after watching the Rick Goldsmith-Judith Ehrlich Academy-Award-nominated film.  According to The Dissenter (see video and full article here):

“Ellsberg said that Snowden had communicated to him that he had viewed the documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America, which tells the story of how Ellsberg came to release the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and how President Richard Nixon tried to destroy him. Snowden apparently indicated to Ellsberg that viewing this film hardened his resolve to release NSA documents to the public.”

Ellsberg has often said that “courage is contagious.”  As for documentary filmmakers, you never know who is going to watch your film, and how it may influence the course of history!

Visit this update on the Most Dangerous Man website.

Rick Goldsmith guest speaker at Arkansas State University

Rick Goldsmith visitied Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, Thursday, October 24, 2013.   His presentations to two journalism classes sparked lively conversations among the inquisitive and opinionated students and their guest presenter.  Goldsmith’s film The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers was then screened at 6:30pm, followed by a Goldsmith presentation and another spirited Q&A session following on: “National Security vs. the People’s Right to Know: From the Pentagon Papers to Wikileaks

Rick Goldsmith selected for Rosalynn Carter Fellowship

The Carter CenterIn July, Rick Goldsmith was selected for the coveted 2013-14 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, for the production of his film, Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw. Read Rick Goldsmith’s blog about Mind/Game on the Carter Center website.

The Carter fellowships were established to “develop a cadre of journalists who can have a significant impact on the public’s understanding of mental illnesses” as part of a larger program “to provide the public with accurate and balanced depictions of those with mental illnesses to reduce stigma and discrimination.”

The year-long fellowship will give Rick the opportunity to consult with, and receive training from, leading mental health and journalism experts, which will enrich the depth, impact and reach of his film.

For more on the fellowship, go to http://www.cartercenter.org/news/pr/mhj-fellows-2013-2014.html.

Mind/Game invited to Independent Film Week in New York

2013 Independent Film Week Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw has been invited to participate in the 2013 Independent Film Week: “Discovering and Supporting Tomorrow’s Great Storytellers Today,” from September 15 – 19 in New York, NY.

Sponsored by the Independent Film Project (IFP), Independent Film Week is a gathering of filmmakers, potential financiers, festival programmers, buyers, collaborators and other industry members.

Director Rick Goldsmith will be participating in their “Spotlight on Documentaries” Project Forum, which assists filmmakers in making connections at critical stages in their films’ production through meetings, panels and consultations. Mind/Game was one of 50 documentary films selected to attend.

For more information on the IFP, visit their website here.