MIND/GAME to screen at the Roger Ebert Film Festival

GoldenThumbWe are excited to announce that MIND/GAME will be screening at the 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, also known as ‘Ebertfest.’

The festival, an invitation-only event, was co-founded and is hosted by Chaz Ebert. It will take place April 19-23, 2017 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois.

MIND/GAME will join 12 other films, including the beloved 1979 musical HAIR directed by Milos Forman; the 2016 documentary, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; and 1990’s To Sleep with Anger starring Danny Glover and directed by Charles Burnett. Ebertfest is a special event of Roger Ebert’s alma mater, the University of Illinois College of Media.  Films are chosen from lists Roger Ebert drew up over the first 15 years of the festival, as well as others selected by Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn, based on the late film critic’s established criteria.

Both Rick and Chamique will be in present to attend the MIND/GAME screening and to accept the “Golden Thumb” award, presented to all invited guests of the festival.

MIND/GAME‘s screening is sponsored by the Alliance for Inclusion and Respect, an organization that embodies the four principles this year’s EbertFest is dedicated to – the principles of empathy, compassion, kindness and forgiveness—principles Roger believed cinema could generate.

In his review, Matt Fagerholm called MIND/GAME “an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary female warrior” and said that “The open-ended quality of the film’s ending is entirely appropriate since Ms Holdsclaw’s story is far from over. I cannot wait for the sequel.”

Read the full Ebertfest review of Mind/Game here.

Stay tuned for our screening date and time.

Rick Goldsmith moderates panel for sold-out screening of “All Governments Lie” for Jewish Film Institute’s WinterFest 2017

WinterFest 2017 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco presented the ultra-relevant documentary, “All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone” directed by Fred Peabody on Sunday, March 5.  The film profiles investigative journalists like Amy Goodman, Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald, along with progressive thinkers from Noam Chomsky to Michael Moore, in a look at the changing role of investigative journalism in today’s political climate.

After the film, Academy-Award nominated local filmmaker Rick Goldsmith moderated a panel of esteemed Bay Area journalists, David Talbot, founder of the online news site SALON; Rose Aguilar of KALW’s Your Call; and Norman Solomon, founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, in a discussion of the issues contemporary journalists face.

The 4th annual WinterFest was sponsored by the Jewish Film Institute.

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Photos by Anita Bowen

Edward Snowden on The Most Dangerous Man in America’s influence on him

Dresdner Friedenspreis (2016 Dresden Peace Prize) awarded to Daniel Ellsberg

February, 2016—Dresden, Germany

 

Edward Snowden: I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that without a Daniel Ellsberg there could not have been an Edward Snowden….

Dan and I have an interesting history, because we’ve debated back and forth across a numbers of issues, but there is something about his inspiration to me which is not very well-known:

The film that you have recently watched, The Most Dangerous Man in America, is one that I myself watched– but it wasn’t this year or the year before, it was in 2012, the year before I came forward. And his example, seeing what he did, seeing the choices that he faced, seeing how he struggled with the same, sort of, moral complexities that I myself was unable to resolve, helped me see that there was a model that was established, that had come from people who had come before–at different levels, at higher levels, even more deeply embedded in matters of government understanding– and they came to the conclusion that it is not enough to recognize that something is wrong, it is not enough to simply raise a complaint. We have not just the right, but the moral obligation, to ourselves and our societies, if we have the capability to do something, to achieve a positive result, for our families and the futures of our countries. (applause)

Pat Summitt – an inspiration to so many

 

We would like to send our love to the family and extended Lady Vols family of Pat Summitt, the legendary women’s head basketball coach from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This family includes the 161 players she mentored and coached throughout her dynamic 38-year career. She remains the all-time winningest Division 1 basketball coach in NCAA history.

Summitt passed away on Tuesday, June 28, after a five-year battle with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type. She was loved and well respected for the battles she fought both on and off the court–all a reflection of her characteristic ferocity, dignity and a true desire to uplift women in sports and beyond.

Read more about Pat:

In love and solidarity with Orlando

 

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“It takes that one person that you see living their lives that gives you the confidence to truly be who you are.” -Chamique Holdsclaw

In light of all that has happened in over the past month, it is important to acknowledge the people who provide positive examples of love, light, strength and perseverance.

Last week at its 3rd annual Trailblazer Honors event, LOGO paid tribute to the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando and honored several champions of equality for the LGBT community–among them, legendary athlete Billie Jean King and actor Harvey Fierstein.

Chamique Holdsclaw was also present at the awards, with her fiance, Cara Wright, who we have enjoyed getting to know.

We are proud of and grateful to Chamique for all that she has accomplished and all that she has shared with us and the rest of the world on her personal journey, as both a mental health advocate and increasingly vocal LGBT rights spokesperson.

Congratulations for being a wonderful role model in so many ways and best wishes to you and Cara for a wonderful life together.

Our thoughts are with Orlando, the LGBT community, and the mental health community. Thank you to the many friends, family members, and mental health professionals taking care of those who are suffering and helping them find their paths to healing.

More on LOGO’s Trailblazer Ceremony:

NBC covers LOGO’s tribute to Orlando victims
LOGO Events

 

 

 

Rick, Metta and Chamique to speak at UCLA

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We are excited to announce our first showing in Los Angeles at UCLA!

Director Rick Goldsmith, LA Lakers player Metta World Peace and WNBA all-star Chamique Holdsclaw will be gathering on Wednesday, May 18th, for a special screening of Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw.

This event is being held in celebration of Mental Health Awareness month!

Join UCLA students, faculty and staff and DeNeve Auditorium.

5:30-6:00p Reception
6:00p Screening
7:00p Post-Film discussion

Admission is free.

Special thanks to our UCLA sponsors for making it happen: UCLA Residential Life, The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neurosciences & Human Behavior, UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services; and UCLA Athletics

 

 

 

MIND/GAME premieres on national television with LOGO

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We are excited to announce our national television premiere, to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in May!

Logo Documentary Films will launch its 2016 slate with the premiere of “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” on Tuesday, May 3 at 9PM ET/PT.

WATCH our promo here.

Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms.  Logo is part of MTV’s network of brands including MTV, MTV2, MTV.com, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.

Taj Paxton, Executive Producer of Logo Documentary Films said,  “Chamique has a bravery that goes beyond the basketball court.  Mind/Game not only provides a gripping character study of a female athlete who refuses to give up, but also gives those living with mental illness and their families the inspiration and courage to navigate their own journeys.”

We are excited to share Chamique’s inspiring personal story on a national level and get more people talking about mental health issues in their own families and communities.

Please spread the word to family, friends, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all your other favorite social media tools that we’ve never even heard of!

Arrange a viewing party on May 3rd and get your schools, sports teams or local mental health organizations involved!

We hope you’ll tune in and share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.
(@MindGameFilm)

Don’t forget the hashtag, #MindGame!

Want to include Chamique? Tweet her at @Chold1
Tell LOGO what you think at @LogoTV

Here’s what some of the press had to say:

The Hollywood Reporter

Deadline

Reel Screen

Broadway World

For more information about the upcoming 2016 slate from Logo Documentary Films, click here.

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