Famed film director at ‘Speaking Truth’
Belfast — Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Davis will speak Saturday, Sept. 21, as part of “Speaking Truth to People: Five Americans Who Tell the Truth,” an evening of words, song and dance slated for 7 p.m. at the First Church, 8 Court St.
Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $15 for adults and $10 for students, with children younger than 12 admitted free. For advance purchases, reserved seating or to inquire about a family rate, contact Mary Anne Driscoll at 338-9767. The church is wheelchair accessible.
Davis won an Oscar for his 1974 documentary “Hearts and Minds,” a controversial look at America’s involvement in the Viet Nam War that will be part of the upcoming Camden International Film Festival’s Then and Now program. The event is offered by Americans Who Tell the Truth, an educational organization based on Maine artist Robert Shetterly’s portrait series of the same name. Davis, whose portrait is included in the series, will be joined by four other AWTT subjects: former Time and Newsweek reporter Hal Crowther; groundbreaking environmentalist Florence Reed; noted international peace educator Betty Burkes; and catalyzing Maine artist/activist Natasha Mayers.
Also appearing will be the Voices For Peace choir and the Mary Anne Driscoll Ensemble, which features musicians Michael Whitehead and Jeff Densmore, as well as dancer Shana Bloomstein.
Shetterly calls his AWTT portrait subjects exemplary citizens who display the courage to act in the common good. He selects a quote from each person he paints that goes to the heart of why they do what they do, and then he etches it into the portrait. Noted jazz musician Driscoll has composed and arranged songs from those quotes that will be performed throughout the evening.
The work that these people do “encourages all of us to promote our country’s ideals, to get involved in present issues, and to have hope for the future,” said Shetterly, who will introduce each of the speakers and present several other AWTT portraits as well including that of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
“Speaking Truth to People” is a benefit for the educational citizens’ group Waging Peace/Maine. Proceeds will help cover costs of a three-day peace leadership training program with Paul K. Chappell, an Iraq War veteran and author of four books who serves as Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. For more information about the training, scheduled for Oct. 25 through 27 at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, contact Tammy Scully at 338-2361.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.