Oct 2013 Newsletter // by Ian MacKenzie
Dear <<First Name>>,
My latest newsletter is chock full of inspiring updates and interviews on the emerging paradigm, including the latest from the REACTOR tour, and upcoming crowdfunding workshops.
But first - I want to tell you about the role of an artist. I want to tell you about Cambodia, 2006.
I had stepped into Hell. Or at least the closest representation that was possible on earth. The name of the compound was Tuol Sleng prison, notorious during the years of Pol Pot's genocidal regime and social cleansing. Here, thousands of Cambodian citizens were questioned, tortured, and killed. Many of their faces continued to haunt the walls of the prison, row upon row of scared faces, photographed in black and white.
After the fall of the regime, the successive government opted to leave Tuol Sleng much like they found it – complete with torture instruments still in the cells, the blood stains now turned to black. I was one of many tourists who now made this stop on the backpacker trail.
I remember stepping quietly through the checked halls, as if the ghosts did not want to be disturbed. I wondered what most sane humans must: how does it come to this? How do humans ferment such hatred, that bends their hands to inflict such crushing, senseless violence?
In a corner of one cell, I step near the walls and notice letters scrawled carefully in dark ink: “Art must scream for those who cannot.”
I pause, letting the statement sink into my soul. Then I hastily take a picture, and retreat from the room – uncertain how, but knowing I am changed forever.
Butoh can be translated as the "dance of death." At the recent San Fran premiere of REACTOR, we were offered the incredible gift of two original performances from Bad Unkl Sista, inspired by the film. The photo above captures a hint of the transformative evening.
Thank you as well to Ariel Wolpe who performed two opening songs, and to Sustainable Man for presenting the night.
New interviews with Michael & I have also been published. Please read & listen below:
INTERVIEW: Changing Reactions [The Extraenvironmentalist]
In Extraenvironmentalist #66 we speak with Michael Stone and Ian MacKenzie about their new film Reactor which covers their recent trip to Japan. Is the social fallout from Fukushima a template for social change elsewhere?
INTERVIEW: How Our Actions Matter: Ian MacKenzie on His Film Reactor [It's All Yoga Baby]
UPCOMING SCREENINGS of REACTOR
Would you like to bring Reactor to your city? Submit your screening details here and read the guide to hosting your screening here.
Not able to make it to a screening? You can now stream REACTOR online for $1.99 via Vimeo on Demand.
If you'd like to help me bring this film to further cities across the world, please consider offering a donation here.
CROWDFUNDING WORKSHOPS // PHILLY + VANCOUVER
This 3 hour workshop is a updated version of my popular introduction to crowdfunding. Event will be followed by drinks + networking. Co-Sponsored by Transition Town Media and PIFVA (Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association)
LIVING THE NEW ECONOMY // OPENING KEYNOTE with MARK LAKEMAN
On Oct 15, I had the pleasure of kicking of a 5 day confluence of workshops, presentations, and performances all geared towards accelerating the emerging economic paradigm. The opening keynote discussion included visionary placemaker and permaculturist Mark Lakeman (founder of City Repair, Portland) as we shared our thoughts from on the ground and on the edge.
Listen to the full recording here:
SUPPORT A CAMPAIGN: MILTON'S SECRET by ECKHART TOLLE
I'm happy to announce my involvement with an important new crowdfunding campaign Milton's Secret. The goal is ambitious: 1 million dollars, and the potential impact is enormous. Read on & please share/contribute if inspired.
When his unconventional grandfather visits, Milton learns that rehashing bad experiences and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness in the Now.
MORE UPCOMING SPEAKING + EVENTS
Looking ahead, here's where you can find me this fall.
Want to bring me to your event? I'm available for speaking gigs on crowdfunding, filmmaking, and the emerging paradigm. Contact me here
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Until next month...
p.s. read over 100 responses from my friends on the role of the artist.