Saturday, September 13, 2014

Extreme Poverty Doc Previews in the Lands of Lincoln, Disney

Every three seconds, someone, somewhere dies of extreme hunger and poverty. Usually a child; very often, tipped over by the symptoms of a preventable disease.

This startling factoid anchors the title of Daniel Karlsake's newest documentary. Every Three Seconds is sneak previewing Friday September 19th at the Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vermont. It will then screen Saturday-Sunday September 20th-21st at the Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, Florida.

Karslake is lining up other screenings to support the film's official release October 16th. For example, on October 11th, he will bring the feature documentary to the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. The premise of his latest effort is a most elegant variation of the "Pay It Forward" model:

The lives of five regular folks - a boy, a college student, a thirtysomething and two seniors - go from the ordinary to the extraordinary based on one simple choice: To engage with their world to fight hunger and poverty.

Some will know Karslake from the TEDx talk he gave in 2011. Many more will think of his award-winning 2007 Sundance Film Festival entry For the Bible Tells Me So.

Every Three Seconds will be made available to high school teachers. It's also part of the curriculum for the UC Berkeley MOOC online course "The Science of Happiness."

As part of the Manchester event, Karslake will also be giving a talk on Thursday September 18th, connected to his previous documentary Last Best Hope. Here's what he recently told Manchester Journal reporter Anna Marie Boarini:

While Karslake said he is honored to be the first speaker in what [Lincoln home] Hildene hopes to make an annual event, at first he wanted Hildene to consider the five subjects of Every Three Seconds. But as he thought it over, he realized he did have much to share.
"I've had this really transformative experience making my last two films ... and having these kinds of discussions," he said. "I've seen how people transform through hearing these stories of people transforming [and finding] deeper and deeper meaning in their existence."

[Every Three Seconds]

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