Travel is an event of transformation. In 1961 a long bus ride from Washington D.C. to New Orleans changed the world forever. But the PBS American Experience documentary “The Freedom Riders” will likely do little to alter your perspective of a journey upon the open road. Instead I hope that it will open your awareness to the fear and vulnerability a conspicuous minority will face even today while traveling and exposed to the hostility of an entitled majority.
Taking classes a few days a week Hiroko Williams is learning to speak English. While her husband, a United States citizen, prepares to enter a graduate program in international relations next fall, this native of Japan receives free language education through a local non-profit called the Literacy Network. Though trained as a nurse Williams said she must first master the basic skills of communication.
True passion is infectious. And when it comes to making adventure movies you know you’ve succeeded when you can inspire that passion in others. The second day of the 5Point Film Festival hosted yet another night of incredible motion pictures. And in advance of their screening the organizers gathered an intimate dinner for special guests and many of the filmmakers. Even though I’ve had the pleasure of meeting most of these talented men and woman many times before, when Eastern Rises stars Frank Smeatherst and Ryan Peterson walked into the room I was down right giddy.