In 2014 AWBW collaborated with Los Angeles-based media artist Cheri Gaulke to launch a digital storytelling component of the I CAN WE CAN community art initiative. Gaulke mentored students at Harvard-Westlake School in creating three powerful and award-winning videos about the impacts of domestic violence. during the summer of 2014. The culmination of this collaboration is Gaulke’s newest film “I Am Be”, which will be screened for the first time on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Harvard Westlake School Ahmanson Lecture Hall (3700 Goldwater Canyon Ave, Studio City, 91604).
The short film “I Am Be” is a retelling of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone through a contemporary lens of sexual violence and female empowerment. The female characters of mother and daughter tell the ancient story through voice-over while a contemporary story is played out onscreen.
The film stars Maggie Baird, Jennifer Lange, McCabe Slye, Rees Pugh, and dancer Kiki Solia, with voice-over by Caroline Aaron. It is produced by Christine Papalexis and Cheryl Bookout. ASC award-winning cinematographer Nico Aguilar is Director of Photography and shot the film on the RED camera. Cheri Gaulke is an award-winning socially engaged artist and the recent recipient of a mid-career Visual Artist’s Fellowship from the California Community Foundation. The film was completed in August 2016.
The evening will include a hands on Touchstones workshop with AWBW founder Cathy Salser and the three student-created shorts will be shown before “I Am Be”. Doors open at 6:30pm and the program starts promptly at 7. RSVP here.