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ZANZIBAR INTL FILM FEST

June 14-22, 2014, TBD
@ ZANZIBAR

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NY AFRICAN FILM FEST

May 16, 2014, 7 PM. Reception & Q & A to follow the screening at Maysles Cinema.
@ New York, NY 

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HELSINKI AFRICAN FILM FEST

May 2014, TBD 
@ Helsinki, FINLAND

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CURACAO INTL FILM FEST

April 2014  
Willemstad, CURACAO

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TALKFEST PORTUGAL

MAR 2014  
@ Lisbon, PORTUGAL

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PAN AFRICAN FILM FEST

FEB 10, 7:25 PM & FEB 15, 5:40 PM  
@ Los Angeles, CA 

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VICTORIA FILM FEST

FEB 15, 2014, 6PM 
@ Victoria, BC, CANADA 

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INTL FILM FEST ROTTERDAM

JAN 24, 2014, 8:30 PM 
@ Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS 

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PHOENIX SCREENING

December 22, 2013 (Phoenix, AZ)
Hosted by No Festival Required @ Phoenix Center for the Arts

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AFRICAN DIASPORA INTL FILM FEST-NEW YORK 

DEC 8, 2013, 3PM @ Quad Cinema (New York, NY) 
DEC 10, 2013, 8:30 PM @ Columbia Teacher's College

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DOC LOUNGE SWEDEN

NOV 1, 2013, Stockholm More Info
NOV 7, 2013, Göteborg More Info
@ Doc Lounge, SWEDEN 

BLOOR CINEMA 

OCT 28, 2013, 6:30PM
The film will be shown at the HOT DOCS Bloor Cinema in collaboration with the Canadian Royal Music Conservatory with special guest Kiran Ahluwalia. 
@ Toronto, CANADA

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WOMEX WORLD MUSIC EXPO

OCT 24, 2013, 3PM
IMZ World Music Film Festival  
@ Cardiff, WALES 

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KAUNAS INTL FILM FEST

SEPT 30, 2013, 20:00, M. K. Žilinskas Art Gallery
OCT 13, 2013 21:00, Cinema "Skalvija"

@ Kaunas, LITHUANIA

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WORLD MUSIC & INDEPENDENT FILM FEST 

AUG 23, 2013, 9PM (Washington, DC) 
@ Navy Memorial Museum, Burke Theater  

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WOODS HOLE FILM FEST 

JULY 29, 2013, 7PM (Woods Hole, MA)
@ The Community Hall 

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FTC FILMS THAT ROCK  

JUNE 3, 2013, 7PM (Fairfield, CT)
Fairfield Theater Company Screening 

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CHICAGO INTL MOVIES & MUSIC FEST

APRIL 21, 2013, 5 & 7PM (Chicago, IL)
@ The Society for the Arts

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Apr252012

PRESS RELEASE: NEA GRANT FOR ESSAKANE FILM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2012

NEA grant awarded to Women in Film & Video to support Essakane Film, chronicling the most remote world music festival in the world

Contact: Kiley Kraskouskas, Director/Producer, Essakane Film

Phone: +1.571.421.4901 | Email: kiley@essakanefilm.com

Washington, D.C. – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Women in Film & Video is one of 78 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Arts in Media grant. Women in Film & Video is recommended for a grant to support post production and outreach for the documentary, Essakane Film. The 78 Arts in Media grant awards total $3.55 million, and support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art.

From the bustling streets of Bamako to the desolate dunes of the Sahara, Essakane Film takes the audience on a high-definition journey to the most remote music festival in the world. Told through intimate interviews, vérité footage, and festival performances, Essakane Film chronicles: Tinariwen‘s vision to start the Festival in the Desert to share Tuareg culture with the world and to foster economic development; Vieux Farka Toure‘s journey from guitar prodigy to international star; Khaira Arby‘s mission to make a better life for Malian women; Leni Stern‘s work to promote cultural understanding through musical exchange; Tartit and Group Amanar‘s fight to preserve Tuareg culture and identity; and Joe Conte’s transformation from a Northern California rocker to global artist and philanthropist. Each artist‘s reason for playing in the shadow of the fabled Timbuktu differs, but together, their stories demonstrate the power of the Festival in the Desert to launch stars, sustain peace, and foster development.

Essakane Film is slated for release January 2013. The goal of the film is to raise awareness to a national and international audience about the power of music in Malian culture. Sadly, the Festival in the Desert is now caught in the crossfire of a violent standoff between rebel Tuaregs and the Malian government. The fate of the Festival in the Desert now hangs in the balance.

Working with outreach partner, Crowdstarter, Essakane Film will launch a national campaign geared at music and film festivals, radio stations, and music education programs to enhance knowledge and understanding about Mali’s rich music culture and history.

Chairman Landesman said, “While Americans across the country are experiencing art live and in person every day, NEA research has shown that more than half of American adults also consume the arts via electronic media. I am thrilled to announce these Arts in Media grants and look forward to the organizations’ efforts to reach ever wider audiences and create innovative new works of art.”

“It is incredibly reaffirming to see the National Endowment for the Arts support our efforts to tell this story about music, culture and West Africa,” said Kiley Kraskouskas, Director/Producer of Essakane Film.

The NEA received 329 eligible applications under the Arts in Media category, requesting more than $36 million in funding. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000 with an average grant amount of $45,513 and a median of $40,000. Women in Film & Video is among the 25 percent recommended for funding, a sign of organizational strength and creativity.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Arts in Media grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

Women in Film & Video

Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV) promotes equal opportunities, encourages professional development, serves as an information network, and educates the public about women’s creative and technical achievements. For more information on WIFV, visit: http://wifv.org/

Essakane Film

Essakane Film is the story of the most remote music festival in the world – the Festival in the Desert – and the battle to make it happen. The film is produced by partners Leola Calzolai-Stewart, Kiley Kraskouskas, and Andrea Papitto and is a fiscally sponsored project by Women in Film & Video (WIFV).

For more information on Essakane Film, visit: http://www.essakanefilm.com/

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 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT KILEY KRASKOUSKAS OF ESSAKANE FILM AT +1.571.421.4901.