against the backdrop of moments of historical social change, walk with me is an expressionistic portrait of three women: DC theater-artist rebecca rice, who grew up in chicago during the turbulent '50's & 60's; lisa biggs - a dance-theater artist and scholar; and anu yadav, a first generation south asian actor-educator living in washington, DC.
the film centers on the artists while they are working in prisons, community centers and schools. each woman has found theater as a way to engage a level of activism in themselves, form inclusive spaces with others, and to tell stories of joy or sorrow. Walk with me reveals that one person - one artist can make a difference.
Since the film’s release in 2012, WAlk with me made its festival circuit debut at the Langston Hughes African American Film Fest then went on to receive an Honorable mention at the San Francisco Black Film festival and Best Documentary Feature at the Our City Film Festival. It also screened Mississippi International Film Festival, JSU International Film Week, & the Words, Beats, Life Festival. The film has been shown in many venues & educational settings in the United States and abroad, including the Social Justice Festival in Sydney, Australia, the San Diego School of the Performing Arts, New York University, the Culture Unplugged Film Festival in India and New Zealand. The film is also in public libraries around the country including Bay State College Library and the Carnegie Library. The film is digitally distributed by GoDigital in a deal with the former LA company filmbreak.
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Walk with Me is DC-based filmmaker ellie walton's third feature film. known for her critically acclaimed documentary 'chocolate city.' Ms. Walton is the 2011 recipient of the mayor's arts award, the highest honor given to an individual artist in Washington, DC.
tanisha Christie is an interdisciplinary performer, educator, director and producer with years of working in the not-for-profit and entertainment industry across media. A former puffin foundation and DC commission on the Arts grant recipient, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY.
"Walk with me is beautifully done from top to bottom. it is fresh and elegant - and painted a wonderful picture of how we stand on the shoulders of giants."
- Molly smith, artistic director, arena stage
co producer: cat mallone / animation/co-producer: lokido / composer: sam mccormally / additional photography: gopi shastri & amy hendricks / additional music: josh schaffner / assistant editor: m.e. francis / post-production: mark palkoski / poster: knocliff / social media: jd urban
funders – individuals; support from the dc commission on the arts and humanities & the humanities council washington, dc /
fiscal sponsor – video/action / production company - aya arts & media, llc.
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