@ South Dakota Film Festival (Session 8, 10:30-1:30pm)
Q&A with Director/Producer Christine Deitner to follow
|exceptional dancers...special needs...||
We have been accepted into the SOUTH DAKOTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL that takes place in Aberdeen, SD at the end of September! We are very excited and will post more news re: screening times, etc. when we get the final word.
THANK YOU EVERYONE! We went above and beyond our goal! More soon.
Christine and Heather
And we are $186 dollars shy of reaching $6,000 - far above and beyond our initial goal. We are so very happy to see this come to a successful conclusion and cannot wait to fulfill all of our perks as thanks to our wonderful donors.
This photo was taken on Nov 23rd at the Special Needs Resource Fair at Cal Northridge.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
We are happy to announce that with 10 days left, we have reached 93% of our Kickstarter goal!
PERFORMING ARTS FOR ALL has been invited to perform at CSUN'S SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE FAIR!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2013
Come & visit us at our table - 10:00am-2:00pm
California State University, Northridge
University Student Union
Event Parking $6 or FREE street parking
We are just at 21% of our funding goal with 16 days to go.
This sounds like an incredibly large gap to fill but I have witnessed many Kickstarter miracles and have faith we can be one of them!
Please continue to spread the word - DONATE IF YOU CAN - if you cannot please let your friends, colleagues and business partners know!
Heather and her students performed in Sunland this past Saturday and the LA Daily News was there to capture some shots.
Members of Performing Arts For All perform a dance at Tierra del Sol Foundation's 11th annual Fall Festival in Sunland, Saturday, October 19, 2013. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/L.A. Daily News)
Click on the link to see a few more pictures of the group and more of the festival:
Kelly d'Amboise has a lovely blog that is more than worth a visit. She took the time to mention us - you can find her post here [http://www.volatizingtheesters.com/2013/10/freeze-try-again/]
This is what she wrote:
There are some people in the world who just go around doing lots of good. And there are others that go around doing lots of said good with a creative hand. My friend Heather Lipson Bell is one of those people. Not only a talented dancer/choreographer/artistic director in her own right whose creative inspiration seems to constantly runneth over, she has also headed up Performing Arts for All, a program dedicated to teaching dance to special needs performers, since 1996.
Heather has created a curriculum that teaches movement, dance and drama to children and adults with disabilities including Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. She is one inspired and inspiring lady but I’m not just posting her praises here. Heather and her creative partner-in-crime, director Christine Deitner, are spearheading a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a documentary about this work entitled, Freeze! Try Again. This short dance doc will follow Heather and her dancers in their journey together in movement.
I’m blown away by her awesomeness. All this and she’s a mom. Heather and I first met dancing together in the late 90s alongside Placido Domingo in an L.A. Opera production of Samson & Delilah. We shared a dressing room, swapped stories while donning our harem pants and stage makeup, and have been friends ever since. Check out the project and please support if you are so inclined.
Image: Christine Deitner
If you don't know Chance Raspberry, we recommend you take a moment to check out his work here:http://chanceraspberryhome.blogspot.com
His animated project 'Little Billy' was supported via a wonderful Kickstarter campaign last year. Now he's looking for support to move his project even further along on IndieGoGo.
'Little Billy' is the first cartoon ever created for kids (and adults) with Special Educational Needs. If you love that 1980's style of classic cartoon animation, you have to take a look at this project.
It's a terrifying and exhilarating day my friends for we have launched the Kickstarter campaign and have already received support from several generous people - it gives us great encouragement and we are happy that word is starting to spread.
I am wondering if any of the visitors to our site who happen upon this page would be willing to share their questions, thoughts or feelings about the project here via these blog posts - its difficult to have a real conversation via Twitter or Facebook and mass email postings aren't very personal by nature. If you feel compelled to say something to us, we hope you'll go ahead and do it. We would love to engage with you, no matter what's on your mind.
Thanks for stopping by!