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UPCOMING SCREENINGS & APPEARANCES

Tampere Film Festival, Finland
March 3-9, 2016. 'AMERICA NOW' FILM SERIES
The America Now! special program culls together a series of screenings from an international call to filmmakers that are speaking to the American condition. America is at the nexus of police brutality, the rise of a new civil rights movement in the protests of Black Lives Matter, deep divisions on the issue of immigration, gun control, terrorism and more, all in a charged election cycle. Covering a range of subjects and genres, the films speak to these issues using innovative techniques, subversive methodologies and direct commentary.
Curated by Tampere Film Festival together with filmmakers and theatre artists, E.G. Bailey and Sha Cage, who navigate through various community-based, socio-economic and political systems, this program speaks to this unrest and highlights stories that are urgent, poetic and passionate, echoing the divergent voices of where America stands and where it is going.

PREVIOUS SCREENINGS & APPEARANCES

Sea View Theatre, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA
April 30th, 2015. 'CONVERSATIONS' - A FILM SERIES
Orcas Open Arts presents a spring film series to create enriching conversations and connections. The evening begins at 6:30 with live music, soup de jour, beer and wine in the Seaview lounge. The film starts at 7:30pm.
A Q&A with Director Heather Dew Oaksen, Producer Caroline Cumming, Matt Stafford & Casey Stentz will be followed by a reception and informal discussion. Tickets: Adults $10.00 $8.00 Seniors Students FREE - Available at Darvill's bookstore and BrownPaperTickets. Co-Sponsored by The Islands Sounder.

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
April 9, 2015
Presentation and screening to students on developing ethics and social responsibility.

Orcas Center for the Performing Arts, Orcas Island, WA
1-3pm, April 1, 2015
Screening and discussion with Orcas Island Public Middle & High Schools & The Christian School. Sponsored by the Orcas Island Public Library. Director Heather Dew Oaksen, Producer Caroline Cumming, and Cast Members Matt Stafford, and Casey Stentz in attendance.

DON'T FENCE ME IN, Student Art Gallery, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
April 21st-25th, 2014. Opening night presentation 5-7pm, April 21st.
A multi-media exhibit presenting information on the Prison-Industrial Complex with a focus on Washington State, accompanied by artwork and stories of prisoner supporters on campus and in the Greater South Sound area. Curated by Emily McKown.

Explorer West Middle School, Seattle, Washington.
7- 8:30pm, March 20th.
A post-screening Q&A session with Explorer West parent and producer of Minor Differences, Caroline Cumming, and Matt and Casey from the film.

SpIFF 2014. 16th Annual Spokane International Film Festival, Spokane, Washington.
Jan. 23-Feb.1, 2014. Winner of Gold SpIFFy for Best Documentary.
Director Heather Dew Oaksen, and cast member Matt Stafford in attendance for the screening and the “Filmmaker Forum” hosted by Adam Boyd, SpIFF programmer, instructor of film at Eastern Washington University, and of Transolar Galactica.

5th Annual National Prisoner’s Family Conference. Dallas Texas.
Feb. 19-21, 2014.
The Prisoner’s Family Conference® offers hope to prison families by providing a forum to increase understanding of the uniquely disturbing circumstances and crucial needs of The Prisoner’s Family.

The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
1:00-4:30, February 18, 2014.
Documentary filmmaking and Artistic Social Practice: Minor Differences screening and dialogue with Director, Heather Dew Oaksen; Producer Caroline Cumming, and cast members Matt Stafford, and Joseph Downs.

Sierra College, Rocklin, California
12:30-1:50, November 5. 2013.
Cultural Events: Incarceration in America: MINOR DIFFERENCES film. Paul Comisky facilitated discussion.

Seattle Interactive Documentary Summit
Oct 24-25th, 2013.
Producer Caroline Cumming presented Minor Differences at 2:30PM Friday, Oct 25th for the Practical Application workshop.

The Seattle Interactive Documentary Summit provides an opportunity to build bridges between those who create the stories, and the foundations, non-profits and other groups that can use cause or purpose driven content in support of mission. Threaded throughout the panel discussions, presentations and case studies will be a strong emphasis on the interactive documentary’s potential to serve as an advocacy and public education platform for bringing about change. This two-day summit, takes place at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103.

Green Hill School
October 15th 2013. Chehalis, WA.

Strange Homecoming? Matt and Joe will return to Green Hill School; only this time, they enter not as juvenile offenders but as invited mentors to incarcerated youth. It promises to be an emotional visit. Nearly 20 years ago, each was sentenced to serve "juvenile life" in the medium/maximum security youth facility. During that period, along with eight other students, they learned video production and became participants in the development of the Minor Differences film.

The Vera Project
6:30pm, October 14th 2013. SIFF Film Center, Seattle.
Screening and panel discussion. Director Heather Dew Oaksen and cast members Matt and Joe in attendance.

By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, The Vera Project strives to fulfill its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people.

Social Justice Film Festival
12:00pm, October 11th 2013. Rainier Valley Community Center, Seattle.
Producer Caroline Cumming and cast member Casey in attendance.

Seattle's second Social Justice Film Festival, with a special focus on prisoner justice, is presented by the national group Books to Prisoners. The Festival returns Oct. 10-13 with 60 documentaries and films exploring a range of social-justice topics including racism and poverty, criminal justice, and human rights around the world.

Children's Law Center, Covington, Kentucky
Juvenile Justice Symposium

October 10-12 2013.
Screening and panel discussion. Director Heather Dew Oaksen, cast members Matt Stafford and Joe Downs in attendance.

Chase Law Review Symposium, The Fall 2013 Northern Kentucky Law Review Symposium, Juvenile Justice: Law, Policy and Opportunities for Reform, focused on re-thinking penalties for young people and how we can impact change through research, policy changes, and the law".

Seattle City Hall
12:00pm, September 19th 2013
Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Ave, Seattle
Viewing of excerpts of the film followed by a panel discussion with cast members Matt and Joe, director Heather Dew Oaksen, producer Caroline Cumming, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Director Mariko Lockhart and Andre Franklin, community organizer and member of the Men of Color Group. Moderated by Race and Social Justice Initiative Manager Glenn Harris.

Co-sponsored by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Race and Social Justice Initiative, and Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.

SEEDArts Cinema Series, "Made in Seattle: Homegrown Documentaries"
3:00pm, April 6th 2013
Join Heather, Caroline, Casey, Joe and Matt for the 3:00PM screening on Saturday, April 6th followed by a community conversation moderated by Rustin Thompson, The Restless Critic.

The two-day series, April 5 & 6, takes place at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle , WA 98118 Admission is $5 per film or $15 for a series pass at the door. More info call 206.760.4285 or visit the festival website.

Music and Ideas, KBCS
3-5 p.m. March 4th 2013.
On-air interview with host Sonya Green, featuring Heather and cast members.

Music + Ideas features the best of 91.3 KBCS in one show, weekday afternoons from 3-5 pm. Host Sonya Green discusses local topics and global issues. Reports from KBCS producers connect you with local issues, while National Native News and Free Speech Radio News offer you a variety of national perspectives.

FOR THE PEOPLE... law in plain language
March 12th, 2013.
On-air interview with Philadelphia based Internet Legal Talk Radio program hosted by Debra D.Rainey.

Philadelphia Attorney Debra D. Rainey hosts a new TALK RADIO PROGRAM offering FREE LEGAL INFORMATION to listeners. The show titled, "For the People, law in plain language", is in an "Ask the Lawyer" forum and listeners can call in and ask legal questions on the air.

Scriber Lake High School, Edmonds, WA
9:00 - 2:15pm, March 15th, 2013.

Brayan joined a gang when he was 12 years old and, because of tragic circumstances, was lucky to get out three years later. When Brayan saw "Minor Differences," he was struck by the similarities between his story and those of the men in the film, and of the thin line that separates his freedom from their years of incarceration. Now on the verge of graduating from Scriber Lake High School with a 4.0, Brayan will lead the school in a day-long viewing of the film for his senior project. Each man's story will be followed by questions designed to stimulate small-group student discussions. Brayan's goal is for the power of these mens' stories - along with his own - to inspire Scriber students toward a future with clear, positive goals in place.

Spotlight on Youth
Noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern February 22nd 2013.

MINOR DIFFERENCES: Exploring the Relationship Between Film & Social Justice. On air interview with Director Heather Dew Oaksen, cast members Joseph Downs, Matt Stafford and Casey Stentz. Listen Now!

Spotlight on Youth is a radio show focusing on social and legal trends impacting the rights and well-being of youth across the country. Spotlight on Youth is hosted by the Children's Law Center, Inc., a not-for-profit legal services organization dedicated to children's rights issues.

ARTexchange at the College Art Association's Annual Conference
5:30pm - 7:00 pm February 15th 2013. New York, NY
Director Heather Dew Oaksen in attendance.

ARTexchange is an annual event showcasing the art of CAA members, who can exhibit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and digital works using the space on, above, and beneath a six-foot folding table. Artists may also construct temporary mini-installations and conduct performance, sound, and spoken-word pieces in their space.

Columbia University, School of Social Work
8 p.m. February 13 2013.
Presented by the Criminal Justice Caucus and The Men's Caucus: Screening and discussion with Director Heather Dew Oaksen.

Tangled Webs Conference: Fairhaven Auditorium, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University.
2:45pm - 4:45pm January 17th, 2013 Bellingham, WA.
Producer Caroline Cumming and cast members Joseph Downs and Matt Stafford in attendance.

Tangled Webs: Race, Immigration, Poverty and Prisons, is a regional conference that brings together students, teachers, researchers, activists, lawyers, and other concerned community members to examine the historical origins and social impacts of mass incarceration in the U.S., and to dialogue about existing and possible alternatives to this system.

University of Washington's Graduate School of Social Work
5:30pm, Nov 19th 2012, Seatttle, WA

The presentation and screening, organized by students, included a lively post-film discussion/Q &A with panel members: grad students Diana Falchuk, and Ashley Livingston; cast members Matt Stafford and Joseph Downs; and filmmaker Heather Dew Oaksen.

Northwest African American Museum
7:30pm on Thursday OCT 11th, 2012. Premiere.
Thanks to all who came to the premiere of MINOR DIFFERENCES at the Northwest African American Museum on Oct 11th. Director Heather Dew Oaksen, producer Caroline Cumming, and cast members Casey, Joe and Matt were honored to share these stories with the standing room only crowd. A huge THANK YOU to Barbra Earl Thomas and staff at NAAM, and to Paul Rucker, Kagaka Lua Entertainment and Dave Dahl from Dave's Killer Bread and all of you who made the evening special in so many ways.

Washington Corrections Center for Women
Oct 2nd, 2012: Purdy, WA
Heather joined Kim Bogucki, co-founder of THE IF PROJECT , as a guest speaker to screen MINOR DIFFERENCES at the in Purdy, Washington. This group of engaged prisoners meets monthly to discuss, write and share their reflections on the initial question posed to them by the project: "If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been?"

Having never screened the film to an all female audience, Heather was curious to know whether women would relate to the experiences the young men had had growing up. No worries there. The women laughed; they cried and we got angry ...discussing how the men's stories mirrored their own experience, and how the broken justice system fails us all. Not without hope, however, we left the gathering feeling heard, respected and willing to keep making the issues visible to others.

Southwest Boys and Girls Club
7:00pm Friday, March 25th, 2011 Seattle, WA.
Youth from High Point Neighborhood House and Southwest Boys and Girls Club gathered for a screening and discussion of segments from MINOR DIFFERENCES with the filmmaker and Matt & Joe, two of the young men featured in the film.

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
12:00pm Tuesday, December 15th, 2010 Seattle, WA

Filmmaker Heather Dew Oaksen joined youth from Southwest Interagency Academy for a screening of selected film segments. Q & A followed.

Cornish College of the Arts
March 10-14, 2010 Seattle, WA

The Cornish Faculty Art Exhibition featured a 4 channel installation composed of excerpts from stories chronicled in the MINOR DIFFERENCES film.

Critical Resistance
September 12-24, 2008 Oakland, CA

Filmmaker Heather Dew Oaksen, Producer Caroline Cumming & cast member Casey presented a workshop on New Options in Digital Storytelling.