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Posted on November 01, 2015

Rosalia Films specializes in the stories of community members whose voices aren’t often heard.  Director Chris Farina’s films portray real American lives with sensitivity and respect.

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Seats at the Table (Film In Progress)

Posted on October 06, 2015

UPDATE:  We are now accepting donations for our documentary featuring UVA’s Russian Literature Professor Andrew Kaufman’s class which brings together university students with juvenile detention residents as they study classic works of Russian Literature.

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Holistic Life Foundation – Baltimore, MD

Posted on August 01, 2015

The Holistic Life Foundation: breathing love into a community is a short film portraying the work of the three founders of the Holistic Life Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.


Seats at the Table


Update: Filming of Seats at the Table has been completed. But we’ve still got a long way to go.  We’d love to have your support during these final stages.

If you’d like to be a part of bringing this film to fruition please CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible donation.  


Seats at the Table will be a feature documentary about UVA’s Russian Literature Professor Andrew Kaufman’s class which brings together university students with juvenile detention residents as they study classic works of Russian Literature.With its focus on the big picture ideas regarding the meaning of life, good versus evil, and our place as an individual within our society, they discuss their lives openly and honestly.

Each group’s stereotypical views are replaced by a much more nuanced understanding of each other, which belies their original preconceptions. It is a remarkably unique example of experiential learning, and past participants from both sets of students have often referred to this class as truly a life-changing experience.

Having spent years with another wonderful teacher, John Hunter, working to replicate his World Peace Game, the subject of my documentary World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements, I met and observed Kaufman’s class for the past two years, and was once again truly moved by another example of the unlimited potential that arises from the relationship between a masterful and compassionate teacher and his engaged students. My hope is that this film will truly inspire and teach others to consider replicating this example as a model for their own communities.

Financial donations for this project are tax-deductible. If you would like to support our efforts, please Click Here or click the donation page link to your right.

 

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Filming of Seats at the Table has been completed. But we’ve still got a long way to go.  We’d love to have your support during these final stages.

If you’d like to be a part of bringing this film to fruition please click here to make a tax-deductible donation.  

 

Audio Interview About the Film:


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Filmmaker and director Chris Farina

Filmmaker Chris Farina, on the set of World Peace and Other 4th-grade Achievements

Director Chris Farina’s films portray people who live and work in familiar American settings and typically receive little media attention. His work is guided by the principle of respect for the individuals portrayed, allowing them to tell the stories of their lives and their community in their own fashion.

A prime example of this is his award winning film, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, a film which interweaves the story of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his students’ participation in an exercise called the World Peace Game. The film reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash students’ full potential.

World Peace & Other 4th-Grade Achievements
is now available in two formats. For ‘Download or Streaming’ click here.  For DVD Click Here.  ***Educators, Please Remember to Purchase A License.***


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ROSALIA1DVD Director Chris Farina’s films portray people who live and work in familiar American settings and typically receive little media attention. His work is guided by the principle of respect for the individuals portrayed, allowing them to tell the stories of their lives and their community in their own fashion.

A prime example of this is his award winning film, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, a film which interweaves the story of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his students’ participation in an exercise called the World Peace Game. The film reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash students’ full potential.

World Peace & Other 4th-Grade Achievements is now available in two formats. Pick yours up today!

 

Option #1: Click Here To Have a Physical Copy of The DVD Mailed To You

***Educators Please Remember to Purchase the Educational License for $250.***


Option #2: Rent Or Download the Film Online Below…

***Educators please Click Here to choose an Educational License.***

 

World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements from Chris Farina on Vimeo.

World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements is a one-hour documentary on John Hunter, a fourth-grade teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia and his students as they participate in Hunter’s remarkable educational exercise the World Peace Game. The film has played in festivals around the world, has been broadcast in several countries and was aired to over 85% of the US on public television between 2012-2014. It also supports Hunter’s World Peace Game Foundation work, and has had special screenings at the Pentagon, the United Nations, the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festivals,and several universities, educational conferences and schools throughout the world.


Option #3: Set Up A Screening for Educators & Groups

 

Educators across the world have found that watching the film with your fellow teachers, principals, guidance counselors, and even students, has proven to be very beneficial. Even if you don’t implement the World Peace Game into your curriculum, the discussions that come out of simply watching it together can make a positive impact on your school. We encourage you to show this film to groups using our educational license. To set up a screening at your school, or for a group, please contact Chris Farina directly at the email below.

 

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World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements

World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements is a one-hour documentary on John Hunter, a 4th-grade teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia and his students as they participate in Hunter’s remarkable educational exercise the World Peace Game. (Watch the Trailer)

Remembering Normandy

On June 9, 1944, Bill Hochman was an American sailor on board US LST376, part of the D-Day operation. His boat was sunk by a German E-boat. Bill was rescued from the frigid English Channel by a British destroyer. 33 years later… (Read more)

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Holistic Life Foundation: breathing love into a community

short film portraying the work of the three founders of the Holistic Life Institute, who have dedicated their lives to bringing the benefits of mindfulness and meditation to the inner-city neighborhood in Baltimore where two of the founders were born and raised. (Watch the Trailer.)

Route 40

Route 40 is an award-winning feature documentary about Pulaski Highway, a five-mile slice of US Route 40 in east Baltimore. The film spends time with individuals, including a paramedic, a gas station owner, kids at a roller rink, a motel manager, diner workers,and others… (Read more)

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Stars Over The Sea: David Bosun

The first in a series of portraits of Australian indigenous artisits as they participate in a residency program at the kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum in Charlottesville, Virginia, this short (18 minute film) depicts Torres Strait Islander artist David Bosun… (Watch the Film)

Ricardo Idagi: Making Spirit Visible

The third in a series of short films by Rosalia Films on Australian aboriginal/indigenous artists who have been selected to be guest residents of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Collection at the University of Virginia. (Watch the Film)

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Coloring the Landscape: Nici Cumpston

The second in a series of portraits of Australian indigenous artists as they participate in a residency program at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum in Charlottesville, Virginia. Nici Cumpston is a photographer who hand-colors her black and white photographs which of landscapes which are the settings of historical Aboriginal life. (Watch the Film)

West Main Street

An award-winning feature documentary focusing on the Charlottesville, Virginia residents whose lives and work revolved around the West Main Street community. Through their memories and stories, the film presents a picture of the 20th Century of this Main Street community. Made with Reid Oechslin. (Read More)

 


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Seats at the Table


Update: Filming of Seats at the Table has been completed. But we’ve still got a long way to go.  We’d love to have your support during these final stages.


Seats at the Table will be a feature documentary about UVA’s Russian Literature Professor Andrew Kaufman’s class which brings together university students with juvenile detention residents as they study classic works of Russian Literature.With its focus on the big picture ideas regarding the meaning of life, good versus evil, and our place as an individual within our society, they discuss their lives openly and honestly. Each group’s stereotypical views are replaced by a much more nuanced understanding of each other, which belies their original preconceptions. It is a remarkably unique example of experiential learning, and past participants from both sets of students have often referred to this class as truly a life-changing experience.

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Having spent years with another wonderful teacher, John Hunter, working to replicate his World Peace Game, the subject of my documentary World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements, I met and observed Kaufman’s class for the past two years, and was once again truly moved by another example of the unlimited potential that arises from the relationship between a masterful and compassionate teacher and his engaged students. My hope is that this film will truly inspire and teach others to consider replicating this example as a model for their own communities.

Financial donations for this project are tax-deductible. If you would like to support our efforts, please Click Here or click the donation page link to your right.

 

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CLICK HERE TO MAKE A TAX -DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

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Filming of Seats at the Table has been completed. But we’ve still got a long way to go.  We’d love to have your support during these final stages.

If you’d like to be a part of bringing this film to fruition please click here to make a tax-deductible donation.  

 


death becomes you

death becomes you is a feature documentary film focusing on the people whose lives and work intersect with the journey of a human body after death until its final resting place. The mission is to explore individuals’ perspectives on death, opening up the conversation about a universal subject that is often accompanied by the fear to discuss or even contemplate. It is currently in production, with the completion scheduled for late in 2016.

The film’s focus will be on the people who in some way “touch the body”—nurses, doctors, and orderlies at the hospital; the person who transport the body from the hospital to the funeral home; the funeral home director; those who prepare the body for the viewing; the florist who makes the floral arrangements; the person who carves the tombstone; cemetery workers who bury the body and take care of the grounds; and the worker at the crematorium, among others. Along with simply spending time observing their daily tasks, the film will explore their own personal thoughts and beliefs about their shared experience.

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By spending time with the individuals who deal with death in a daily and physical way, and by allowing these subjects to openly discuss their own individual perspectives on death, the film will subtly lead the viewer to look within themselves to ask questions that many people are afraid to discuss openly and honestly. By using the collective experience created by public screenings, my hope is that the film will generate open and honest discussions of death and how we perceive it.

 

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