Paradigm Shifts, Music & Film Festival

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Encompass New Opera Theatre Presents

Paradigm Shifts, Music & Film Festival

May 1, 3, 4 at 7:00pm
May 5 2:00pm & 7:00pm


Paradigm Shifts, Music & Film Festival, celebrates true stories of courageous people protecting our planet, oceans, and wildlife. The theme “A World Turned Upside Down” gives voice to refugee families around the world, and pairs each film with jazz, gospel, new classical, opera. Opening Concert features music & singers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Turkey, U.S. Talkbacks with filmmakers & panels.


Nancy Rhodes, Director
Richard Pearson Thomas, Music Director

A Patch of Blue Sky in a World Turned Upside Down
Opening Night Ceremony

May 3, 7:00pm

Music from around the world honoring the global family and the resilience of the human spirit, featuring music by Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Ricky Ian Gordon/Langston Hughes, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Traditional Greek/folk music and Spirituals, a new chamber piece by Richard Pearson Thomas, with singers, violin, piano, bass, percussion, and classical guitar resonating throughout the chapel to lift spirits and encourage finding peace and hope in challenging times.

Reception following performance, everyone invited.

Live Greek/Syrian Music
Film: Human

Flow by Ai WeiweiMay 4, 7:00pm

This epic film journey led by the renowned Chinese artist-activist, Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to the massive human migration that stretches across the globe: from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, and Germany to Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Urgent stories of the refugee crisis capture their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice, and come at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever.
Q & A following the film with the International Rescue Committee.

Live Music for families and youth by Sky Caravan
Film: Aiden’s Butterflies, Love with a Sense of Purpose

May 5, 2:00pm
(Ascension Parish Hall, 12 West 11th Street)

Ukrainian violinist Milena Davidowicz and Russian pianist Elena Panova, will perform exciting gypsy and Ukrainian music and will introduce young audiences to playing stringed instruments. Everyone will have the opportunity to play an instrument.

Aiden’s Butterflies, Love with a Sense of Purpose – An Olga Talyn production, Brad Mays film, and the Environmental Education Fund. Aiden Wang, a young boy from New Jersey raises and protects endangered monarch butterflies.

Q & A with Aiden Wang.

Live Music: Ukrainian, Greek and Middle Eastern music by Sky Caravan with violin and piano
Trio of Short Films: 4.1 Miles, The Island of All Together, and New Sanctuary

May 5, 7:00pm

4.1 Miles by Daphne Matziaraki — The true story of a coast guard captain on a small Greek Island who is suddenly in charge of saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea.(30′)

The Island of All Together by Philip Brink and Marieke van der Velden — A short documentary of tourists in conversation with refugees who crossed the sea from Turkey to the Greek Island of Lesbos. While sitting on a little bench overlooking the sea, they speak about war, fleeing, home, work, love, but also cars and pets. This ode to humanism shows what happens when we take time to sit down and talk with each other instead of about each other. (23′)

New Sanctuary by Andre Daughtry – A speculative film of art and spirituality that follows the deportation case of a former US green card holder named Ramesh who is currently fighting his deportation back to Guyana where he is a citizen. (31′)

Q & A with Andre Daughtry, Ravi Ragbir, Immigration Activist and Founder of New Sanctuary Coalition, and Christine Zhou from New York City Mayor’s office of Immigrant Affairs.

Register Event Free

Event Detail

May 1, 2018 7:00 pm
May 5, 2018 7:00 pm


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