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Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Its time for an update

Summer 2014

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Summer will be busy.  Keep checking back to the site as well  we will be filming our multi platform series “Rock Pile” work on our film on Dr. Vincent Harding “In Search of A more Perfect Union”.

A Documentary Film on the Life and Works of Scholar, Poet, Activist, Author and Veteran of Hope – Dr. Vincent Harding

Dr. Vincent Harding worked with his late wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding in the Southern –based Black freedom movement for peace and justice.  Dr. Harding was a senior academic advisor to the award-winning PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize”, former director of the Martin Luther King, Jr.  Center and one of the organizers of the Institute of the Black World.His social activism has deep spiritual roots in the Mennonite tradition and in the Black church.  Dr. Harding has been one of the chroniclers of the Civil Rights movement as a participant, historian and social observer.

Dr. Harding says, “ I do not know when this concern for the meaning of our history in the United States as black and white and red (and all of our neighboring contributing varieties) began fully to grasp me. Having been raised in a tight, Bible-centered black church community of Harlem, I was surely open to such a search from the outset”

Quote from “There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America” Trailer coming soon.

We also will be finishing up work on your film “The Artist, Henry Lowenstein”

Theatre, the Holocaust, art, ethnic inclusiveness,

 love and loss, and family ties provide scenes of a blessed life.  Lowenstein feels blessed because just when it seemed the door on his life closed, another door of opportunity opened.

The film focuses on Henry Lowenstein, a Berlin native and Denver theatre icon, whose work as a set designer, producer, and artist has endured for over half a century and five hundred productions.  Lowenstein’s life spans over eight decades of political history, cultural strife, military service, theatre, and the loves and losses that accompany a life lived with heart. 

 

Destination Freedom at Lone Tree Art Center Sept 30 at 7PM 720-509-1000

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Destination Freedom Black Radio Days: Jackie Robinson

Monday, September 30, 2013
Main Stage

Who should go?

Historians and baseball fans alike – play a part in a live radio broadcast!

More details
Featuring a live Foley artist, musical guests and living historical figures, this live show is broadcast throughout Denver and often picked up on other national stations. This radio play explores the life of America’s first black Major League Baseball player. Robinson first stepped onto the diamond with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and played ten seasons. He played in six World Series and was selected for the All-Star Games six seasons in a row. Robinson left his mark on history as a boundary breaker and cultural influence as well as a top player.

Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days is a radio series aired on KGNU 88.5 FM and 1390 AM. Recreating the feel and focus of the original broadcasts of Richard Durham in 1940’s and 50’s Chicago, Producer donnie l. betts explores the magic of radio from a different era with a sharp focus on famous African-Americans.

Tickets $15 (plus $3 service fee)

  

The Fall is going to be busy. 3 plays and some films plus Destination Freedom so get in where you fit in

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Slut Energy Theory in New York at the All For One Theatre Festival. 10/12/13/18/20 2013
written and performed by Rene Marie
directed by donnie l. betts
Buy Tickets Here!


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One woman’s story about abuse, laughter, life, & pushin’ on through to the other side.
Told through music, spoken word and monologue, U’Dean Morgan speaks her mind as an elderly, yet ageless, woman whose harrowing life experiences have left her anything but speechless. From the opening song, she tells you exactly what she thinks about sex, heaven, lies, truth, you, herself and whatever else you might ask her – if you have the nerve! Nearly five years in the making, all creative content – music, lyrics, spoken word and monologue – are original works by Rene Marie.

- See more at: http://www.afofest.org/shows/slut-energy-theory/#sthash.sNMZu9gb.dpuf

DESTINATION FREEDOM SERIES CONTINUES

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

DESTINATION FREEDOM SERIES CONTINUES WITH A Special LIVE PERFORMANCE
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El Centro Su Teatro 721 Santa Fe of “The Freedom Rides”
No Credits Productions and KGNU 88.5 FM, 1390 AM Boulder Community Radio present a live performance and broadcast at 7PM of, “Destination Freedom; Black Radio Days” on Monday, November 14, 2011
Tickets $10 Doors open at 6:30PM call 720-748-1388 or 720-318-9895 www.blackradiodays.com/shop

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders’ belief in non-violent activism was sorely tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way. “Freedom Riders” examines the 1961 Freedom Rides from many perspectives – that of the Riders themselves, the Kennedy administration, and the international community

This broadcast written, produced and directed by award winning radio producer/filmmaker donnie l. betts will feature guest Rev:James Lawson sit-in and non-violence trainer and other riders from the summer of 1961. They will join us for a community dialogue on race and other issues that face our nation plus share firsthand account of the rides. Plus musical guests singers from Southern Journey performing songs from the Southern Freedom Movement.
The Southern Journey ensemble is quickly becoming known for their dynamic performances that explore the ongoing cross-cultural influences that is the heart of American folk music. Cast includes Jada Roberts, Candy Brown Leonard Barrett Jr. and Kurt Soderstrom.

The series is the first and only radio drama series featuring stories about African Americans and their issues, the issues that affect all humankind heard nationwide, now streamed around the planet via KGNU.org. The series won the 2000, 01 and 2002 award for radio excellence from the Colorado Association of Black Journalists. Producer donnie l. betts was named 2002 Radio Journalist of the Year. The series has aired in 1999, 2000, 01, 02 and 2003 on Public Radio International.
Destination Freedom is sponsored in part by, Black and Read Books and Music, The Eulipions Fund of The Denver Foundation, Denver Business Center, The Gift of Jazz and The Urban Spectrum. Lodging provided by Holiday Inn Select at Cherry Creek

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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

 Hey working on the upcoming shows. Please be there. April 2013 directing the Color Purple

  
 
 
 
 
 
  

 The spring was very busy. Working on videos of the 50th reunion of SNCC, radio dramas about SNCC and Haiti, plus the 761st Tank Battation from WWII.
Check out my sample videos especially We Wear THe Mask.  I need funds to help finish this important film on Childhood Sex Abuse.  Hope to hear from you and you soon.

Also just started a radio talk show on KGNU called Metro heard every Tuesday at 3PM MST. My next show is Tuesday June 15th please listen.