A Music, Opera and Film Festival
Celebrating People Preserving Our Planet
Union Theological Seminary | James Chapel
3041 Broadway at 121st Street
New York, NY 10027
PARADIGM SHIFTS Music and Film Festival celebrates true stories of courageous people from around the world who are preserving and protecting our planet, oceans, wildlife, and sacred lands. Dedicated to bridging indigenous cultures, women’s wisdom, and the global environmental movement, the festival pairs each film with vocalists, musicians, and dancers performing a variety of music from jazz and gospel, to classical, folk, African, Haitian, Ukrainian, Native American, and new opera and chamber music.
Paradigm Shifts 2017 is presented by Encompass New Opera Theatre in partnership with the Center for Earth Ethics (Karenna Gore, Director), Union Forum (Derrick Harkins, Director), and Professor Hyun Kyung Chung at Union Theological Seminary.
Tuesday, June 13 – 7:00 PM
Film: MOVE INTO THE LIGHT, a celebration of nature, water, and the stars, featuring composers David DiChiera with the New York premiere of A Letter to Sarah and Richard Pearson Thomas’ chamber piece, Driving at Night. With singers, violin, piano, cello, and trumpet resonating throughout James Chapel, the evening of music will lift your spirits and encourage the finding of hope in challenging times. (1’-30’)
Directed by Nancy Rhodes
Wednesday, June 14 – 7:00 PM
Native American Music and Ceremony
Film: AWAKE: A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK captures the story of the Native American-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. Written & directed by Josh Fox, James Spione, Myron Dewey, Floris White Bull. (84’)
Q&A with filmmakers and witnesses to the events
Thursday, June 15 – 7:00 PM
Live Haitian Music
Film: FATHER JOSEPH illuminates with humor, courage and faith, the mission of a visionary priest from Haiti who fights for women’s rights and economic justice, and survives political violence and a devastating earthquake while lifting thousands of Haitian peasants out of poverty. (1’-11”)
Q&A with Father Joseph Phillipe, and filmmakers Jeffrey Kaufman and Marcia S. Ross.
Reception immediately following the Q&A.
Friday, June 16 – 7:00 PM
Live African Music & Dance
Film: TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI, directed & produced by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater. Compelling true story of Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Kenya, who rallied thousands of women to plant trees. Her vision grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy. (54’)
Q&A with filmmakers Lisa Merton, Chair of the International Green Belt Movement, the organization that Dr. Maathai founded and Alan Dater.
Saturday, June 17 – 3:00 PM
Live Music: Sky Caravan, Ukrainian violinist, Milena Davidowicz and Russian pianist, Elena Panova will perform exciting Gypsy and Ukrainian music, introduce young audiences to various stringed instruments and demonstrate how to play them.
Film Matinee: EARTH – DisneyNature
Starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive, this epic adventure story traces three animal families on a journey across our planet – polar bears, elephants and humpback whales. (1’-30”)
Narrated by James Earl Jones, directed by Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield.
Saturday, June 17 – 7:00 PM
Live music from Central Asia
Film: THE EAGLE HUNTRESS: Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, and featuring some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, this thrilling true story follows the quest of a young girl who is training to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. (1’-27”)
Directed by Otto Bell and narrated by Daisy Ridley.
Q & A following the film.