Panel on domestic violence to follow Northeast Louisiana Film Series screening of Five Awake

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana will screen Five Awake as the second installment of the Northeast Louisiana Summer Film Series at 7:30 p.m. July 18 at the Flying Tiger Brewery.

Directed by a Louisiana woman, Five Awake follows the fierce efforts of five Louisiana women who are fed up with domestic violence. The Arts Council partners with The Wellspring to feature this film and to moderate a panel following the screening. Panelists include the film’s director Donna Dees and representatives from The Wellspring. The Wellspring, along with the collaborative partners of the Family Justice Center and SAFE Task Force, has achieved a 70 percent reduction in domestic violence homicides in its service area since 2011.

“We’re excited to share stories of real Louisiana people in this film series,” said Barry C. Stevens, Arts Council CEO/President. “These films are either Louisiana-made, or have a Louisiana connection. I’m proud to promote film as an art form this summer.”

Other films include:

• I Am the Blues – Filmed across the Louisiana and Mississippi delta, this film explores the music and musicians of the famed Chitlin’ Circuit. The Arts Council partners with KEDM to screen I Am the Blues on August 15.

• Heart of a Tiger — The Arts Council will rescreen Heart of a Tiger on September 19. This documentary follows one of the World War II Flying Tiger pilots. The film is directed by Academy Award winner Malcolm Clarke. The Arts Council is proud to partner with the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum for this screening.

All films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Flying Tiger Brewery every third Wednesday this summer. Tickets for non-members are $5. Ticket profits will benefit the Arts Council and its film series’ partners. Arts Council members receive free entry. Guests may join the Arts Council at the door or online at www.nelaarts.org. The Northeast Louisiana Summer Film Series is sponsored by the Flying Tiger Brewery and the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana seeks to nurture a vibrant regional arts culture through support, promotion and education. The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana strives to be a transformative force for the community by encouraging a passion for the arts, promoting partnerships and collaboration, and ensuring access to the arts for all. Activities of the Arts Council are supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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