I had only heard Colin cry once before. Freshman year of college he returned to his dorm room from class and found his roommate hanging by a belt from the ceiling fan. I saw him that night and a lone tear escaped down his cheek; he hurriedly brushed it away and said “I didn’t know him that well, but he was a nice kid”.
So when he called me on the morning of July 19th I couldn’t tell he was sobbing. I mistook the sound at first for hysterical laughter – he panted and choked as he tried to speak, his voice escaping in indiscernible squeaks, like it would when we would get way too high and reminisce about the shit we got into in high school. I smiled to myself as I remembered how much I missed hearing from the old crew. Then he collected himself:
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Mr. Koehler is a nationally recognized award-winning journalist, fiction writer and poet whose essays and columns have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and on public radio and the Internet.
His weekly column, Common Wonders, is intensely political without being trapped in partisan politics. It is about values and meaning, back-lit with reverence for life, exploring emotional territory journalism often avoids but readers hunger to read about. Mr. Koehler brings his craft and knowledge to students of his “Peace Journalism” class at DePaul University.
Robert is also a board member of Transcendence Global Media, NFP the non-profit that presents the annual Peace On Earth Film Festival. Our mission in-part is to encourage and support filmmakers to continue in the genre of peace-filmmaking.
Whether the film is a documentary or narrative the key to its success is a good story.
We have reached out to Robert C Koehler and the works of his Peace Journalism students, for a taste of a good story in the genre of peace.
The Directors of the Peace On Earth Film Festival, along with the Board of Directors of Transcendence Global Media, NFP, are pleased to announce that the 2016 Peace On Earth Film Festival, will be presented in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and will take place in the historic Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, beginning Thursday, March 3, through Sunday, March 6, 2016.
The 8th Annual Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF) celebrates and supports independent filmmakers and their work from around the world on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance: films within the various modalities of peace genre. Taking place at the historic Chicago Cultural Center, in the heart of Chicago’s world-renowned theater district, POEFF aims to contribute to a culture of peace through international cinema, dialogue and programming highlighting individuals on the vanguard of peace activism and social change.
Presenting a program of multi-faceted films, POEFF focuses on reshaping attitudes, encouraging and highlighting nonviolent practices, and opening minds to the possibility of communication, consideration, tolerance and understanding. POEFF features an Opening Night Press Gala, Filmmakers’ Panel discussions, Peacemakers’ Panel, discussions and a Closing Night Awards Ceremony where exhibiting filmmakers are honored, and category winners receive accolades and cash prizes.
Call for Submissions
Submissions for the 2016 Peace On Earth Film Festival will commence on June 10, 2015, and run through September 30, 2015. For further details see: Guidelines for Submissions.