I held her wrinkled, weak hands in mine with tears in my eyes. Hands that have been held by so many others: lovers, parents, my grandfather, my father and now me. I looked into her eyes one last gleaming time, trying not to cry. I was the only grandchild to be with her in her final days at the hospice in snowy Minnesota. It had been many months since her first bad fall, the trial and error, the loss of her license, and moving in with my aunt. It was hard seeing the suffering they both endured with the doctor’s visits, the medications and finally, the infamous oxygen tank. Boy, did grandma hate that oxygen tank. I think above all, she hated being a nuisance to others. She didn’t want to be seen as that woman. She wanted to do everything on her own. She was a strong woman …Continue Reading
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:
“There was an accident” …Continue Reading
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.