SOURCE: Artivist Film Festival

March 16, 2005 16:32 ET

Artivist Film Festival 2005 Announces Official Film and Short Selections

More Than 70 Socially-Conscious Films Includes "Trudell," Earthlings” Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, "Emmanuel's Gift" Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, and "System Failure"

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2005 -- Artivist Film Festival (, the first international activist film festival dedicated to addressing Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Animal Rights and Environmental Preservation through film, visual arts and music, has announced the roster of films and shorts that will that be screened during the five-day festival beginning April 20 at the famed Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

The 2nd annual Artivist Film Festival runs through April 24, culminating with a star-studded closing night awards ceremony where Mira Sorvino will be honored for her work with Amnesty International along with James Cromwell for his tireless efforts on behalf of Farm Sanctuary, and others for Global Green and Prevent Child Abuse.

Amongst the critically-acclaimed featured films and shorts are:

--  "Trudell" --, which opens the festival, artistically
    portrays the passionate, painful and multi-dimensional life of Trudell as
    he rises from spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes occupation of
    Alcatraz Island in 1968 to Chairman of the American Indian Movement in the
    turbulent 70s, to an internationally recognized poet, recording artist and
    actor in the 80s and 90s. Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller is featured, as
    well as close friends Jackson Browne, Robert Redford, Bonnie Raitt, Kris
    Kristofferson, and others.  Director is Heather Ray.  Running Time is 75
--  "Earthlings" -- -- Narrated by Academy-Award
    nominee Joaquin Phoenix with appearances by Pamela Anderson, James
    Cromwell, Bill Maher and Charlize Theron among others, "Earthlings" is a
    groundbreaking film about mankind's complete commercial dependence on, yet
    total disrespect for, animals used as pets, food, clothing, entertainment,
    and for medical or scientific research.  Director is Shaun Monson.  Running
    Time is 90 minutes.
--  "Emmanuel's Gift" --, Narrated by Oprah
    Winfrey, this is the story of a disabled orphan whose father abandoned him,
    whose village dismissed him and whose country thought him better off dead.
    Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who had nothing, but gave everything-and changed a
    nation forever.  Directors are Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern.  Running Time is
    80 minutes.
--  "System Failure": Violence, Abuse & Neglect in the CYA -- -- "System Failure" exposes the horrific conditions and
    human rights violations endemic of the California Youth Authority, one of
    the largest youth correctional agencies in the USA, and calls for a
    complete reform of the system.  Producer is Witness, a leading advocacy
    group for children's rights.  Running Time is 32 minutes.
Individual tickets are available through from $11, and VIP packages are also available. Artivist is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization.

For a complete list of films and more information on Artivist Film Festival 2005 please contact Lauren Lewis at office (818) 990-4771, cell (818) 970-0052,, Crys Spelman at (310) 600-7994,, or visit

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