Cafe de la Culture
A Live Screenplay Reading
and Philosophy Cafe on Women in Film
Sunday, August 9 at 7pm
"The Chemistry of Imperfection"
Setting: A public park bench in Paris
A poetic, philosophical fiction web-series pilot exploring how modern women are finding and losing their way as they reinvent their roles in society and relationships, navigate through old cultural paradigms and create new vision for themselves with greater freedom.
"Two Roads Diverged"
Setting: Upper West Side Coffee Shop, Manhattan
A philosophical fiction short film pilot about 2 young men who are questioning convention and wrestling between passion vs pragmatism, self-doubt vs risking the unknown.
Join us for a Public Screenplay Reading
"THE CHEMISTRY OF IMPERFECTION"
"TWO ROADS DIVERGED"
by Cara Cruickshank
The script is close to the final version with a talented cast of performers. This event is as much a sociological inquiry as a theatrical event.
Come and be part of something special and unique to Boulder!
The Reading will be followed with a Philosophy Cafe discussion on "WOMEN IN FILM":
The first-ever global study on female characters in popular films, launched in NY, Sept. 2014, revealing deep-seated discrimination and pervasive stereotyping of women and girls by the international film industry. We'll take a look at what prevalent directors, writers and girls by the international film industry. We'll take a look at what prevalent directors, writers and actors are doing to forge a new path.
7:00pm- Doors Open-- Networking, Light Bar and Snacks.
7:30pm- Staged Reading of Screenplay Scenes
8:00pm- Q&A Talk-Back w/ Screenwriter Cara Cruickshank
8:30pm- Philosophical Salon, Talk and salon on Women in Film
Screenplay Written and Directed by Cara Cruickshank
Cara Cruickshank began her professional career at 10 years old with a Broadway debut as Little Cosette in "Les Miserables". At 12 years old she was a vocal soloist at the United Nations General Assembly for The Environmental Youth Forum. She continued to perform in musical theater productions including roles such as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz", Lily in "The Secret Garden", and Luisa in "The Fantastics". In 1999 she began producing theatrical and public events, which led her to found "The Listen To Me Theater Company" in Woodstock, NY, 2002. Since then, she has directed, produced and choreographed over 50 theatrical performances for audiences of all ages in the United States and abroad. In much of her work, Cara focuses on using theater as a tool for social change and community building. Original works as Artistic Director include: "The Halloween Journey" a wilderness theater production in upstate NY, attended annually by 200-400 hundred people within a travelling radius of 200 miles, 2000-2009; "Feminine Evolution", a girls' empowerment youth production in rural Bahia, Brazil in 2006; "On the Subject of Girls" a documentary first-hand account of adolescent girls coming of age in the U.S., including complimentary music by Natalie Merchant, 2007; and "Patchwork Theater", an international University program on racism and cultural diversity performed for an audience of over 600 people, (including the Mayor who personally commended her for her work) in Balikesir, Turkey in 2010. Cara's productions have been attended and heralded by celebrities such as Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Michael Lang, as well as social/spiritual/political figures such as Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Daisy Kahn, Robert Thurman and Rev. Matthew Fox. Cara has recently transitioned to film and is excited to share her current, almost-finished web series pilot "The Chemistry of Imperfection" and short film pilot "Two Roads Diverged" with a live audience. She is delighted to be working with a dynamic, regional cast in this Live Screenplay Reading, in preparation of shooting on-site with a European cast this fall in Paris, France where she is now based.
Meet Our Guest Speaker, Meryem Ersoz
Meryem Ersoz is one of Colorado's top producers. She has produced feature films ranging in budgets from $200,000 to $3 million and has worked with many stars, including Malcolm Mcdowell, Dean Cain, Jessica Alba, Luke Wilson, and Casper Van Dien. She comes to producing from a background in cinematography. Her work has appeared on NOVA, Versus, Comcast Entertainment Channel, National Geographic, and Lifetime. Career highlights include working as an additional camera operator on the film LION ARK, which documented the rescue of Bolivian circus lions and their subsequent relocation to the Colorado Wildlife Sanctuary; spending 3 weeks shooting footage for ICE AGE DEATH TRAP, a special about the prehistoric fossil extraction project in Snowmass Village; and shooting a commercial video for a travel agency in Bhutan. She also works as a data manager and has worked in this capacity on some of Colorado's largest multicam shoots at Red Rocks, as well as working on Jason Mraz' music video, 93 MILLION MILES. Filmmaking has taken her on great adventures and introduced her to many unique and interesting people. Meryem is known for her work ethic and for re-inventing herself constantly.
Café de la Culture is an international venue which brings multimedia literary salons, live performances, and meaningful conversations to audiences hungry to create and incubate vital ideas and new vision. We work with luminary thinkers and creators to inspire and transform those ideas into action.
Musical Ambassadors of Peace travels the world to build cross-cultural bridges, honor and preserve indigenous musical traditions and help heal women and refugees traumatized by war. We sent 40 drums with our Musical Ambassador to Iraqi Kurdistan to provide healing energy for Yazidi women recently liberated from 2 years of enforced sexual slavery under ISIL. We are now Fund-Raising to send our Musical Ambassador back to Northern Iraq for musical healing for liberated Yazidi women. "I had the privilege to work with amazing Yazidi women on the second anniversary of their genocide and help heal the wounds of war." -Dilkhwaz Ahmad, Musical Ambassador of Peace
100 Thousand Poets for Change
The first order of change is for poets, writers, musicians, artists, activists to get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity.
Created by Cara Cruickshank
Cara Cruickshank is a Brazilian/American living in Boulder, NY and Paris. As a woman living in 3 cultures, she has a first-hand, intersectional view on cross-cultural themes. She has a broad background in social entrepreneurship in performing arts, education, business management, childhood development, environmentalism, and public events. She has independently produced and curated hundreds of performances and events in the U.S. and abroad (including Turkey, France and Brazil), often focused on women's empowerment. Her work has been consistently celebrity and media acclaimed. Cara founded Café de la Culture in 2011 to promote diversity, arts and culture. Last year she showcased her new ensemble production "The Alchemy of Imperfection" in Paris, L.A. and Boulder. She is pleased to bring a staged version this season to San Francisco, Portland and Oregon in honor of #MeToo and Women's History Month.