Tag: rise and dream

Jul 3 2012

Thanks to everyone who came to the ‘Rise and Dream’ screenings!

'Rise and Dream' premiereThanks to all who came to see “Rise and Dream” on Saturday, June 30 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City!

The event was a huge success, and we are looking forward to sharing the film with as many people as possible.

We had such a positive response to the film from our moviegoers at both the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings. Here is what a few of them had to say about “Rise and Dream”:

“As someone who has an education degree and who is looking for a teaching job, it was really inspiring to see what the kids were achieving in very difficult circumstances. It was really beautiful, and I was crying as I was watching the concert.”
ó Corinne Stanley

“I wasnít quite aware of how much of an impact [the CFCA scholarship program] has, but the film shows that it doesnít take much to help.”
ó Nancy Shuert

“The film was so uplifting! The [Filipino] people are so beautiful!”
ó Beverly Wharton, CFCA sponsor

Read more about the Kansas City screenings of “Rise and Dream”

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Jun 12 2012

‘Rise and Dream’ CFCA scholar graduates in the Philippines

Xarina, CFCA scholar, graduates in the Philippines

Xarina, CFCA scholar and one of the teens featured in the CFCA documentary film, ‘Rise and Dream,’ graduates from nursing school in the Philippines.

In this season of graduations and young adults entering a new chapter of their lives, we have a very special graduation story to share with you!

Xarina, one of the CFCA scholars featured in our “Rise and Dream” documentary film, graduated this May with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“When I received my diploma, I was very happy,” Xarina said.

Xarina learned to play the kulintangan and other traditional Filipino instruments as part of her training for the concert in Zamboanga.

The “Rise and Dream” film follows the story of 13 teens living in poverty in the Philippines, who embark on a journey to discover their heritage and perform in a once-in-a-lifetime concert for their community.

We touched base briefly with Xarina in August 2010, when she answered a few of our questions for her about nursing school and the challenges she had faced there.

“As I am getting close to finishing this course, I encountered lots of challenges and greater responsibility in taking care of others is required,” she had said. “I’m still scared if I can cope with the demands of this course but, one thing I’m very sure Ö I will really become a NURSE.”

Her story, as well as the stories of 12 other teenagers, is featured in the “Rise and Dream” film.

(Note: If you live in the Kansas City area, we’d love for you to attend our screening of “Rise and Dream” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Tickets are available here. The 7 p.m. screening has sold out of tickets!)

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Jun 6 2012

And the CFCA caption contest winner is …

Thanks to all who submitted a caption entry in our contest!

Jammin', Risin' and Dreamin'

Our talented panel of judges (a.k.a. CFCA employees) has selected a first-place winner.

To keep things impartial, the judges heard the caption only when they were judging and not the author’s name.

And the one that won, based on the most votes:

(drum roll please)

“Practicing for their debut at the Grand Ole Opry, the Jones Brothers add tricks to their act, like microphone swallowing.”
ñ Kristi Widmer

Kristi will receive a “Zamboanga” music CD and recognition from the general CFCA community. Congratulations!

As a side note, this photo was taken when Barclay Martin and Rick Willoughby were performing at the “Rise and Dream” world premiere at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton, Texas.

Rise and Dream” is the CFCA documentary film about 13 teenagers in the southern Philippines whose spirits outshine the challenges of their daily reality.

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May 18 2012

CFCA caption contest: Jammin’, Risin’ and Dreamin’

A world premiere, a CFCA documentary film, a wonderful time in Texas … it can only mean one thing.

A CFCA caption contest!

CFCA caption contest - Rise and Dream premiereHow would you describe the action going on in this picture? Share with us your clever caption by adding a comment below.

(Hereís a refresher on our guidelines ñ we donít accept offensive or inappropriate comments, profane or abusive language.)

Please submit all your captions to us by noon CDT on Wednesday, May 30.

A team of qualified panelists (a.k.a. CFCA employees) will select and announce the winning caption in early June. The winner will receive a prize of a “Zamboanga” music CD as well as recognition from the general CFCA community.

Enjoy!

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May 16 2012

Tickets available for ‘Rise and Dream’ Kansas City premiere

Rise and Dream movie posterOur ‘Rise and Dream’ Kansas City premiere is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m., and a dessert reception will follow. We hope to see you there!

Tickets are now available at www.hopeforafamily.org/tickets.

Although the premiere is free, we ask that you reserve tickets as soon as possible so we know how many people will be attending.

As just a taste of the great things to come, we’d like to share this Q-and-A with Paul Pearce, the film’s executive producer and CFCA’s director of global strategy.

What was the inspiration behind making “Rise and Dream?”

The idea was to capture how people living in poverty can be an inspiration for the rest of the world, through their perseverance and hope despite their daily survival struggles.

Many times people living in poverty are treated as if they are in a great abyss, with nothing but their need to offer the rest of the world.

We wanted to make a film that dispelled this myth. We wanted to challenge ourselves and others to truly give the poor a voice ó to give them the microphone for once and let them share what they think and feel. Read more

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Feb 23 2012

‘Rise and Dream’ now an award-winning documentary!

Rise and Dream festival awardWe have wonderful news to share!

“Rise and Dream,” our documentary film, won the audience choice award at the Thin Line Film Fest after its world premiere in Denton, Texas.

Thanks so much to everyone who attended the premiere and showed us such great support over the past few weeks. We’re excited to see where “Rise and Dream” goes next!

Read our news report: CFCA documentary film wins festival award

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Feb 15 2012

Reflection on ‘Rise and Dream’ premiere by Bob Hentzen

CFCA President Bob Hentzen traveled with members of the “Rise and Dream” film team to its world premiere at the Thin Line Film Fest in Denton, Texas. This is his reflection about the screening.

Bob Hentzen in the Philippines for "Rise and Dream" concert

In this photo from the CFCA archives, CFCA President Bob Hentzen talks with one of the youth featured in the "Rise and Dream" documentary film after the concert.

I’m confident that when the film festival votes are counted, we will be reaffirmed that “Rise and Dream” is a very good documentary. The spontaneous enthusiasm of all who see it speaks clearly that it is much more.

Everyone in attendance really gets into this story. At the conclusion of the film, we enjoyed such a lively dialogue.

The film festival staff had to ask us to clear the theater and continue elsewhere to make room for the next show.

The film’s executive producer, CFCA’s Paul Pearce, invited the entire audience to gather at the Sweetwater Grill & Tavern down the street.

We so enjoyed one another’s company and the film’s soundtrack harmonies of Barclay Martin and Rick Willoughby …”and let the afternoon unfold.”

“This film is connected to the essential elements of being human.” It is a statement of the deepest values affecting millions of people in the Philippines and worldwide.

On the today side, this documentary is timely, as the world studies the moves of powerful nations interested in deposits beneath the archipelagos bordering the South China Sea.

On the transcendental side, the film grabs us all with irresistible human beauty. Youthful energy bursts forth and rides the waves far enough to return. “Can you hear the songs of children all around?” Read more

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