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

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.

Why did you choose the Philippines and the Zamboanga community in particular as the location for the concert?

We chose to feature the community in Zamboanga because not only do they have poverty to deal with, but they live in the middle of a conflict zone in the southern Philippines.

This conflict zone is one of the oldest active conflicts in the world. Zamboaguenos are proud of the community that they strive to create in a diverse and economically suffering region.

Paul Pearce, Rise and Dream executive producer

Paul Pearce

We wanted to take the audience to the front lines where the struggle for unity is larger than the struggle for division.

Who would you say is “the audience” for this film? Do you want to reach any particular type of filmgoer?

I think there is a broad audience for “Rise and Dream.” Those who want to see that the human spirit is alive and well, and is continuing to overcome countless obstacles in the world, will be drawn to “Rise and Dream.”

Those who care about families living in poverty, I think, will really be encouraged by watching this film.

Persons who care about education and young people who doubt if education is worth the hassle here in the United States, I think, will be inspired by these Filipino youth.

Parents who want to help their own children to see how other kids around the world live, work and study hard will find the film to be a great resource.

I think those interested in music and its ability to keep cultural significance alive will also take heart in the film.

What is your advice to other nonprofits wanting to share their stories through feature documentary films?

I encourage them to seek a story that represents their core values, beliefs and uniqueness as a nonprofit.

That way, viewers can come to know their mission to a reasonable depth and discover nonprofits that line up with their own value systems.

The film is very motivating. After seeing it, how can someone get involved and help other kids like the youth in this movie?

They can sponsor a child or young person waiting to enroll in our program.

If a person is moved by what they see in the film, I encourage them to go to where we have about 1,000 youth waiting for a sponsor.

We canít offer these educational and other life-changing opportunities without people stepping forward.

It really happens one by one. We are trying to get the resources of this world in motion in favor of families living in poverty, in true partnership with them.

Sponsorship is a commitment, but it is a doable commitment.

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