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S E C T I O N Stories about people and events in the community. A LSO INSIDE CA LE N DA R 21 |RE A L E S TAT E ■ July 11, 2012 22 |CL AS S I F I E D S 29 Windrider Film Forum returns to Atherton By Elena Kadvany Special to the Almanac T he much-acclaimed Windrider Bay Area Film Forum returns next week to Atherton. Three films will be shown Thursday through Saturday (July 12, 13 and 14), at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. Following the screenings, the audience can engage in conversations with the filmmakers. “With the help of the filmmakers, the conversations tend to peel away the layers of the film and explore the film’s message or impact on culture,” said Windrider executive Shannon Fischer. The three film forums are: ■ “Rising From Ashes” (7 p.m. Thursday, July 12), a documentary about the first Rwandans National Cycling Team, whose members were personally impacted by the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. T.C. Johnstone, producer and director, will participate in the discussion. ■ “The Hammer” (7 p.m. Friday, July 13), the true story of the first deaf wrestler to win a national collegiate championship. Oren Kaplan, the director, will participate in the Q&A session along with the film’s costar, deaf actress Shoshannah Stern. There will be American Sign Language Interpreters present for the discussion portion. ■ “Red Dog” (7 p.m. Saturday, July 14), the true story of a dog’s impact on a mining community in the Australian outback. Lead actor Josh Lucas and screenwriter Daniel Paplitz will discuss the film with the audience. Windrider’s arrival in this area is intimately linked to Fuller Seminary, a multi-denominational theological seminary with a campus on the grounds of St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. Three years ago, Menlo Park resident Meritt Sawyer attended Windrider Film Forum in Park City, Utah, where the forum was started by a Fuller Seminary student and staff person as part of the Sundance Film Festival. As a member on the Fuller board of trustees, Ms. Sawyer said she realized the cultural value of the forum. She became determined to bring Windrider to Menlo Park. With the help of the Fuller Menlo Park campus director, Curt Longacre, and her friend, now Windrider Bay Area direcAlmanac photo by Michelle Le tor Terri Bullock, she did just Windrider Bay Area Film Forum director Terri Bullock of Menlo Park checks out the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center where the films will be shown. that. “The Windrider team’s goal is In “The Hammer,” a deaf to bring these powerful stories to an audience that is intelligent, actor plays every deaf character caring and intentional in their in the film. The film is twoefforts to make a contribution to thirds English and one-third in their world,” said Ms. Bullock. sign language, with subtitles for “I believe the Bay Area is the both. “The whole idea when we perfect place for this type of film made the movie is that it would be a mainstream forum.” sports film that The name and hearWindrider The forum enables deaf ing people can comes from the the audience to watch in the Hebrew word theater,” said “ruach,” which discuss the films director Oren means “spirit,” with the filmmakers Kaplan, who or “breath,” but will participate is literally translated as “wind,” explained Ms. in the discussion. “The film tells the story of (a Fischer. “’Windrider’ is like riding on the spirit or on the wind, family’s) efforts to navigate the and the wind being the fact that best way to educate their child films can be life-changing for — something we all grapple with, even if our children are people,” she said. The film “Rising From Ashes” not deaf — and support his pasdocuments the redemptive jour- sion for wrestling,” she said. ney of the Rwandans and their Deaf actress Shoshannah Stern, coach, American cyclist Jock who also played a deaf character in the Showtime television Boyer. “We wanted the film to not series “Weeds,” will attend as only be about the team and their well. There will be an ASL intersituation with genocide and preter present for the discussion becoming heroes for a country, portion. Australian director Kriv but also about their and Jock’s relationship,” explained the Stenders described the third Photo by Robb Gordon film’s director, T.C. Johnstone, film, “Red Dog,” as a “love let- Rwandan cyclist raises his arms in victory. The film, “Rising From who went to Rwanda in 2005 to ter” to Australian cinema and a Ashes,” is a documentary about the redemptive journey of the first look at the country “through the tribute to that time and place in Rwandans National Cycling Team, all of whose members were personally affected by the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. Australia. eyes of a bike.” “It’s a story about uncondi“It (the film) calls up a lot of questions in terms of culture tional love, loyalty, and accept- dance. Their session will be all three films for $35. Indiand business, of looking at ing people no matter what,” Mr. mediated by Ralph Winter, the vidual general admission tickets business differently, of looking Stenders said. He is not able to executive producer of “X-Men” are $15 for general admission at faith differently, of looking attend the forum, but lead actor and “Fantastic Four,” among and $5 for students. Visit for at redemption differently,” Mr. Josh Lucas and screenwriter other films. Daniel Taplitz will be in attenA forum pass is available for tickets and more information. Johnstone said. A July 11, 2012NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN17

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