Date(s) - 01/26/2014
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Presented by OEO Entertainment
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Doors open at 7:30pm
Event starts at 8:00pm
A free preview screening of the first film, listen.violence, is set for 8 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 26 at Third Street Theatre in Phoenix. The evening will include a live performance by Phoenix singer, songwriter and the film’s composer Adam Smith and a Q&A with the spoken word artists after the screening. The film is slated to make its official premiere during the Sedona International Film Festival in February.
Jim Colletti, producer and director, came up with the concept of the “listen.” films and brought on Ben Fama, Jr. to direct and edit them. The two had worked together on previous projects and shared the same vision of bringing thought-provoking film content to the screen.
“We believe that the single most important purpose of independent film is dialogue…the beginning of a conversation,” Colletti, a Phoenix resident, said. “Spoken word artists are not actors. They use a combination of poetry, storytelling and performance to share true life experiences.”
To bring these issues to light, Colletti and Fama stripped color and other visuals from the film so the primary focus is on each performer’s words. “Sometimes we need to just sit back and listen,” Colletti said.
Spoken word artists Jason Lalli, of Glendale, Jesenia Ruiz, of Buckeye, and Robert “FlipSide” Daniels, of Phoenix, share their stories in the first film which focuses on domestic violence. Audiences will hear their riveting personal accounts of verbal and physical abuse while being inspired by their determination to break the cycle.