"BEYOND THE CALL" Given a First Look...
Acclaimed Film by Oscar Nominee, Adrian Belic, to be Given a Special Preview Screening at the 2008 Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival
Friday, April 11th at 8:00 p.m. Doors Open at 7:30 p.m.
Columbus Theatre Arts Center, 270 Broadway, Providence
(401) 621-9660 or RIIFF at (401) 861-4445
$10 donation; members and students with a valid ID, $8.00
About the Film:
Ed Artis, James Laws and Walt Ratterman are three middle-aged men whose idea of adventure is taking desperately needed food and medicine to communities devastated by natural disasters and plagued by war. In 1995, they formed Knightsbridge International, a unique humanitarian aid organization, whose motto is 'High Adventure and Service to Humanity.' Artis explains: 'We're not there to change anybody's politics, we're not in the God business, and we pay our own way.' As Laws tells it simply, “We do what we can, when we can, because we can.”
These former soldiers and modern day knights travel the world delivering life saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on Earth. Winner of thirty awards, this “Mother Teresa meets Indiana Jones” adventure has screened at over eighty film festivals on five continents.
BEYOND THE CALL has screened in over 90 film festivals on five continents, winning over 30 awards, including Grand Jury Prizes and Audience Awards.
"An extremely inspiring film that is also hilarious, exciting and heart-wrenching. Not only
are the three men unbelievably good willed, they are enjoyable characters filled with
lovable quirks and wonderful stories to tell." - Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
New York Times: "unlikely heroes"
Variety: "It's impossible not to admire their can-do spirit."
San Francisco Bay Guardian: Pick of the Week. "These heroic saviors are just regular guys."
Chicago Sun-Times: 3 of 4 stars
"Beyond the Call” is the stirring and powerful account of these remarkable men, both on the road and in their homes. It's a brave and funny and uplifting film that makes you want to be a better person."- Oregonian Newspaper
INTERVIEW with two of the three stars, Ed Artis and Jim Laws on CBS's Early Show 4/10/07: http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?clip=/media/2007/04/10/video2666757.rm
INTERVIEW with the Director / Producer / Cinematographer, Adrian Belic. April 2007.
Learn more about the film at the Official Website:
About the Filmmaker:
Adrian Belic was born in America of Czechoslovakian and Yugoslavian parents, Adrian grew up in Chicago, Illinois, USA, but spent many summers behind the “Iron Curtain” in Eastern Europe speaking the languages and living with family and friends. This unique cross-cultural upbringing sparked his curiosity about the way people view each other and the world around them. Listening late into the night to captivating stories from remarkable people both in the States and overseas drew him into the art of storytelling.
He began making films in elementary school with his childhood friend Christopher Nolan (writer / director Memento, (2001), Insomnia (2002), Batman (2005)) and his brother Roko Belic. During their second year of filmmaking (at the age of 8) STAR WARS exploded on the film scene and their once-quaint films grew into 3-minute Super 8 ‘epics’ with ping-pong tables shrouded in cooking flour for planetary stop-action battles, continuing to live-action scenes in the snow-covered backyards of Chicago, all punctuated with fireworks and film frames scratched by hand for “laser” effects. The power of storytelling through motion pictures and sound captivated him.
Adrian graduated from University of Southern California in 1993 with a BS degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations.
While in college and after college Adrian traveled around the world and across America. He worked with various producers -- co-producing, shooting video and film, recording sound, and story development. He served as the director of an environmental information center in Los Angeles for a year before a childhood fascination with a little known country in southern Siberia called Tuva resurrected itself.
Adrian and his brother, Roko, formed Wadi Rum Productions in 1995 and embarked on their first production, GENGHIS BLUES, winner of the 1999 Sundance Audience Award, as well as many domestic and international film festival awards, and a 2000 Academy Award Nomination for Best Feature Documentary.
Adrian recently completed his latest project BEYOND THE CALL; a feature documentary shot in the Afghanistan and Asia about three Americans who travel to the world’s war zones delivering lifesaving humanitarian aid (www.wadirum.com) (www.kbi.org). They are a cross between Mother Teresa and Indiana Jones.
Adrian is a member of the Film Arts Foundation and the International Documentary Association. He continues to speak and write about filmmaking and following ones passion, as well as teaching and serving on film festivals juries.
But most of all, he is working on his films and traveling the world.
Roving Eye Doc Festival: “Beyond the Call”
Advance Screening, Friday, April 11th
Film Screening: 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Columbus Theatre Arts Center, 270 Broadway, PROVIDENCE
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