Archive: January 23, 2015

Tongue of a Bird (2000)

By Ellen McLaughlin

Directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil

This multi-ethnic production revolves around the character of Maxine (Sherry Okamura), a search and rescue pilot hired by Dessa (Ithica Tell), a mother whose twelve-year-old daughter, Charlotte (Angela Rollins), has been abducted. Maxine’s search for the girl parallels her search for her own mother, Evie, (Julie Cowden) appearing as a ghostly Amelia Earhart figure throughout. Maxine must also care for her elder Grandmother (Trish Egan) while searching for the lost girl.

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The Time Between (2001-2002)

Written by Sharon Whitney, Ellen West, Cindy McGean, Vicente Guzman-Orozco and Dmae Roberts

Directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil

time_chisao Lanza-Weil gathered some of the best talent in Portland to collaborate on this original collage play with Playwrights Sharon Whitney, Ellen West, Cindy McGean, Vicente Guzman-Orozco and Dmae Roberts. This team of commissioned writers created a play based on material gathered from a series of workshops at the Dougy Center and Grief Watch about the theme “What Hurts, What Helps” in overcoming loss and grief.

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Legacies: Faith, Hope and Peace (1998)

jamesdepriestThree one-hour radio documentaries produced by Dmae Roberts of MediaRites, and hosted by Oregon Symphony Conductor James DePreist.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
The three programs were distributed in October 1998 via National Public Radio satellite. About 100 public radio stations across the country aired this three-part series of one-hour documentaries about what moves the human spirit to create, to make sense of the world, to survive and to grow.Ê MediaRites is a non-profit multicultural arts producing organization based in Portland.

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Legacies: Tales from America (1994)

radio_legaciesA series of 13 half-hour cross-cultural and cross-generational American stories that aired on more than 100 National Public Radio stations around the country.

Hosted by Oregon Symphony conductor James DePreist and produced by Dmae Roberts of MediaRites.

This series was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Refugee Dreams Revisited (2005)

On Saturday, August 6th, MediaRites held an event at IRCO to celebrate the completion of ‘Refugee Dreams Revisited.’
It was an art show, music performance, craft workshop, and luncheon all in one.

Over 150 people from many ethnic backgrounds attended.

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Legacies Intergenerational Project (1999-2000)

The Legacies Intergenerational Project initially began as a multi-disciplinary project that would work with 100 youths and elders to partner for a year-long project in creative writing, audio production, interviewing, oral history and visual art. Participants would create a book of writing and art and a CD of audio stories that would be presented to the public on radio.

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Roosevelt High School (1998)

MediaRites was one of three non-profits in Oregon to garner the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Creative Links Program award. During Fall 2000, MediaRites brought an after school class in radio production and graphic design to Roosevelt High School.

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Binnsmead Middle School Programs (1997-2001)

Hope: The Youth Radio / Literacy Project 
In ’97-’98, MediaRites taught residencies to 40 of the 8th grade English as a Second Language students at Binnsmead. The students represented 17 different countries and nationalities and this project provided the only arts program at their school.

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Restorative Justice Project (2004)

MediaRites presented arts outreach in partnership with SAFES, Survivors for An Effective System and Act For Action, to 40 survivors of crime and violence. We spent nearly six months planning the workshops and the outreach to SAFES members with Arwen Bird of SAFES and Jeannie LaFrance of Act for Action.We offered these workshops to survivors: people whose lives have been drastically affected by violence and/or crime. Some survive individual violence (such as surviving incest, assault, burglary or rape), others institutional violence (such as police brutality, internment or slavery).

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