December 2010

December 29, 2010

Bruce Lund blogs about the importance of toys and a letter he received from the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago after their CEO, Francesca Edwardson, watched Bruce's interview on What's Your Calling? Check out Bruce's blog. Bruce is the Founder of Lund and Company Invention, which invents, develops, and licenses innovative products for the toy industry and beyond.

December 22, 2010
Check out this Huffington Post article by Danny Alpert about What's Your Calling? As Danny says: "We decided to explore how the notion of calling applies to people, religious and secular. We had the opportunity to create a conversation in which we could explore what people are most passionate about doing with their lives -- and why." Please leave your comments on the article and share with your friends! 

December 22, 2010
Missed the live chat that Independent Lens hosted today with The Calling's Series Director & Executive Producer Danny Alpert? Never fear: an archive is here! Press "replay" in the blue box to check out the conversation. Leave your comments under the chat box!

December 22, 2010
Join us tonight for part two of The Calling on PBS's Independent Lens! Tonight you'll witness the characters' stories unfolding further, and you'll meet two new characters: Steven Gamez, who is Catholic, and Shmuly Yanklowitz, who is Jewish. For air times in your neighborhood, use ITVS's zip code search tool. Please contact us if you'd like to host your own screening of The Calling. Also: don't forget to check us out on Facebook, and please comment here on the site! We're grateful for everyone's support and hope you're enjoying the broadcast and the stories you find here! 

December 20, 2010
The Calling airs on PBS's Independent Lens this week as a two part, four hour miniseries. Air dates: Monday night, December 20th and Tuesday night, December 21st. For air times in your zip code, check out ITVS's cool site. Please join us for the broadcast, join us on Facebook, check out The Calling on iTunes and, and check out our ongoing campaign, What's Your Calling? , exploring religious and secular notions of calling through the stories of what people feel most passionate about doing with their lives - and why. Enjoy the film!!

December 18, 2010

We were able to use a ton of great photos in our interview with Sierra Club's Director of Conversation, Sarah Hodgdon, and we want to give all of the folks who gave this video a lot of its beauty full credit, so here are the full photo credits for the video:

Photo Credits
Image of the new strait uncovered by a retreating ice shelf, taken from Warming Island East Greenland, 2006. Photo by John Rudolf

Image of a high Arctic pond, taken on a scientific expedition in 2006 at Cape Herschel on Ellesmere Island in northeastern Canada. Photo by Marianne S. V. Douglas from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Vakarufahli Island - South Ari Atoll – Maldives. Photo by Civvi

Lois Gibbs at a public meeting at Wesley United Methodist Church, Niagra Falls, NY.
Photo by Penelope D. Ploughman, © 1980 all rights reserved. Courtesy, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo

Poster, picturing Lois and Missy Gibbs. Courtesy, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo

Aerial view of the Love Canal neighborhood before the 99th Street Elementary School was built. Photo by Penelope D. Ploughman, © 1953 all rights reserved. Courtesy, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo

Protesters, including children, with signs at the rally against CECOS landfill construction. Courtesy, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo

Marie Posniak, Lois Gibbs, and Adeline Levine working the phones at the Love Canal Homeowners Association offices in the 99th Street School. Photo by Penelope D. Ploughman, © 1953 all rights reserved. Courtesy, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo

December 16, 2010
If you missed Independent Lens 's Thursday night, Dec 9 live stream of our panel with The Calling's seven characters, streamed from The Art Institute of Chicago, you can now see it here on Vimeo. Many thanks to ITVS, WTTW Channel 11, and The Art Institute of Chicago for a great event. We had people tune into the live stream from over 56 countries!!

December 16, 2010
The Calling was reviewed in The Huffington Post ! Check out the review, written by Jackie K. Cooper: "Religion is a fascinating subject for study but it is also an easily controversial one. PBS is to be commended for allowing a four hour focus on it. This length of time allows the show to have depth and development. Four hours is a long time but in this case is necessary to get all aspects covered. Be sure to allot this time to study and enjoy The Calling ." Please add your comments on The Huffington Post!

December 16, 2010

The Calling is now available via iTunes. You can watch a preview of The Calling and order the series for $5.99. Please rate & review, so that more people hear about The Calling. Thank you!! Like DVDs instead? DVDs of The Calling are also now available for $29.99 via Enjoy!

December 15, 2010

Attend a free Community Cinema screening of The Calling at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater this Saturday, Dec 18 from 2:00-4:30 pm. Includes a 75 min screening of the four-hour film and a panel with guests from One Chicago, One Nation and The Community Renewal Society, moderated by Hind Makki of Interfaith Youth Core. The event is presented by The Public Square, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, ITVS, and WTTW Channel 11. More info here. Address: Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

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