CRMS alumna to screen Fulbright film
CARBONDALE – The award-winning documentary “Alagados” makes its Colorado debut at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn.Carbondale resident Sylvia Johnson, a 1996 CRMS graduate, conceived, directed and produced the film – named after the exuberant, but impoverished, community in northeastern Brazil.Johnson discovered Alagados during a study-abroad program as an undergraduate at Middlebury College in 1999. Later attending American University for a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking, Johnson decided to pursue the subject as a documentary film. She crafted a Fulbright grant-winning project that would take her to Alagados to teach photography to youth, and to make her film.The subject of “Alagados” is Renato, a 23-year-old drummer who tries his best to survive in his community. The film follows Renato as he defies his criminal background, develops his own identity and navigates difficult choices that determine his future.”It is my hope that in Renato’s story and in the kids’ photographs, you will see the humanity, their determination and strength of spirit,” Johnson said in a press statement. “And that these images can spark dialogue that will lead us all toward a more just, more tolerant and more sustainable world.””Alagados” won the “Best Thesis Film” award from American University’s student film festival in May 2007 and premiered at a film festival in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 8. More on the film can be found at http://www.alagados.com.After the 30-minute film, Johnson will discuss and take questions about “Alagados.” Admission is free.
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