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THE 2012 ARTIVIST AWARDS! Honoring Maria Bello, Devon Franklin, Christine Devine, S. Brian Willson, and the Winning Films of the 9th Annual Artivist Film Festival
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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THE 2012 ARTIVIST AWARDS! Honoring Maria Bello, Devon Franklin, Christine Devine, S. Brian Willson, and the Winning Films of the 9th Annual Artivist Film Festival
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Honoring International Films, with Musical Performances by Lili Haydn, Gourmet Vegan Hors d'oeuvre, and an amazing progressive community under one roof (Celebrity Advocates. Community Leaders, Prominent NGOs).

This year's 2012 Artivist Award Honorees include:

MARIA BELLO  For Arts & Advocacy
Maria is not only a renowned celebrity actress starring in dozens of leading and co-leading roles such as the recent Prime Suspect (TV), Grown Ups 2 (Film), and producing the documentary Sun City Picture House, she is an advocate for women and children around the world. Working with the redevelopment agency 'Jacmel Development Group' of Haiti after the devastating Earthquake of 2010 has been one of Ms. Bello's top priorities. WE Advance, an NGO with The United Nations, is her latest project where she empowers thousands of women in Haiti to fight against GBV (Gender Biased Violence) and advance their human rights.

DEVON FRANKLIN  For Community Leadership
"I was so moved by DeVon's passion and commitment to faith while functioning in the lion's den of entertainment I could hardly wait to share his insights, clarity and wisdom", Oprah Winfrey on interviewing DeVon Franklin for OWN.  DeVon Franklin is a rarity: an African-American studio executive at the forefront of Hollywood. As Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures, he oversaw the remake of The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, which grossed over $350 million worldwide. He also worked on The Pursuit of Happyness and Hancock, both starring Will Smith, the faith-based hit Not Easily Broken, produced by Bishop T. D. Jakes, the romantic comedy Jumping the Broom starring Angela Bassett, and the film Sparkle starring the late Whitney Houston. Revered by Oprah Winfrey, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Will Smith and many others, DeVon Franklin has green-lighted up-lifting films that have touched the lives of millions around the world. Mr. Franklin was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 35 executives under the age of 35, and as one of the top 10 industry impact players by the NAACP.

CHRISTINE DEVINE  International Children's Advocacy
For more than 20 years, American-Brazilian Christine Devine has been a dedicated champion for children's advocacy and community participation. Taking direction from her own parents who fostered children during her youth, Ms. Devine embraced a life-long affinity for finding children placement in loving homes.  As a sixteen time (16x) EMMY Award Winner, and a News Anchor for FOX 11 News, Christine Devine has risen to prominence in her career. She joins the ranks of other influential women journalists who are members of The Good News Foundation. Ms. Devine has contributed more than 18 years of service as the segment host of Freddie Mac Foundation's "Wednesday's Child", a program which has yielded 450+ placements of foster children into loving homes. Christine has created program funding for tutoring, scholarships, and has been a champion for veterans, foster children, and underprivileged Angelinos. They have all had a prominent voice through Christine Devine.

S. BRIAN WILLSON  Lifetime Achievement in Advocating for International Peace
Symbolically born on the 4th of July in 1941, S. Brian Willson is an American Vietnam veteran, attorney-at-law, author, and a beloved international peace advocate. Mr. Willson served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He rose through the ranks to become an Air Force Captain. He subsequently became a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans For Peace. As a trained lawyer and writer, he has documented U.S. policy in nearly two-dozen countries; documenting the pattern of policies that he states, "violate U.S. Constitutional and international laws prohibiting aggression and war crimes".  On September 1, 1987, while engaging in a peaceful sit-in protest against the transportation of U.S. weapons to Central America, Mr. Willson was struck by one of the trains and lost both of his legs.  For more than 40 years, Mr. Willson has been an educator of nonviolence and a shinning example of one man's quest for international peace. On September 26, 1992, S. Brian Willson was awarded the
Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award at the JFK Presidential Library in Washington, D.C.  


International Human Rights, Feature: "The War Around Us"
Director - Abdallah Omeish

International Human Rights, Short: "Mojado"
Director: Jörn Threlfall

Children's Advocacy, Feature: "Horse & Rider: A Journey Towards Freedom"
Director: Ben Stamper

Children's Advocacy, Short: "Protect the Nation"
Director: Candice Reisser

Environmental Preservation, Feature: "The Well: Water Voices from Ethiopia"
Directors: Paolo Barberi, Riccardo Russo

Environmental Preservation, Short: "What Do Polar Bears Dream...While They Are Dying?"
Director: Arthur C. Smith III

Animal Advocacy, Feature: "Maximum Tolerated Dose"
Director: Karol Orzechowski

Animal Advocacy, Short: "Return to the Forest"
Director: Patricia Sims

Artivist Spirit, Feature: "Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birth"
Directors: Raoul Martinez, Joshua van Praag

Artivist Spirit, Short: "Admissions"
Director: Harry Kakatsakis



Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (View)
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
United States

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