Traces of the Trade - Documentary Film Screening
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Free ($5 donation is kindly requested)
Columbia City Cinema
4816 Rainier Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98118
(Upstairs in the lobby)
Muse-Indigo and Columbia City Cinema present the documentary film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North on Thursday, May 7, 2009. Elly DeWolfe Hale, a featured family member in the film, will take part in a community discussion facilitated by KBCS FM Daily Planet host Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo following the free public screening at 7:30 pm.
In Traces of the Trade, first-time filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading dynasty in US history. She and nine fellow DeWolf descendants travel from Rhode Island to Ghana and Cuba on a trip that brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England's hidden enterprise.
The film had its world premiere as an Official Competition Selection in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In June 2008, it had its national US television broadcast premiere on PBS, kicking off the 21st season of the award-winning independent documentary film series P.O.V. (Point of View). California Newsreel, the oldest non-profit, social issue documentary film center in the US, began distributing Traces of the Trade on DVD to educational institutions in the fall of 2008.
Traces of the Trade was produced by Ebb Pod Productions in association with WGBH Boston. The film is intended to be a catalyst for education and dialogue around issues of reconciliation and repair. As the call for a national conversation on race has been making headlines, and with the recent election of Barack Obama to the US presidency, the filmmakers are particularly excited and hopeful about the impact this film can have nationally. For more information about the national community engagement campaign visit www.tracesofthetrade.org.
About Elly DeWolfe Hale
Elly DeWolfe Hale grew up in Reno, Nevada. After studying East Asian Studies and living in Tokyo, she now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Superfund cleanup projects.
About Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo
In collaboration with musicians, artists, writers, community activists and healing arts practitioners, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo serves to enrich dialogue through creative use of media. She currently hosts the Friday edition of Daily Planet on KBCS 91.3FM Community Radio, and facilitates Let’s Talk About Race and Courageous Conversations workshops through Bellevue Community College.
About Muse Indigo
Muse Indigo is a communications consulting agency with a passion for supporting community dialogue. Joanne Lauterjung Kelly has been an active member of the Columbia City community for 8 years, and a local business owner since 2005. She was a participant in Courageous Conversations About Race at Bellevue Community College from 2002 – 2004, and is currently involved in arts-based facilitation and mediation.