Posted by:  Cathy and Len

Happy New Year, everyone!  Here is the latest Threads newsletter.  You can get a copy as soon as it comes out by subscribing at our website: kanthathreads.com.  Thanks to Anil Advani and Rita Meher for the photos.

Mustard field, photo by Anil AdvaniMay you find color and beauty in each day of the New Year

What an extraordinary year!  As 2014 comes to a close, we send our thanks and good wishes to you and other supporters of Threads around the world.  With your help and the dedication of our film team, we completed and launched Threads!

Threads recently screened for the first time at a film festival and won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Documentary.  We are very pleased with the positive response that this inspiring story is receiving and we look forward to bringing it to diverse audiences in many countries.

We anticipate an exciting year ahead for Threads.  Our top priority is to find sponsors for a trip to Bangladesh to show the finished film to the resilient women who are in it and to screen the film as widely as possible in Bangladesh.  We are also applying to film festivals worldwide.  Getting into festivals is an exciting opportunity to have the film seen by more and more people, including critics and distributors, but it is also a lot of work: we will need to prepare exhibition copies of Threads, create press materials, and refresh the website.

As we continue work on this project, we speak with Surayia regularly and update her on our progress.  She has seen an earlier cut of the film, and we hope that the day will soon come when she can see the finished version of Threadswith her family and friends.

We wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful 2015 and hope to see you at a screening of Threads soon.  We will keep you updated on screenings through our newsletter and website.   We are always happy to hear your ideas , so please keep in touch and tell your friends about Threads.

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Threads has come this far with your support.   Thank you!  Just think what we can do together in 2015.   Please help us to bring Threads story to audiences around the world.

Posted by: Cathy

It was an honor and a pleasure to show Threads and answer questions about the film at the MAIWA Symposium in Vancouver, BC, recently.  I was particularly happy that a number of people who know Surayia or helped with filming in Canada could attend.

Here’s a review of the event on the MAIWA blog.  Thank you!

Woman embroidering kantha.  Surayia Rahman design.  Photo used with permission.

Woman embroidering kantha. Surayia Rahman design. Photo used with permission.

 

Posted by: Cathy and Len

We are very pleased to announce that Threads is finished and will have its first festival screening at our hometown Gig Harbor Film Festival.  Mark your calendars:  Saturday, October 18 at 12:55 PM at the Galaxy Theater in Uptown Gig Harbor.  Tickets are available at the GHFF office next door to the theater, and online at Eventbrite.  We will be there to answer questions after the film.

The Gig Harbor Film Festival is a wonderful community event that has been growing each year.  Volunteers are the backbone of the GHFF, and we are proud to be part of the volunteer team.

Many, many thanks to everyone who has helped to make this day possible.  A huge thank you to our donors:  friends, family and total strangers who contributed time, photos, advice, and money to this project.  We look forward to showing you the film.  And of course we could not have done anything without the constant support of Surayia Rahman and her children and grandchildren.

Keep checking back for updates on additional screenings of Threads.


 

 

 

 

 

Posted by:  Cathy and Len

Threads has reached a major milestone, picture lock.  We’ve finished editing and changes to the film’s story line.  Now we’re moving to the final but crucial part of post-production:  final music, color correction, sound mix, and making the masters for future copies of the film.  So there is still a lot to do, but the time when we can begin showing the finished version of Threads to you and the world is in sight.

We are thankful to everyone who has supported Threads over nearly five years.  Your help and encouragement has carried us this far and will get us across the finish line!

You can find the film finishing campaign at this link. Some of the friends of Threads tell why they have supported the project.  Please share this link with people who are interested in a film that tells the stories of unconventional women who followed a different path to economic self-sufficiency and that challenges some common views of Bangladesh.  There will be more stories from friends of the film in future posts.

Posted by:  Cathy

I am very honored to be presenting “Threads: the Art and Life of Surayia Rahman” at the Maiwa Textile Symposium, September 25 at 7:45PM on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC!  The Maiwa Symposium is an amazing series of workshops, lectures and events hosted each year by Maiwa Handprints.  I have long admired the work of Maiwa’s Charlotte Kwon, and her devotion to textile art and artisans.

Registration for the Maiwa Symposium begins on June 23.  I’ll be sure to post a reminder, and would love to see friends there.

Also in September,  I will be jointly presenting a paper on “Surayia Rahman: The Refining of a Domestic Art”  at the Textile Society of America Symposium, “New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future,”  in Los Angeles with Professor Niaz Zaman of Bangladesh, one of the foremost authorities on nakshi kantha.  Niaz has known Surayia for many years and has been a strong supporter of the documentary film project from the beginning.  Niaz will follow her TSA presentation with ones in Seattle and San Francisco on other topics related to nakshi kantha.