Winter is approaching and we are facing the colder days with cozy cups of tea as we delve further into our upcoming productions. Some friends of Aubin Pictures have also been busy - channeling the legend of Frida Kahlo, celebrating the rediscovery of Lime Kiln Field Day, and uplifting communities in Palestine and Ethiopia through Acro Yoga. We are also excited to announce that footage from DIVA TV will be featured tonight in an HBO VICE Special Report for World AIDS Day!

A Few Things We Love...
Frida Kahlo
We love seeing Aubin folks flexing their creative muscle. The lovely Ratha dressed up as Frida Kahlo for Halloween and captured the artist's essence quite vividly. 

In her career, Frida Kahlo created 143 paintings  out of which 55 are self-portraits . Kahlo said, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."

Her art has been called folk art, due to traditional elements, and some call it Surrealist although Kahlo herself said, " They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."

Did you know that Chavela Vargas, the subject of our upcoming film,  Amor Puro y Duro, l ived with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in La Casa Azul for one year? 

Chavela sings the song "La Llorona" to Frida in an unforgettable scene from Julie Taymor's movie about Frida's life. During the filming, Salma Hayek couldn't help but cry every time Chavela sang.


Learn more about Frida Kahlo, some of her recently revealed personal photos, and the indomitable  Chavela Vargas.  

Lime Kiln Field Day Premiere at Harlem Stage
 
Production Still from Bert Williams' 
"Lime Kiln Field Day Project"

100 Years in Post-Production:  Resurrecting a Lost Landmark in Black Film History

FILM PREMIERING AT HARLEM STAGE GATEHOUSE
Saturday  |   December 5, 2015   |   2-5 P.M.   |  $15

MoMa's discovery of this unedited footage for an unreleased black-cast feature film, originally shot in 1913, blends minstrel and contemporary performance styles. Witness this provocative footage, presented with a special score created for this event, for a rare silent film experience. The afternoon includes a pre and post discussion to contextualize the film.

The film itself features recently discovered, unedited footage of an unreleased black-cast feature film, originally shot in 1913. The footage stars the legendary Caribbean American musical theater performer and recording artist Bert Williams (1874-1922), along with several Harlem-based entertainment pioneers including J. Leubrie Hill and members of his Darktown Follies stage company.

The work documents the effort by a community of virtuoso performers to achieve visibility in a time of segregation. The untitled project, mounted around the time that D. W. Griffith began his racist epic The Birth of a Nation, was abandoned in post-production. Seven reels of exposed film were buried along with the photographic documentation of the black cast and white crew on the set.

Click here for tickets and more information.


Hope Clark

Hope Clark, a former company member of STREB featured in BORN TO FLY, has started her own circus theater workshop that is traveling the globe working with communities that have traditionally lacked access to more formal acrobatic training. 

Hope has worked with orphans at the 


Check out footage of Hope Clark as a  STREB Action Hero in the '90's  and her  interview with Elizabeth Streb  after BORN TO FLY was released. 
 

DIVA TV Footage to Premiere on HBO tonight!


Aubin Pictures is excited to announce that footage from DIVA TV's Pride 69-89 will be featured in tonight's VICE Special Report: Countdown to Zero  on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The special report will premiere on HBO on Dec 1 (World AIDS Day) at 9pm EST. You can also watch it via HBOgo and HBOnow. 

"Twenty years ago, HIV/AIDS was a death sentence. Now, through advances in medication, it has become a largely manageable chronic disease - and there may finally be a cure on the horizon. VICE investigates recent breakthroughs in medical science to see how close we are to life without AIDS. Hosts Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi travel to HIV hotspots around the globe, surveying the world's largest clinical vaccine trial from South Africa to Seattle, then finally heading to the lab of Dr. Carl June, where we see how he is editing human DNA to make cells impervious to HIV."


What's On Your Plate? tips the scales!
A decade of persistent work (that includes the production and continuing outreach campaign for What's On Your Plate?) is reaping positive results. People are thinking about the quality and quantity of the food they eat. New diabetes cases have decreased from 1.7 million in 2008 to  1.4 million in 2014. This is great news for Sadie & Safiyah, the nutritional explorers behind What's On Your Plate?.

This insightful article  from the New York Times provides not only statistical evidence, but life-changing stories of hope for millions of people who are at-risk for diabetes. 

"In the tiny town of Eutaw, Lynette Carpenter got serious about staving off diabetes around the time her cousin's leg was amputated because of the disease. She started to make a dish she called Sexy Pork Chops, involving a bell pepper, an onion and the oven. She weaned herself off Coca-Cola, going from about 50 cans a week to fewer than seven. And she started walking, leaving rubber bands in her mailbox to pull onto her arm - one for each mile walked - to remind her how many miles she had gone. The result made her doctor proud: She lost 42 pounds, and two years later has still not developed full-blown diabetes." 
Lynette Carpenter of Eutaw, Ala., said she cut her soda consumption and lost 42 pounds.  
Photo Credit Bob Miller for The New York Times




Amor Puro y Duro had an excellent recent film shoot in New York City. We celebrated the last few warm days by hanging out with a few local folks here in the city and we were reminded that the love for Chavela Vargas is all around us, near and far.



The many ways to watch BORN TO FLY!
 

You can order the DVD from our website  now

...or view the film on  Amazon!

...or d ownload it anytime via  iTunes!

...or watch on  Netflix Instant  as well as  Hulu!   



The Aubin Bookshelf!

Black Lives Matter

Our friends at  Common Justice were featured in a  powerful and thoughtful story in the New Yorker about how young men of color are harmed by crime and violence. The article highlights the importance of a crime-survivors' movement.

Did you know that:
* 80% of gunshot victims survive and therefore remain invisible in the mainstream media.

* In the first half of 2012, 96% of gunshot victims in NYC (fatal and nonfatal) were black or Latino.

Writer Sarah Stillman urges that "we must adjust our shared understanding of crime demographics to account for the fact that those most routinely portrayed as perpetrators are often at equal or greater risk of being victims."

Read more  here!
 
Aswad Thomas, a crime survivor and national organizer for Californians for Safety and Justice, is part of a movement trying to mobilize victims for criminal justice reform.

Photo credit: Californians for Safety and Justice


Elizabeth Warren just delivered 
the realest talk  on race 
by any American politician


Photo Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren just gave a thorough and explicit telling of racial injustice in America.

Warren focused on what she called three tools of oppression historically and currently used against African-Americans and concluded with a full-throated endorsement of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"Violence, voting, economic justice," Warren told the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Sunday, were and are state-sanctioned "tools of oppression" used against African-Americans. Warren detailed what she described as the "dark underbelly" of "how America built a great middle class"

Read more  here!






Aubin Pictures "Lost & Found"

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and "Fall"
but we have yet to find "Winter!"

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