We are thrilled to announce another in-progress film that Aubin Pictures is producing - A Moving Body! This documentary feature marks our THIRD (yes, third!) film currently underway along with  Amor Puro y Duro and American Rhapsody.  Read all about A Moving Body below!

Also in our February update: submit a request for our free  What's On Your Plate? Books-in-Bulk Give-A-Way; always more "Things We Love;" #BlackLivesMatter on the "Aubin Bookshelf;" and a lots of lost and found.

 Film stills from  A Moving Body
Elle Hearns

Fred Ward

Zoë Renee Lapin and Megan Piatak
"Like many of our nation's cities, we find Cleveland a teeming cauldron of hostility. The citizens of the Negro community reflect the alienation of the total community, which has constantly ignored their cries for justice and opportunity and responded to their joblessness, poor housing, and economic exploitation with crude methods of police repression rather than compassion and creative programming." 
-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1967

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words nearly fifty years ago, in the pulpit of the Olivet Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Tragically, they remain true today. Cleveland is a moving body, an organism in motion, a vessel of history and change. A MOVING BODY tells the story of Cleveland today and local people fighting for justice in the face of rampant, extrajudicial police violence, and state sanctioned discrimination. 

The film follows organizers and artists, both seasoned and fresh, as they educate and inspire in church basements, on city buses, in their homes, on their campuses, and in public spaces over the course of one year leading up the 2016 presidential election.  The host of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Cleveland - a perennial swing state - exemplifies the many racial problems that still plague our country. 

We're pleased to announce that producer Daresha Kyi (Dayton, Ohio) and director Catherine Gund (Cleveland, Ohio) are teaming up once again, along with consulting producer Stephanie Wang-Breal (Youngstown, Ohio). The film is being edited by the brilliant Lynn True (not from Ohio!) .  

To learn more and donate to our project, please visit: amovingbody.com.

Free Bulk Book GIVE-A-WAY for  

What are you waiting for!?

Aubin Pictures has received a generous grant to distribute the rest of our kid-approved  WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE?  books to  organizations and programs around the country. To be considered for a bundle of these healthy living guides about food reform - filled with games, stories, recipes, and resources written by and for kids and families - simply fill out this short questionnaire. Also, ple ase share this information with any groups or organizations who may benefit!

Aubin Pictures is seeking alliances with parents, teachers, food activists, policy makers, journalists, corporations, scientists, and, most importantly, kids to spread the message about the importance of local, healthy food in a young person's life. We are particularly interested in partnering with community groups, educational institutions, and businesses that provide services for low-income communities and underserved neighborhoods.

The WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE? project was designed to be not only a documentary film about kids and food politics but also a tool in the large and growing food access movement.

Email us if you have any questions!
Frameline grant for
Amor Puro y Duro!

Aubin Pictures is honored that Amor Puro y Duro was chosen  to be 1 of 5  awardees for  Frameline's 
2015 Completion Fund . Frameline selects films that push the conversation on queer and trans experiences and amplify voices of marginalized communities in regards to race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We are in brilliant company!  The 5 films (including BobbyAnna, Her Story, Kiki, and Woman on Fire) were chosen out of 105 submissions and include narrative shorts, documentary features, and the newly burgeoning web series category.

A Few Things We Love...

100% Organic School Lunches

We are THRILLED that California's
Sausalito Marin County School District  is the first in the USA to serve 100% organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of GMOs. 

We are proud that WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE? could be part of the food reform movement to make more nutritious food a part of school lunches.

Brown is the New White:
How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority
by  Steve Phillips

"A searing indictment of the Democratic Party and a compelling call to action for the entire progressive movement,  Brown is the New White takes an unvarnished look at the history of whites and people of color in America and reveals how the past has created current conditions that have revolutionary implications for U.S. politics in 2016 and beyond."

Athena Film Festival
Barnard College
Feb. 18 - 21, 2016

Now in its sixth year, the Athena Film Festival - a celebration of women and leadership - is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries, and shorts that highlight women's leadership in real life and the fictional world.  The four-day festival includes conversations with directors and talent and workshops for filmmakers.

Featured documentaries include: Codegirl, He Named Me Malala, Trapped, T-Rex, Right Footed, Now En Español, The Trials of Spring, and Speed Sisters. 


By Chris Haynes

Chris Haynes uses his relatively privileged position as a sports broadcaster to rethink fan expectations of LeBron James after Haynes is racially profiled, arrested, acquitted by the state, and then declines to sue the police officer involved. Haynes admits his own personal disappointment in missing an opportunity to make a change, and reflects "if we're going to ask a high-caliber celebrity to make a huge sacrifice, we have to be willing to do the same thing."

John Metta writes an open letter (taken from a "congregational reflection") to an all white audience on racial oppression and how the discussion of race in America focuses on the protection of white feelings. Well-articulated and thoughtful, he explains how white people often don't see racism as part of a larger system of oppression because " Whites are often not directly affected by racial oppression even in their own community, so what does not affect them locally has little chance of affecting them regionally or nationally. They have no need, nor often any real desire, to think in terms of a group. They are supported by the system, and so are mostly unaffected by it."

Metta points out the precise point where white fragility fails to see the core of the issue:  "The result of this is an incessantly repeating argument where a Black person says 'Racism still exists. It is real,' and a white person argues 'You're wrong, I'm not racist at all. I don't even see any racism.' [The] immediate response is not 'that is wrong, we should do better,' [but] 'That's not my fault, I didn't do anything. You are wrong.'"

Aubin Pictures Lost & Found!

The Lunar New Year is the right  time to get rid of unwanted stuff...
Fittingly, several folks have shed their excess 
and Aubin is overflowing with Lost and Found today. 

We have a full outfit! Complete overhaul! Dress, shirt, scarf, glasses, shoulder bag... 
We look forward to seeing you at pick up :)

You can support Aubin Pictures while you shop!
Aubin Pictures is now registered with Amazon Smile - it's just like Amazon only .5% of each purchase go towards a 501(c)3 of your choice! Click here to get started:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3912334 .