God Willing had its world premiere at the 2016 Aspen Shortsfest on April 6th. Filmmakers Gayle Embrey and Susan G. Drinker attended the screening and Gayle was onstage afterward to answer questions from the audience. The audience asked many thoughtful questions about the role of Muslim women in Palestine.
Aspen Shortsfest 2016 selected Embrey and Drinker’s God Willing as one of their films for their 2016 fest. “This portrait of Palestinian artist Mais Rosol AbuSaa doubles as an inspiring examination of the role of women in Islamic society today.” The film premieres on Wednesday, April 6th during the 5:30pm program.
For over 1 year, Gayle Embrey and Sue Drinker have been filming the story of community members in Battlement Mesa fighting to minimize gas drilling inside their community. The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners will likely render a decision in mid-December and then we’ll go into post production. Stay tuned for further news on the film.
Director/Producer Gayle Embrey and Editor, Susan G. Drinker, have completed a short doc film, God Willing, profiling the life and work of Palestinian artist Mais Rosol Abu Saa. We’re entering film fests now. Screening information will be available later.
The 40 minute Educational Version of Beyond The Walls screens on KERA/North Texas PBS on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 11PM Central. An article on filmmaker Gayle Embrey and the film can be found starting October 1, 2015 at the network’s website:
Gayle Embrey is busy writing about all the muralists and community members interviewed for the doc film. The book allows for more indepth conversation and information about each muralist than the film. Beautiful photographs taken by Esteban Perroud, the Director of Photography, will bring the murals and communities to life in the book.
Gayle Embrey, Director/Exec Producer & Sue Drinker, DP began production on Battlement Mesa in October 2014. Battlement Mesa is a retirement community in Western Colorado surrounded by oil & gas drilling. Senior citizens are working to stop one company from drilling inside their community, next to their homes and on their golf course. Check out the Battlement Mesa FB page for news and photos.
A 40 minute version of Beyond The Walls is now available to be screened in schools and universities. The film is appropriate for 7th grade and older. There is also an Educational Resource Guide available with the dvd that teachers can use to guide their students to further explore world history as well as how community art is an important tool in social change. For further information, contact Director/Executive Producer Gayle Embrey at firstname.lastname@example.org