Encompass New Opera Theatre presents PARADIGM SHIFTS

Encompass New Opera Theatre presents PARADIGM SHIFTSEncompass New Opera Theatre (Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director) in association with the Center for Earth Ethics (Karenna Gore, Director) and Union Forum (Derrick Harkins, VP for Innovation in Public Programming), will present PARADIGM SHIFTS Music and Film Festival at Union Theological Seminary, in James Chapel, 3041 Broadway (at 121st Street), New York, NY 10027, from Tuesday, June 13 through Saturday, June 17, 2017.

PARADIGM SHIFTS Music and Film Festival celebrates true stories of courageous people from around the world who are preserving and protecting our planet, oceans, wildlife, and sacred lands. Dedicated to bridging indigenous cultures, women's wisdom, and the global environmental movement, the festival pairs each film with artists performing a variety of music and dance from jazz and gospel to classical, folk, African, Tibetan, Native American, and new opera and chamber music.

Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm will launch the Festival with MOVE INTO THE LIGHT an opening night ceremony, celebrating nature, water, and the stars through songs that take us on a journey around the world. Composers featured are David DiChiera with the New York premiere of A Letter to Sarah, and Richard Pearson Thomas' chamber piece, Driving at Night. With singers, violin, piano, cello, and trumpet resonating throughout James Chapel, the evening will lift your spirits and encourage the finding of hope in challenging times. (1'-30")

Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 pm will feature a Traditional Ritual Opening Ceremony by Aztec Dance Group Cetiliztli Nauhcampa in Union's beautiful outdoor courtyard, followed by a screening of the film AWAKE: A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK, capturing the story of the Native-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. Written and directed by Josh Fox, James Spione, Myron Dewey, Floris White Bull. (84"). Q&A following.

Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 pm will feature Haitian music in James Chapel, followed by the screening of the documentary FATHER JOSEPH, a film that illuminates with humor, courage and faith, the mission of a visionary priest from Haiti who fights for women's rights and economic justice, and survives political violence and a devastating earthquake, while lifting thousands of Haitian peasants out of poverty.

Father Joseph Phillipe and filmmakers Jeffrey Kaufman and Marcia S. Ross will speak following the film. (1'-11")

Friday, June 16 at 6:30 pm will feature outdoor African music and dance with the Renée Robinson Dance Project in Union's open-air courtyard, followed by a screening of TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI by Alan Dater and Lisa Merton. A compelling true story of Wangari Maathai,

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Kenya, who rallied thousands of women to plant trees, grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. (54")

There will be a Q & A with filmmakers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton, Chair of the International Green Belt Movement, the organization that Dr. Mathaai founded.

On Saturday, June 17 at 3:00 pm will be special music and films for families, children, and youth in James Chapel. Sky Caravan, the performing duo of Ukrainian Violinist Milena Davidowicz, and Russian pianist Elena Panova, will perform exciting Gypsy and Ukrainian music and introduce young audiences to a range of stringed instruments. Everyone will have the opportunity to play an instrument. (30")