Artivist Film Festival 2005 Announces Official Film and Short Selections

Artivist Film Festival (, the first international activist film festival dedicated to addressing Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Animal Rights and Environmental Preservation through film, visual arts and music, has announced the roster of films and shorts that will that be screened during the five-day festival beginning April 20 at the famed Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. 

Some of the recipients last year

The 2nd annual Artivist Film Festival runs through April 24, culminating with a star-studded closing night awards ceremony where Mira Sorvino will be honored for her work with Amnesty International along with James Cromwell for his tireless efforts on behalf of Farm Sanctuary, and others for Global Green and Prevent Child Abuse.

Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

Amongst the critically-acclaimed featured films and shorts are:
o Trudell -, which opens the festival, artistically portrays the passionate, painful and multi-dimensional life of Trudell as he rises from spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1968 to Chairman of the American Indian Movement in the turbulent 70s, to an internationally recognized poet, recording artist and actor in the 80s and 90s. Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller is featured, as well as close friends Jackson Browne, Robert Redford, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, and others.  Director is Heather Ray.  Running Time is 75 minutes.


o Emmanuel's Gift -, Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, this is the story of a disabled orphan whose father abandoned him, whose village dismissed him and whose country thought him better off dead. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who had nothing, but gave everything-and changed a nation forever.  Directors are Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern.  Running Time is 80 minutes.



o Earthlings - - Narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix with appearances by Pamela Anderson, James Cromwell, Bill Maher and Charlize Theron among others, EARTHLINGS is a groundbreaking film about mankind's complete commercial dependence on, yet total disrespect for, animals used as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for medical or scientific research. Director is Shaun Monson.  Running Time is 90 minutes.



o System Failure: Violence, Abuse & Neglect in the CYA - - System Failure exposes the horrific conditions and human rights violations endemic of the California Youth Authority, one of the largest youth correctional agencies in the USA, and calls for a complete reform of the system.  Producer is Witness, a leading advocacy group for children's rights.  Running Time is 32 minutes.


Individual tickets are available through from $11, and VIP packages are also available. Artivist is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization.

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