Thursday, May 3rd
8:00pm - 11:00pm
DC-based nonprofit One Common Unity presents a screenings of its new documentary “Fly By Light” (view trailer) directed by award-winning filmmaker Ellie Walton. The evening will feature a work-in-progress screening of the rough cut of the film, followed by a discussion facilitated by Rajeev “HawaH” Kasat from One Common Unity.
"In the summer of 2011, 15 high school students from diverse neighborhoods across DC were uprooted from the hustle of inner-city life to beautiful mountain vistas and springs. For many of the teenagers, this was their first time leaving the concrete confines of the city. It was also their first time experiencing a hike through the mountains, a swim in the creek, the feel of a sincere cry, the sound of their song through a microphone, the touch of a painful bee sting, the rush of fire spinning, and the smell of sage burning during a Native-American sweat lodge ceremony. It was a transformational week of boundary-stretching and social-emotional learning, reflecting the love, struggle, compassion, pain, laughter, and friendship of their daily lives."
On a personal note, this film also has a special meaning to me as some people I know are a part of it, and it was shot at Abrams Creek Retreat Center and Campground in Mt Storm, WV, a property that I've personally spent lots of time at that is incredibly beautiful, and is also owned and operated by people I know.
The Josephine Butler Center
2437 15th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus to 16th and Euclid and walk about a block to 15th, turn right and look for the yellow building on the left