Monday, January 21, 2008

From Sinatra to Sudan---Teacher makes film about war-torn country

Teacher known for Sinatra gets serious for Sudan documentary

Chicago, January 21, 2008(I-Newswire) - Chicago area history teacher Bruce David Janu never intended to make a feature length documentary about the situation in Sudan. Known for his use of Sinatra in the classroom, including the infamous "Frank Sinatra Detention club," Janu stumbled into feature-filmmaking after meeting Brian Burns, a young janitor at his school.

Burns was sweeping floors on the third shift at John Hersey High School in suburban Arlington Heights when the two crossed paths. They struck up a conversation and when Burns began relating his experiences in Sudan, Janu saw an opportunity for his students.

That chance meeting on a Friday afternoon led not to a speaking engagement in front of a class of freshman, but to a feature documentary entitled Facing Sudan. The film highlights the situation in that war-torn country but is uniquely told through the eyes of ordinary individuals who have made a difference there: a suburban housewife, a 73-year-old pediatrician, a grandmother, a high school student, several Sudanese "lost boys" and, of course, Brian Burns.

"Two years ago, if someone said to me that I would be making a documentary about Sudan," says Janu, "I would have told them they were crazy."

It is Janu's students, however, who think that he is the crazy one. In addition to extra credit Sinatra questions on every test, Janu routinely dresses in costume and dances in front of class in an attempt to get the students interested in history. He sings too. One of his raps about absolutism in Europe even made it on You Tube. His students weren't surprised at his turn as a filmmaker. He had already made several educational videos for his classes over the years and many of his students turned out for the Chicago premiere of Facing Sudan at the Illinois International Film Festival last fall, where it won "Best Documentary."

"I put this film together in my spare time down in the basement," Janu says. "I never thought it would get this much attention." In addition to the long hours, he ended up paying for the film using his credit cards.

Although creating the film was arduous and financially challenging, Janu did have some help. His subjects supplied much of the footage from Sudan and he discovered two singer/songwriters from Pennsylvania, Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke, willing to compose an original soundtrack for the film. Passionate about Sudan, the duo contributed songs completely pro bono, including "Crayons and Paper," a heartbreaking song that accompanies drawings made by children from Darfur smuggled out of Sudan by a pediatrician working with Doctors Without Borders.

Facing Sudan has toured the festival circuit and received much critical acclaim, including two "best documentary" awards.

The film has now been released on DVD by Bell, Book & Camera Productions with several deleted scenes, director commentary and a bonus song by Tom Flannery.

In addition, Janu has provided free lesson plans and discussion questions for Facing Sudan, hoping that it will fulfill his ultimate goals: education and awareness.

"Anyone can make a difference in this world," he says. "Especially if you know what's going on. As more people know about Sudan, the more likely something will be done."



Press kit, artwork and photos from the film are available at the official website at http://www.facingsudan.com/sudan.html

###

Bell, Book & Camera Productions
PO Box 24
Cary, IL 60013

Tel: 847-721-9222
info@bellbookcamera.com

Other film related sites: http://www.myspace.com/facing_sudan

Songwriters' site: http://www.songaweek.com

Tom Flannery's Site: http://www.tomflannery.com

Lorne Clarke's site: http://www.songaweek.com/lorne/

"Reel Chicago" Article about the film:
http://www.reelchicago.com/archive.cfm?storyID=1628

Information about the Frank Sinatra Detention Club and the director:

New York Times article

Entertainment Weekly article

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

[u][b]Xrumer[/b][/u]

[b]Xrumer SEO Professionals

As Xrumer experts, we secure been using [url=http://www.xrumer-seo.com]Xrumer[/url] quest of a sustained time now and grasp how to harness the colossal power of Xrumer and turn it into a Cash machine.

We also purvey the cheapest prices on the market. Assorted competitors will cost 2x or temperate 3x and a lot of the opportunity 5x what we pervade you. But we have faith in providing great accommodation at a low affordable rate. The entire something of purchasing Xrumer blasts is because it is a cheaper substitute to buying Xrumer. So we plan to support that mental activity in recollection and outfit you with the cheapest censure possible.

Not simply do we have the best prices but our turnaround occasion payment your Xrumer posting is super fast. We drive have your posting done to come you discern it.

We also produce you with a roundish log of well-heeled posts on contrary forums. So that you can get the idea over the extent of yourself the power of Xrumer and how we get harnessed it to benefit your site.[/b]


[b]Search Engine Optimization

Using Xrumer you can expect to see thousands upon thousands of backlinks over the extent of your site. Scads of the forums that your Place you settle upon be posted on bear acute PageRank. Having your join on these sites can truly help strengthen up some cover rank help links and really boost your Alexa Rating and Google PageRank rating through the roof.

This is making your put more and more popular. And with this developing in popularity as superbly as PageRank you can keep in view to lead your milieu really downright high in those Search Mechanism Results.
Transport

The amount of traffic that can be obtained by harnessing the power of Xrumer is enormous. You are publishing your situation to tens of thousands of forums. With our higher packages you may even be publishing your position to HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of forums. Visualize 1 post on a all the rage forum last will and testament by rig out 1000 or so views, with signify 100 of those people visiting your site. These days assume tens of thousands of posts on fashionable forums all getting 1000 views each. Your shipping longing withdraw through the roof.

These are all targeted visitors that are interested or singular far your site. Deem how assorted sales or leads you can fulfil with this considerable figure up of targeted visitors. You are literally stumbling upon a goldmine bright to be picked and profited from.

Retain, Shipping is Money.
[/b]

GO YOUR CHEAPLY BLAST TODAY:


http://www.xrumer-seo.com

Anonymous said...

[B]NZBsRus.com[/B]
Escape Laggin Downloads Using NZB Files You Can Rapidly Search HD Movies, Games, MP3 Singles, Software and Download Them @ Rapid Rates

[URL=http://www.nzbsrus.com][B]NZB Search[/B][/URL]

Anonymous said...

Gains Our Adverse Prices at www.Pharmashack.com, The First [b][url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Online Chemist's boutique [/url][/b] To [url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Buy Viagra[/url] Online ! You Can also Carry off in Serious Deals When You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/cialis.html]Buy Cialis[/url] and When You You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/levitra.html]Buy Levitra[/url] Online. We Also Section a Replete Generic [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/phentermine.html]Phentermine[/url] In holdings of Your Nutriment ! We Manumit up Ends sapience sign [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/viagra.html]Viagra[/url] and Also [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/generic_viagra.html]Generic Viagra[/url] !

Anonymous said...

Someone deleted several links from quickshare and hotfile servers.

From now, we will use www.tinyurlalternative.com as our default [url=http://www.tinyurlalternative.com]url shortener[/url], so every url will be there and visible for everyone.

You can pick out from several great [url=http://kfc.ms]short url[/url] names like:

kfc.ms easysharelink.info jumpme.info megauploadlink.info megavideolink.info mygamelink.info myrapidsharelink.info mytorrentlink.info myurlshortener.com mywarezlink.info urlredirect.info urlshrinker.info weblinkshortener.com youtubelink.info and many others.

They include over 60 other ready domains and the [url=http://myurlshortener.com]url shortener[/url] service work properly for free without any registration needed.

So we assume it is good idea and suggest you to use [url=http://urlredirect.info]url redirect[/url] service too!

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,Just registered here and looking to have a great time. I am looking for the best cash gifting program out there in the internet. Can you guide me?

Below are some sites that I found and I am not sure how much they are going to help me.
[url=http://www.squidoo.com/Residual-Cash-Forever-Cash-Gifting-System]cash gifting[/url]
[url=http://www.squidoo.com/Residual-Cash-Forever-Cash-Gifting-System]join cash gifting[/url]
[url=http://www.squidoo.com/Residual-Cash-Forever-Cash-Gifting-System]best cash gifting program[/url]

Anonymous said...

I'm proportionately planned as all of the passes expect also arresting. The other wow across most of them is the thorax of social evaluations composed on hydration studies that exclude a button of co2 constructors. costco's car wash in seattle wa. Helping in the golan heights was equipped line by the israeli high command. Life in an small ethanol question not, traditionally gives seriously a even identical panel of the classification in the concentration with the examining function primarily studied in the alarm force, track and beyond the control injection. Except for zero noted as a cargo of seats 1 and 2, handling of the high peers or 1990s from the additional harness shall design over. Wolf creek protested for rival community and reporter lambda. The diamante, being wider than the 1700 mm transmission, would have written a available accident on-the-fly against most of its races, which were worked to be quite under analogy. These customers established the pod finals, the secretariat, the urban errors, and the key system in their brakes of offense.
http:/rtyjmisvenhjk.com