Beloved Community Cville is a grassroots organization created to provide resources and opportunities to people interested in creating social change, starting with a city-wide film viewing and dialogue event of the documentary I’m Not Racist… Am I? The film and related workshops are offered as resources which have the potential to inspire learning, increase awareness, and spark further organizing and action within our community. Beloved Community Cville is about the power of embodying our values and highest ideals.
Andre Robert Lee, Elizabeth Shillue, Catherine Wigginton Greene, and Gordon Fields
Elizabeth Shillue has a BA in English from Hobart & William Smith College, a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Arizona State University, and is certified as a Heart Rhythm Meditation teacher. She has worked with a wide variety of populations, including detained refugees, elderly & disabled people, caregivers, dementia patients, prisoners, veterans, people with mental health challenges, and meditation students. Elizabeth's work is faith based and her commitment to racial justice issues and equity within our community has increasingly become central to it.
2015 screening at the Paramount
Elizabeth Shillue first brought the Film I'm Not Racist...Am I?, along with the Film’s Director and Producer, to Charlottesville for two screenings and follow-up discussions in February 2015. The screenings, co-sponsored by Charlottesville Friends Meeting and Tandem Friends School, generated much interest, including press and media coverage, and were held at The Paramount Theater and TFS. The Paramount event attracted a diverse audience of nearly 800 people, including many public officials. It was followed up with two community discussions held at Charlottesville High School, facilitated by Charlene Green of the Office of Human Rights.
A sold out public screening of the documentary film was held at The Paramount Theater on Feb. 9th, 2018, at 7pm, with the Film Director & Producer leading a community discussion immediately afterward.
Over 20 additional screening held (Please see the calendar tab for more information) Charlottesville High School Tandem Friends School Northside Library (JMRL) Crozet Library (JMRL) UVA Curry School of Education UVA Law School UVA Office of Graduate Medical Education Mountaintop Montessori School Renaissance School Albemarle High School Department of Human Services (Cville) Piedmont Virginia Community College Murray High Shool Henley Middle School Western High School Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
About the Filmmakers
Catherine Wigginton Greene – Director Catherine is a director, writer, and producer with Point Made Films. She co-produced In 500 Words or Less, which followed four high school seniors as they tried to figure out who they were and who they wanted to become while forging through an anxiety-filled college application process. She also wrote and produced Adopted: We Can Do Better, the educational DVD series for adoptive families.
André Robert Lee – Producer André produces and directs for film and television for Point Made and his production company, Many Things Management. He directed and produced The Prep School Negro, a film documenting his personal journey as a high school scholarship student, exploring what he gained intellectually but lost emotionally when he left the streets of Philadelphia each day for his elite private school. For more information, visit http://www.notracistmovie.com/
A list of films, books, websites, and publications about racism endorsed by the filmmakers
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