Archive for June, 2011

Flashlight Program – “Holding Our Own”

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The C.I.D.E.R. Flashlight “End-Of-Life” Program is pleased to offer a very special presentation by Camilla Rockwell of her film, “Holding Our Own: Embracing the End of Life.”  The presentation will be held at the Ed Weed Fish Hatchery conference room, from 3 to 5 pm on Thursday, July 14th. There is no cost to attend this presentation, however, any and all donations are gratefully accepted.

To see a  trailer for this film click on  Holding Our Own Trailer

Camilla Rockwell is a Vermont film producer who has worked with Ken Burns.  Camilla will lead a discussion before and after the showing of her film about how she has used art and music to encourage discussion of end of life issues.  The film weaves together the story of artist Deidre Scherer and the hospice chorus Hallowell with interviews with people who talk about their views on the life cycle and their mortality.  The film confirms that whether your beliefs on death are religious or scientific (or both), the common thread between people is the desire not to feel alone and the need for community support at this special time of our lives.  The primary goal of this Flashlight program is to encourage discussion and sharing about our experiences with the death of loved ones and our own hopes and desires for how we meet this time in our lives.  Camilla Rockwell is a very skilled film maker and this is an opportunity to learn and share with her leadership that will enrich all of those who participate.

Camilla Rockwell began working in film with Ken Burns — from his early films beginning with The Shakers through Thomas Jefferson which she and Burns co-produced. In 2000, she established Fuzzy Slippers Productions to produce films on creativity and the arts, healing and well being. Her most recent films include Stone Rising, a documentary about master stone-waller Dan Snow, and Holding Our Own, which features two artists devoted to comforting patients at the end of life. After becoming a grandmother and recognizing the current challenges for children’s health and development, Rockwell produced Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age, now being screened around the country.

Please contact the C.I.D.E.R. office at 372-6425 for further information, or if you need transportation to or from this workshop.