"An Ecology of Mind" is a film portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist, and filmmaker, produced and directed by his daughter, Nora Bateson.
The film includes footage from Bateson’s own films shot in the 1930s in Bali (with Margaret Mead) and New Guinea, along with photographs, filmed lectures, and interviews. His youngest child, Nora, depicts him as a man who studied the interrelationships of the complex systems in which we live with a depth motivated by scientific rigor and caring integrity.
Nora Bateson’s rediscovery of his work documents the vast – and continuing – influence Bateson’s thinking has had on the work of an amazingly wide range of disciplines. Through contemporary interviews, along with his own words, Bateson’s way of thinking reveals practical approaches to the enormous challenges confronting the human race and the natural world.
Gregory Bateson’s theories, such as “the double bind” and “the pattern which connects”, continue to impact the fields of anthropology, psychiatry, information science, cybernetics, urban planning, biology, and ecology, challenging people to think in new ways.
Until now, his work has been largely inaccessible to most of us. Through this film, Nora Bateson sets out to show that his ideas are not just fodder for academic theory, but can help instruct a way of life. She presents his thinking using a richly personal perspective, focusing on the stories Bateson used to present his ideas and how the beauty of life itself provided the framework of his life’s pursuits.
This film hopes to inspire its audience to see our lives within a larger system - glistening with symmetry, play, and metaphor. An invitation to ask the kinds of questions that could help thread the world back together from the inside. (anecologyofmind.com)
Take a second and imagine a place flowing with red fabric and plush pillows and a community of women who have nothing to hide and everything to share.
Dr. Isadora Leidenfrost has created a documentary based on creating this very space across the world. Inspired by the novel "The Red Tent," she recreates a space celebrating every aspect of womanhood.
With its ability to address social problems, reflect values, knowledge, and the basic feelings of women, the Red Tent fulfills a constellation of gendered societal needs:
To create a place that honors and celebrates women; enable open conversations about the things that women don’t want to talk about in other venues; promote positive ideals for womanhood; educate women about their bodies; educate women about natural menstrual remedies; create an open dialogue about sex; share birthing information; discuss issues of body image and self-acceptance; provide a place where women’s voices can be heard; to provide a spiritual place for women where they can laugh, cry, sing, dance, give each other back or foot rubs, play with face and body painting, give or receive massage and other types of body work, tell stories, eat soup, drink tea, sleep, meditate, journal, share poetry, create artwork, knit … just to name a few!
Join us Saturday, April 12th, as Dr. Leidenfrost hosts a special screening of her documentary, "Things We Don't Talk About" and then stay to witness how she transforms Wild Iris Books into a Red Tent.
The film is open to everyone and the Red Tent welcomes all people who identify as women. Please check out the link on our website to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Film Screening: 6:30pm
Red Tent Event: 8:15 -9:15pm
Friends of Wild Iris will be offering scholarships to women and as always we will offer a sliding scale and no one will be turned away. Stay tuned for more details on how to enter for scholarships.
Please help spread the word, invite your friends and family and share often! We hope you will be a part of what is sure to be a healing and transformative experience!
OCCUPY GAINESVILLE ANNOUNCES
ONLINE PRIVACY FOR ACTIVISTS:
A TWO-PART SEMINAR
April 9th and 16th, 6:30 pm
Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St., Gainesville
The NSA is watching, collecting and sharing your information widely. What many of us have suspected for years has been confirmed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s recent leaks of NSA documents. Is there anything you can do to protect yourself?
Fortunately, the answer is YES!
Occupy Gainesville is proud to sponsor this two-part seminar designed to give activists the tools they need to protect their on-line privacy. Led by Jennifer Lyon, local activist and research information specialist, the seminar will be held in two sessions:
Session 1 – April 9: Introduction to Cryptology - A review of the range of software available for different devices and purposes.
Session 2 – April 16: Cryptology Lab - Hands on assistance in trying out the tools on your own personal devices.
Please join us for this citizen to citizen exchange. NO expertise or special knowledge is required.
"Inequality for All" (2013) is a documentary directed by Jacob Kornbluth. A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, this film features Robert Reich, professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member, as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man who's overcome a great deal of personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a select few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us.