The documentary If You Break the Skin, You Must Come In does more than just scratch the surface of the lives it examines. When a group of adolescents in foster care were chosen to help make a film about maverick photographer Zoe Strauss, the process was turned inside out by having them turn the camera on themselves. The result is a sobering, but ultimately uplifting, look at using art to find joy and magic in the world that surrounds us. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Strauss, the director David Kessler, and the young filmmakers; one of whom, Charday Laverty, also curated the show of Strauss's photographs that will be on exhibit throughout the festival.
A Harmelin Media Series Event.
Wednesday, November 7th, 7PM
$10 at www.firstpersonarts.org or 800.838.3006
The First Person Stage at 2111 Sansom Street
For more information, call 267.402.2059
David Kessler's statement about the film...
"If You Break the Skin represents about a year of work. The short story is that for five weeks, thanks to the Big Picture Alliance, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Achieving Independence Center, Zoe Strauss, producer Esther Rosa and myself, had the chance to work with a group of amazing kids and I think it's very safe to say that we all had a lasting effect on each other. What came out of it was a document of that time and I think the things that we learned about ourselves and each other are evident here.
The longer story is that we had to fight with scared bureaucrats, religious conservatives and institutional zombies to even get this film shown to a single person. I am very happy to say that First Person Arts, recognizing the importance of the stories told, has given us the opportunity to officially premiere the film to the world in their annual film festival. check them out at firstpersonarts.org
If You Break the Skin is now updated with a soundtrack including Philadelphia's local music gurus King Britt and Marah.
Directed by David Kessler. Produced by Esther Rosa, the Big Picture Alliance and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Followed by a panel discussion with Zoe, David, Jared Martin from BPA and the young filmmakers. And an exhibition of Zoe Strauss photography curated by youth filmmaker, Charday Laverty."
Well said, David. Well said!