Maureen's News
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WAITING TO INHALE, Marijuana, Medicine and the Law. see www.waitingtoinhale.org for list of festivals and screenings.

May - Watch for Les Blank and Maureen Gosling film retrospective at the Film Forum in New York City.

May-June - Watch for concerts by Martha Toledo (seen in Blossoms of Fire) in the San Francisco Bay Area.


**WAITING TO INHALE, Marijuana, Medicine and the Law and CALIFORNIA'S "LOST" TRIBES, edited by Maureen - Mendocino Film Festival.


**WAITING TO INHALE, Marijuana, Medicine and the Law - director, Jed Riffe; co-director/writer, Kat Covell; editor Maureen Gosling; cinematographer, Vicente Franco - for more information, a trailer and DVD purchase: www.waitingtoinhale.org

*Wed., Sept. 13, 7:30 pm - E Street Theatre, 555 11th St., Washington, DC. The film plus the 1st National Debate of Medical Marijuana Drug Policy, with Dr. Andrea Barthwell, Rob Kampia, David Murray, PhD, Ethan Nadelman. (202) 452-7672. Tickets $7.

*Thurs., Sept. 21, at 9:00 pm at the Oakland International Film Festival. Malonga Theatre (formerly, Alice Arts Center) in Oakland - the film, plus panel discussion with people on both sides of the medical marijuana issue. For festival info, visit: http://www.oiff.org


*Saturday, September 16, 3:50 pm and 7:15 pm - vocalist Martha Toledo (seen in BLOSSOMS OF FIRE/RAMO DE FUEGO) from Oaxaca and multi-instrumentalist, José Roberto in concert at the Tamejavi Festival in Madera, Ca. Also, at 3:50 - Zapotec Nancy Esteva will perform a duet called "Una flor, un canto y una poesia." And the world premiere of Gosling's new film short, SKETCHES OF JUCHITAN 1992.

*Sunday, September 17, 10:00 am - 2 pm - reception, Fresno State University. $30. Martha Toledo and José Roberto.

*Tuesday, September 26, 7:30 pm – "Fiesta de las Flores/Fiesta of Blossoms" at The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, Ca. Also on display will be photos by Martha Toledo. Sliding scale: $5-$20. For more information: Adrian Arias at (415) 643-2793, or adrian661@yahoo.com or www.missionculturalcenter.org

*Wednesday, September 27, 7:30 pm – "¡Celebrate Oaxaca!" La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, Ca. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information: (510) 849-2568 or www.lapena.org

El Encuentro del Canto Popular and Intrépidas Productions present a special celebration of the music of Oaxaca and Mexico, and the new film short, SKETCHES OF JUCHITAN 1992. Two concerts feature the "finesse, phrasing, and charged emotion" of the duo Cascada de Flores, vocalist Arwen Castellanos and guitarist Jorge Liceaga; and dazzling guest vocalist Martha Toledo from Oaxaca, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, José Roberto. The evenings round out with the World Premiere of the film short, SKETCHES OF JUCHITAN 1992 by Maureen Gosling.

**ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE, 1978 film by Les Blank and Maureen Gosling on New Orleans' street celebrations. An intense insider's portrait and unique cultural gumbo: Second line parades, great music and Mardi Gras Indians. Features live music from Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers and more. This glorious, soul-satisfying film is among Blank's special masterworks and insightful into the 'city that care forgot.' All the more meaningful after Katrina...

* Sept. 22-26 - 7 & 9:20 PM and Saturday-Sunday matinees, 2 & 4:30 PM - ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE (in conjunction with the San Francisco Blues Festival) Roxie Film Center at New College, 16th Street and Valencia. Info: 415.863.1087.
June 20, 2006 - New Yorker Films release of the DVD of BLOSSOMS OF FIRE: the film, a new 22-minute "outtakes" featurette, SKETCHES OF JUCHITAN 1992, photo galleries by Maureen Gosling and Martha Toledo.

**CALIFORNIA'S "LOST" TRIBES edited by Maureen -

April 13 on nationwide PBS at 10:00 pm (check local listings); first part of CALIFORNIA AND THE AMERICAN DREAM series - see www.beyondthedream.org

**Previous Screenings and News

Now available! YOU CAN BE A WOMAN MOVIEMAKER. This book for junior high school girls features three women filmmakers, their stories and photographs. Maureen Gosling is the representative independent filmmaker, along with feature producers, Paula Weinstein and Mary McLaglen. The publisher, Cascade Pass, is taking orders now! http://www.cascadepass.com


* Nov. 10 - California's "Lost" Tribes - at the American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts. Filmmakers present.

*April 28 - 1:30-3:30 - Borders Book Store, San Francisco. Book signing and reading, YOU CAN BE A WOMAN MOVIEMAKER.


August 7-8, Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR - two screenings of BLOSSOMS of FIRE and "Hand in Glove: Music and Film". Maureen will be a leading two workshops, one on Sat. morning for young girls, featuring the book YOU CAN BE A WOMAN MOVIEMAKER. In the afternoon, she will talk and show clips from her films on the subject of music and film. See www.nwfilm.org for more details.

In 2003, Maureen joined publisher Judith Love Cohen and other filmmakers featured in the book at Book signings in Los Angeles, Sat. Nov. 15 at Book Star and Sat. Nov. 22 at Barnes and Noble at The Grove. Another one was held on January 15, 2004 in Pacific Grove, CA, along with a screening of BLOSSOMS.


January: I had the good fortune to be able to attend the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with the excuse that BLOSSOMS of FIRE/Ramo de fuego was being shown, along with a dozen other films selected by the Festival de Derechos Humanos in Buenos Aires, Argentina (DerHumALC). I had the pleasure of meeting the director of the Argentinian festival there, Julio Santucho, and his beautiful daughter, Florencia. Although our screening was less than ideal, the experience of being in a place where so many idealistic activists were gathered all in one place was truly inspiring. It was a momentous occasion in which 100,000 progressive people from all over the world gathered to discuss, in workshops, panels, stadium presentations, everything under the theme of "Another World is Possible." The energy, passion and peacefulness were impressive and inspiring. The screening of the Human Rights Festival films, unfortunately, was scheduled badly, the last night of the Forum at the same time and within hearing distance of the closing outdoor music concert! 150 brave souls watched the film in a hall that could hold 3000 people. Still, people loved RAMO and a few fans even wanted to have their picture taken with the director.