ROBERT SHETTERLY: An American Who Tells the Truth
SOLD OUT BENEFIT CONCERT WITH SINGER/SOCIAL ACTIVIST REGGIE HARRIS
a documentary film now in Development and Fundraising
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Film Synopsis: Compelled by the direction of post-9/11 politics, acclaimed artist Robert Shetterly began his one-person campaign to celebrate Americans whose voices—no matter how unsung, muted, or discordant—espouse America’s progressive values. Nearly 20 years and 250 portraits later, Shetterly’s crusade, Americans Who Tell the Truth, has become his life’s passion—and a timely and urgent reminder that dissenting voices play a valuable role in protecting American rights, liberties, and social justice. In the forthcoming film, ROBERT SHETTERLY: An American Who Tells the Truth, award-winning filmmaker Richard Kane (I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan, Imber’s Left Hand) documents this artist’s quest: to inspire individuals of all ages to defend democracy through personal empowerment and action. You can help tell Shetterly’s story. Click on the red Donate Now.
Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly appeared on Maine Arts Alive on April 23, 2019, a WERU 89.9 Community Radio program hosted by Michael Donohue. Listen here
benefit concert SOLD OUT! FEATURED REGGIE HARRIS
To benefit the making of this film, a Benefit Concert was held June 29, 2019 at the Blue Hill Town Hall, Maine, at 7pm, featuring Reggie Harris http://reggieharrismusic.com/ singer/social activist. Shetterly painted Harris’ portrait as a model of courageous citizenship. In addition to Reggie Harris’ performance, Shetterly and Harris held a public discussion about the Power of Art to Advance and Engage Social Activism. Pastor Elaine Hewes (click to hear her talk) welcomed the audience with a “testimonial” poem about peacemaker/cellist Vedran Smailovic who played Albinoni’s “Adagio in G Minor” for 22 days on the shattered streets of Sarajevo, one day in memory of each of those recently killed in that civil war. Hewes said of Shetterly’s project: "It asks me to see things I’d rather not see. It asks me to live into the pain and the joy of being fully human… it asks me to tune my life to (speak) truth to any power … that stands in the way of justice, equality, peace, reconciliation, and cosmic healing.” The event was co-sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, WERU Community Radio, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Peninsula Peace & Justice, and Island Peace & Justice.
Stephen Ritz is one of the most effective and charismatic teachers of our time. He is the author of the book The Power of a Plant and created the Bronx Green Machine in which plants are the focus of the curriculum. In this clip from his series “Teachers Make a Difference” Ritz says: “The greatest teacher in my life is Robert Shetterly.” Ritz believes his students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. Shetterly chose Ritz to be part of his Americans Who Tell the Truth project and chose to highlight the following Stephen Ritz words: "The greatest natural resource in the world is the unused and untapped potential residing in underserved, marginalized and low status communities."
If you wish to donate Anonymously or via check, please send your contribution to: UMVA Maine Masters, c/o Jackie Bennett, Treasurer, PO Box 51, Walpole, ME 04573. Indicate “Shetterly” in the Memo Line.