Solo Performer Spotlight
Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:30pm PT
Immediately followed by a Q&A with
Founder/Artistic Director Stephanie Weisman
Director Kim Shelton along with Qigong instructor
Already Free will kick off a 5-week Qigong Class session on MarshStream beginning Wednesday March 31 from 5:00 – 6:15pm PT
Watch the Q&A Below
Already Free, a 2019 Documentary, tells the stories of Dorrie van Roij-Houtappels and Norberto Rodrigues, two ordinary people living thousands of miles apart who independently discover an innovative form of Qigong that offers the promise of health, inner peace and true freedom. Their transformative experience with the practice changes not only their lives, but also those around them, in surprising and profound ways. Intimate interviews, stunning visual studies of movements, and evocative animation reveal a human story that inspires and opens the heart. These close-up studies of the Qigong movements are a compelling invitation to experience the quiet depth of these slow, thoughtful practices. This thoroughly engaging film depicts the most creative adventure any of us can undertake – how to live a truly sane, loving, and meaningful life.
About the Team
Kim has been making award-winning independent documentary films for over 35 years. Her tastes are eclectic and she has covered a wide range of subjects from Buckaroos in Nevada, to Sudanese refugees, to war veterans, to Buddhist nuns in Myanmar, and now, “higher states of consciousness” in two Qigong students from Portugal and New Zealand.
Her films, A GREAT WONDER, THE HIGHLY EXALTED, COWBOY POETS, A THOUSAND MOTHERS, THE WELCOME, among others have won numerous film festival awards, and have been broadcast nationally and internationally, on POV, PBS, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and the BBC.
Sally has been having more fun, and working harder than ever, since her so-called “retirement” in 2012. Previously, she enjoyed a wide-ranging career in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as an administrator and project manager. She put her master’s degree in psychology to good use while heading up a staff of 80, overseeing contracts up to $100 million, and directing international projects.
Currently, Sally is president of Ren Xue of the Americas, treasurer of Ren Xue International, treasurer of Friends of RXI, and president of Desert Dove, a non-profit organization that takes Argentine tango into retirement communities and senior centers. In Ren Xue training events and retreats, Sally has coordinated operations for live sound, video live-streaming, and video editing. This is her first experience in film production.
Bill is a San Francisco-based documentary editor and director. He directed and edited the documentary feature THE COCKETTES which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and 2002 Berlinale. Bill co-directed and edited the documentary feature WE WERE HERE, which played at the 2011 Sundance and Berlinale festivals, and TO BE TAKEI, which premiered at Sundance in 2014.
As an editor, Bill’s work includes A REVOLUTION IN FOUR SEASONS, 2016 HotDocs, Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer, 2015 Berlinale, THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR, 2013 Telluride Film Festival and 2014 Berlinale, and the Oscar nominated documentary short film, THE FINAL INCH. He also edited the award-winning documentaries LAST LETTERS HOME and THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT. Bill was recently invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Highly accomplished and much-loved director of photography and director, Vicente Franco brings to the project his Spanish optimism, plus his three decades of experience in directing, producing, editing and cinematography. Vicente was a 2003 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary and Emmy nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for DAUGHTER OF DANANG, and winner of the Sundance Film Festival 2002 Grand Jury Prize. Vicente was also the director of photography on three other Academy Award nominees: THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM (2012), THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2010), and FREEDOM IN MY MIND (1994). Vicente won the Silver Apple/Latin American Studies Association for his film, CUBA VA: the Challenge of the Next Generation and to round off his excess of accolades, is also a Peabody winner. Vicente’s hundreds of cinematography credits include the PBS series Latino Americans, and Latin Music USA, The Storm that Swept Mexico, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, In Defense of Food, Orozco Man of Fire, Archeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi, The Fight in the Fields, The Good War as well as Summer of Love, which he co-produced and co-directed for the PBS/American Experience.