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Hi all,

Helen Hill and Paul Gailiunas’s film The Florestine Collection will be premiering Saturday, April 22, at the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, SC. Both Paul and Francis Pop will be there.

More info to come…

The Star And Shadow Cinema in Newcastle Upon Tyne will be showing a night of Helen’s films on January 4th, 7:30pm.

for more info, check out their posting, and also this wonderful poster:

Helen Hill Poster

Helen will be posthumously awarded a lifetime membership in the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative. Read more about it on the AFCOOP site.

Courtney Egan took some photos at the Helen Hill birthday fundraiser held last week in New Orleans at the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center.

she writes:

We did a fundraiser here in New Orleans last weekend, May 8th. It was called the Helen Hill Birthday Fundraiser. Lots of filmmakers showed work, there were cupcakes and a fashion performance, music by friends of Helen and Paul’s, selling of DVDs and a drawing for Florestine keychain viewfiinders – and it was really successful – we raised almost $1000.

This Sunday, there will be a screening of Helen’s work at the studio @620 in St. Petersburg FL at 7pm. please see the studio @620 site for full details.

Remember, for anyone who can’t make it to the screenings, you can donate via the paypal link below:


Paul is currently working on finishing Helen’s last film, The Florestine Collection. This Saturday, April 24th, there will be a fundraiser at the Echo Park Film Center to help raise completion funds for the film.

Please join us to see a ten-minute preview of The Florestine Collection, as well as other short experimental films by Helen, and several of her filmmaking friends, including Nancy Jean Tucker, Julianna (J.P.) Parr, and Trixy Sweetvittles. Copies of a DVD compilation of Helen’s films will be on sale. Kids are welcome, treats provided! Admission $5; additional donations gladly accepted.

For those of you who can’t make it to Los Angeles, or will be unable to attend, donations can be made via PayPal by clicking on the following link:

The Echo Park Film Center can be found at 1200 Alvarado Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tomorrow, January 9th, 2009 there will be a Strike Against Crime organized by Silence Is Violence.

at 10am there will be a Peace Motorcade starting at North Clairborne Ave. and Gov. Nicholls St. It will be led by Nakita Shavers, sister of musician and bandleader Dinerral Shavers who was murdered in the week before Helen’s death.

at noon on the steps of City Hall there will be a Victims Memorial where the names of all New Orleanians lost to homicide in the last year will be read.

at 6pm there will be a procession and vigil for Ja’Shawn Powell. Gather at New Hope Baptist Church, 1807 La Salle St.

Even if you cannot participate, people are encouraged to wear red on Friday to show your respect for victims of violence and your pledge to work toward peace in New Orleans.

This from the Flaherty Seminar website:

The Flaherty is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 Leo Awards:

For Excellence in the Field of Exhibition, Distribution or Programming: Filmakers Library – Sue Oscar & Linda Gottesman

For Excellence in the Field of Filmmaking or Producing: Barbara Hammer.

We will also be presenting the Samu Award to the late animator Helen Hill, whose films convey a universal message illuminating our growing sense of world community.

The 2008 LEO AWARDS will be presented on Monday, November 24, 7:30 pm at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The celebration will include presentation of the awards, as well as, clips from the Filmakers Library collection, a short film by Helen Hill, and Barbara Hammers’ films, Sanctos and Vital Signs.

As part of the Siren Nation festival here, there will be a screening of 10 short films by Helen Hill.

The Films of Helen Hill
Monday Nov 3rd, 7 pm
Hollywood Theater, Portland OR

Read more about it at Just Seeds

Tonight the CBC is doing a piece on Helen and Paul tonight at 9pm.

Here is the link to the show synopsis

The episode will be available on-line for at least a week, I will post the link to the video when Fifth Estate makes it available.

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