Powerful Indigenous & Environmental Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY

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rhodesWednesday, March 5, 6pm EST: Tonight’s interview discusses the use of art, in particular, theater, film, music and opera, as means of expressing the depths of our feelings about our relationship to Nature, including our own, and our willingness to both learn about and challenge those forces which jeopardize our sacred eco-systems and by so doing, our own lives.

Mitchell’s guest with whom to discuss this is Nancy Rhodes, Artistic director of the Encompass New Opera Theatre, which creates and produces adventurous new music drama and opera that explores our place in the universe and our inter-connectedness with Nature through compelling human stories. Currently, Encompass New Opera Theatre is producing & hosting a powerful Film Festival in Brooklyn, from Feb. 25-March 9 on subjects regarding protecting indigenous culture and rain forest habitats among others.

ANGEL OF THE AMAZON, about protecting the rain forest, THE ASTRONAUT’S TALE about science and religion, and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, exploring quantum physics and indigenous cosmology were all produced in its Science & Arts Program.

Nancy Rhodes has championed American opera since founding Encompass New Opera Theatre with an award-winning production of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s opera The Mother of Us All.

She staged Copland’s The Tender Land, Thomson’s Lord Bryon, Blitzstein’s Regina, John Harbison’s A Full Moon in March, an acclaimed production of Grigori Frid’s The Diary of Anne Frank, and numerous opera productions in Europe and Asia, including Death in Venice in Stockholm, Carmen in Norway, and A Century of American Opera for the Holland Festival in Amsterdam.

She staged the world premieres of Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe for San Francisco Opera and Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera, Only Heaven.

In recent seasons she directed the 75th Anniversary production of Thomson and Stein’s Four Saints in Three Acts and Evan Mack’s Angel of the Amazon.

She is the librettist for The Theory of Everything, a new opera exploring science and alternate universes with music by John David Earnest.

Tune in to today’s show to learn about how art reflects life but can also advance humans toward conscientious social action.

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