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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Handmade Nation - Indie Craft Documentary Comes to New Orleans!

Handmade Nation, the documentary all about the rise of the indie craft scene across the country, will make its New Orleans debut next week with a free public screening and craft marketplace! You can view the trailer for the film here.

Presented by the Irma Thomas Center for W.I.S.E. (Women In Search of Excellence) Women at Delgado Community College and the New Orleans Craft Mafia, Handmade Nation - a film by Faythe Levine which documents the rise of DIY and the new wave of art, craft and design - will have its New Orleans premiere Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 7pm.

Starting in 2006, Levine traveled to 15 cities, logged over 19,000 miles and interviewed more than 80 individuals who are part of the tightly knit crafting community which exists both online through websites, blogs and online stores as well as within local communities around the world in the form of craft fairs, independent boutiques, modern day knitting circles and networking groups like the Craft Mafia.

Director Faythe Levine will be in attendance. A marketplace featuring local artists and crafters will accompany the screening, from 6-9pm. A question and answer session with Levine will follow the film.

This screening is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the Irma Thomas Center for W.I.S.E. (Women In Search of Excellence) Women at Delgado Community College. It will take place in the Lac Maurepas room on the second floor of the Delgado Student Life Center (on the back part of Delgado’s City Park campus, off Navarre Avenue - Building 11 on this map). Ample free parking will also be available in the nearby parking lot off Navarre Avenue by the former WYES TV studio.

A free daytime screening of the film for students will also take place at 2pm on Thursday, September 17th in the same location.

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