News

July - August, 2014

Dove +12The Dove Foundation has given HUMBLE BEAUTY its Seal of Approval for family viewing (12 years +) and a great review with 5 Doves, their highest rating. The Dove Seal will make the film more available to families with teens. The Dove Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment. Thank you, Dove.org! > Click to read review.


May, 2014

HUMBLE BEAUTY airs 1,128 times in May on 139 public television stations across the country. Most airings are on May 20, 21, 24, 25 and 28. Many stations are airing the film 9 times over the dates.

For the complete schedule of days, times and channels, > click here.

Thank you to American Public Television and all the participating public TV stations. And a special thank you again to our generous donors for making it possible to accept the public television distribution of HUMBLE BEAUTY.


April, 2014

Many colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada have added the DVD of HUMBLE BEAUTY to their campus libraries. The academic DVD includes Public Performance Rights with no admission charged for use in classrooms, auditoriums, and other campus venues. A Big Thank You to the librarians and professors at these schools for including HUMBLE BEAUTY in their courses and libraries for students and colleagues to experience.


September, 2013

HUMBLE BEAUTY continues to air nationwide on public television stations, distributed by American Public Television.

Many viewers have LIKED our Facebook Page. We post the latest news on the film and the artists at www.facebook.com/humblebeautydoc Please consider LIKING HUMBLE BEAUTY on Facebook! And let us know when HUMBLE BEAUTY airs in your community.


July, 2013

HUMBLE BEAUTY screened recently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, at Meta House, the German Cambodian Cultural Center. Meta House is also Cambodia's first media/art/communication center. Lillian Abel, featured in HUMBLE BEAUTY as the much-loved mentor and social worker to Skid Row artists -- and incredibly talented artist herself with many shows to her credit -- traveled to Cambodia to see her own work in a show and to introduce HUMBLE BEAUTY to viewers there. The film was received enthusiastically by the audience. Thank you, Lillian!


January, 2013

HUMBLE BEAUTY debuts on public television stations nationwide distributed by American Public Television. The program will be airing regularly over the next three years. Here's a listing, state by state, of the stations and air dates so far. Please check local listings because schedules may change. If your local station is not on the list, please call or email your station and ask them to air HUMBLE BEAUTY. >Click here for more info

NEW DVD version for purchase! The version of HUMBLE BEAUTY that is airing on public TV stations is now available (with optional closed captions and described audio) on DVD for home or educational institution use. >Click here to purchase.

T-SHIRTS!! The Official HUMBLE BEAUTY T-shirt, a perk we gave donors to the fundraising campaign, is now available for purchase on the BUY DVD page too. The T-shirt features a reproduction of Joacquin Roebuck's pen and ink drawing, "My City," on the back and is a fun and stylish way to help spread the word about the program. >Click here to purchase.


October - December, 2012

THE AUDREY AND SYDNEY IRMAS FOUNDATION gave HUMBLE BEAUTY a very generous grant enabling us to hire a professional station relations company to alert public TV stations across the country to HUMBLE BEAUTY and the distribution by American Public Television. Because of this incredible grant and the excellent work of our station relations representative, Regina Eisenberg of R Eisenberg Presents, www.stationrelations.com, HUMBLE BEAUTY will reach over 73% of TV households in the U.S. It's a remarkable achievement! Our sincere thanks to Mrs. Audrey Irmas and The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Foundation for making this possible.


September, 2012

The online crowdfunding campaign did well, thanks to so many generous friends, old and new, who sent in donations from all parts of the country. Although we did not reach our monetary goal, we have just enough to make the distribution offer an affordable reality. We're proud to announce that HUMBLE BEAUTY will be distributed nationally to public television stations by American Public Television from January, 2013 to January 2016. The presenting station for the film is KRCB-TV, Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, CA.

Thank you to all our supporters for making this happen! Because we didn't reach our full goal in the campaign, we will have to cut back on publicity efforts. Remember that each public TV station decides whether to air HUMBLE BEAUTY or not. Promotional efforts targeted to programmers at PBS stations, alerting them to the importance of our film, can make the difference between reaching thousands of viewers or millions of viewers. Be sure to email or call your local public TV station and ask them to air HUMBLE BEAUTY!


August, 2012

UPDATE: The online crowdfunding campaign did well, thanks to so many generous friends, old and new, who sent in donations from all parts of the country. Although we did not reach our monetary goal, we have just enough to make the distribution offer an affordable reality. We're proud to announce that HUMBLE BEAUTY will be distributed nationally to public television stations by American Public Television from January, 2013 to January 2016. The presenting station for the film is KRCB-TV, Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, CA.

Thank you to all our supporters for making this happen! Because we didn't reach our full goal in the campaign, we will have to cut back on publicity efforts. Remember that each public TV station decides whether to air HUMBLE BEAUTY or not. Promotional efforts targeted to programmers at PBS stations, alerting them to the importance of our film, can make the difference between reaching thousands of viewers or millions of viewers. Be sure to email or call your local public TV station and ask them to air HUMBLE BEAUTY!

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HUMBLE BEAUTY has been offered national distribution on PBS stations through American Public Television, the premier program service to PBS stations. This is a dream-come-true but there is no payment to the filmmakers for this privilege. There are many, many expenses needed to make the film ready for PBS standards -- re-editing to time requirements, buying broadcast insurance, extending expensive music rights, publicity and promotion and much more. We can't do it alone. We really need your help. Even small donations help.

All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE thanks to our non-profit fiscal sponsor, From The Heart Productions in Los Angeles. Even if you can't donate, help spread the word by SHARING it on Facebook or Twitter or wherever you hang out online.

We offer great prizes to all donors from DVDs to T-shirts to artwork to tours of Skid Row and Your Name on the Credits! Click to see our pitch video and campaign website: > www.indiegogo.com/humblebeauty

Let's make this empowering LA story go national!


April, 2012

The AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL screens HUMBLE BEAUTY on Monday, April 2nd at 4 pm at the Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs, CA.

It's the first year of this important new film festival.

>> Click here for more info and tickets: AmericanDocumentaryFilmFestival.com


March, 2012

OUR SAVIOUR'S LUTHERAN CHURCH in Long Beach hosted a free screening of HUMBLE BEAUTY plus an art exhibit of Skid Row Artists' work attended by several participating artists on Saturday, March 2nd.

An enthusiastic audience asked questions of filmmaker Letitia Schwartz, the artists, and mentor to the artists, Lillian Abel.

Thanks to Jennifer Asenas and Kevin Johnson for arranging the screening.


July, 2011

KCET-TV Los Angeles will air HUMBLE BEAUTY on Tuesday, July 12th at 8 pm as part of a fund-raising event for the station and their non-profit partner the Midnight Mission. Val Zavala, veteran KCET anchor, and Leyla Farah will host the show. Ed Begley, Jr., actor, environmentalist and homeless advocate will be the spokesperson for The Midnight Mission. Filmmakers Letitia Schwartz and Judith Vogelsang will be interviewed during the pledge breaks. Graduates of the rehab and other programs of the Midnight Mission will share their inspirational stories. In lieu of sending you a thank you gift, when you donate $60 or more to KCET they will provide food, shelter and toiletries to men, women and children in need through the services of The Midnight Mission. KCET will air HUMBLE BEAUTY several times without interruption through 2014. KCET is the largest independent public TV station in the United States and has served the Los Angeles area for over 40 years as the former flagship PBS station in LA.

 

NEW HOPE FILM FESTIVAL screens HUMBLE BEAUTY on Saturday, July 9th at 2 pm in the New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, Pennsylvania.


April, 2011

HUMBLE BEAUTY screens Saturday, April 9th at 3:30 pm in the First Glance Film Festival at the Chaplin Theatre, Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA. Advance tickets are available at http://firstglancefilms.tix.com/Event.asp?event=346186 or at the door on the day.


HUMBLE BEAUTY screens Thursday, April 14th at 4 pm in the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, CA. More info at http://lakearrowheadfilmfestival.com.


January, 2011

Rory White has made prints of some of Enrique Marquez's recent paintings and has mentored Enrique on printmaking. Rory and Enrique are making many of these beautiful prints available to the public. Contact either artist or info@humblebeauty.com for more details. Enrique Marquez has several of his prints for sale in the gift shop of the Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. > www.theeggandtheeye.com.


November/December, 2010

Library Journal, the prestigious national reviewing publication of the American Library Association, has given HUMBLE BEAUTY a great review and rated the film "Recommended."
> Click here for full review. (Scroll down to the Social Sciences section.)


June, 2010

The Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles screens HUMBLE BEAUTY on Thursday, June 24th at sunset in the museum's inner courtyard. A Q&A session with the filmmakers follows the screening and several paintings from Skid Row artists will be on display. This is a free event, open to the public. We are thrilled to have HUMBLE BEAUTY screened at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. More info at www.cafam.org.


May, 2010

The Hope and Freedom Festival selected HUMBLE BEAUTY to screen Saturday, May 22nd, 6 pm at the Long Beach Art Theatre, 2025 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA. A Q&A session with the filmmakers follows the screening. This is a free event, open to the public. HUMBLE BEAUTY is one of only two features selected for the festival and we are delighted to be a part of the first year of the Hope and Freedom Festival which is inspired by the work and mission of the NAACP. More info at www.hopeandfreedomfilmfestival.org

 

 

Follett Library Resources, a premiere educational media distributor, is now distributing DVDs of HUMBLE BEAUTY to libraries.


March/April, 2010

The March/April issue of Video Librarian gives HUMBLE BEAUTY:

" Recommended."

The AV Cafe, an educational media distributor to public libraries in the Midwest, is now distributing DVDs of HUMBLE BEAUTY.


October - November, 2009
 
HUMBLE BEAUTY premieres on Halogen TV, a new cable network and website featuring socially conscious programming that empowers its viewers to make positive changes in the world around them.  Ask for Halogen TV from your cable or satellite provider!  Visit >> www.halogentv.com for more info.

 
HUMBLE BEAUTY is an official selection of the Santa Fe International Film Festival and will be screening at the festival December 2 - 6, 2009 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  More details soon.  Meanwhile, visit >> www.santafefilmfestival.com.


 
August, 2009
 
HUMBLE BEAUTY screening with Q & A by the filmmakers at 3 pm, Saturday, August 22nd as part of Amar Fest, a 2-day festival and collaboration with artists and activists on Skid Row.  At the historical landmark, "Old 23," the early 20th century Firehouse on 5th Street near Maple.
June, 2009

HUMBLE BEAUTY is an official selection of the New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers University.

Screening Saturday, June 20th at 7 pm in New Brunswick, NJ.
Letitia and Judith will be attending for Q & A following the screening. > Click for info. www.njfilmfest.com



May, 2009

Official Selection of the Pacific Palisades Film Festival 2009.

Screening on Saturday, May 16th at 1:30 pm, Theatre Palisades, 941 Temescal Canyon Road (at Sunset Blvd.), Pacific Palisades, CA. More info at > www.friendsoffilm.org < . Admission $10, free parking.


Screening of HUMBLE BEAUTY on Thursday, May 7th at 8 pm in LA at the Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado Blvd., Los Angeles 90026 (Alvarado & Sunset Blvds.). > Click for info.

Also premiering our new short film THE YIN & YANG OF RANDY LAWRENCE (14 mins) about a charismatic visionary artist from Echo Park and how his life and work are viewed by neighbors and his wife --
with very different opinions.


April, 2009

The Ventura Film Society will screen HUMBLE BEAUTY on Saturday, April 25th
as part of the Ventura Spring Art Walk 09. For more info contact info@venturafilmfest.com. > Click for website.

Don't miss the RAVE REVIEW of HUMBLE BEAUTY by Rory Aronsky in > FilmThreat.com


March, 2009

Screening of HUMBLE BEAUTY and Skid Row Art Exhibit in Los Angeles on March 5, 2009.


November, 2008

HUMBLE BEAUTY is featured in a half-hour Los Angeles TV program, "The Arts, Culture & Us," hosted by Michael Blaze on Time Warner cable systems. The program includes interviews with filmmakers Letitia Schwartz and Judith Vogelsang as well as extensive clips from the film. It airs on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 on Channel 24 & 35 at 11 pm in Los Angeles, Baldwin Hills, South Central and Inglewood. On Tuesday, November 25 it airs on Ch. 98 & 77 at 6:30 pm in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Eagle Rock, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Studio City, Woodland Hills and Pasadena.!


October - November, 2008

The Los Angeles Independent Media Center is featuring HUMBLE BEAUTY with a text article and several large photos of Skid Row artists' paintings from the film. Please visit > www.la.indymedia.org. The LA Independent Media Center is planning to host a screening of HUMBLE BEAUTY in January, 2009. Please check back for details.

SRO HOUSING CORPORATION is the new, non-profit fiscal sponsor for HUMBLE BEAUTY and will accept tax deductible donations and grants on behalf of Humble Productions. More information about SRO Housing Corporation is available at www.srohousing.org.


September, 2008