Tuesday, September 20, 2011

10 plus 10 for 10th Anniversary of Bones

10plus 10 special offer

To celebrate the l0th birthday ofthe film’s premiere (August, 2001), the filmmakers of Singing The Bones have created 10plus 10, a special offer to screen the film as part of the 10thyear of its completion.

To assist hosts in participating, filmmakers are asking only $10 plus 10% of income at the door for any screening. This will encourageindividuals to organize a local screening, with a very minimal cost outlay forthe film itself. 

To qualify you must gather an audience of a minimum of 20people for a screening. Once a date is set, we would like to see a digital copyof your promotional materials. At the screening you also agree to send photosof your audience and venue for our blog, www.singingthebones.blogspot.com

At the Mill Valley InternationalFilm Festival, where the film screened in 2001, in the wake of 9/11, SingingThe Bones opened to sold out audiences, whofound the film stimulating, challenging and comforting at the same time andstayed until closing to discuss the film.

Singing The Bones is as relevant and compelling as it was in 2001.Audiences in England, Canada, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and the UnitedStates enthusiastically embraced this universal story over and over again:

“The best film I have seen in along time. It is deep, it is honest, it is unpretentious and beautifullyconceived. Thanks to the filmmakers and Caitlin’s mind-blowing performance. Thebeauty and honesty of this masterpiece of a film should be made available toall. This film is true HEALING.” Ingrid Lewis, Doula in UK

Singing The Bones was first produced as a play by Caitlin Hicks inSechelt at The Rockwood Centre in 1992, and published by Playwrights Union ofCanada in 1997. Three monologues from the play were published in the New Yorkpublication, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 1997 Smith &Kraus. You can purchase a downloadable copyof the original play at www.smashwords.com/books/view/48770
Sara Davies, producer of thetheatrical production at Salford University , Midlands, UK, wrote: “...many ofus felt it was the most powerful and important play we had ever had the fortuneto attend...The issues dealt with in Singing The Bones really need to be though about and discussed in thiscountry.”

To find out about a tour in your area

Contact: Facebook: Singing theBones 10th anniversary group
Phone on the west coast of Canada1(604)886-3634
Email: caitlinhicks[@]dccnet.com

Friday, June 3, 2011

10th anniversary of Singing the Bones

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the premiere of Singing the Bones. The film opened to critical acclaim, and two excellent reviews (Montreal Gazette & CBC) at The Montreal World Film Festival at the end of August, just prior to 9/11. The film also screened in California at The Mill Valley Film Festival, Tahoe international Film Festival and Ojai International Film Festival.

So this year, we'd like to have a tour of the film. My wish is to screen it somewhat simultaneously in as many locations as possible around the world. A global consciousness about women in birth could happen around it which would be an amazing synergy.

I'm putting that wish out into the world. Tell your midwife. Tell your clients. Visit our website: www.fatsalmon.ca our facebook page Singing the Bones 10th anniversary celebration. Contact me via email or phone. Bring this powerful awakening about what women bring to the species -- to your community.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Screening at The Red Tent, Los Gatos

For international Midwives Day

Patricia Madden and Jennifer Penick hosted the screening at this wonderful, everything-red space: Outside just another mall space. Inside crimson, draped, glowing and full of women's energy!

I read the first monologue - the midwife's monologue - she addresses a group of pregnant couples at a pre-natal visit. These are the inspirational words which capture centuries-old deep wisdom and intuition that women have around birth. We had to edit it out of the film. Here are a couple of excerpts,

"You CAN give birth to this baby. You were designed to give birth to this baby. There is a reason that the uterus is the strongest muscle in the human body. That a baby's skull bones overlap in birth to accommodate the space it has to go through. That a woman's white blood cell count rises from 5,000 to 15,000 in birth - to protect her from infection. Somewhere, you have a knowledge of this, a biological memory imprinted on your X chromosome."

My sister-in-law Young Boon and my niece, Michelle, came to see the show from San Jose.! And a really great audience. (Above is only one half of the room). The discussion afterwards was, for me, fantastic, as I got to see how people interpreted the film, what they took away with them into their lives. The stories that came out and my admiration for yet another strong mum who prevailed in her v-bac; I was also especially impressed with the Yoga instructor, Jeanna Lurie. Here they both are:

If you want copies of the script, go to www.smashwords.com/books/view/48770

If you want to talk about bringing the film to your community, contact me at hickshalloran AT dccnet.com

It's Mother's Day. And since the film is all about 'who is there for the mother'? I celebrate with this. PLEASE pass this info onto friends/mums/birth care providers you think would be interested.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

SINGING THE BONES published on Smashwords.com

Singing the Bones is the story of three women whose lives are linked by a mysterious pregnancy: Meg, a passionate midwife who believes in women's power in birth; Nicole, a feisty, down-to-earth mother, who is pregnant with twins and determined to birth without intervention and Sara, the compassionate obstetrician whose secrets "are leaking from every pocket." As Nicole's pregnancy is discovered to be high-risk, Meg must answer the question: Is one woman's choice worth the chance that her babies may die? On the night of the birth the dreams and secrets of all three women collide, creating the possibility of a miracle.

Now you can have a copy of the play. Download it here: www.smashwords.com/books/view/48968

You can review the play once you order it. And if you do review it, you will be entered in to a DRAW to win a DVD of the film. Once you review the play, contact me through www.fatsalmon.ca and your name will be entered to win a DVD!

Audiences applaud Singing the Bones
“Hicks explores the marvel of birth and the politics of midwifery with intelligence and a bold dramatic sense; a truly interactive and exciting performance.”-The Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C. Canada

“Since the show I have had so much feedback from those who came -- all of it rapturous. . . many of us felt it was the most powerful and important play we had ever had the fortune to attend . . . The issues dealt with in “Singing the Bones” really need to be thought about and discussed in this country.”-Sara Davies, host of Singing the Bones 
at Salford University, Manchester, England

"Such a loving portrayal of three common, uncommon women. The first time a live theatre performance has made me cry! It remains the most powerful theater production I have ever experienced.” -Rachael Myr, Norway

"An exceptional performance. . . unforgettable.We laughed, we cried, we were reaffirmed as women, as mothers." - Laura Goulet, Editor, Birthing Magazine

"I had the pleasure of being in the audience last week to see Singing the Bones. . . I want to congratulate you on a wonderful play! I look forward to seeing it on Broadway!"-Barbara Katz Rothman, Professor of Sociology,
Baruch College, New York