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Since we began Risking Light (previously SMOOCH), we have been inundated with emails and correspondence from people who want to share their stories and perspectives on forgiveness. In honor of that, we are launching a user-generated video initiative called the Voices of Forgiveness campaign.
We are excited to announce that SMOOCH is changing its name to Risking Light: Journeys of Forgiveness. Why? For those of you who have been with us from the beginning, you will remember that SMOOCH was inspired by a collaboration we had with The Smooch! Project. Although we LOVE the title SMOOCH, we feel it no longer accurately reflects what this film is about.
Risking Light's own Mary and Oshea share their story with MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry as she explores questions around justice and the state of incarceration in the United States. Harris-Perry digs deeper into Oshea's responsibility to Mary and her late son Laramiun as he moves forward in his life outside of prison.
Hi, my name is Dawn Mikkelson and I’m the Director of Risking Light and the Risking Light Global Forgiveness Initiative. Why take on the topic of forgiveness? Believe it or not, this topic is proving to be quite controversial, especially around the definition of the word forgiveness (which will be discussed in later posts . . .).
You could be in SMOOCH!MIDTOWN GLOBAL MARKET920 East Lake StreetMinneapolis, MN 55407-5449
JULY 23: 10AM-5PM
JULY 24: 11AM-5PM
Our team is holding public Forgiveness Shoots where we ask members of the general public about their opinions on forgiveness.
How do you define forgiveness? How does it feel to forgive? How does it feel to be forgiven? Why forgive? Why not? Is there anything that is unforgivable? Do you have a person experience with forgiveness?
Risking Light has started a new initiative of collecting Forgiveness Stories. Check out highlights from our first event in May! A second shoot was held on June 11 in North Minneapolis and our final Twin Cities Forgiveness shoot will be held at the Midtown Global Market on July 23 and 24. Check out details of event here!
SnagFilms.com has awarded their first ever "The Reel Spotlight" profile to Risking Light Director, Dawn Mikkelson. "The Reel Spotlight" profiles filmmakers who have risen above and beyond to help the world discover documentary films. Check out the interview SnagFilms conducted and learn what inspired her to make Risking Light!
SnagFilms is committed to finding the world‘s most compelling documentaries, whether from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers, and making them available to the wide audience these titles deserve.
We are thrilled to share that Mary and O'Shea were featured in CBS Evening News' Assignment America last night! Footage from Risking Light is featured in the story. Check it out!
Risking Light has started a new initiative of collecting Forgiveness Stories. Check out highlights from our first event in May!
Risking Light has taken on this initiative to help spread the dialogue about forgiveness within the film and through the official Risking Light Documentary YouTube Channel and Social Media. Our team is setting up public "forgiveness shoots" where we ask members of the general public about their opinions on forgiveness and reconciliation. Asking basic questions about how people define forgiveness for themselves. How does is feel to to forgive? How does it feel to be forgiven? Why forgive? Why not? Is there anything that is unforgiveable? Do you have personal experiences with forgiveness? Etc.
Here's a sneak peek from the story . . .
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