Anne Geddes Plush Toys to be Featured in Upcoming Outreach Film

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Cool Breeze Communications gratefully acknowledges the donation of Baby Bear and Baby Bunny dolls (from the Anne Geddes Plush Toy Collection) to the production of “Katrina’s 7th” – their forthcoming community-outreach film.

We’re delighted and feel especially fortunate to have her plush toys as props in our production. Inspired by Geddes’ iconic imagery, the dolls add a special touch that will only enhance our production values.

“Katrina’s 7th” (based on an award-winning screenplay) is an inspirational DVD program that uniquely blends entertainment and community-outreach. Inspired by the Langston Hughes poem, “My People,” it is both funny and thought-provoking as it brings an important and positive message to the African-American community. The story explores how racial messages are gradually internalized and passed from generation to generation. In addition, it illuminates their profound impact on a child’s self-image.

Anne Geddes is one of the world’s most respected, acclaimed, and beloved photographers. Roger Edwards (producer for Cool Breeze Communications) was quite impressed with their quick and enthusiastic participation. “We’re delighted and feel especially fortunate to have her toys as props in our production,” says Edwards. “Inspired by Geddes’ iconic imagery, the dolls add a special touch that will only enhance our production values.”

ABOUT THE “KATRINA’S 7th” PROJECT:

“Katrina’s 7th” is being produced as a direct response to Q&A discussions that followed festival and community screenings of their previous outreach film—“Trouble in the Water” (http://www.troubleinthewater.com). “Trouble in the Water,” which premiered at the 2008 San Diego Black Film Festival, has been resonating with audiences for nearly two years now. It has been the official selection of nine film festivals, a PBS broadcast, and part of community-based screenings. After viewers expressed a growing interest in exploring that film’s issues from the female perspective, “Katrina’s 7th” was born.

“From the very beginning,” says Edwards, “we had a strong sense that this film would be an ideal media tool to stimulate engaging dialogue and promote meaningful discussions about the issues.” However, what convinced them was the increased interest (from educators and other community leaders) in using the “Katrina’s 7th” DVD to help facilitate these discussions—as they work with youth and address issues relating to racial identity, diversity, and community-building. “Thank you for bringing a critical issue for discussion to our church,” comments one Raleigh, NC pastor. “The DVD format made it easier to facilitate the discussion. We had ages from elementary to older adults.”

OUTREACH GOALS:

Production of the “Katrina’s 7th” film/DVD is just the beginning. Project staff has been reaching out to various communities to gauge interest and assess the program’s usefulness. Now, with a 1000-unit order already on the books, they are ready to continue with Phase Two (“Grassroots Distribution”) of their project – the heart and vehicle to achieve their community-outreach objectives. Their goal is to:

1. package the DVD with a Resource/Discussion Guide and

2. distribute—at no cost—copies of the Community Outreach and Discussion Package to grassroots community organizations, educational institutions, early childhood development professionals, churches, and individuals in order to support their work in the areas of racial identity, diversity, and community-building.

OTHER SUPPORTERS:

In addition to Anne Geddes, Cool Breeze Communications also recognizes the following companies/organizations for their generosity and participation:

  • Harold Ober Associates, Inc.
  • RBC Ministries
  • Sheraton(R) Hotels & Resorts, Worldwide
  • Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Success, as Edwards defines it, is “getting this program into the capable hands of as many educators, counselors, and community organizations as possible.” And he readily acknowledges that, with its limited resources, Cool Breeze Communications will need help offsetting the costs of distribution/order fulfillment.

ABOUT COOL BREEZE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.:

Based in North Carolina, Cool Breeze Communications, Inc. (http://www.coolbreeze-communications.com) is a production company that creates original, high-quality, filmed entertainment that reinforces positive messages about life, love, and the human spirit. In collaboration with other organizations, Cool Breeze’s mission is to produce programs and media tools that cleverly weave entertainment & community-outreach—promoting racial, ethnic, and religious diversity and understanding.

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