Signs Out Of
DONNA READ (PRODUCER, EDITOR,
DIRECTOR) - has been
working in the film industry since the 1960s. She was one of
the original team of women who formed and shaped Studio D, the
award-winning women's studio of the National Film Board of Canada.
Read is best known for her
trilogy of films "WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY" which she
directed, edited and co-produced with the National Film Board
of Canada. "GODDESS REMEMBERED"(1990), "THE BURNING
TIMES"(1991), and "FULL CIRCLE"(1992), have been
well-received all over North America winning eight major awards
for best long documentary. The films have been in the top ten
sales and rentals of both Canadian and American distributors
since their release, and have seen a number of national television
Read received the Margaret
Fuller-Henry David Thoreau Award from the Covenant of Unitarian
Universalist Pagans for her outstanding contribution to the increased
understanding of Contemporary Pagan and Earth-centered Spirituality,
and its development within Unitarian Universalism.
NFB credits as a director
include "ADAM'S WORLD" which was chosen to open the
1991 global conference on the environment at the United Nations
in New York. Donna was Associate Director and Editor on "STOLEN
MOMENTS" a feature documentary on the history and repression
of lesbians and "CHILDREN OF THE SUN" about the ecosystems
of the painted turtle. She also edited two hour-long productions,
"THE ANATOMY OF DESIRE", a documentation of the medicalization
of homosexuality, for which she received a Juno award for editing.
The Great Atlantic and Pacific
Film Company, she formed has produced a number of films, including
the acclaimed "MASK AND DRUM", an unusual look at Inuit
art. This film has been shown in museums and galleries all across
the United States, Canada and Europe and has garnered a number
of awards, including first prize at the London International
Film Festival, (l975). TEMAGAMI - A Journey Through Rites of
Passage, done in 2000 looks at teenagers need for wilderness
and has been a catalyst for change for many young people at risk
and has had a number of network broadcasts.
STARHAWK (PRODUCER, WRITER)
- is the author or
coauthor of nine books including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth
of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered
the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement; and the now-classic
ecotopian novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing.
An award-winning collection
of her recent political writings, Webs of Power: Notes from
the Global Uprising (2002), has been credited with helping
the global justice movement find and define itself. Starhawk's
other books include: Dreaming The Dark; Magic, Sex, and Politics;
Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority and Mystery;
Walking to Mercury; The Pagan Book of Living and Dying,
with Reclaiming and M. Macha NightMare; Circle Round: Raising
Children in the Goddess Tradition; with Anne Hill and Diane
Baker; and The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey to the Realm of
Magic, Healing, and Action, with Hilary Valentine. Starhawk's
works have been translated into German, Danish, Dutch, Italian,
Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Japanese. Her essays have been
reprinted across the world, and included in numerous anthologies
and college curricula.
With Penny Livingston-Stark, Starhawk co-teaches Earth Activist Training
intensive seminars that combine permaculture design, effective
activism, and earth-based spirituality.
Starhawk is co-founder of Reclaiming,
a highly influential branch of modern Pagan religion that combine
activism with earth-based spirituality and healing, offering
classes, intensives, public rituals, and training in the Goddess
tradition and magical activism across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Starhawk and Donna Read traveled
together to the occupied territories of Palestine to document
conditions and participate in nonviolent peace actions with the
International Solidarity Movement.
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS (NARRATOR)
- was a good friend
of Marija Gimbutas. She is the American actress best known for
her performance in Moonstruck (1987), for which she received
an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her first love was the
theatre where she continues to work on Broadway and in various
regional theatres across the country. Her memoir Ask Me Again
Tomorrow: A life in Progress, was published in 2003.
NASH READ (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) - brings a seasoned eye and hand to
his work on Signs Out Of Time. Nash has worked in the Canadian
film industry for 30 years. His credits as a cameraman include
13 films he shot while working at the National Film Board of
Canada, as well as a number of small independent productions
in Montreal. Nash likes working with his wife Donna Read and
his friend Starhawk making films about what he loves best, gardening
and interesting women.
STELLAMARA (COMPOSER) is based within Turkish, Arabic, Balkan,
Persian, Medieval European, and Indian musical traditions, creating
original evocative soundscapes that are now considered to be
a new model in contemporary world music. They express a passion
and devotion to the soul of these cultures, with original and
As Stellamara's core are vocalist/percussionist Sonja Drakulich
and mult-instrumentalist Gari Hegada. Their music features the
talented sound designer Jaime Paulos, percussionists Susu Pamanin
and Tobias Roberson, and violinist Briana Waaters.
JULIE CUNNINGHAM (ANIMATOR) lives in Australia and has a
number of animated films to her credit. Julie's first animated
short Double X, was shown in theatres across the United
States and Canada with screenings of Goddess Remembered.
ROSE WOGNUM FRANCES,
is an aware-winning artist working in mixed media, including
painting, metalwork, textiles and woodwork. Her artwork has been
shown since 1970 in numerous international museums and galleries,
including the American craft museum in New York and the Corcoran
Gallery and Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.