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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RAW STOCKtm2000
FUNDRAISER


MAY 6, 2000

5:30-7:30pm

MILLS COLLEGE

DANFORTH AUDITORIM

OAKLAND, CA: A Fundraiser for the second annual RAW STOCK, Celebrating Cinema, Oakland, CA (RAW STOCK 2000) is scheduled for May 6, 2000 at Mills College from 5:30 — 7:30 pm in Mills’ Danforth Auditorium, Room 120. Called, "Three Shorts II," this special event features screenings of 3 shorts from last years’ inaugural festival: Stacey Pyles’, "Combin’ Thru the Kinks"; Lelalois Hudson Beard’s, "The Gasoline Man"; Mary Jane Tappalla’s, "Crossover." Tickets are $12 general admission; $7 for Seniors and Students with ID. Price includes discussion and champagne/ dessert reception. For additional information and to reserve tickets for "Three Shorts II," please call the RAW STOCK office at 510-430-3226 or visit our website: rawstock.org

RAW STOCKtm exists for it acknowledges: 1) the opportunity to present independent works by filmmakers of color to the very communities the works were created for; 2) the need for these artists and their respective communities to come together exploring their differences and similarities through an education based forum of screenings and discussions; 3) the necessity for a permanent film/video event focusing long needed attention on the multitude of artists of color within the Oakland/Bay Area. As an annual event RAW STOCKtm places a positive light on the collective artistic richness that is Oakland while acting as a bridge into on-going dialogue between all inclusive Oakland/Bay Area communities.

Participants in this event help foster a foundation of open communication. To assist in this new dialogue, screenings followed by "Dialogues With The Audience," interactive discussions between the audience, the filmmaker, and various scholars and writers, are standard procedure. Topics include, "Responsibility and the Media"; "Cultural Imagery & Stereotypes" with our focus on RACE, GENDER, CULTURE, IMAGE: We Have Dominion. From here we identify, challenge and begin to formulate practical solutions to correcting stereotypes about people of color in film/video which can be implemented both immediately and over time.

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For more information,

contact the RAW STOCK office,

510-430-3226 or

visit our website: rawstock.org