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Olivet College's Smith chosen to present film at Grand Rapids ArtPrizeŽ
Aug 13, 2012

Olivet College’s Gary Smith, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication, and his wife Mary Jo Ramsey-Smith, have been selected to debut their film project, “Soul Tenders,” as an official entry in the 2012 Grand Rapids ArtPrize Wednesday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 7. The film, which was supported in part by Olivet College’s professional development fund, will be featured at First United Methodist Church, located on East Fulton Street in Grand Rapids.

“After more than two years of extensive travel, shooting on location in eight states, interviewing and editing, we’re extremely excited to share this new work with audiences at the 2012 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids,” Smith said. “’Soul Tenders’ explores alternative ways of seeing and being in the world at a time when our planet faces monumental challenges.”

The Smiths were invited to debut “Soul Tenders” as part of the celebration of “Divine Wisdom and the Sacred Feminine.” The one-hour documentary explores the lives of nine women who “embrace the sacred in the simple beauties of each day.”

To view the film trailer, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dWwMVOfAjk.

ArtPrize is an international art competition and social experiment where anyone can be an artist, any space can be a venue and everyone has a voice. Smiths production is one of 1,500 entries from 56 countries and 45 states. For more information, visit www.artprize.org.


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