Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back to Brazil

Ketchum filmmaker seeks funding for her documentary ‘Samba’


Jordan Noel Hawkes of Ketchum took this photo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she wants to return to film a documentary. The photo will be on sale at a fundraiser for the film on Thursday at Frenchman’s Gulch Winery. Courtesy photo

    Ketchum and Rio de Janeiro are a continent apart—6,427 miles, to be exact.
    Jordan Noel Hawkes feels at home in both places.
    The 1996 Community School graduate lived in Brazil after college and became fluent in Portuguese before returning to Ketchum a few years ago.
    Now, she wants to go back to Brazil to film a documentary, “Samba: Cultural Consciousness in Times of Transition,” about changes in the country seen through the eyes of local people.
    A fundraiser for the film will take place Thursday, Sept. 18, at Frenchman’s Gulch Winery in Ketchum. The evening will include Brazilian food; live samba music by Will Caldwell, Jimmy Mitchell and Russ Caldwell; a presentation by Hawkes about the documentary; and a sale of photos she took in Rio.
    Donations will be accepted at the event or at Proceeds from wine sales will be donated to the film, and Hawkes will sell photographs from her travels in Brazil. The fundraiser will help pay for expenses to film promotional material in Rio.
    Hawkes, who has a degree in Critical Studies in Film and New Media from Occidental College, worked in Los Angeles producing content for the History, Discovery and Animal Planet channels until moving in 2005 to Brazil, where she became a legal resident and opened a small production company.
    “After leaving Rio … I wanted to go back and see how hosting the World Cup and the Olympics changed the lives of the local people,” Hawkes said. “What happens to local culture when a country is pushed toward an ideal of progress?”
    Hawkes has always been fascinated by carnival and samba dancers,” she said. “What more beautiful and celebratory way to explore these changes than through the eyes of young dancers and the older generations of sambistas who raised them and passed on this cultural heritage and tradition?” she said.
Karen Lindell:

‘Samba’ Film Fundraiser

WHAT: Benefit for Jordan Noel Hawkes’ documentary “Samba: Cultural Consciousness in Times of Transition.”
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.
WHERE: Frenchman’s Gulch Winery, 360 Ninth St. East, Ketchum.
COST: Admission is free. Proceeds from wine sales go to the film. Other donations welcome.
DETAILS: To support or learn more about the documentary, visit, email or call (323) 574-6657.



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