Tonight in New York City, Rainbow Town Director Lauren Selmon Roberts won the Eastern Region of the Best African American Student Filmmaker Award from the Director’s Guild of America. Lee Daniels, the Director of Oscar-Winning Precious, presented her with the award. Read a full article in The Southern Illinoisan about the event here! Read the official release from the Director’s Guild about the award here!
Rainbow Town Art was on exhibit and the film screened at A New Community Church in Dallas, Texas. The church is a beautiful blend of homeless singles, African immigrants, and Dallas suburbanites. The conversation following the film was extremely engaging, definitely one of the best yet. The Rainbow Town team was inspired and honored to be a part. Thanks to Mrs. Kathy Keasler and the rest of A New Community. A special thanks to Stephen Slatt. Stephen, who currently lives out of his truck, said he wanted to give something special to Rainbow Town, but had no money to spare. He decided to give his brown, rugged Bible. Inside, he wrote, “With Love,” and signed his name.
Rainbow Town premiers at the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival in Los Angeles! The scope of the festival is to explore human rights issues and prevent hatred through the medium of film. The Rainbow Town story, which tells of a group of children orphaned by Liberia’s war, fits splendidly into the scope of the festival. During the 6-day event, a variety of films including The Way Back, Iron Cross, and Strangers No More screen in theatres throughout the internationally renowned Museum of Tolerance. Director Lauren Selmon Roberts and Photographer Amy Elrod attend the festivities and field questions during Q&A sessions held after Rainbow Town screenings. Lauren, Amy, and the rest of the crew are honored that the premiere is held in beautiful Southern California at a one-of-a-kind institution committed to human rights and positive change.
Rainbow Town storms Washington! That’s Washington, Oklahoma of course!
Twenty minutes from the hometown of Rainbow Town Director Lauren Selmon Roberts, a group of volunteers headed up by Amanda Deshotels coordinated a grassroots Rainbow Town screening.
The small town evening in America’s heartland was a huge success for Rainbow Town, which is located an ocean away in a rural West African village.
There was free popcorn for everyone. The Director shared about the making of the movie. A Q&A followed the film screening. And, the community looked at Rainbow Town Art, which was on display around the venue.
Contributions from the night will cover expenses for a semester of college for 12 Liberian students.
With a population of under 600, the community of Washington proved that you don’t have to live in a big city to make a global impact.