Bringing cultural diversity to the area through Februaryâ€™s International Film Weekend in Carson City garnered the attention and recognition of some who sit in high places.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, state Assemblyman P.K. Oâ€™Neill and Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell all rcently issued proclamations to recognize the Feb. 5-7 event co-sponsored by Western Nevada College.
Joining WNC in the collaborative project to present the international and independent films free to the public were the Carson City Library and Carson City Community Center. It was funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities, and the National Endowment for Humanities.
WNC showed independent films â€œPipe Makers of the Great Basin, â€Rockinâ€™ at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock,â€ â€œBaking Alaska,â€ â€œMaxâ€™s Gift,â€ and â€œClonesâ€ on Feb. 5 and 6, while â€œBoy,â€ â€œHimalayaâ€ and â€œObabaâ€ were viewed at the Carson City Community Center on Feb. 5-7.
Sandovalâ€™s proclamation read, in part: â€œThe International Film Weekend, presented in Nevadaâ€™s capital city, promotes community engagement and reflection as well as enjoyment of films. Discussion of international films in the capital increases global awareness and multicultural understanding in a state with a long history of immigration and goals to develop international trade and travel. The independent films included in the International Film Weekend provide recognition for Nevada filmmakers, while discussion of locally made films increases knowledge of our history and current challenges and contribute to Carson City Libraryâ€™s mission to promote community, learning and discovery in Nevadaâ€™s capital city.â€
Oâ€™Neillâ€™s proclamation said, in part: â€œThe art of filmmaking gives an audience the opportunity to experience an artistâ€™s personal artistic vision in telling a story through a medium that stimulates the visual and auditory senses and discussion of international films encourages global awareness, multicultural understanding and expanded knowledge of the similarities and challenges in other regions. The Carson City Library, Carson City Community Center, Western Nevada College, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for Humanities, Nevada Arts Council and Nevada Humanities are recognized for bringing a quality film event to the Northern Nevada community.â€
Valerie Andersen, who led WNCâ€™s participation in the event, was impressed by the collaborative effort to make the three-day event happen and the culture it brought to the area. Professor Emeritus
â€œIt is so gratifying to see that the governor, State legislature and mayor have recognize the importance of this film event in opening the windows of our world,â€ Andersen said. WNC English Professor Emerita Ursula Carlson also donated her time and talents to the effort.