GO TO SEE THE U.S. PREMIER OF THE G-DOG MOVIE
G-Dog, the wonderful new documentary film about Father Greg Boyle by Academy Award winning doc director, Freida Mock, will have it’s US premiere on Sunday, Father’s Day, at 4:20 p.m. at the LA Film Festival downtown,
Father Greg and some of the guys from Homeboy Industries will be on hand to do a Q & A session after the film.
(And, yes, I’m definitely going to be there with a passel of friends and family.)
(But if you go, go early as it will sell out fast, if it hasn’t already.)
BECOME A COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE FOR A FOSTER CARE CHILD—GUYS PARTICULARLY NEEDED
Each month in LA County, more than 800 hurt, frightened and confused children enter the Family Dependency Court, and thus the foster care, system, having been removed from their parent’s custody because of s abuse, neglect or abandonment.
A judge must quickly make all of the important decisions about each foster child’s life and, more often than not, he or she must do so in the context of a system that is overburdened and seems disinterested.
However, a judge can appoint what is called a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, for the child. This trained and supervised volunteer is charged with advocating for a foster child who is under the court’s protection because of abuse or neglect.
But here’s the deal: only 16% of the volunteers at CASA/LA are male, while 49.8% of the kids in the system are boys. Even more than the girls, the male foster children are too often left with no solid male role models in their lives.
As a consequence, this Father’s Day there is a strong push to get more men involved in volunteering for CASA.
For more info, check the CASALA website.
GO to SEE THE SO CAL PREMIER OF MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE
Today, Friday, at 7:20 p.m., the Loyola Law School Center for Restorative Justice will co-host a screening of the new documentary, Music From the Big House, in which Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s “Queen of the Blues,” makes a musical pilgrimage to Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary at Angola, a place that used to be the bloodiest prison in America, but has always been a place where the some of the deepest, truest blues have been played.
The screening will be held at the Laemmle Theater at 9036 Wilshire Boulevard, in Beverly Hills.