Producer and director, Marlene “Mo” Morris, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose media projects for nonprofits and educational organizations cover a wide range of socially conscious initiatives, including ecology, domestic abuse survivors and restorative justice. Living in Berkeley, California, she has been associate producer and editor on film projects with internationally acclaimed Bay Area filmmakers and an associate producer at Berkeley’s Center for Digital Storytelling. Years of social justice activism and professional experience as a mediator and immigration attorney enrich Mo’s approach to documentary filmmaking, resulting in a deeply personal and beautifully crafted film that seamlessly addresses such critical issues as gender equality, race and economic disparity—all through the voice of a 77-year-old African American artist and activist.
From her humble beginnings in Harlem, Edythe “Edy” Boone felt the sting of growing up in the era of segregation. Early on, the injustices she experienced instilled in her a lifelong commitment to work tirelessly toward the goal of inclusion and peace. The film provides a glimpse into her life and her work both as a celebrated muralist and as an educator who works with underserved communities to help individuals explore their creative potential and experience the transformative power of art as an avenue for expression and healing.
Artist, educator, community activist, mother and grandmother, Boone is perhaps best known for her work on the iconic San Francisco Women’s Building mural, MaestraPeace (1995), a multi-cultural, multi-generational collaborative effort by Boone and six other female artists.
A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. But Boone’s inexhaustible determination to help create a better world is a testament to the power of one woman and her artistic spirit.
Boone believes that art is for everyone and that collaborative art-making can be a transformative experience for children and adults of all ages. Like many artists, she enjoys getting immersed in the creation of her personal work. Driven by the practice of engaging others through public art and mural-making, she tackles difficult issues, such as the deaths of young black males that include Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Sean Bell and her nephew, Eric Garner. Ultimately, Boone’s mission is to empower individuals and transform communities through art and activism.
A special DVD edition of this documentary is available with a public performance license intended for schools, universities, libraries and other institutions. This educational DVD includes an in-depth curriculum study guide. It is available through the filmmaker’s educational distributor, The Video Project.
Fundamental to Scientology is a humanitarian mission of extraordinary scope, now extending to some 200 nations. Included therein are programs for human rights, human decency, literacy, morality, drug prevention and disaster relief.
For this reason, the Scientology Network provides a platform for Independent filmmakers who embrace a vision of building a better world.