The Program on Negotiation Film Series is pleased to present the world university première of
The Journey is the Destination
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall
Harvard Law School
Free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided.
About the film:
From acclaimed director/writer Bronwen Hughes (Stander, Forces of Nature) comes a feature film based on the true story of the life of Dan Eldon – creative soul, photographer, artist and activist – played by Ben Schnetzer. Choosing to forego traditional studies in London, Dan chases his calling to become a photojournalist on the front lines in Somalia, risking his life to find the simple truths – and joy of humanity within them – as he documents a war-torn, famine-rife Africa. Along the way, he struggles with questions about his own intentions and what good his work is actually doing, as the very real threat of brutal violence plays out before him. Crafting a meticulous collection of visually explosive journals, Dan tries to make sense of his journey as well as the emotional heartache of pursuing what he believes to be the right path when it sometimes means leaving behind those he loves. When his life ends far too soon, what remains is the invocation to live with a spirited intensity and to strive every day to make the world a better place.
Kathy Eldon, Dan Eldon’s mother and the founder of Creative Visions Foundation, will introduce the film. After the screening, Kathy Eldon and Trevor Hall, President of Rebelhouse Group creative agency, will lead a discussion on Dan’s life and legacy in inspiring a movement for positive change across the globe.
About the speakers:
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a graduate of Wellesley College, Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, and film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States. Kathy is the founder of Creative Visions, a 501 (c) 3 organization that supports “creative activists” who use media and the arts for social impact. CV has incubated more than 260 projects and productions on five continents, impacting over 100 million people. CV was inspired by the life of Kathy’s son, Dan Eldon – artist, adventurer and activist – who was killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters in Somalia.
Kathy is also the Founder of Creative Visions Productions, which produces impact media including award-winning documentaries, series and features. In 2016, Kathy produced The Journey is the Destination, a feature directed by Bronwen Hughes, which was selected for a gala premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. She also produced Extraordinary Moms, a CV special for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) featuring Julia Roberts, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell and Christiane Amanpour.
Kathy is the author of 17 books, including her memoir, In the Heart of Life, published by Harper One. With her daughter Amy, she has written a series of popular self-guided “Catcher” journals focusing on recovering from grief, finding your soul’s purpose, and bringing more love into your life. She is also the editor of The Journey is the Destination, a collection of her son’s journal pages, published by Chronicle Books.
Kathy has been featured in many books, including Arianna Huffington’s On Becoming Fearless. Kweku Mandela nominated Kathy for a George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Award on his grandfather’s last birthday; she was named the winner of the Unite4Humanity’s $25,000 Inspiration Award in the Arts at a ceremony in the presence of President Bill Clinton, and the PVBLIC Foundation chose for her for their 2015 Media for Social Impact Award at the United Nations.
Kathy has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, including several appearances on Oprah. She is a sought-after public speaker who has given three TEDx talks, including “The F-Word Transformed,” about the power of forgiveness.
Kathy lives in Malibu with her husband, Michael Bedner, founder of HBA Design, next to the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, a vibrant hub of creative activism.
Trevor Hall, President of Rebelhouse Group creative agency, is an experienced educator, documentary film producer, and business consultant. Trevor’s expertise is founded on a Masters of Education from Harvard University, with a dual concentration in Learning and Teaching, and Administration and Policy. After receiving his degree, he was awarded a three-year fellowship to serve as the Head Teaching fellow for Dr. Robert Coles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor. Trevor was a recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching in each of his three years. In 2010, he edited a collection of Dr. Coles’ lectures into the book titled, Handing One Another Along, published by Random House. While teaching with Dr. Coles, Trevor also served as the Associate Editor of DoubleTake Magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to showcasing literary and photographic essays that reveal extraordinary stories of everyday life. DoubleTake was a recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
Trevor is also the Founding Director of Open Roads Academy, an educational summer program for low-income high school students that combines outdoor travel with an immersion in the documentary arts. Open Roads helps at-potential youth from low-income communities develop their ability to listen to the stories of others, and learn to become authors of their own life stories. Since its inception in 2001, more than 95% of the participants have graduated high school and gone on to college— compared to a rate of roughly 50% among their socio-economic peers
Trevor’s recent film credits include: Producer, Soufra and the Refugee Food Truck (2017 Documentary Feature); Co-Producer, Journey is the Destination (2016 Narrative Feature Film based on the life of photojournalist Dan Eldon); Associate Producer, Frame by Frame (2015 Documentary Feature), Associate Producer, IMBA Means Sing (2015 Documentary Feature), Associate Producer, Mile 19 (2016 Documentary Short); and Executive Producer, Johnny Physical Lives (2015 Short Film).