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“Out of view of the high art world and the hip gallery scene comes this heartening story of unlikely partners in middle American working together to reexamine their histories, celebrate what makes their towns unique, and imagine their futures in the form of monumental community murals led by Lawrence artist Dave Loewenstein. Called to Walls is a thoughtful and uplifting film that not only leaves viewers reassessing their notions of art, but also with an itch to go out and do it themselves!”
"The highest, most logical, purest and most powerful type of painting is mural painting. It is also the most disinterested, as it cannot be converted into an object of personal gain nor can it be concealed for the benefit of a few privileged people. It is for the people. It is for everybody."
- Jose Clemente Orozco, Mexican Muralist
Co-director, co-editor & DOP
Nicholas Ward is a filmmaker, visual artist and poet residing in Lawrence KS. Ward has created numerous short films and community-based murals that highlight the people and places that make their respective communities unique. His work has been supported by organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Charlotte Street Foundation. www.nicholasward.org
Co-director, Editor, Composer
Amber Hansen is a filmmaker, muralist, visual artist and musician creating socially engaged and community-based artwork throughout the Midwest. Establishing a dialogue between her formal education and the ethics of her rural upbringing, Hansen’s work promotes the value of creative engagement for all ages while raising questions about the ethics of animal welfare and humans relationship with food. Since 2010, Hansen has been the co-director & co-editor of the feature documentary Called to Walls.
Dave Loewenstein is a muralist, writer, and printmaker based in Lawrence. His community-based murals can be found across the United States and abroad. Loewenstein’s prints, which focus on social justice issues, are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. In 2014, he was named one of the founding Cultural Agents for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, and this spring he will be leading multiple mural projects in Brazil.
Writer & Cultural Activist
Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Her two newest books—The Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future—were published in spring 2013. She is Chief Policy Wonk of the US Department of Arts and Culture (www.usdac.us) and President of The Shalom Center. She was named a 2015 Purpose Prize Fellow for her work with the USDAC. Find her work at www.arlenegoldbard.com.
Five of the songs off the Called to Walls soundtrack can be found on a compilation that was recored by Whatever Forever in 2013. The compilation is title Family Vacation and is a collection of primarily Lawrence based musicians who in some way associate with the Whatever Forever Family Corporation. The album was mostly recorded in Lawrence living rooms and at the Whatever Forever Production Office at Seedco Studios. The album was mixed and mastered by Brian Miller. CLICK TO LISTEN
Dubb Nubb is a freak-folk trio out of Columbia, Missouri, formed by twin sisters Hannah and Delia Rainey and accompanied by sister Amanda Rainey on percussion. The sisters have put out four DIY releases since 2009, most recently their 2013 album Wild Dreamin’. River Front Times described the album as “elliptical songs about travel and roots and friendship that don't tell stories as much as they establish moods.” Originally from St. Louis, Dubb Nubb frequents their harmonic folk ballads around Columbia, and also enjoys touring throughout the Midwest and South whenever they can. Photo by Kylee Gregg. CLICK TO LISTEN
Jacob Hiser is a recent graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in jazz studies. He plays both piano and violin, and enjoys playing all styles of music. With his brother, he has performed professionally around the United States as the Hiser Brothers; and with the band Powder Mill, he has traveled as far as France to perform. He is also a member of the Springfield (MO) Symphony, playing 1st violin.
No Magic is the Lawrence-based psych-folk project of Ben Sauder. The self-titled six-song EP features a variety of unexpected sounds, including wine glass drones and leaf crunches. Sauder's sound is influenced by Karen Dalton, Animal Collective, Brian Wilson and Lou Reed, among others. He is currently working on his debut full-length album. CLICK TO LISTEN
INVISIBLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Invisible Public Library is a therapeutic and creative music project founded by Brandon Barnett circa 2007. Formerly based in San Antonio, Texas, and prior to that in Brooklyn, New York, Brandon has returned to northeast Kansas to make music with some of his best friends. Accompanied by Caleb Santo on bass guitar and Nicholas Kotlinski on drums, and from time to time other talented individuals, IPL performs live with varying degrees of frequency primarily in and around Lawrence, Kansas. Come to a show, tell a story, read a book, dance and sing. They would love to see you. CLICK TO LISTEN