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Boulder, CO ~ March 3, 2006
Sun Valley, ID ~  July 16, 2006.

 

 

From Idaho Mountain Express:



Mother and Daughter Filmmakers Lori Joyce and Candace Orlando bring "Goddess Night" to Ketchum.

Return of the Goddess
Film-makers celebrate with evening of performances

by Tony Evans
For the Mt. Express

     Filmmaker Lori Joyce and her daughter, Candace Kearns, of Idanha Films, will present "Goddess Night" at nexStageTheatre on Main Street in Ketchum, Sunday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. This evening of dance and performance will help raise money for the documentary film, "Tribe All," which deals with goddess-worshipping cultures from pre-history to the present day. Performances during Goddess Night will include Hawaiian Hula dancers, the Sun Valley Ballet school, Middle Eastern dancers, poetry and a comedy routine by Vanda's Quantum Comedy Show. Ten percent of proceeds from the show will go to The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence.

     Originally from Tremonton, Utah, Joyce worked as a model in the fashion industry before hosting a television show in Dallas, Texas, and forming a film company with her ex-husband, journalist  Kell Kearns. In twenty years she has independently produced nine documentaries on topics including Sacajawea, Martin Luther King Jr., Ernest Hemingway, domestic violence, mental illness and the war in Nicaragua. Some of these films won national awards and continue to run on PBS and Idaho Public Television.

     "Tribe All" deals with the discoveries of Lithuanian archeologist Marija Gimbutas, who found evidence of goddess-worshipping cultures in the Mediterranean dating back to 5,000 B.C.

     "Gimbutas found vases, figurines and artwork which pointed to peaceful cultures which held the feminine in high regard," said Joyce, who discovered Gimbutas while rediscovering her own feminine spirituality attending Native American moon lodges. "She found no weapons to indicate violence within these cultures. I think there is a shift happening now, back to a balanced partnership between masculine and feminine. In "Tribe All" we intend to show ho the Goddess Cultures lived and how we shifted to more dominant and violent cultures of today."

     Candace Kearns, 26, recently attended Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colo., and organized a similar Goddess Night there in March. She will continue to work with her mother to complete "Tribe All", which has collected 13 hours of footage so far, including interviews with Gimbutas, eco-feminist and author Dr. Vandana Shiva, and Hawaiian indigenous rights activist Susan Lloyd.

      "If you listen to the news all you hear about is the wars and destruction," said Joyce. Women are changing things in their communities. There are Samburu women in Kenya who have banded together to create 'violence-free zones." There are women in Palestine and Israel who have put aside their differences because they are tired of watching their sons and brothers die."

     Goddess Night in Boulder drew more men than  women said Kearns.  "It's Yin and Yang. We can't have one without the other."

     Joyce and Kearns have made plans to interview other women leaders in the near future, including the president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, of Kenya.


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

photo © 2006 Jon Orlando Photography

From Westword, Denver, CO
By Drew Bixby

GOOD GODDESS
If male and female energy were universally balanced, metaphysically speaking, then there would be no sexism, no archaic stereotypes and certainly no ‘Fix me a sandwich, woman" crap. Sure, meatheads everywhere would mourn the passing of beer on demand, but with International Women's Day fast approaching, it's high time for everyone to get a little more in touch with their feminine side.  Tonight's Goddess Night event, at 8 p.m. at the  Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, won't teach the art of sandwich-making(sorry, fellas), but it will honor the sacred feninine and celebrate creative energy in the form of dancers, singers, chanting, spoken work and visual art.  -

 

Goddess parties seek balance

By Aimee Heckel, Staff Writer Dailey Camera, Boulder, CO 


Tonight's party will raise money for documentary.

Take away the cars and televisions and busy technology that marks the modem age. Strip life to its raw core. There you'll find drumbeats and dancing and art. There you'll find the balance the planet· needs, said Boulderite Lori Joyce.
That's also where you'll find circles of women - and men - some singing, others playing the flute, Some wearing costumes.
Welcome to Boulder. Welcome to the increasingly popular "goddess parties."
Goddess parties are not religious, but participants say they're spiritual. Most occur on full moons or ancient holidays, like the, spring equinox. Sometimes they celebrate specific goddesses.


The purpose: to reintroduce Tribe All with the feminine to bring the patriarchal society back into balance, Joyce said.
Some honor the creative energies arid talents of women, like a party Joyce is holding tonight at the Dairy Center for the Arts. It features chanting, spoken word, poetry, visual arts, different types of dance and folk, R&B and Italian singing.
The event is in honor of international Women's Day and to raise money for her film, "Tribe All."
Joyce has been, attending goddess parties since 1989. But lately, she said she's seen a surge in their prevalence as more people realize "We're so out of balance."
Boulder saw several similar large-scale gatherings called "red tents" last year, borrowing the name from the Anita Diamant book, "The Red Tent". The historical novel tells the Biblical story of Dinah through her perspective and the viewpoint of women around her.
Interest in ancient civilizations and femininity is what led Joyce to her in-progress documentary. She interviews archeologists, historians, and tribal leaders about how ancient civilizations survived for hundreds of years without war.
"They were very balanced, the masculinity and feminine, and with nature," Joyce said.
She hopes her film, like the goddess parties, can spread that message.
Joyce runs the nonprofit Idanha Films Inc., with her daughter, Candice Kearns, also of Boulder.
Christine Fox, of Lafayette won't be at tonight's event. But she's been organizing goddess parties for about 10 years.
She said they've taught her to listen to other woman and learn from their experiences. She said she also feels Tribe Alled to mythological goddesses.
Goddess parities mean something different to each person, Fox said.
"Everyone attends for their own personal reasons, but the beauty of them is the way in which women can come together and Tribe All," Fox said. "Our modern society does not always provide the space for woman to gather in this way."

 
 
 
 




     photo © 2006 Jon Orlando Photography