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Bread & Roses Presents, film by Pint of Soul

A short documentary about the work of Bread & Roses Presents, an organization founded in 1974 by the late Mimi Fariña that brings hope & healing through live music and the performing arts to isolated audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. The film showcases four programs presented by Matt Jaffe at Timothy Murphy School in San Rafael, Tammy Hall at Center for Elders Independence in Oakland, Circus of Smiles at Canal Family Support in San Rafael, and The Lemonhammer at the Father Alfred Center in San Francisco. Includes interviews with the artists, facility staff and Bread & Roses Executive Director Dave Perron and Producer Francesca Lee which highlight the benefits that live art has on children, adults and seniors in varied institutional settings. Narration by Peter Coyote. Film by Pint of Soul Productions.

A film by Pint of Soul
Directed by Dan Foldes
Producers: Dan Foldes & Francesca Lee
Narrator: Peter Coyote, Wild Dog Productions
Audio: Dan Foldes & Mixstream
Music Supervisor: Dan Foldes
Photos from Bread & Roses Archives by: Andrew De Lory, Ken Friedman, Peter Merts, Jon Sievert, James Sugar
Special thanks: Matt Jaffe, Tammy Hall, Circus of Smiles, The Lemonhammer
Staff & Clients at: Timothy Murphy School, CEI Oakland, Canal Family Support, Father Alfred Center

For More Information: breadandroses.org

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