[Thanks, Joel, for submitting this news to us...]
Joel Schwelling, Senior Sound Designer/Mixer at The Troupe in Windham, NH recently mixed the documentary feature, LIVE FROM BETHLEHEM. LIVE FROM BETHLEHEM chronicles the struggles, failures and triumphs of the Ma'an News Network, the only major independent news source in the Palestinian Territories. Following the lives of the station's reporters, producers and photographers, this documentary provides an in-depth, balanced look into the challenges of making news in one of the world's most combative regions. A highly observational film, Live From Bethlehem focuses more on people than politics while still engaging with questions of gender equality and freedom of expression in the evolving Palestinian mediascape. The film was produced by JCS Productions, a cutting edge, young media production company focusing in documentaries and new media. In April, LIVE FROM BETHLEHEM was shown as an official selection at the Boston International Film Festival, the Athens (Ohio) International Film Festival, and Rhode Island's Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival and is an official selection at the upcoming Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. For more information, go to www.thetroupe.com and www.livefrombethlehem.com.