I like that word: Artivist.
A blend of artist and activist.
There are those who say that celebrities should just shut up and entertain us. I couldn't agree less! I appreciate it any time someone with money, power, influence and status as a role model, whether they asked for it or not, uses that to try to do some good in the world.
The 3rd Annual Artivist Film Festival this November 9-12 in Hollywood honors such individuals.
This year BlogFriend Eric Prescott from An Animal-Friendly Life is helping to produce the event, and he sent me the following description:
The festival merges art and activism for global consciousness, and runs from November 9th through 12th here in Hollywood, at the historic Egyptian Theatre. I'm excited about what we're doing for animal and environmental advocacy, alongside social and children's advocacy. In addition to literature and vegan food sponsors, we have screenings of numerous shorts and features, including Mad Cowboy, followed by a forum I'm hosting on the cost of meat consumption and production. Howard Lyman will be there, as will Daryl Hannah, whom we're honoring on Sunday the 12th along with Joaquin Phoenix, and other special guests will be announced soon.
According to Eric Artivist is also looking to launch a portal to activist web sites (and I assume blogs) soon too.
So, if you're from SoCal, or looking for a really good reason to take a trip there, check out the Artivist Film Festival. Combining art and activism...what could be better?