"The Revolutionary Optimists"

June 19, 2013
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Welcome to OVEE. Please join us for a screening with co-directors Nicole Newnham, and Maren Grainger-Monsen.

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The Revolutionary Optimists

Children in the slums of Calcutta are starting a revolution. Called to action by visionary former attorney Amlan Ganguly, the 'Daredevils' have already made radical health and sanitation improvements in one of the city's poorest slums-- awakening a neglected populace to the real possibility of change.

55min 26sec




    Nicole Newnham is a documentary filmmaker and writer, currently co-producing The Revolutionary Optimists with Maren Grainger-Monsen as a filmmaker-in-residence at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics Program in Bioethics and Film. Nicole recently co-produced and directed the critically acclaimed The Rape of Europa, about the fate of Europe's art treasures during WWII. The Rape of Europa played theatrically in 80 cities across the country, has been a much-broadcast PBS primetime special, was nominated for two national Emmys and a WGA award, and shortlisted for the 2007 Documentary Oscar. Nicole was also nominated for a national Emmy Award for co-producing and directing the documentary Sentenced Home (2006), broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens, which follows three Cambodian refugees in Seattle who are deported back to Cambodia after 9/11. With Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Brian Lanker, she co-produced They Drew Fire (2000), a widely-acclaimed special for PBS about the combat artists of World War II, and wrote the companion book distributed by Harper Collins. She lives in Oakland with her husband Tom Malarkey and sons Finn and Blaine.


    Maren Grainger-Monsen is a physician, filmmaker-in-residence and director of the Program in Bioethics in Film at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, currently Co-Producing The Revolutionary Optimists with Nicole Newnham. Maren directed Hold Your Breath and Worlds Apart, a large-scale project on cross-cultural conflicts in medicine, which was broadcast on national public television and is currently being used in 63% of US medical schools. Maren also directed The Vanishing Line, her journey toward understanding the art and issues of dying, which was broadcast on the Emmy Award winning national PBS "Point of View" series. She also directed Where the Highway Ends: Rural Healthcare in Crisis, which won a regional Emmy Award, and Grave Words, which was awarded first place in the American Medical Association Film Festival. Maren studied film at the London International Film School, received her medical doctorate from the University of Washington and emergency medicine and palliative care training at Stanford University School of Medicine. She founded the Program in Bioethics and Film at Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics in 1998. Maren lives near Stanford with her husband, medical device entrepreneur and mandolin player Jeff Grainger, her two children Solenn and Tilson, and eight chickens.

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    He is a rising 8th grader at Thomas Edison Charter Academy in San Francisco, CA. He lives with his parents and two younger sisters in the Mission District of San Francisco. Angel enjoys writing, playing soccer, geography, and math. He sings in his church's choir and wants to go to UC Berkeley after high school so he can better take care of his family.

  • Jack Wu

    Jack Wu is a student at mission high school in San Francisco. He is a volunteer with buildon.org and has traveled to South America with his work for buildon and been a featured panelist at community cinema sf.

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