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The Imagine Project Documentary

By Russell Merritt, Professor of Film, U.C. Berkeley : 

“An Imaginary Thing” is a wonderfully crafted film, and a window onto The Imagine Project. Reva Goldberg has a great feel for documentary drama. As for Imagine Project, it blows my mind. I’ve never encountered anything remotely like it. It comes from a place so loving it at times felt less like theater than like a ministry. We hear lots about the healing power of art, but this is the first project I’ve seen utterly committed to the idea. Damned if I didn’t start tearing up. “

By Mona Nocera, Director : 

“I loved it. Loved the central character – he’s very compelling. I could have easily spent a whole hour with him. That’s partly because [Reva Goldberg, Director] did a great job in capturing character – very discreetly, without idealizing. It’s the little gestures, the small things that build up over the course of the film. I love how there’s a lot of sadness, much not overtly articulated, that goes with the joy. It helped give emotional heft to the film, and avoided the stereotype of the feel-good, cloyingly uplifting “art teacher gives new hope to underprivileged kids” film…Kids are fine, but the complexity resides with him – and our allegiances as viewers are with him.”

By Sandy Levy, Director, Child Study Center of New York : 

An Imaginary Thing is a beautiful film. I was truly touched. Brayxton stole my heart, especially when he said “It gives me a chance to express what I love to other people.” The unconditional acceptance, the creation of a totally safe environment (“don’t be afraid” Bill tells them), and the obvious love for the students and the work is unmistakable and inspiring. I am certain that this film will inspire and touch others in the [Educational] field to support “The Imagine Project” and other creative arts programs.”

By Sireta age 8, Tilden Hall Shelter, Brooklyn :

“This movie is awesome, and I love Imagine. It’s the most wonderful program I’ve ever been in. The movie shows how really great it is.” 

By Arthur Nevins Esq., Promoter of Progressive Causes : 

This beautiful film shows not only the glory of the accomplishments, but also the loneliness and sadness in the seemingly overwhelming obstacles faced in bringing about an awareness and understanding of the importance of art in our lives. There is a paradox in the final victory of the presentation when we become aware of what has been lost in the process. This film must be seen.”

 

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