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Raw Visions: The Art of Survival Film Featuring Work by CU Professor Marietta Dantonio-Madsen to be Shown June 13

May 30, 2013

Cheyney University Professor Marietta Dantonio-Madsen, Chairperson of the Department of  Humanities and Communication Arts, and CU Alumna Nashay Jones were interviewed for a film, Raw Visions: The Art of Survival,” which will be shown at New York's  Long Beach Library on June 13. Their work and that of other trauma survivors was filmed over the past 10 years by noted independent New York filmmaker, Lesyle Abby, through Snowflake Video Productions.  

The film is based on Survivor Art Foundation's mission of healing through art and using art to express the artists deepest and most profound inner visions and truths. The film includes interviews and artwork by Dantonio-Madsen and others who have used art to heal. Trauma survivors with physical and mental disabilities are seen and heard in the inspiring documentary.  

Professor Dantonio-Madsen is an artist, art educator, healing arts and art therapy interventionist and a community outreach project organizer with more than 30 years of professional experience. Dantonio-Madsen is the outreach coordinator for Survivors Art Foundation which has organized outreach projects around the globe in an attempt to facilitate healing for victims of trauma, and those with disabilities and abuse issues. Her community outreach programs and healing arts projects are well known and have been displayed throughout the United States, in the Childrens Millennium Art Exhibit at the United Nations and the African American and Native American Exhibit at October Gallery in Philadelphia. Her artwork has been displayed in exhibits around the world.

Snowflake Video Productions is the innovation of filmmaker Leslye Abbey. Her worldwide adventures have given her the opportunity to capture and present diverse expressions of cultural identity. Her career as a psychotherapist and Cultural Social Worker in such places as the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, combined with her photographic background, has given her video camera very intimate access to the human heart and spirit.