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BendFilm Presents "A Place to Stand" 

Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca will speak

As a lead-up to its festival in October of this year, BendFilm is hosting renowned poet Jimmy Santiago Baca for a Thursday night reception and film screening of the award-winning documentary, "A Place to Stand," based on Baca's critically-acclaimed memoir of the same name. After the viewing, an interactive Q&A will take place with Jimmy and local poet and recording artist, MOsely WOtta, at the Tower Theatre. The two will share why art in Bend remains such a powerful community experience. Jimmy returns to Bend for the first time after his celebrated Nature of Words-hosted appearance in 2010.

"We are incredibly excited to host Jimmy. His personal story speaks to the life-changing power of arts and culture," said BendFilm Director Todd Looby. "It is clear that he made an unforgettable impression when he came in 2010, and we thought what better way to re-inspire BendFilm-goers and get them ready for our festival than by hosting one of their favorite artists? We are excited to introduce Jimmy and his message to a new audience and re-inspire those he has already deeply affected with his work."

The evening will begin with a reception, raffle and fundraiser at the Liberty Theatre, made possible in part by Elixir Wine Group, Bigfoot Beverages, and Bendistillery, who will sponsor the drinks paired with heavy appetizers. During the reception, Jimmy will be available to answer questions and converse with the guests before the screening.

Following the reception, guests will be invited to the Tower Theatre to view the film, as well as take part in a post-screening discussion with Jimmy Santiago Baca and local poet and recording artist, MOsely WOtta, sponsored by The Deschutes Public Library.

BendFilm Reception and Fundraiser

Thursday, May 5, Liberty Theatre, 5 p.m.

849 NW Wall St., Bend

"A Place to Stand" Screening:

Thursday, May 5, Tower Theatre,

835 NW Wall St., Bend

7:30 pm, doors at 7 p.m.

$20 Film Only

$50 Film and Reception (includes hosted beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres)

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