Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) October 22, 2013 -- "Out of the Fire," a documentary film by Courtenay Singer that examines the risks and rewards of being an artist, will has its west coast premiere at the Ojai Film Festival. The film will screen twice, first Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m., and again Sunday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
The documentary follows potter Kevin Crowe, his apprentice Krista Loomans and others during a four-day firing of Crowe's Japanese-style wood-fired kiln at Tye River Pottery in Amherst, Virginia. Crowe produces wood-fired, functional pottery, and fires his kiln twice yearly. The kiln's contents represent many months worth of work and potential income. Maintaining a constant high temperature over four days requires intense labor, many hands and much patience. And temperature fluctuations or other mishaps could lead to broken pots. Along with portraying the camaraderie, techniques, and inherent drama of the firing, the film explores the drive to create, the importance of mentorship and community, and the roles of risk-taking and authenticity in creating the best possible work - and living life to the fullest.
"This film explores the risks and rewards in choosing a creative life path, which can be a challenging path to follow," says Singer. "Yet the arts -- and thriving artistic communities -- are a vital part of our culture. Potters Kevin Crowe and Krista Loomans take risks, and make sacrifices for work that they love, and in so doing, they set a powerful example for us all."
The Ojai Film Festival, which launched in the year 2000, takes place in a community with a strong commitment to supporting the arts. The festival has chosen the phrase "Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film" as its guiding principle, and its mission includes providing audiences with opportunities to see groundbreaking work that would otherwise be inaccessible.
"Out of the Fire" is Singer's first feature film and had its world premiere in September 2013 at the Breckenridge Festival of Film. An additional screening will take place at the Driftless Film Festival (Wisconsin), where the film will screen as the "closing night film" for the festival. Learn more at http://www.outofthefirefilms.com or http://www.facebook.com/outofthefirethefilm.
Watch the trailer of "Out of the Fire" at https://vimeo.com/63294383.
About Courtenay Singer
Courtenay Singer is an award-winning producer, director and writer of non-fiction films and television programs. She has worked on shows for the Public Broadcasting Service, National Geographic, HGTV and Animal Planet, and has contributed to several independent films. She recently received an LA Area Emmy Award for the documentary special "Imagine: A Celebration of Children's Hospital Los Angeles." In addition, Courtenay has managed international health communications projects for the World Health Organization, the South African Department of Health and the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center.