On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, The National Press Club will screen the documentary feature film “Well of Dreams: The Journey of Anne Okelo.” The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the First Amendment Lounge and will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s creators.
This will be the first full-length screening of the documentary. A seven minute excerpt from the film was included as part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum earlier this summer.
“Well of Dreams” is the inspiring story of Anne Okelo, a woman who is impacting a generation of young girls and women in Kenya, Africa. Ms. Okelo battled great odds to become the first girl in her village to graduate from high school. She went on to earn a scholarship at the University of Nairobi where she was one of just 3 girls in her graduating class. Through a series of events, Ms. Okelo obtained her post-graduate degree at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. While in the US she began to share her desire to want to help her community back in Kenya and her dream took wings as her passion to make a difference prompted a few individuals, a church, a University and a small town to band together and help her take the next big step.
The starting point for her dream was to find a way to bring water to her village. Although that is a common goal in third world countries, Anne’s vision is anything but common. Since obtaining water for her village she has gone on to mentor women and girls and inspire them to stay in school and get their education.
The film “Well of Dreams” will take you outside of your comfort zone and into a world where the mere act of fetching water for your village can have dangerous, even lethal consequences. “Well of Dreams” is a story of hope, when the clarity of one’s vision and the unshakeable faith of one’s heart come together.
For more information about the film, visit: http://wellofdreamsmovie.com/
CINDY SPEAKER, Co-Director, Producer and Executive Producer of Well of Dreams
Cindy has been in the legal industry for 15 years. She is the CEO of Speaker Media and Marketing and her company provides marketing and media services to some of the most successful law firms in the US. She is a frequent speaker at legal marketing conferences, a co-author of the best-selling book “The Only Business Book You’ll Ever Need,” and she has appeared on ABC, CBS and MSNBC to talk about the New American Dream. Cindy has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and the New York Daily News. She is the editor of an interactive magazine called Law Firm Marketing, available exclusively on the iPad. Cindy recently founded Well of Dreams, Inc – a non-profit created to help improve the lives of women and children in oppressed environments across the globe. She has been involved in video production since 1986. In 1993 she directed her first documentary in the prisons of Guatemala. She has a Master’s degree in TV/Film from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. “Well of Dreams” is the first film produced by Speaker Films which she founded in 2010. The company is currently planning their next film on the subject of human trafficking.
WARREN CALLAWAY, Humanitarian, Retired Hospital CEO
Warren retired following a thirty year career as a hospital CEO. During that time, Warren ran hospitals in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Virginia. After working in both not-for-profit and investor-owned hospitals, he was awarded the status of Life Fellow by the American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE). Warren made his first visit to Kenya, Africa in 2007 and has become a willing visitor to that country. Motivated by the profound impact that humanitarian efforts can have, he has returned multiple times to make his personal contribution to the people of targeted villages, particularly in the area of safe drinking water. Currently residing in West Chester, PA, Warren is originally from Atlanta, GA. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgia State University. Warren and his wife, Martha, have two children and two grandchildren.
CHRIS MERCURY, Co-Director, Cinematographer and Editor of Well of Dreams
Chris is a graduate of Drexel University where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Film and Video. Chris has been involved in the Philadelphia film community since 2006. He is the Director of Video Production for Speaker Media and Marketing.
DAN FRANTZ, Camera Operator, Sound Designer and Colorist for Well of Dreams
Dan is an up and coming filmmaker who has already won several film festival awards for his independent films. Dan is a recent high school graduate and a 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of just 20 in the country and the only one this year for cinematic arts. He was honored in Washington, DC at a Medallion Ceremony as well as at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a “Salute to the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars.” An excerpt of his work, which included “Well of Dreams,” played at The Smithsonian American Art Museum for several weeks this summer. Dan will be attending SCAD in Savannah, GA in the fall. He is employed at Speaker Media and Marketing as a visual effects artist and sound editor.
JAY KUNKEL, Producer and Art Director of Well of Dreams
Jay graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology where he studied web and graphic design. He is the COO and Creative Director at Speaker Media and Marketing. He was the MC and host for the local film premiere of “Well of Dreams” and although he was unable to travel with the rest of the team to Africa, he was excused because the trip took place just a few short weeks before his wedding! Jay is married to Erica Lynn Kunkel.
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The National Press Club
The National Press Club, a private club for journalists and communications professionals, has been a Washington institution for more than a century. It is also a world-class conference and meeting facility that hosts thousands of events each year for sophisticated clients from around the globe. And while these are the Club’s functions, its mission is to be The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists. It is a social and business organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism.