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DONNA READ (PRODUCER, EDITOR, DIRECTOR) - has been working in the film industry since the 1960s. She was one of the original team of women who formed and shaped Studio D, the award-winning women's studio of the National Film Board of Canada.

Read is best known for her trilogy of films "WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY" which she directed, edited and co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada. "GODDESS REMEMBERED"(1990), "THE BURNING TIMES"(1991), and "FULL CIRCLE"(1992), have been well-received all over North America winning eight major awards for best long documentary. The films have been in the top ten sales and rentals of both Canadian and American distributors since their release, and have seen a number of national television broadcasts.

Read received the Margaret Fuller-Henry David Thoreau Award from the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans for her outstanding contribution to the increased understanding of Contemporary Pagan and Earth-centered Spirituality, and its development within Unitarian Universalism.

Donna's other NFB credits as a director include "ADAM'S WORLD" which was chosen to open the 1991 global conference on the environment at the United Nations in New York. Donna was Associate Director and Editor on "STOLEN MOMENTS" a feature documentary on the history and repression of lesbians and "CHILDREN OF THE SUN" about the ecosystems of the painted turtle. She also edited two hour-long productions, "THE ANATOMY OF DESIRE", a documentation of the medicalization of homosexuality, for which she received a Juno award for editing.

The Great Atlantic and Pacific Film Company, she formed has produced a number of films, including the acclaimed "MASK AND DRUM", an unusual look at Inuit art. This film has been shown in museums and galleries all across the United States, Canada and Europe and has garnered a number of awards, including first prize at the London International Film Festival, (l975). TEMAGAMI - A Journey Through Rites of Passage, done in 2000 looks at teenagers need for wilderness and has been a catalyst for change for many young people at risk and has had a number of network broadcasts.

STARHAWK (PRODUCER, WRITER) - is the author or coauthor of ten books including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement; and the now-classic ecotopian novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing. Her latest book is The Earth Path - Grounding Our Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature (2005).

An award-winning collection of her recent political writings, Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising (2002), has been credited with helping the global justice movement find and define itself. Starhawk's other books include: Dreaming The Dark; Magic, Sex, and Politics; Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority and Mystery; Walking to Mercury; The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, with Reclaiming and M. Macha NightMare; Circle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Tradition; with Anne Hill and Diane Baker; and The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey to the Realm of Magic, Healing, and Action, with Hilary Valentine. Starhawk's works have been translated into German, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Japanese. Her essays have been reprinted across the world, and included in numerous anthologies and college curricula.
Starhawk teaches Earth Activist Training intensive seminars that combine permaculture design, effective activism, and earth-based spirituality.

Starhawk is co-founder of Reclaiming, a highly influential branch of modern Pagan religion that combine activism with earth-based spirituality and healing, offering classes, intensives, public rituals, and training in the Goddess tradition and magical activism across the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Starhawk and Donna Read traveled together to the occupied territories of Palestine to document conditions and participate in nonviolent peace actions with the International Solidarity Movement.
Starhawk's website can be found at www.starhawk.org

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS (NARRATOR) - was a good friend of Marija Gimbutas. She is the American actress best known for her performance in Moonstruck (1987), for which she received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her first love was the theatre where she continues to work on Broadway and in various regional theatres across the country. Her memoir Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A life in Progress, was published in 2003. A bio for Olympia can be found at www.imdb.com/name/nm0001156/

NASH READ (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) - brings a seasoned eye and hand to his work on Signs Out Of Time. Nash has worked in the Canadian film industry for 30 years. His credits as a cameraman include 13 films he shot while working at the National Film Board of Canada, as well as a number of small independent productions in Montreal.

STELLAMARA (COMPOSER) is based within Turkish, Arabic, Balkan, Persian, Medieval European, and Indian musical traditions, creating original evocative soundscapes that are now considered to be a new model in contemporary world music. They express a passion and devotion to the soul of these cultures, with original and traditional compositions.
As Stellamara's core are vocalist/percussionist Sonja Drakulich and mult-instrumentalist Gari Hegada and cellist Rufus Cappadocia. Their music features other musicians including Arabic and Balkan percussionists Tobias Roberson and Faisal Zedan, clarinet and ney player Peter Jaques and violinist Briana Waters.
Their website can be found at www.stellamara.com

JULIE CUNNINGHAM (ANIMATOR) ­ lives in Australia and has a number of animated films to her credit. Julie's first animated short Double X, was shown in theatres across the United States and Canada with screenings of Goddess Remembered.

ROSE WOGNUM FRANCES, M.F.A.(COVER ART), is an aware-winning artist working in mixed media, including painting, metalwork, textiles and woodwork. Her artwork has been shown since 1970 in numerous international museums and galleries, including the American craft museum in New York and the Corcoran Gallery and Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

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