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This week has been a great success so far at the Global Peace Film Festival! Thanks to everyone who came to the film I adopted on Wednesday, “My Kidnapper”, it was a great turnout and a really good film! Keep coming out to the festival this weekend- check out the schedule here:

See you there 🙂



TODAY IS THE DAY! The first day of the Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, FL. The festival is being kicked off tonight on Mills Lawn on the Rollins College Campus with a BBQ and a viewing of the film “Throw Down Your Heart”. “Throw Down Your Heart” is about “American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African root of the banjo and record an album. It’s a boundary-breaking musical adventure that celebrates the beauty and complexity of Africa – an Africa that is very different from what is often seen in the media today. As Bela travels across Africa, through Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia and Mali, he forges both musical and personal connections. Using his banjo, he transcends barriers of language and culture, finding common ground with musicians from very different backgrounds and creating some of the most meaningful music of his career” (

Hope to see everyone on Mills Lawn tonight for a great kick-off event! And don’t forget to come out the rest of the week to the films. Go to for a schedule of the films! 🙂


For my Global Entertainment class we each are supposed to chose a film to adopt and try to get an audience for. My chosen film for the Global Peace Film Festival is called “My Kidnapper”.

“My Kidnapper” is the story of Mark Henderson who was “one of eight backpackers taken hostage while trekking in the Colombian jungle. What had started as an innocent tourist adventure, ended up as 101 terrifying days of captivity and uncertainty about his future. Eleven months after his release Mark received an email from Antonio, one of his kidnappers, and one of the other hostages received a friend request on facebook from Antonio’s girlfriend, another of their captors. What followed was a five year correspondence and the start of a complicated relationship that eventually drew Mark back to the one part of the world he thought he’d never see again. MKidnapper follows Mark and three of his fellow hostages as they return to the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern Colombia, the place where they lived out their worst nightmares. As they travel deeper into the jungle they discover the truth behind what happened to them, understand more about how they all dealt with the ordeal and eventually come face to face with their kidnappers” (

You can see this film on Wednesday 9/22 @ 8pm in Bush Auditorium at Rollins College, on Saturday 9/25 @ 12:30pm in Suntrust Auditorium at Rollins College, or on Sunday 9/26 @ 1:30pm also in Bush.

Here is the trailer for the film:

Hope to see as many of you there who can possibly attend!


Hey guys! As of today my blog will now be devoted to one of my classes this semester called “The Global Entertainment Industry”. I will be blogging mainly to promote and support the Global Peace Film Festival which will be occurring from September 21-26 in Winter Park, FL. It is an amazing film festival which promotes peace through the films they show. This year the festival is showcasing 42 films, which can be seen at various locations throughout Winter Park, including Rollins College. For further information and a schedule of the films check out

I will be posting more about the event as it approaches! Enjoy!


Here is our final map of Wheel Chair Accessibility:

We found that 1 out of every 250 people is in a wheel chair. Because of this high number, we thought that it would be useful and important to create a map showing popular locations that are wheel chair accessible. We mapped out places that we frequently go that are wheel chair friendly. On each point on our map we provided an address and description of the location along with the website of the business and a link to photos of the locations. We found that many restaurants and businesses that we looked at did have wheel chair accessibility which was a really great thing. While there is a need for some improvement, Winter Park is doing pretty well. However, something that is troubling is that most of the sorority houses and fraternity houses are so old that once inside these buildings handicapped people do not have access to the second floor or the basements. Hopefully in the next few years Rollins will able to make some changes in order to make Rollins campus more wheel chair friendly. Our ma provides an interactive map for people in wheel chairs to use in order to find places they may want to go. Instead of having to search for individual businesses and finding out if they were wheel chair friendly, they can now just use our map and click through the different points. Overall, we thought that this was an important social justice issue and we wanted to provide some sort of solution to help out.

This youtube video shows a similar story that took place in Canada where a guidebook was made about wheel chair accessibility in parks and attractions, it’s nice to know that other people have had this similar idea and are trying to make a difference.


I made a loan to this cause on Check it out!


This morning before class I was catching up on some TV I had missed over the past few weeks, one of them being “90210” on the network The CW which is a remake of the original “90210” from the 90’s. In the first few minutes of the episode, two of the main characters were talking about Marshall McLuhan which I found shocking. It is really interesting and fantastic that someone who we have discussed numerous times in CMC has been featured on such a main stream television show. Maybe now that more people are being exposed to these types of theorists younger generations will become more interested in the topics we discuss in our major. Here’s the clip:


This is the proposal for my final project of the semester for CMC350…

Group: Me, Chelsea, Sam, Megan

For our final mapping project we will be mapping wheel chair accessibility throughout Winter Park, mainly on Park Ave. and on Rollins campus. Ideally, our final map will be composed of points showing which locations throughout Winter Park have wheel chair access along with links to information posted to our blogs, photos taken and posted to our flickr accounts, and you tube or original video showing peoples reactions and feelings towards the importance of wheel chair accessibility. In order to accomplish this goal of having a multifaceted map, we will stick to this timeline to keep us on track:

Week 1 (April 5-9): Conduct general research on the topic of wheel chair accessibility as a social justice issue

Week 2 (April 12-16): Conduct more in-depth research about the issue in the Winter Park community. This weekend go around in Winter Park and photograph wheel chair accessible places and/or conduct interview(s) with a handicapped person or persons.

Week 3 (April 19-23): Have several group meetings in which we will work on putting all of our information together onto our google map. Have a final meeting where we make sure we have everything we wanted to have and make any final adjustments to our map.

If we stick to this schedule (more or less), our plan of mapping wheel chair accessibility in Winter Park and at Rollins should turn out very well.


Today in class we looked at a website called Kiva.

Kiva has a “mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty”. They have created a website where people can donate or “lend” to entrepreneurs who need help getting off the ground or keeping their business afloat. It allows anyone from around the world to help out with any cause. Kiva has so many different causes that need help and they are all very easy to find. The website has a very well constructed search page which can help you find whatever you may be looking for. Each different cause gives you a timeframe in which they will hopefully be able to repay the loan you give them. At first I had a lot of questions and concerns about Kiva such as, how do you know that the money you give them is actually going towards a cause, or why don’t the people in need just go to a bank? On the kiva website there is a section for FAQ’s in which both of mine were answered. I am glad I was introduced to such an interesting and innovative website, now I just need to browse the causes to see where I will make my donation. For more information check out:


Here is my google map of my favorite places in Winter Park, FL. Zoom in and check it out! 🙂