Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande
Directed by Rodney Whittenberg, Jonathan Sprout
USA | 7:16 min. | 2020
Our international friends think we Americans are crazy to have such easy access to guns.
In the UK, a mass shooting in the 1990s inspired strict gun control laws; there’s been just one mass shooting in the 22 years since.
In Australia, there was a mass shooting also in the 1990s. Laws were put into place, and there hasn’t been another mass shooting in the past 20-plus years.
It took a mass shooting in New Zealand to inspire lawmakers to tighten gun regulations.
But, in America, we have a mass shooting (an incident where four or more people are shot) every day, and our government has still not enacted similar sensible effective laws.
In the 1950s, many people thought it was madness that the US government could require people to wear seat belts. The auto industry fought this because they didn’t want to have to pay for it. Nevertheless, seat belts, air bags, and crash-resistant cars became the law. And guess what? The number of auto fatalities dramatically dropped.
Let’s work together for laws that better protect our loved ones, especially our children. We all have the right to be safe.
Rodney Whittenberg, Jonathan Sprout
You don’t meet someone like Rodney Whittenberg every day. He’s enthusiastic. He hears you. It feels good to be in his company. We all have gifts and his are a humble beacon, like bright copper pots hanging from an itinerant seller’s cart, shining in the sun, drawing you near to see more: you can’t miss them and you definitely want one.
Besides Force For Good and numerous multi-media projects, Rodney is preparing for a February debut of his one-man show, the working title “How I Discovered I was Black Because Everybody Keeps Reminding Me.” And he hopes to carve out more time “to just dream and be inspired. If I go to the Library of Congress and do some research, or go to a show, I come back fed. The hardest part for art/business people is to keep feeding ourselves so the well of creativity doesn’t dry up.”
Since his first professional appearance in 1972, Jonathan Sprout has recorded 12 albums, performed more than 6,500 concerts (including 5,500 children’s concerts), and taught more than 800 songwriting workshops throughout the United States. His songs have appeared on several internationally released compilation albums.
From his numerous projects as a children’s music producer and composer to his award winning Voices of Ages, a feature documentary about the first inter-generational choir, Rodney makes art to heal, empower, and transform.