The Nobelity Blog is a running series of reports on the film and education work of The Nobelity Project (, including reports from our partner project Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya, and numerous other school projects from our Kenya Schools Fund. The blog also includes reports on our films, including the recent SXSW Audience Award winner, Building Hope, and on our advocacy for specific issues related to a more sustainable and just world for children everywhere.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

One Peace, One Theatre, One City, One School at a Time!

What a wild and wonderful Fall it’s been for the Nobelity Project. Here’s a quick sampling of all our great news:

The national theatrical release of One Peace at a Time begins Friday, Dec 4 with two parties in Austin at Manuel’s Arboretum Restaurant before the evening screenings at the Arbor Theatre. $50 Tickets are online at, with proceeds helping to build Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya.

Congressman Lloyd Doggett, one of the stars of the film, joins us Friday evening as our guest of honor at the 5:30 p.m. reception!

The film continues - 5 screenings per day - from Dec 4 - 10! Tickets for all other screenings available at the Arbor Box Office. Click here for Arbor online sales.

Here are the great partner groups that are helping us turn out a crowd each evening:

  • Sat, 12/5 -
  • Sun, 12/6 - Austin interfaith night with AAIM and Tom Spencer (7 pm)
  • Mon, 12/7 - Meals on Wheels
  • Tues, 12/8 - and The Austin Kiva Group
  • Wed, 12/9 - Charity Bash, including a party at Manuel's following the 7:00 p.m. screening (another fundraiser for Mahiga Hope High School
  • Thurs, 12/10 - Christy hosts Austin's yoga community.

Tickets for Teachers - Thanks to The Dell Foundation and Bank of America, we have free tickets for teachers to all matinee screenings - 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, email, and please bring your teacher id to the theater.

1000 Voices for Hope – Our fundraising partnership with has raised $13,000 for Mahiga Hope High School. Join Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Emily and Martie of The Dixie Chicks as members of this glorious choir.

Thanks to Nike and Architecture for Humanity for awarding Mahiga Hope High and our RainWater Court as winners of the International GameChangers Award. In addition to over $50,000 in construction money, the award includes the services of Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow Greg Elsner who is living in Mahiga, Kenya as we build this amazing school. Check out photos and designs at:

If you’ve seen One Peace at a Time, help us spread the word. There is a better way! If you haven’t seen it, it’s time.

To watch the Ben Harper Trailer, go to:

And here are a few choice pics from our Red Carpet L.A. Premiere.

Thanks to Matthew McConaughey and Camilla Alves, Cameron Sinclair, Bono,, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, Peter Fonda and many others who are support the film and our work for a better way.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Help Build Mahiga Hope High School!

Our work at St. Joseph Mahiga Primary School in rural Kenya has already resulted in clean drinking water and electricity, a computer lab and new classrooms. Enrollment is up and water-borne illnesses are down. Mahiga Primary is now the highest rated school in the district!

A solid primary school is good, but education shouldn't end at the 8th grade.

With no secondary school, a complete education for 700 kids depends upon The Nobelity Project's commitment to build Mahiga Hope High School. The Education District for the area has committed to operate this school but has no money to build it. That’s where we come in. These kids are ready and eager to learn. Let's open the door on a better future for them and their community!

Nike and Architecture for Humanity join the team!

Nike has announced our Rainwater Court as winner of the international GameChangers design competition. Architecture for Humanity will oversee construction of the world's first "net-positive" basketball court that will also collect and purify drinking water for the school, serve as an outdoor classroom, a community meeting space and more. This is a great beginning, but to build the rest of the high school we need your help.

The Willie Challenge!  To build twelve classrooms, a library, and computer and science labs

Willie Nelson is  lending his hand to our efforts. Take the Willie Challenge and make a tax-deductible contribution to make this wonderful school a reality!

• Every $100 donation receives a copy of Turk and Willie's NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, signed by Turk

• Every $500 donation receives a copy of The Tao of Willie signed by Willie too!

• Every $5,000 donation receives signed book AND your name on the door of a classroom!

Click here to make a donation today!

Or mail your donation to:

The Nobelity Project    P.O. Box 161925     Austin, TX  78716

And the Screening News:

One Peace At A Time wins the Audience Award at the Maui Film Festival!

It was a magical evening in Maui with Willie receiving the Maverick Award and singing to the crowd before the movie.

We also had a great premiere in Nairobi, and memorable screening at the World Economic Forum in Geneva!

One Peace is screening in September at the North South International Film Forum at the United Nations in Geneva!

Stay tuned at for more news on many more screenings to come.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

One Peace Premiere Report/New Trailer

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the World Premiere of One Peace at a Time. If you thought it was crowded at the museum (300 people) and at the theatre (1,100/Sold Out!), you were right! The response to the movie was wonderful, overwhelming, off-the-charts.. I don't know what to say (and almost couldn't say anything). 
More great news - we have a theatrical trailer and it is fantastic. Thanks Matt Naylor and everyone at 501 Post. Check it out!

Screening news:
Sunday, 4/26 Mexico Premiere at Casa Dorada, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Friday & Saturday, 5/1 & 5/2  Screening at Wild Basin in Austin, tickets at
Tuesday, May 5, Washington D.C. Premiere, honoring Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Caroline Boudreaux and more. Screening at Jack Morton Theater, George Washington Univ; co-hosted by CNN's Paul Begala

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sneak Preview of ONe Peace at a Time

A Sneak Preview of One Peace at a Time, the title sequence with music courtesy of Bob Dylan. More info at

Monday, March 30, 2009

Willie Nelson says, "Don't miss the World Premiere of One Peace at a Time!"
Info and ticket links for the April 14 premiere at Austin's Paramount Theatre are below, but first here's Willie and Turk's new psa for the Nobelity Project's biggest night ever!

The April 14 Paramount Theatre World Premiere (7:00 p.m. with music and food; 8:00 p.m. Premiere; 10 p.m. after-party at Ruth's Chris) just 25 bucks for 

Support the Nobelity Project and enjoy the entire evening!
6:00 - 7:30 Pre-screening Reception at Austin Museum of Art
8:00 Reserved Seats at World Premiere
10:00 after-party at Ruth's Chris:
$250/person - Click Here!
Feed the Peace!
(Scroll down to the previous blog for more info on the evening and the film!)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

World Premiere of One Peace at a Time

Monday, March 2, 2009

One Peace at a Time, World Premiere Screening on April 14 at the Paramount Theatre

After 2 years, 20 countries and 1 broken leg, we're delighted to announce the World Premiere of The Nobelity Project’s new film, One Peace at a Time. Tickets are now on sale at the links below (Nobelity filled the Paramount for multiple screenings, so these tickets may go fast).

There are three great events on April 14th, and two tickets to choose from.

World Premiere Screening Party - $25/person (Click Here for Tickets)
7:00 p.m. Paramount doors open
Live music onstage
Great food from El Chilito, Mama Fu’s & Amy’s Ice Cream
8:00 p.m. One Peace at a Time screening, followed by filmmaker Q & A
10:00 p.m. After-party at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

One Peace Museum Party - $250/person (Click Here for Tickets)
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Private Reception at Austin Museum of Art Downtown
An unforgettable evening celebrating the new film and our museum exhibit
Our biggest party since Lance, Willie and Owen at the Four Seasons
Catering by Word of Mouth and Becker Wines
Thanks to our host committee: Willie & Annie Nelson, Rick Linklater, Elizabeth Avellan, Nav Sooch, Donna and Philip Berber & Eddie Safady.
7:30 p.m. Walk to the Paramount for the Premiere Screening
Prime reserved screening seats & Ruth’s Chris after-party included in ticket price

Christy and I are tremendously excited about the release of One Peace at a Time. While Nobelity focused on global problems, the new film looks at solutions that are already working, and that could be amplified all over the world. The film asks one very big question - can we provide basic rights – water, nutrition, education, healthcare, opportunity and a sustainable and peaceful environment – to every child on earth?

The solutions I found on five continents had some inspiring Austin connections, including the model Indian orphanages of The Miracle Foundation and water projects in Ethiopia with A Glimmer of Hope. For a sneak preview of the water story in the film, check out our latest edition of Short Film/Big Changes, which is called A Glimmer of Hope!

See you April 14 at the Paramount - or if you can step up big-time for the nonprofit, at the museum.

About Me

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People know me from different things I've done, and often seem to remember me from whatever I was doing when our paths first crossed. If you first saw me on television with Harry Anderson or doing stand-up comedy, you may be disappointed in my current level of funny. On the other hand, if you first saw me as that idiot narcoleptic guy in The Sopranos, I could really use a nap, so I'm still playing that part well. The last few years have been occupied by making three feature docs, Nobelity, One Peace at a Time, and Building Hope. All three were produced by our education and action nonprofit, The Nobelity Project ( I've also written ten books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently the NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, co-authored with the very awesome Willie Nelson.