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, May 31, 2011

Building Hope at the Violet Crown Cinema

The Violet Crown Cinema is Austin's coolest new theatre. It's located downtown on 2nd St., has luxurious seats and great tech, a full bar and appetizer menu, and a lineup of great films.

Following the Lone Star Audience Award at SXSW Film Fest (and some great reviews), Building Hope opens Friday for a week of screenings that benefit The Nobelity Project's Kenya Schools Fund.

Marc Savlov at The Austin Chronicle called the film, "a medicine for melancholy." And we have to admit that it is a rare kind of doc about Africa - an inspiring one.

Show times are:
12:00PM 1:45PM 3:30PM
5:15PM 7:00PM 9:00PM
And 11 p.m. on Fri/Sat

Tickets are selling fast, and with just 50 seats per screening, it's important to buy your tickets in advance at

Thanks to our great partners for helping us spread the word and bringing their own groups and supporters to the theatre. These include:

Friday - Austin Film Society & Origin Magazine
Saturday - Austin Woman and ATX Magazine
Sunday - and (two amazing groups in the global fight against poverty)
Monday - Bazaarvoice
Tuesday - Well Aware (special tickets for this one at
Wednesday - Citizen Generation
Thursday - Bazaarvoice

There's a reception with the filmmakers in the lobby every evening at 8 p.m. If you attend the 7 p.m. screening, we'll be waiting for you when the film ends. If you attend the 9 p.m., the reception will help warm you up for the move. And the Violet Crown is offering happy hour specials every night.

Check out the trailer to Building Hope at

You're gonna love this movie!

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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.