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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Kenya Schools Fund Needs You (And our Solstice Party does too)

It's the Building Hope Holiday Happy Hour!
Wednesday, Dec 21    5:30 - 7:30  p.m.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 107 W. 6th St. Austin
$5 wine and cocktails/half-price appetizers
Turk will be signing the beautiful new book/dvd of Building Hope
Books are also available online at  - a meaningful and beautiful Christmas present that supports our work.

In the past year, we've worked at schools across rural Kenya to build new classrooms, water systems, libraries and computer labs. Your support has provided real hope and opportunity for 3,000 students at the Amboni, Bondeni, Daaba, Honi, Mahiga and Mugaka Schools.

There is more work to be done. To make a tax-deductible year-end gift to fill the following needs, please go to

Library and Computer Labs at the Amboni, Kabiruini or Irbaan schools
$5,000 - build a library or a computer lab (with extra thanks to AMD and Lenovo)
$250 - a shelf full of library books 
$25 - 3 library books including classics in English and Kiswahili

Rainwater System and Classroom at the Mutaki School
$10,000 - build a rainwater collection and purification system
$5,000 - build a new classroom (using bricks made by the parents)

Textbooks for Daaba, Mugaka and Mahiga Schools
$25 - textbooks for two students              
$500 - textbooks for a classroom/grade

Mosquito Nets to prevent malaria at the Talek School
$10 - a life-saving mosquito net for one student sleeping in the dorm      
$100 - nets for ten students 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Building Hope Book/DVD Release Party - What a ride!

Wow - what a ride! Fom the end of our successful Kickstarter campaign for Building Hope to the book/dvd party on Dec 11 we had two months to work miracles. Two months to revise and copyedit a manuscript that tells the story of Mahiga Hope High School and The Nobelity Project (thanks to copy editor Dana Frank for a great job). Two months to design a coffee-table book with nearly 200 color photos from my five continent journey on the past three movies (thanks toDJ Stout and Stu Taylor at Pentagram Design for a gorgeous design). Two months that also had to include full-color printing on a giant Heidelberg Speedmaster Press (thanks to Rob Wallace and everyone at The Whitley Group, including the master printers that worked over the Thanksgiving weekend).

The book is now at Roswell Book Binders in Phoenix (the photographs may be from all over the world but the book and the dvd are Made in America). The DVDs of my film Building Hope will be added to each book by hand. On Sunday, December 11, we celebrate it all at the Big Book Bash. Hope those in Austin can join us from 6 to 9 at El Sol y La Luna on 6th Street for cocktails, great food, fabulous music by Carolyn Wonderland and special guests, and the first opportunity to take home a copy of Building Hope - the book and dvd.

Purchase party tickets and order your copies at

Thanks to everyone who purchased copies on Kickstarter or at If you can't make the party, you can still buy copies at We'll get them off to everyone the week after the big party.

What a ride!  turk

- here's the party invite:

Party with a purpose! The Building Hope Book Bash!
 Sunday, December 11
6 - 9 p.m.   
El Sol y La Luna
600 E. 6th St. Austin

Music by  
Carolyn Wonderland & Special Surprise Guests!
 Great food and cocktails 

A moving and meaningful gift for the holidays. Proceeds support our Kenya Schools Fund - building clean water systems, classrooms and libraries in rural Kenya.
It's a book! Nine months after our new film BUILDING HOPE won the Lone Star Audience Award at SXSW, The Nobelity Project is releasing a book that tells the full story of Mahiga Hope High School and our amazing global journey.  And every  purchase supports our work with rural schools in East Africa. 
Filled with color photos of our work around the world and insights from the Nobel Laureates and other global leaders in our films, this special edition book package also includes an advance DVD of the film the Austin Chronicle calls "Inspirational Redbull for the humanitarian soul." 

 Can't make the party? Order books by Dec. 18th for holiday delivery.   
Thanks to everyone who ordered on Kickstarter! We could't have done this without you.
Love to hear from you if you are interested in making a year-end gift to The Nobelity Project. We have so many new projects underway that every dollar makes a huge difference-from $5 for a library book to $5000 for a library! Contact Christy at or 512-263-7971. 

Many, many thanks from Turk, Christy and the entire team at The Nobelity Project--including a couple of thousand kids in Kenya...  

ps. Save the Date! March 25, 2012 for the Artist and Filmmakers Dinner
Four Seasons Austin.   

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.