Feb
27
9:50 AM09:50

Skyline High School, Oakland, California

Skyline High School is hosting a special FREE screening of CIRCLES at 10 am on Wednesday, February 27 at Skyline High School. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, Cassidy Friedman, and main character, Eric Butler.

Tickets are FREE with RSVP here. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/circles-documentary-screening-talkback-qa-skyline-high-school-tickets-54664064689)

The Oakland Film Society is presenting the documentary film “Circles” as an early acceptance into this year’s 17th Oakland International Film Festival, joining the concerted effort of Oakland Unified School District to screen the film in our schools to share this important topic of restorative justice in our schools to the Oakland community and the world around.

Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor and pioneer of the restorative justice movement, relocates and finds work at an Oakland, California, high school enforcing his no-nonsense approach to counseling vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers. Shot over two years, the film follows Butler’s impassioned efforts to nurture troubled youth and keep them in school, fighting racial discrimination by replacing snap suspensions and expulsions with gritty, intimate and honest mentoring.

But when his own teenage son is arrested and beaten in jail, he begins to question his methods and ability—not just as a teacher, but also as a father. With incredible access, Circles is an inspirational portrait of a father desperate to provide his son with the leadership and compassion he never received from his own.

Contact rvershbow[at]gmail.com with questions.

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Feb
28
4:00 PM16:00

Oakland Technical High School, Oakland, California

Oakland Technical High School is hosting a special screening of CIRCLES at 4:00pm Monday February 28 at Oakland Technical High School. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, Cassidy Friedman, and main character, Eric Butler.

Tickets are FREE with RSVP here. (https://tinyurl.com/yah5csqv)

The Oakland Film Society is presenting the documentary film “Circles” as an early acceptance into this year’s 17th Oakland International Film Festival, joining the concerted effort of Oakland Unified School District to screen the film in our schools to share this important topic of restorative justice in our schools to the Oakland community and the world around.

Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor and pioneer of the restorative justice movement, relocates and finds work at an Oakland, California, high school enforcing his no-nonsense approach to counseling vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers. Shot over two years, the film follows Butler’s impassioned efforts to nurture troubled youth and keep them in school, fighting racial discrimination by replacing snap suspensions and expulsions with gritty, intimate and honest mentoring.

But when his own teenage son is arrested and beaten in jail, he begins to question his methods and ability—not just as a teacher, but also as a father. With incredible access, Circles is an inspirational portrait of a father desperate to provide his son with the leadership and compassion he never received from his own.

Contact rvershbow[at]gmail.com with questions.

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Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Kingston, New York

  • 733 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 New York United States (map)
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CIRCLES will screen Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6:00- 9:00 p.m. at the Restorative Justice and Community Empowerment Center, 733 Broadway, Kingston, NY, 12401. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the director, Cassidy Friedman, and star, Eric Butler via remote videoconference.

RSVP to exec@co.ulster.ny.us or 845-340-3800

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Jan
15
5:30 PM17:30

McClymonds High School, Oakland, California

OUSD Board of Education Vice President Jumoke Hinton Hodge is hosting a special screening of CIRCLES at 5:30pm Tuesday January 15 at McClymonds High School - Best Buy Tech Center Alternatives in Action (2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland, CA, 94607). The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, Cassidy Friedman, and main character, Eric Butler.

Tickets are FREE with RSVP here. (https://tinyurl.com/y8qq67cc)

MESSAGE FROM OUSD BOARD OF EDUCATION VICE PRESIDENT JUMOKE HINTON HODGE:

"Circles", a movie about restorative practices, follows one of the leading and most authentic restorative justice practitioners in Oakland and the nation. Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor and pioneer in the restorative justice movement in Oakland Unified School District, shares his story and work at Ralph Bunche High School in West Oakland.

We will witness his no-nonsense approach to counseling vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers. The film follows Butler’s impassioned efforts to nurture troubled youth and keep them in school, fighting racial discrimination by replacing snap suspensions and expulsions with gritty, intimate and honest mentoring.

We are so fortunate to have storytellers like Cassidy Friedman, Director and Producer of "Circles", who tells the story of his practice and most compelling a look into the beautiful and intimate relationship of a Black father and his son. 

“Circles” will challenge us to think about structural barriers and institutional change needed to nurture healthy restorative environments in our schools and community. “Circles” leaves us with a new set of eyes on how we restore justice in our schools and community.  

This Screening is in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

This Screening is also in Remembrance of  Ramone...Rest in Peace!

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Dec
10
4:00 PM16:00

Washington, DC

Screening of CIRCLES (82 min.), followed by a conversation with the director, Cassidy Friedman, and the main subject, Eric Butler.

Hosted by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, and The Family Court Social Services Division.

By invitation only. Contact rvershbow[at]gmail.com with questions.

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Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Washington, DC

  • Institute for Transformational Leadership, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (map)
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CIRCLES screening (82 minutes) followed by a conversation with CIRCLES director, Cassidy Friedman, and the main character, Eric Butler, and a Restorative Justice workshop facilitated by Eric Butler.

By invitation only. Please direct questions to rvershbow[at]gmail.com

Schedule:

4:30 - Pre-screening Reception

5:00 - Film Screening

6:30 - Q&A with star Eric Butler and director Cassidy Friedman

7:00 - Circle Facilitation Demonstration led by Eric Butler

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Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

San Diego, California

The 2018 International Bullying Prevention Association Annual Conference registration includes an onsite screening of the award-winning documentary "Circles," on Nov 5 at 7 PM.

Sheraton Hotel and Marina: 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego CA 92101

Register early here for this event as space is limited! It will be an exciting conference packed with national presenters and new opportunities for learning and networking. 

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Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia

2018. USA. 82 min. English. 
Director: Cassidy Friedman.Featuring: Eric Butler, Tre Thomas, Mercedes Morgan, Ted Quant, Betsye Steele.

Discussion with director Cassidy Friedman, subject Eric Butler, and restorative justice coordinator Steven Thomas, moderated by Catherine Bradshaw (UVA)

Supported by IX Art Park and Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights

This film is part of the Race in America series presented by James Madison’s Montpelier and supported by Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Buy tickets here: http://virginiafilmfestival.org/films/circles/

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Nov
1
4:30 PM16:30

Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CIRCLES

Directed by Cassidy Friedman

1hr 22mins

Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, devoted school counselor Eric Butler moves his family to Oakland, implementing a new policy of restorative justice at his new school, shifting from a punitive framework to a space where kids feel safe, heard, and allowed to speak. But while he pours time and energy into his work, a rift develops in his relationship with his teenage son, leading him to question his ability not just as a teacher, but a father. An inspirational and moving documentary that speaks to our great need for juvenile justice reform with intimacy and candor.

Tickets on sale now! https://mkefilm.org/events/mff-2018/circles

FILM SPONSOR:  Don and Mary Jo Layden

Community Partners: Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative

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Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CIRCLES

Directed by Cassidy Friedman

1hr 22mins

Followed at 12pm noon with a forum "Circles: Milwaukee Talks Restorative Practice”, hosted by the MFF Lounge at Kenilworth Square East Gallery (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)

Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, devoted school counselor Eric Butler moves his family to Oakland, implementing a new policy of restorative justice at his new school, shifting from a punitive framework to a space where kids feel safe, heard, and allowed to speak. But while he pours time and energy into his work, a rift develops in his relationship with his teenage son, leading him to question his ability not just as a teacher, but a father. An inspirational and moving documentary that speaks to our great need for juvenile justice reform with intimacy and candor.

Tickets on sale now! https://mkefilm.org/events/mff-2018/circles

FILM SPONSOR:  Don and Mary Jo Layden

Community Partners: Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative

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Oct
26
9:00 PM21:00

Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CIRCLES

Directed by Cassidy Friedman

1hr 22mins

Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, devoted school counselor Eric Butler moves his familty to Oakland, implementing a new policy of restorative justice at his new school, shifting from a punitive framework to a space where kids feel safe, heard, and allowed to speak. But while he pours time and energy into his work, a rift develops in his relationship with his teenage son, leading him to question his ability not just as a teacher, but a father. An inspirational and moving documentary that speaks to our great need for juvenile justice reform with intimacy and candor.

FILM SPONSOR:  Don and Mary Jo Layden

Community Partners: Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative

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Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

York University, North York, Ontario, Canada

  • New Student Centre York University (map)
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Hosted by YouthREX l Youth Research & Evaluation eXchange

Eric Butler and director Cassidy Friedman will be joined on-stage following the screening by YouthREX’s Travonne Edwards and a panel of practitioners for an engaging discussion on restorative justice. 

Doors at 5:30PM, screening at 6:30PM, followed by a panel discussion. A networking reception will follow the panel discussion in the KtA Lounge.

Learn more and get tickets here: http://youthrex.com/exchange-2018/program/circles-screening/

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Oct
23
4:00 PM16:00

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Going DEEPER with Restorative Practices - Documentary Screening and Community Building Facilitation of the film CIRCLES

This session is for Peel Educators who are Restorative Practices Trained. You MUST have the certification to attend this session. A maximum of 100 educators can attend. 

Focus of Session:

In practice, restorative justice addresses the core causes of conflict, fosters personal development, and has the potential to be a driving force in addressing pertinent issues like the disproportionate suspension and expulsion of Black and Brown students, and violence in schools. The philosophy and set of practices, aimed at building relationships through shared values, are much more than a one-time problem solver. As seen in the film, restorative justice is an additional tool for educators to support students who need their help the most. 

This session will include a screening of the documentary and a facilitation with the filmmaker and the main character in the movie. Prepare to realize the importance of student voice and how to engage it restoratively for real change.

4-6 pm –  Introduction and watch Circles Documentary

6 – 6:45 pm – dinner and break

6:45 pm – 8:15 pm – 90 mins facilitation with Eric Butler and Cassidy Friedman

Location: The Maple Banquet Hall

(Dinner will be provided.)

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Oct
19
4:30 PM16:30

Princeton, New Jersey

  • Madear Hall at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (map)
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Screening of CIRCLES followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Cassidy Friedman, and a conversation on the Restorative Justice movement led by Eric Butler and Tre Thomas.

Questions? Email Jill Stockwell, director of The Prison Teaching Initiative, jfstockw@princeton.edu

Sponsored by the University Center for Human Values, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the Program for Community Engaged Scholarship, and the Prison Teaching Initiative.

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Oct
17
5:45 PM17:45

Heartland International Film Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana

CIRCLES

Directed by Cassidy Friedman

1hr 22mins

Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, devoted school counselor Eric Butler moves his family to Oakland, implementing a new policy of restorative justice at his new school, shifting from a punitive framework to a space where kids feel safe, heard, and allowed to speak. But while he pours time and energy into his work, a rift develops in his relationship with his teenage son, leading him to question his ability not just as a teacher, but a father. An inspirational and moving documentary that speaks to our great need for juvenile justice reform with intimacy and candor.

At AMC Castleton Square Theater 9
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Oct
15
7:15 PM19:15

Heartland International Film Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana

CIRCLES

Directed by Cassidy Friedman

1hr 22mins

Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, devoted school counselor Eric Butler moves his family to Oakland, implementing a new policy of restorative justice at his new school, shifting from a punitive framework to a space where kids feel safe, heard, and allowed to speak. But while he pours time and energy into his work, a rift develops in his relationship with his teenage son, leading him to question his ability not just as a teacher, but a father. An inspirational and moving documentary that speaks to our great need for juvenile justice reform with intimacy and candor.

AMC Traders Point Theater 11
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Oct
13
7:45 PM19:45

Heartland International Film Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Deboest Lecture Hall at Newfields (map)
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CIRCLES

Directed by Cassidy Friedman

1hr 22mins

Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, devoted school counselor Eric Butler moves his family to Oakland, implementing a new policy of restorative justice at his new school, shifting from a punitive framework to a space where kids feel safe, heard, and allowed to speak. But while he pours time and energy into his work, a rift develops in his relationship with his teenage son, leading him to question his ability not just as a teacher, but a father. An inspirational and moving documentary that speaks to our great need for juvenile justice reform with intimacy and candor.

At DeBoest Lecture Hall at Newfields
Buy tickets here.

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Oct
4
4:30 PM16:30

Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia

CIRCLES

2018. USA. 82 min. English. 
Director: Cassidy Friedman.Featuring: Eric Butler, Tre Thomas, Mercedes Morgan, Ted Quant, Betsye Steele.

After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Eric Butler moves to Oakland, California, in an impassioned effort to mentor troubled minority youth. The documentary reveals Eric’s no-nonsense approach to counseling for vulnerable Black and Latinx teenagers and reimagines standard approaches to school discipline. Butler’s restorative justice movement replaces sudden suspensions and expulsions with intimate and honest mentorship. By creating an open space for conversation, at-risk students are able to build trust and realize their potential. After his own son is arrested, Butler reevaluates his responsibilities as both father and teacher to be the leader that he never had growing up. Discussion with director Cassidy Friedman, subject Eric Butler, and Steven Thomas (Restorative Justice Coordinator)

Supported by IX Art Park and Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights

This film is part of the Race in America series presented by James Madison’s Montpelier and supported by Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

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Sep
28
12:15 PM12:15

Berkeley, California

The screening of #circlesmovie will be immediately followed by a brief presentation by CIRCLES' main character, Eric Butler, and a panel discussion that will include Eric, Rosa Bay of East Bay Community Law Center, Katherine Miller of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Teiahsha Bankead of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), and Rebecca Levenson, from Berkeley High School (California) Stop Harassing.

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Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Middletown, Connecticut

August 23, 2018 

Middletown High School Auditorium

Registration at 5:30pm

Movie starts promptly at 6:00pm followed by a circle with Eric Butler

Attendance for the film is FREE thanks to our sponsors.  The Circle following the film requires a ticket.  Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. 

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