Jun
27
10:00 AM10:00

Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, Tennessee

CIRCLES (82 min.) screens at 10 am at Cane Ridge High School (auditorium) in Nashville, Tennessee, followed by a conversation with the film’s main character, Eric Butler. The screening is part of a conference on Social Emotional Learning hosted by Metro Nashville Public Schools.

To attend, please visit this link.

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Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

Museum at Central School, Kalispell, Montana

CIRCLES (82 min.) screens at 5:30pm at the Museum at Central School, at 124 Second Ave. East, in Kalispell, followed by a conversation with the film's star and pioneer of the restorative justice movement, Eric Butler.

Tickets cost $1-$10 suggested donation.

Call Center for Restorative Youth Justice with questions or to co-sponsor, 406.257.7400.

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Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Covellite International Film Festival, Butte, Montana

****IMPORTANT UPDATE: SCREENING HAS MOVED TO 8 PM AT BUTTE CENTRAL (9 S Idaho St)****


CIRCLES (82 min) screens at Covellite International Film Festival in Butte, Montana. The film screens at 8:30pm at the historic Covellite Theatre followed by a conversation with the film’s main character and pioneer of the restorative justice movement, Eric Butler.

For tickets and information, please visit https://covellitefilmfest.org/selections/documentary-features/

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Jun
7
12:30 PM12:30

Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival, Vero Beach, Florida

  • Decor Envy Theatre, Vero Beach Heritage Center (map)
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CIRCLES will be showing Friday, June 7 at 12:30pm at The Décor Envy Theatre at the Vero Beach Heritage Center as part of the Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival. The film will be followed by a conversation with the film’s star, Eric Butler.

   https://vbwff.com/venues/heritage-center/

NOTE:  Standby tickets for $10 might be available immediately before the screening at the venue.

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Jun
1
2:30 PM14:30

Doc Fest, San Francisco, California

CIRCLES (82 min.) screens at SF Doc Fest for the film’s San Francisco premiere at the historic Roxie Theatre in the city’s Mission District. Please join director, Cassidy Friedman, and the film’s star, Eric Butler, along with other invited guests, afterward for a conversation and to celebrate bringing CIRCLES back to the filmmaker’s hometown!

Tickets on sale now at Doc Fest’s Web Site.

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May
30
6:30 PM18:30

Ecotrust, Portland, Oregon

Following a screening of CIRCLES (82 minutes), the film’s main character, Eric Butler, will facilitate a conversation.

Parents, educators, and activists who are working toward transformative justice, on small and large scales ... We are pleased to invite you to a very special Restorative Justice screening hosted by Resolutions Northwest.

Presenter: Eric Butler (Lead Cast Member, whose life and work the film is based on)
Join us for a post-film community conversation and connect with local resources.

Sponsored by Oregon Humanities (grant), Brink Communications, Partnership for Safety & Justice, United Way of the Columbia- Willamette, and Ecotrust.


Registration FREE; youth encouraged to attend: https://resolutionsnorthwest.org/event/circles/

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Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

University of Houston Downton, Houston, Texas

  • University of Houston Downtown, Wilhelmina Cullen (map)
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The Restorative Justice Collaborative of Houston, Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston Downtown, HoustonNVC.org, and the Houston Peace and Justice Center present "Circles," a documentary about Eric Butler's personal journey as a father and his internationally renowned work advocating for youth in Oakland.

Butler will be telecast in for a Q and A session following the film.

Tickets available here: https://form.jotform.com/hpjc/RJCH-presents-CIRCLES

Date: April 25, 2019
Time: 6-8:10pm
Location: University of Houston Downtown, Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium (A350) on the 3rd Floor (Main Street Level) of the Academic Building
Tickets: $10, Free for K-12

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Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

California Film Institute, San Rafael, California

CIRCLES (82 min.) will screen at 12pm noon on April 15, 2019 at the Smith Rafael Theater in San Rafael, California, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. The screening is presented by the California Film Institute’s Community Cinema documentary film series.

Admission is free, but seats must be reserved through Eventbrite: cfieducation.cafilm.org/community

FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED  |  SEATING IS NOT GUARANTEED


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Apr
11
5:00 PM17:00

Columbia Heights Education Campus, Washington, DC

CIRCLES (82 minutes) will screen Thursday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m. at Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. Led by CIRCLES’ main character, Eric Butler, participants will be engaged after the film in relationship-building and self-reflection..

The event, sponsored by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education' in partnership with Restorative DC, will begin with community-building and refreshments from 5-6 p.m. The event is free of charge, but tickets are required.

Tix available here.

For additional information about the film, please visit the movie’s websiteDownload a sharable flyer about the DC screening event.

For any other information or questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at Jessica.Dulay@dc.gov.

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Apr
10
5:00 PM17:00

Kelly Miller Middle School, Washington, DC

Scenes of CIRCLES will be shown Wednesday, April 10, from 6-8 p.m. at Kelly Miller Middle School, 301 49th St. NE. Led by CIRCLES’ main character, Eric Butler, participants will be engaged in relationship-building and self-reflection, highlighting scenes from the film.

****PLEASE NOTE: This event does NOT include a screening of the full-length film.**** To watch the full-length film, please see CIRCLES screening event on April 11th at Kelly Miller Middle School.

The event, sponsored by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education' in partnership with Restorative DC, will begin with community-building and refreshments from 5-6 p.m. The event is free of charge, but tickets are required.

Tix available here.

For additional information about the film, please visit the movie’s websiteDownload a sharable flyer about the DC screening event.

For any other information or questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at Jessica.Dulay@dc.gov.

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Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Cinequest Film Festival, Redwood City, California

CIRCLES (82 min.) screens at Cinequest Film Festival at Century 29 Redwood City - Screen 17, in Redwood City. CIRCLES’ director, Cassidy Friedman, and main character, Eric Butler, will be present for a Q&A and discussion of the film.

Tickets available here

An inspirational teacher finds his son beaten in jail. Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, settled in Oakland, California where he counseled vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers and facilitated grief circles to overcome the effects of homicide and violence in area schools. Butler nurtures troubled youth and works to keep them in school. The film reaches a critical juncture when Eric's son is arrested and beaten in jail. Eric begins to question his methods and his ability to function as a father. In dramatic fashion, this inspirational teacher strives to provide a fair and compassionate life for future generations. - Pratibha Kelapure

Preceded by the short film: Little River Run; Director: Ed Skrein; Length: 12 min; Country: United Kingdom

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Mar
16
1:45 PM13:45

Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California

CIRCLES (82 min.) screens at Cinequest Film Festival at Hammer Theatre SJ, in San Jose, California. CIRCLES’ director, Cassidy Friedman, and main character, Eric Butler, will be present for a Q&A and discussion of the film.

Tickets available here

An inspirational teacher finds his son beaten in jail. Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, settled in Oakland, California where he counseled vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers and facilitated grief circles to overcome the effects of homicide and violence in area schools. Butler nurtures troubled youth and works to keep them in school. The film reaches a critical juncture when Eric's son is arrested and beaten in jail. Eric begins to question his methods and his ability to function as a father. In dramatic fashion, this inspirational teacher strives to provide a fair and compassionate life for future generations. - Pratibha Kelapure

Preceded by the short film: Little River Run; Director: Ed Skrein; Length: 12 min; Country: United Kingdom

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Mar
14
6:15 PM18:15

Cinequest Film Festival, Redwood City, California

CIRCLES (82 minutes) screens at Cinequest Film Festival at Century 29 Redwood City - Screen 17, in Redwood City. CIRCLES’ director, Cassidy Friedman, and main character, Eric Butler, will be present for a Q&A and discussion of the film.

Tickets available here

An inspirational teacher finds his son beaten in jail. Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, settled in Oakland, California where he counseled vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers and facilitated grief circles to overcome the effects of homicide and violence in area schools. Butler nurtures troubled youth and works to keep them in school. The film reaches a critical juncture when Eric's son is arrested and beaten in jail. Eric begins to question his methods and his ability to function as a father. In dramatic fashion, this inspirational teacher strives to provide a fair and compassionate life for future generations. - Pratibha Kelapure

Preceded by the short film: Little River Run; Director: Ed Skrein; Length: 12 min; Country: United Kingdom

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Feb
28
4:00 PM16:00

New York, New York

  • 16 Clarkson Street New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)
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Co-presented by No Longer Empty, Kings Against Violence Initiative, Urban Arts Partnership, The Facing History School, Gotham Academy, CIRCLES (82 min.) will hold a private screening followed by breakout groups to discuss the film.

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Feb
28
4:00 PM16:00

CANCELED -- Oakland Technical High School, Oakland, California

IMPORTANT UPDATE: EVENT CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Dear friends of CIRCLES and Talking Peace, 

As you may have heard, there is currently a teacher's strike at OUSD.  You can find out more about the reasons for the strike here.  In respect to the teachers, administrators, and students we have decided to postpone both of our Oakland screenings of CIRCLES this week - Wednesday's at Skyline High School and Thursday's at Oakland Technical High School.  

Our Impact Team believes in the transformative power of Restorative Justice to heal communities.  Our goal is to support Oakland school district in whatever way possible by encouraging relationship building and conversation in the midst of disagreement.  If you haven't already, please watch this video of Eric and his partner Cece as they lead a circle in the middle of a school board meeting.  

Please keep in touch with us with thoughts for ideas to support this effort.  

In solidarity, 

Cassidy Friedman

Director, CIRCLES

Eric Butler

Owner, Talking Peace

 

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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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Feb
27
9:50 AM09:50

CANCELED -- Skyline High School, Oakland, California

IMPORTANT UPDATE: EVENT CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Dear friends of CIRCLES and Talking Peace, 

As you may have heard, there is currently a teacher's strike at OUSD.  You can find out more about the reasons for the strike here.  In respect to the teachers, administrators, and students we have decided to postpone both of our Oakland screenings of CIRCLES this week - Wednesday's at Skyline High School and Thursday's at Oakland Technical High School.  

Our Impact Team believes in the transformative power of Restorative Justice to heal communities.  Our goal is to support Oakland school district in whatever way possible by encouraging relationship building and conversation in the midst of disagreement.  If you haven't already, please watch this video of Eric and his partner Cece as they lead a circle in the middle of a school board meeting.  

Please keep in touch with us with thoughts for ideas to support this effort.  

In solidarity, 

Cassidy Friedman

Director, CIRCLES

Eric Butler

Owner, Talking Peace

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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
21
6:00 PM18:00

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Dubuque, Iowa

A JDIFF 2019 Official Selection documentary, the festival will present CIRCLES (82 min.) as part of its Winter Series at 6pm on Thursday Feb. 21. Following the film there will be a Q&A with film subject Eric Butler and the Director Cassidy Friedman and local representatives.

Tickets and information here.

*6pm - 6:45pm Mingle/Information with local organizations

*7pm Show Begins

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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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