Dede Cuumings frequently works as an event producer. Whether it is for grassroots environmental activism, author book launch events, art exhibitions, a cappella concerts, or feature films or documentaries, Cummings shares a passion with her clients for bringing art to life. Environmental activism and organizing is a major impetus for Dede, as she feels the click is ticking on climate change, and the time is now to do everything to stop global warming. The “buy local/ride local” mantra is a way of life she hopes will be available and supported by all. Here are a few events Cummings has produced and/or coordinates:
Tour de Heifer
The tremendous success of 2011’s Strolling of the Heifers’s Tour de Heifer ride has brought back a trio of scenic farm-to-farm bicycle rides, Sunday, June 3rd, 2012. These mostly dirt road rides are tailored to all levels of cycling ability, with routes ranging from 10 to 60 miles. The routes feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages, covered bridges and much more. For more information, please visit Tour-de-Heifer website.
Kingdom County Productions will partner with Marlboro College for the production of a dramatic feature film, Northern Borders, based on Howard Frank Mosher’s award-winning coming-of-age story. Northern Borders creates an enchanted and rough-hewn world where family mysteries run deep and an older generation resists change.
The film will be produced and directed by Jay Craven, working in collaboration with a professional cast and crew, as well as with college students and recent post-grads from twelve Northeast colleges and universities. Our fully professional cast includes Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Coming Home, They Shoot Horses Don’t They?, HBO’s Big Love, Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie and Family Plot). Also, 12-year old Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Everybody’s Fine, The Omen, Sex and the City), Bill Raymond (Michael Clayton, The Wire), and others including emerging talents like 16 year-old Irene Shamas of Brattleboro.
Northern Borders tells the story of young Austen Kittredge, who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm, where he experiences wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956, and the farm becomes a magical place for Austen, full of eccentric people like his rascal cousin and his stubborn but loving grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War. A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story, Northern Borders evokes Vermont’s wildness, its sublime beauty, a haunted past, and an aura of enchantment.
College a Cappella Concert
The perennially sold-out collegiate a cappella benefit concert returns to the Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro every year for the past nine years. This year’s lineup for 2012, featured seven great groups, including the award-winning Tufts Beelzebubs and the Dartmouth Aires, both second-place finishers on the first, and third seasons respectively of NBC’s The Sing-Off.
I produce, and direct this concert, which is a benefit for the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, with additional funds going to the Vermont Food Shelf / The Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center (in memory of Melinda Bussimo), Tropical Storm Irene Relief (specifically the Mountain Home Trailer Park), the Brattleboro Music Center’s vocal scholarship fund, Mariam Diallo’s Haitian Releif, and The In-Sight Photography Project (which supports teen photographers regardless of their ability to pay the tuition).
You can hear what I have to say about this event by clicking the link below (graciously featured on the Latchis Arts website!)
More events to come…. Thanks for perusing my Events page, and most of all supporting the arts, education, and the environment—it’s all we’ve got.