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Ali Hawthorne, (502) 262-8580

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Clifton Center to Host Screening of Inspirational Documentary
"Fire Under The Snow"
Louisville, Kentucky (April 30, 2013) - The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, will host a screening of the 75-minute inspirational documentary "Fire Under The Snow" as part of the Wild and Woolly Film Series on Sunday, May 12th at 7:00pm. The film, about an imprisoned Buddhist monk for which the Dalai Lama was a beacon of hope, is timely as Louisville welcomes His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on May 19th and 20th. The event is being co-presented by Drepung Gomang Institute who will host a display of Tibetan crafts available for sale at the event. Admission is free for Friends of the Clifton Center and $5 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, online at www.cliftoncenter.org or at the Clifton Center box office beginning at 6:00pm the day of the event.

Palden Gyatso, a Buddhist monk since childhood, was arrested by the Chinese Communist Army in 1959. He spent the next 33 years in prison for the "crimes" of peaceful demonstration and refusal to denounce his apolitical teacher as an Indian spy. He was tortured, starved and sentenced to hard labor. He watched his nation and culture destroyed, his teachers, friends and family displaced, jailed or killed under Chinese occupation.

"Fire Under The Snow" reaches back to Palden's birth in 1933 and follows him through the Orwellian nightmare that began with the Chinese invasion. The documentary goes back and forth between the past and Palden's present as an activist, living in exile. The P.O.V. becomes a "third eye" hovering over Palden's current life, haunted by his memories of the past. The filmmakers explore the escalating cycle of interrogation and physical violation during his years in prison that ended decades later with Palden's escape from Tibet and a cathartic meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Additional support for MINI of Louisville LIVE at the Clifton Center is provided by the Brown-Forman Corporation, DD Williamson Co., Cylicron, Greenhaven Tree Care, the Kentucky Arts Council, LEO Weekly, WFPK, Heine Brothers Coffee, The Brown Hotel, Wild and Woolly Video, and Joe Hayden Realtors.


The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Clifton Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


For more information, please visit www.cliftoncenter.org or call (502) 896-8480.



The Clifton Center, located at 2117 Payne Street, is an historic facility that serves as a gathering place for art, culture and ideas that enrich our community. Housed in a renovated former school building, the Center is home to the studios of artists Martin Rollins and Lucretia Beatty, the Ballet Arts and Yuric-Amari Dance studios, the Louisville Visual Art Association's LVAA @ the Clifton Center art education studio, a UofL off-campus classroom, and the administrative offices of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project.


In addition to Mini of Louisville Live at the Clifton Center events, the Clifton Center hosts hundreds of events each year in its role as a rental facility including weddings, conferences, business meetings, art shows and receptions. For more information, visit www.cliftoncenter.org or call (502) 896-8480. Find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheCliftonCenter.


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