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U.S.A., 2009, 84 mins, Color (Adult Content)



Director: John Woehrle, Louise Woehrle
Writer: John Woehrle, Louise Woehrle
Producer: Louise Woehrle
Cinematographer: Bill Carlson
Editor: Ben Watne
Sound Design: Kent Militzer
Music: Kent Militzer, Dave Russ

Pride of Lions presents Sierra Leone in a new light - the story of what it means for a country and its people brutalized by an 11-year civil war to move beyond their scars.

Through personal stories of human suffering, loss, and recovery, the Sierra Leoneans reveal universal truths about the strength of the human spirit and the power of forgiveness to move us forward. The amputee, the boy soldier, the doctor, the high school principal-each has a unique perspective and a powerful story to tell. Witnessing their ability to overcome inconceivable human atrocities and reclaim their legacy is inspirational for most, but for the two Americans in our story it has been life changing.

Louise Woehrle and John Woehrle
John Woehrle is a social entrepreneur and storyteller who has a passion for his work in Sierra Leone as co-founder of the Kposowa Foundation, founder of the NGO, Leonean Education Organization (LEO) in Sierra Leone, and he serves on the Board of Global Action Foundation. He has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He is a member of the Pacific Resident Theater Ensemble in LA and a finalist in the McKnight Fellowship for Screenwriters with his first screenplay, West Metro. John has appeared on "Saturday Night Live," various soap operas and in film, but his most memorable role is “Lenny” in Of Mice and Men. His director credits include a short independent film project and directing theater. John is currently creating a model for high school students to learn about social entrepreneurship and global development that includes service projects with an opportunity to travel to Sierra Leone.

Louise Woehrle is an award-winning filmmaker whose projects have found national and international broadcast and distribution through Showtime, PBS, and National Geographic in the UK, WTN in Canada and NHK in Japan. They have garnered several awards that include an Emmy Award for the dramatic short "Grandfather's Birthday" (executive producer and casting), directed by Gayle Knutson, Best Documentary at several festivals for the feature documentary Poles Apart (co-producer/narrator), directed by Greg Stiever, and for the feature documentary Bushido (producer), directed by Bob Richards, winning Best Documentary at Lake Placid Film Forum and Best Feature at the Smmash Film Festival. She also won a Telly for the educational film "What's It About?" Her work as writer, director, producer has taken her team to Haiti, Hungry in Body-Hungry in Spirit, a documentary for Feed My Starving Children, to the homes of six hospice patients at the end of life, "In Harmony for Life," also winning a Telly Award. She recently served as producer for the 1-hour educational documentary on Diabetes among the Cree titled, "Sweet Blood" directed by Shirley Cheechoo, and she is in post-production as producer for the feature documentary, Shared Souveiners, directed by Mara Pelecis. Louise served as a producer on the documentary Changing Keys, currently airing on PBS, recently winning a Remi Award at 2009 Houston WorldFest.
06/13/09 02:00 PMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
06/14/09 11:30 AMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street