Stories about Border-Ball in the Winston-Salem Journal and The Kite

Many thanks to John Hinton for the story about Border-Ball: a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border in the Winston-Salem Journal. The story, “WFU artist to ‘play ball’ on U.S. border”, came out on November 2, as part of the Journal’s Higher Education Notebook, and can be read here.

Many thanks as well to Rosanna Albertini for her post about Border-Ball in her blog, The Kite: about thinking as the art of desire, and art as the desire of thinking fresh. Check out the post, “Border Ball : THE ROUTE e auguri di buon viaggio” here. And stay tuned for future posts about Border-Ball in The Kite as well.

Story about Border-Ball in Wake Forest News

Many thanks to Kim McGrath and Wake Forest News for the wonderful story about Border-Ball

WFU artist Joel Tauber will ‘play ball’ on the U.S.-Mexico border

It’s a whole new ballgame for artist, filmmaker and Wake Forest associate professor Joel Tauber who will undertake a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S.-Mexico border to build community through baseball…. 

Read the rest of the story here: https://news.wfu.edu/2019/10/22/wfu-artist-joel-tauber-will-play-ball-on-the-u-s-mexico-border/

The Tree Is Gone!!! Replaced by concrete.

The Tree is gone!!! Replaced by concrete!!! Joel Tauber is beyond devastated.

The Tree is gone!!! Replaced by concrete. And, I’m beyond devastated.

At the same time, I’m trying to focus on all of the Tree Babies that are thriving. So, I went to visit the USC Tree Baby to try to cheer up.

Many thanks to all the Tree Baby parents!

Thankfully, many Tree Babies, including the USC Tree Baby, are thriving.

Today, I returned to the site where the Tree once lived, and I mourned It’s passing.

I will always love The Tree, and I will always miss The Tree.

Border-Ball: A 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border

Hola compañeros!

I’m very excited about my new project Border-Ball: a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border. If you’re in the area, I would love to walk with you. Info below.

Nos vemos luego!

Joel

Border-Ball is a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. - Mexico border, a movie, and an art installation by Joel Tauber.

Joel Tauber is undertaking a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S.-Mexico border to build community through baseball.

Growing up, Tauber went to Fenway Park to watch baseball. He dreamed of playing professionally. Baseball, for him, stands for openness and a belief in a welcoming, diverse America. He hopes to encourage conversation and togetherness rather than division and separation.

The journey will begin on Oct. 29. Tauber will start at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California, and will walk along the border wall before heading north two miles to the Otay Mesa Detention Center. He will travel there and back again each day – a seven mile journey that connects legal entry to the U.S. with the Border Wall and the Detention Center holding those who might be in the country without all legal permits. While walking, he will be declaring, in English as well as some Spanish, an adaptation of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”:

Walk with me along the border. Play catch with me in front of the wall. I don’t care what part of the world you’re from. Let’s root, root, root for teamwork. If we don’t find some, it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, we’re out at the old ball game.

He is also proclaiming, as an adaptation of “The Star Spangled Banner”:

Oh, say, can you see, our country’s gorgeous dream: an endless field of green, where everyone can live and play? Our star-spangled banner yet waves, over the land of immigrants and the home of us all!

Tauber will be wearing a custom vintage baseball uniform and backpack in blue, white and red. He will be tossing a baseball as he walks along and inviting people who walk along with him to play catch.

As part of the border walk, Tauber will be filming people he meets and gathering personal reflections and stories related to baseball and the border. He will produce a film and art installation, called Border-Ball, about the experience.

Tauber was born in 1972 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and comes from a long line of rabbis. His work focuses on generating conversation and facilitating change. Most recently, the Vintage International Film Festival in Kolhapur, India, named Tauber’s “The Sharing Project” movie “Best International Documentary Film.” He lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; where he is Associate Professor of Art at Wake Forest University.

The Sharing Project awarded “Best International Documentary Film” at the Vintage International Film Festival

The Sharing Project awarded "Best International Documentary Film" at the Vintage International Film Festival.

Many thanks to Ninad Kulkarni and to Anmol Kothadiya, the jurors at the Vintage International Film Festival, for awarding The Sharing Project movie “Best International Documentary Film!” And many thanks to everyone else at the Vintage International Film Festival for including the film in the event!

The Sharing Project screening at YoFiFest, The Yonkers Film Festival

The Sharing Project movie is screening at YoFiFest, The Yonkers Film Festival⁩ on Friday November 8 at 3:30 ⁦⁦⁦⁦⁦⁦pm. The screening is happening at the Atrium Theater at the Yonkers Riverfront Library.

I’m thrilled that The Sharing Project movie is screening at YoFiFest, The Yonkers Film Festival⁩ on Friday November 8 at 3:30 ⁦⁦⁦⁦⁦⁦pm. The screening is happening at the Atrium Theater at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. It will be the US East Coast premiere for the film!
Tickets and more info: https://yofifest2019.eventive.org/films/5d8405274e71a10033128de0

The Sharing Project screening at the Vintage International Film Festival

Joel Tauber's film, The Sharing Project, is screening at the Vintage International Film Festival in Kolhapur, India on October 5 – 6 (venue: Shahu Smarak Bhavan, Dasara Chouk, Kolhapur).

Many thanks to the Vintage International Film Festival for selecting The Sharing Project movie. I wish I could be in Kolhapur, India for The Sharing Project screening and for the rest of the Vintage International Film Festival events. The Sharing Project will screen on Sunday October 6 at around midday (it’s the third screening in the block of films that begins at 11:30 am) at Shahu Smarak Bhavan, Dasara Chouk, Kolhapur.

The Sharing Project screening at the DTLA Film Festival on October 25

The Sharing Project movie — Joel Tauber's 29 minute non-fiction film, philosophical journey, personal narrative, and nature film, all intertwined together to explore the meaning of sharing — is screening at the DTLA Film Festival on Friday October 25 at 6 pm.

I’m really excited that The Sharing Project movie — my 29 minute non-fiction film, philosophical journey, personal narrative, and nature film, all intertwined together to explore the meaning of sharing — is screening at the DTLA Film Festival on Friday October 25 at 6 pm. Looking forward to returning to Los Angeles for the USA premiere of the film!

The film is screening at Regal LA Live: Theater 12 (A Barco Innovation Center. 1000 West Olympic Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA 90015).

For tickets and more info: https://www.dtlaff.com/film/the-sharing-project/105/

The Sharing Project screening at Oaxaca FilmFest on October 7

The Sharing Project movie — Joel Tauber's 29 minute non-fiction film, philosophical journey, personal narrative, and nature film, all intertwined together to explore the meaning of sharing — is screening at Oaxaca FilmFest on October 7 at 2 pm.

I’m thrilled that The Sharing Project movie — my 29 minute non-fiction film, philosophical journey, personal narrative, and nature film, all intertwined together to explore the meaning of sharing — is screening at Oaxaca FilmFest on October 7 at 2 pm. Excited to visit Oaxaca, Mexico for the first time and attend this exceptional festival for the North American premiere of the film.

The film will be screened in English with Spanish subtitles at Cinetransformer (Pañuelito Garden: A Gurrión 102, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., 68000). https://www.oaxacafilmfest.com/p/the-sharing-project

Duane Toops’ podcast episode, “Art Meets Mysticism: An Interview with Joel Tauber”, now live

Many thanks to Duane Toops for interviewing me on his podcast The Process & The Path. It was a joy talking with him! Check out the podcast episode, “Art Meets Mysticism: An Interview With Joel Tauber” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor FM; and check out the video version of our conversation on YouTube as well.