Lineup

This year’s lineup is jam-packed with some of the most dedicated changemakers in the industry

A Changeville Multi-Venue Pass is the best value and gets you access into every showcase, plus all comedy performances, and VR installations! Multivenue Passholders also get an exclusive discount on film tickets as well!

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Music

 

Benjamin Booker

As a University of Florida College of Journalism graduate, Benjamin Booker already has a name for himself here in Gainesville. While Booker is an accomplished musician, having played at festivals the likes of SXSW, he also uses his talent to preach for change. More specifically, Booker is outspoken about his convictions considering police violence, the social issues surrounding the black community as a whole, and gun violence. In the songful track titled “Witness”, Booker speaks out about the false pretenses that often mean the life of another black person. He sings, “Thought that we saw that he had a gun / Thought that it looked like he started to run.”

Princess Nokia

“This is not a fabricated personality within in her music. […] The duality within her sound and her advocacy for equality is what allows her to be the genuine in a generation that is looking for authenticity”  – Birdlessly Magazine, September 2016.
“Taking a swing at the glass ceiling that has long hindered the success of many female rappers, Nokia is one of the industry’s few MCs whose music reflects her feminist ideals” – Affinity Magazine
Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, affectionately known as Princess Nokia, is the latest alpha-female icon to emerge into the rap game. Nokia is known for her androgynous fashion, unapologetic feminism, and fervent advocacy for intersectionality. The New York City native is constantly pushing the envelope, giving female rappers the voice of legitimacy that is usually squandered in a highly male-dominated sphere of the music world.
Princess Nokia, alongside her social activism, is known for her outspokenness and ingenuity. “I’m a very eloquent, well-spoken, educated woman, and I never change my voice for nobody, because I never wanted to, because I knew that my culture was special,” says Nokia about staying true to her “ghettoness” and Afro-Nuyorican roots.
Recently, Nokia has begun encouraging others to join her in activism and donate whatever they can to her GoFundMe page for Hurricane Maria disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Donations can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/adztf-hurricane-maria-disaster-relief

Cracker

Lead by vocalist David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman, Cracker is a country rock band from the 1990’s known for hits such as “Low” and “Euro-Trash Girl” off the Kerosene Hat album. The band came together after Lowrey’s other project Camper Van Beethoven disbanded. While Lowrey gains a lot of his fame from his music, he is currently one of the most outspoken advocates for artists’ rights. Since 2016, Lowrey has been in a multimillion dollar lawsuit with Spotify. Claiming the major streaming site does not have the proper licensing for most of the music on their platform, Lowrey believes Spotify is liable for over 150 million dollars in damages. Lowrey has expressed he is not against streaming services, but focused more on making sure artists are being paid appropriately and treated fairly.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Dirty Dozen Brass Band is the closest you can get to New Orleans without physically being there. Their electric New Orleans style jazz infused with elements from other genres such as funk and bebop can hook any listener. The band came together in 1977 after participating in the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band together, an organization dedicated to finding a positive outlet for young people to use their free time. Although the big brass band might seem like a dying art, Dirty Dozen Brass Band has breathed an unmistakable amount of life back into this form of music and has even been featured on albums by artists such as David Bowie and Elvis Costello.

War On Women

Hardcore punk band War on Women is the perfect cup of tea for the loud, remorseless feminist within us all. Frontman Shawna Potter has no qualms about speaking up about feminism and the obstacles women face within society. “I’m not going to dance around the fact that there is a war on women,” she told Bitch Media. “I’m not implying it. I’m telling you.” Potter and her bandmates have also undertaken a project called Safer Scenes. While War on Women was scheduled to perform at Warped Tour, the band wanted something to in place to help prevent harassment and violence at music events of all sizes, whether they be a large scale festival or a small house show. Alongside Safer Scenes, Potter has also dedicated time to run the Baltimore chapter of Hollaback!, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about street harassment and giving victims the tools needed to rise up against it in a nonviolent manner.

The Savants Of Soul

Bringing back the motown soul of the 1960’s and 1970’s, the nine members of The Savants of Soul never fail to deliver a dynamic live performance. While their lyrics usually deal with relationships, they have recently shifted towards writing more politically charged. One of their recent tracks titled “Buy Me The Law” is sung from the perspective of a corporate lobbyist and details the role money has in American politics.

flipturn

flipturn is a five piece indie rock band known originally from Jacksonville, Florida known for their high energy sets. The band champion female representation in the music industry and implement a zero tolerance policy for any form of violence or harassment at their shows. flipturn has played Relay for Life in Fernandina Beach, Florida and the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Race back home in Jacksonville to raise money for cancer patients of all ages.

Pearl & The Oysters

After leaving Paris to continue their schooling in the United Sates, Juliette Davis and Joachim Polack fell in love with Brazilian bossa nova music while they both studied musicology. They began recording music soon after relocating to Gainesville, drawing influence from their previous fantasy-like visions of what Florida would be like.

Retrolux

Anna James and Maynard Shaye comprise the local Gainesville electronic duo known as Retrolux. Every Wednesday, Shaye hosts the Gainesville Language Exchange, an event where people from all over the world gather at The Midnight and are encouraged to speak their native language free from judgement. James not only volunteers at animal shelters, but also helps raise money for food, toys, and other veterinary supplies by hosting live shows through an organization known as SunPups.

GUTS

GUTS is an all girl indie pop band who advocate for social change by using their platform as artists, attending protests, and volunteering with the Gainesville Girls Rock Camp. Band member Kentucky Costellow is an organizer and board member of the Gainesville Girls Rock Camp. Being in a band as a queer woman, her goal is to be a role model to girls and LGBTQ youth. Everyone in the band consider themselves feminists and champions of intersectionality.

Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu

Stereo Vudu describes themselves as a “vudu rawk” band who write music about current with a little bit of love and a little bit of rawness. Vocalist Lacy Lou is co-creator of Water is Life Fest, an event connecting music lovers to social issues while enjoying the conscious community. The band recently protested phosphate mines endangering local Gainesville communities and are active on the east side of town which is an active food desert which deals with emminent threats of gentrification.

Wax Wings

Wax Wings are a local alternative country band highly focused on intersectional feminism. Frontman Chelsea Carnes is the director of Gainesville Girls Rock Camp, a summer camp that uses music and performance to promote self-esteem in young girls. Her thesis project for her Master’s in Family, Youth, and Community Science details the impact of international music performance on attitudes of xenophobia, showing exposure to foreign cultures can reduce xenophobic prejudice.

In Bed By Ten

Kathy Sohar and Scott Littler met in 2006 after leaving their original musical projects in order to form alternative punk rock band In Bed By 10. As an advocate for women’s rights and empowerment, Sohar established and has continued to volunteer every year at Gainesville Girls Rock Camp. Sohar also a co-founded Empowering Women in Technology Startups (EWITS), a program which advocating for more women in leadership roles within startup and technology companies. Littler has a son with special needs and he is a passionate advocate for issues surrounding special needs youth.

Aquanova

Aquanova is a psychedelic progressive rock band locally based in Gainesville, FL. The band is passionate about their hometown and environmental conservation. They have begun using their shows as a way to inform people about upcoming conservation efforts benefitting local wildlife and nature reserves. Aquanova acts in effort to showcase Gainesville for the hidden gem it truly is. They hope their efforts will attract larger bands and more diverse out-of-town musicians.

Hugo Sanchez

Hugo Sanchez and his production team comprised of DJ Robzilla and Cordova deliver 90’s style hip hop that also has a message. Sanchez’s lyrics are often concerned with issues such as socioeconomic inequality, gender equality, LGBT rights, the environment, and drug reform. Sanchez believes we must draw more attention to these issues because they impact our daily lives more than we know. Sanchez enacts change outside of his music by voting for progressive political candidates in elections and staying informed.

Marley The Messenger & DJ Robzilla

Combining the skilled production of DJ Robzilla with Marley The Messengers lyrical, meaningful hip hop, the two create engaging music which caters to fans of all ages and social backgrounds. They have chosen music as a way to spread awareness for racial equality, gender equality, and religious freedom.

Sooza

Sooza is a seven piece brass band who performs covers of songs from the 1970’s up until today. Though their music is completely instrumental, they aim for their melodies to bring together people of all ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations. Sooza hopes to create a ripple effect from their continuing efforts to stop the discrimination so many people currently face.

Mike Llerena & The Nerve

Folk punk band Mike Llerena and The Nerve are dedicated to making music advocating any sort of self improvement, whether it be addiction counselling or simply seeking support for mental health issues. Their music incorporates lyrics about taking on the world and overcoming where you are both figuratively and literally to get to where you want to be.

WMBT Mystery Artist

Who’s it going to be?? Only time will tell. WMBT 90.1FM is going to surprise us all with one of Gainesville’s finest rappers!

Comedy

Ian Harvie

Harvie toured for years with Margaret Cho as her opening act, then turned cross-country headliner and groundbreaking transgender comedian, playing clubs, theaters, and colleges around the US, CAN and AUS. He has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious comedy festivals: JUST FOR LAUGHS in Australia and Canada, and the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL in Australia.
Ian made his acting debut as “Dale” in the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV series TRANSPARENT on Amazon. You may have also seen Ian guest starring as ”Michael” on the ABC soapy, nighttime drama, MISTRESSES; as “Chris” on FREEFORM’s hilarious, millennial sitcom YOUNG AND HUNGRY; and as himself on COMEDY CENTRAL’s THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE.
Most recently Harvie filmed his one-hour standup comedy special MAY THE BEST COCK WIN for SEESO (NBC’s premium comedy digital network).
He’ll be a lead in the Broadway Play LOG CABIN by the 2015 Pultizer Prize Finalist for Drama, Jordan Harrison.

Lizz Winstead

As co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and Air America Radio co-founder, Lizz Winstead has helped changed the very landscape of how people get their news.But she wasn’t just behind the scenes.
As a performer, Winstead brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio’s mid-morning show, where she brought on board Hip Hop legend, Chuck D and political big brain Rachel Maddow.Known as as one of the top political satirists in America, Winstead is currently touring the country, bringing her razor sharp insights to the stage selling out shows from LA to NYC.Lizz also gives back.
Her ongoing national comedy tour to benefit Planned Parenthood and NARAL has raised over 2 million dollars and was made into a documentary film, Smear Campaign just won “Best Documentary Comedy Short” at the Atlanta Documentary Film Festival.
Smear Campaign can be exclusively seen at: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/smearcampaign/72805081 Winstead’s first book, Lizz Free Or Die, Essays, was released in 2012 to incredible reviews and the paperback was released in May of 2013.

Films
More To Be Announced

Changeville welcomes you to our curated selection of provocative and socially conscious films!

We’re excited to announce that this year’s Changeville Film Festival is co-presented by Cinema Verde! Learn more about Cinema Verde at www.cinemaverde.org

The Film showcase will take place on both days of Changeville at the Hippodrome Cinema. Times and Ticketing Information To Be Announced. (All films will be individually ticketed, or discounted with a Changeville Multivenue Pass.)

Jane

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.

Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

Fieldworks

FIELDWORKS is ABOG’s short documentary series that explores the beauty, rigor, and impact of socially engaged art through its ABOG Fellow initiatives. Season Two is produced by RAVA FIlms.

This screening of FIELDWORKS is made possible by A Blade of Grass, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing socially engaged art.

Saving Florida’s Springs: A Film By The Global Connection

The Global Connection – If we observe and listen closely, our world communicates to us. Some of us have been reading the signs and thus have a responsibility to be the stewards that share this message to the public so that action can be taken by our state government to protect that which should be sacred to us, the Source of Life on Earth, Water. If we don’t communicate, we simply feel lost and powerless with nowhere to share this message.

Virtual Reality

We are proud to host a selection of cutting-edge social change-focused Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality installations.

Entry is free with a Changeville Multi-Venue Pass (buy tickets here) or $3-10 sliding scale at the door. (Location and times to be announced.)

Melita

In 2026, the world is collapsing due to climate change. Anaaya, a brilliant Inuit female scientist, is appointed to find a planet that humans can inhabit.
Melita, an advanced AI, is sent to help her with this task. Together, they will embark on a journey against time and preconceptions to save humanity from extinction.
During their search for a suitable planet, the relationship between Melita and Anaaya evolves and a drastic decision changes things forever for the both of them, and the rest of humanity along the way.

Oil In Our Creeks

In this immersive VR film by Contrast VR, AJE Online, and One Third Blue, follow Lessi through her village, to the farm and into the creeks and classrooms as she shows us both the environmental devastation and the youth who provide her community with a sense of hope. Experience 180 degrees of intense landscape shots from the present showing the effects of the oil spill fused with 180 degrees of animation to show how the community appeared before the spill for a full 360 degrees of immersion. Oil In Our Creeks surrounds viewers with that past, present and future of a community grappling with the very local impact of the global oil trade.

Traces

Traces is a cinematic virtual reality film exploring the memories of one woman living with Alzheimer’s disease. In the film, the main character Willie White, an 88-year old woman living with dementia, recounts her time as a young girl living in the fields near Mason, Tennessee. As her words transport us back in time, traces of memory fall in and out—the old wooden farmhouse where she was raised, the coconut cakes her mom would make on Sunday mornings, her favorite white dress, the hymns she’d sing in the choir at church. Through these vibrant recollections, illustrated through re-enactments, we journey with Willie as she searches for the words to one of her favorite songs and the meaning of memory in this new and fragmented landscape.

One Tree, One Planet

One Tree, One Planet celebrates Earth’s rich diversity of animals, plants and microbes represented by the Tree of Life, the immense network of relationships that links all living things.
The message of the series is simple: We’re all related.
University of Florida scientists have teamed up with renowned artists to create two multimedia art pieces inspired by the Tree of Life to premiere at the Florida Museum in November.
Join us and discover how you are connected to all life forms with which we share our planet, and get inspired with ways you can help protect life on Earth.

One Tree One Planet presented by the Florida Museum of Natural History in conjunction with artist Naziha Mestaoui

Behaviorme

Virtual reality simulations designed to teach basic life skills to kiddos and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. Using the science of behavior analysis, BehaviorMe is revolutionizing the way life skills are taught and learned in clinics and schools.

Poetry For Social Good

We’re excited to announce that Canes On Da Mic Poetry Club at GHS will be presenting the second annual Poetry For Social Good showcase! Come hear some of the best spoken word poetry Gainesville has to offer at The Bull on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 6:30-7:30PM! This event is free and open to the public!

Panels & Workshops

“When music, books, film and comedy accompany movements, change happens.” 

Changeville’s panels & workshops focus on aspects of activism that relate directly to artistry. Each will feature a number of experts, influencers and artists who work towards the greater social good.

Changeville Panels and Workshops are open to anyone with a Changeville Ticket. Just show your proof of purchase or wristband at the door for entry.

Location: The Midnight (223 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601)
Time: Thursday, February 8, 10-11:15AM

Workshop Led by Leif Stringer

We can only build our community and world when we can communicate and truly listen to each other. Learn how to do that better with licensed therapist & communication specialist, Leif Stringer.

Leif brings a decade of training in Nonviolent Communication to his work as a communication specialist supporting work teams, school communities, couples, and individuals to use language more effectively and powerfully, and find more clarity and connection in their relationships. He serves as adjunct faculty at Thomas University, coaching teachers in building classrooms where they are empowered with social awareness and communication skills that offer an entirely new interpretation of student behavior, replacing extrinsic, reward-punishment strategies for “making kids learn and behave” with intrinsic, needs-based motivation, unleashing students’ natural desire to learn and contribute.

Location: The Bull (18 SW 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601)
Time: Friday, February 9, 12:30-2PM

Workshop Led by Shawna Potter of War On Women

With hate crimes and harassment on the rise, knowing how to be a good ally to your fellow punks is more important than ever. “No Sexism, No Racism, & No Homophobia Allowed” is a great idea, but how do you implement it in real life? And what is it missing? This workshop should help people recognize some of the privileges they walk around with, as well as provide some skills on how to use it for good. You’ll leave with concrete methods to be a better ally for folks that experience all kinds of discrimination in your local scene. Whether you play in a band, book shows, take photos, or just wanna mosh – you have the power to create a safer scene.

Shawna Potter is an advocate, an activist, and an educator. She currently sings for feminist punk band, War On Women, runs the Safer Spaces Campaign for the Baltimore chapter of Hollaback!, which she founded, and repairs amplifiers and other musical equipment for Big Crunch Amp Repair, where she is also the manager. She is ordained to perform wedding ceremonies and watches too much TV.

Location: The Midnight (223 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601)
Time: Thursday, February 8, 3:30-5PM

Stories have the power to move people, changing opinions and inspiring actions. Join us for this panel discussing the use of storytelling for the benefit of communities whose stories may be silenced or marginalized. How can we use story to empower our communities?

Panelists:
Aaron Foley, Detroit’s Chief Storyteller
Nicole Moore, Director of Communications, Lady Parts Justice
Dr. Jaron Jones, Co-Founder, Self Narrate
Steven Butler, Artistic Director, The Actors’ Warehouse
Moderator: Taylor Durant, Director, Guts & Glory GNV

Location: The Midnight (223 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601)
Time: Friday, February 9, 9:45-11AM

Concerns about the environment are more pressing today than they ever have been. Dive deep into the issues at this panel on how we can use the arts to actually inspire environmental change.

Panelists:
Megan Murphy, Green Hands Coordinator, St. Augustine Ampitheater
Kentucky Costellow, Environmental Educator; GUTS
Trish Riley, Director, Cinema Verde
Moderator: Anna Sampson, Director, We Are Neutral

Location: The Bull (18 SW 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601)
Time: Friday, February 9, 2-3:30PM

So much of the rhetoric we hear on the news, in politics, and in our daily lives is based around fear, and specifically fear of “the other.” It is fairly easy to believe false statements about people whose stories we haven’t heard. Art is one of the most powerful ways that we can “de-other” people. This panel will be exploring how we can use art to break down stigmas and stereotypes using art.

Panelists:
Chad Moses, To Write Love On Her Arms
Talia Raymond, Minister, United Church of Gainesville; Professional Dancer
Mallory O’Conner, Author
Moderator: Nicole Harris, Teacher, GHS; Canes On Da’ Mic

Location: The Bull (18 SW 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601)
Time: Friday, February 9, 3:30-5PM

The word “ally” is used all the time in social movements but many people actually have a hard time defining what being an ally looks like. If you want to learn how to be the best ally you can be or have ever had questions that you weren’t sure how or who to ask, this panel is for you.

Panelists:
Shawna Potter, War On Women
LB Hannahs, Student Affairs, University of Florida
Will Atkins, Director, UF Multicultural & Diversity Affairs
Moderator: Dr. Jaron Jones, Co-Founder, Self Narrate