Distinguished Lecturer, Chantal Akerman’s “poetic diaspora tale” NEWS FROM HOME screened in October 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art (introduced by the filmmaker).
Described by Melissa Anderson as “one of the most unheralded portraits of the city,” NEWS FROM HOME is as much a symphony of urban geometric abstraction as it is a poetic diaspora tale. Inspired by the letters she received from her mother while living in New York, Akerman returned to the city after an absence and filmed its streets with her Pentax camera. “Although Akerman’s New York is largely a city of non-sites—empty Tribeca alleys, dingy Midtown parking lots, an abandoned gas station tucked into the crook of another building’s wall—the symmetry of her composition gives it the classic aura of ancient Rome” (J. Hoberman). From the eternal city Akerman reads her mother’s letters, conjuring a sense of distant voices and still lives. Digital preservation courtesy The Royal Film Archive of Belgium.–MOMA
For more information on this film, please visit: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/film_screenings/19316
Professor Antonio Tibaldi’s award-winning documentary [S]COMPARSE is screening (followed by Q&A) at The Calandra Italian American Institute on October 29, 2013 @6PM.
This observational documentary focuses on African immigrants living in Sicily who are brought to the island of Linosa to work as extras in Emanuele Crialese’s 2011 film, TERRAFERMA.
For more information, please visit: http://qc.edu/calandra/node/780
“Antonio Tibaldi’s spare film seeks to give them a voice and by doing so provides an alternative view of Italian immigration and its representations.”–Calandra Italian American Institute
Did you know? “Comparse” is the Italian word for “film extras”, but while discussing their dissatisfaction with their low wages for the strenuous work involved, the extras refer to themselves as “[s]comparse” (the disappeared).
Professor Dave Davidson’s film, HANS RICHTER: EVERYTHING TURNS- EVERYTHING REVOLVES moves to the Pompidou-Metz where it will play through February, after a successful 5 month run at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
HANS RICHTER: EVERYTHING TURNS- EVERYTHING REVOLVES documents the tumultuous life of the Dadaist painter and pioneering filmmaker whose influence on modern art in Europe and America remains mysteriously obscured in the history books. Like many in his generation, Richter emerged from the horrors of the First World War as a radical artist dedicated to throwing off the structures of a stale and brutal ruling culture. Richter is at the epicenter of major art movements of the 20th Century, among them Dada, International Constructivism, and Surrealism, as he strives to create a new social art.
Professor Andrea Weiss’ book PARIS WAS A WOMAN is being re-published next month after almost 20 years. Book talks and film screenings–of her documentary, PARIS WAS A WOMAN, based on the book–have been organized at the Alliance Française (December 3) and Upstate Films (November 23), as well as other venues TBA. For more information, please visit: <http://jezebel.org/paris-was-a-woman-the-award-winning-book-to-be-back-in-print/>.
“The lives and work of these women have been covered in other books, but Weiss’ effort stands head and shoulders above most of these… Witty, accessible, inspired, this is a thoroughly enjoyable book that you will keep coming back to.”
–Gay Times, London
OF KITES & BORDERS by Yolanda Pividal (MFA Class of 2007) wins “Best Documentary Award” at the 2013 San Diego Film Festival AND “Best Documentary Award” at Docs DF 2013!
The Kayros Films Team (Yolanda Pividal & Co.) comments: “The journey…has just begun, and we don´t know where it will take us, but it is clear we couldn’t have had a better starting point.”
OF KITES & BORDERS tells story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US-Mexico border through the eyes of four working children in the city of Tijuana. A story of hope, struggle, and survival that digs behind newspapers’ headlines to explore life on the other side of the wall and the underlying context of immigration. a perspective that invites viewers to rethink the concept of “border” and “otherness.” We often find stories about people crossing borders, but where are the stories on how borders cross people’s lives? Visit the film’s blog via: http://www.fightingkitesthefilm.com/blog.php
Our next “Life After Film School” happens, Wednesday, November 13, at 6pm at City College in Room 250. Please see the attached flyer for details.
Although the event’s focus is documentary, it will be a great opportunity for networking, seeing what your former classmates are up to and meeting our wonderful panel of speakers from the independent doc world.
Confirmed Panelists are:
- Marcia Smith, Director of Firelight Media – Producer’s Lab
- Jessica Green, Cinema Director – Maysles Institute
- Jose Rodriguez, Manager for Doc Programming – Tribeca Film Institute
- Octavio Warnock-Graham (Doc MFA ’06) – New Day Films Distribution Collective
RSVP via: firstname.lastname@example.org!
October 23, 2013 @6:30pm in Shepard Hall, Room 291: This event is co-sponsored with Third World Newsreel and City College’s MCA Department. Please note we anticipate having Mr. Pollard back in February to screen his film, “Slavery by Another Name.”
Autumn is Awesome! (click here) for the Fall 2013 Documentary Forum Schedule!
Also, visit the new Documentary Forum (CCNY) website via: http://documentaryforum.org/
Nicholle La Vann is an award-winning Afro-Latin, filmmaker with a Masters of Fine Arts from The City University of New York in Media Arts Production. She is currently in pre-production of “Living Legendz” series,which will explore icons from the African diaspora and their contributions to society (to watch clips, please visit the site via: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H5UEFsGRvA).
She says in her own words, “so much of Black and Latino history has been lost or not documented leaving others to tell our stories. It is my responsibility to be that keeper of our history and provide a platform where their lives and accomplishments can be heard”.
La Vann’s film “Solutionz” received the 2011 PASS AWARD from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Her film “Homicidez” was given recognition from Rochester City Mayor, Robert Duffy and was given a proclamation as “Nicholle La Vann Day” for her service to the community in providing a voice to the murdered victims families. She also gives back to her community by having free films screenings.
To watch the films she has produced, visit her website: http://www.filmstress.com
Also, for more information on her new campaign “Bringing Conscious Back” and October 2013 event: http://bringingconsciousback.blogspot.com/