There once was time when the medium of television was considered the ultimate artistic medium to explore the human experience. Nam June Paik, often called the “father of video art” was at the vanguard and the TV Lab, an electronic workshop for artists created by public television station WNET, was the site of experimentation into this new medium of the 20th century.
Perhaps no other poet has had a greater influence on African-American literature in the 20th century than Langston Hughes (1902-1967). Steeped in the art forms of Black culture – the blues, jazz and spirituals – Hughes was deeply involved in the artistic and political movements of his time. St. Clair Bourne’s film, created as part of the Voices and Visions series – features commentary by James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Arnold Rampersad and performances by Max Roach and Novella Nelson.
PRECEDED BY: Ursula Rucker: Poet (USA, 2008, 30 min) Dir. Michael J. Dennis (in person)
This intimate performance film, featuring appearances by Sonia Sanchez, Saul Williams and Gil Scott-Heron provides a glimpse into what makes Ursula Rucker one of the most acclaimed artists of her generation.
Disclaimer: The video contains explicit language - May not be suitable for younger viewers
In Motion: Amiri Baraka profiles the visionary poet and political activist. St. Clair Bourne’s film, scripted by Lou Potter, allows us into the dayto-
day life of a cultural worker, as we visit with Baraka and his family in Newark, NJ. The film portrait also shows us how the artist uses poetry as a
tool in the struggles around issues of race, class, and for fundamental societal change.
PRECEDED BY: Amiri Baraka’s “Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)” (USA, 2007, 9 min) Dir. Bryan Green (in person)
A visual adaptation of Baraka’s scathing and foreboding social commentary, with music by The Roots.
LoqueeshaAshleyFranklinJoséBrown (USA, 2001, 18 min) Dir. Nadine Patterson (in person)
An experimental documentary about children in Philadelphia, with poetry by Ursula Rucker.
Ghina(working title - Hong Kong, Italy, USA, 2016, 35 min) – by Oscar nominee Christine Choy, explores the history of Chinese migrants to Ghana by not only examining their personal motivations for
relocation, but also delving into the Chinese psyche as Ghana’s foreign “Other.”
It has been 20 years since riots swept LA after the not guilty verdict in the Rodney King trial. The film Riots Remembrance and Rodney King (USA, 2015, 29 min) draws upon the collective memories, of victims, perpetrators, LAPD, LAFD, city councilmen, & witnesses. It includes exclusive never before seen interview footage of Rodney King weeks before his passing in June 2012
Also screening, The Taking of South Central…Philadelphia (USA, 10 min) by Odunde and Scribe Video Center, exploring the displacement of longtime residents and community change in South Philadelphia.
a film by Ben Kalina
USA, 2013, 84 min
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 7PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe Members
Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia and Sierra Club Philadelphia Chapter
Director Ben Kalina in attendance for a post screening discussion
Shored Up is an urgent call to action in the face of accelerating sea-level rise, presenting the devastation of Hurricane Sandy as a window into the future.
Set in Long Beach Island, NJ and the Outer Banks of NC, the film explores the political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore. Shored Up talks to scientists, politicians, residents and a wide range of experts to expose major shortcomings in coastal management and the immediate need for change. Filmed over three years and culminating in the impact of Hurricane Sandy, it becomes an eerie foretelling of the storm's devastation and a witness to its dramatic aftermath. Shored Up is a look at what happens when we ignore the realities of geology in our drive to inhabit and profit from our coastlines.
Director Ben Kalina will present a Master Class Environmental Justice Documentary on Wednesday, August 21, 7PM at Scribe.
Ben Kalina is a film director and producer whose work focuses on the intersection of science, culture and the environment. He directs and produces original documentaries, narrative shorts and cross-media projects as well as client-driven video productions. Kalina has worked for years with Niijii Films on the documentaries Two Square Miles and A Sea Change, two award-winning films which have been successfully deployed for environmental justice and education, and both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. In addition to his documentary work Ben has won several international awards for his short narrative film Diorama.
Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts