DATE: Tuesday, April 22; TIME: 5:00PM - 7:00PM; SPRING 2014
Marco Williams has used the documentary as a way of understanding and addressing the extraordinary traumas that we face in this country due to race, ethnicity, gender and class. His film subjects (In Search of Our Fathers, Two Towns of Jasper, Banished!!) have been inspired by painful social and historical disjunctures. Williams’ documentary examinations create a salve of understanding in uncovering difficult histories.
Drawing from his own work, Williams will explore the healing power of the documentary, the possibility that this art form can bring understanding and ultimately correction of past wrongs. Marco Williams will also look at the larger role of the documentary in empowering audiences to action.
On Tuesday, April 22, 7:30PM, at the International House Philadelphia, Scribe presents Marco Williams's The Undocumented
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10 General Admission
$5 for Scribe, IHP, AAU, PAAFF, and SEAMAAC members
Free for students, faculty, and staff of Bryn Mawr College
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Director Grace Lee in person
Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia
Co-sponsored by Asian Americans United (AAU), Bryn Mawr College's Program in Film Studies, The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), and SEAMAAC
Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman whose vision of revolution may surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (USA, 2013, 82 min) plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century: from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy – her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her – drives the story forward. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience – the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.
Grace Lee - Producer/Director
Grace Lee is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker of both fiction and documentary films. Her most recent feature film about the 2012 Presidential campaign, Janeane From Des Moines, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she wrote and directed American Zombie, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre. She also produced and directed The Grace Lee Project, a feature documentary on Asian American identity and stereotypes that was broadcast on Sundance Channel and is distributed by Women Make Movies. Lee is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Digital Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant, the PPP Pusan Prize as well as funding from the NEA, Center for Asian American Media, Chicken and Egg Pictures and the Ford Foundation. She is currently producing and directing a documentary for PBS about Asian American food culture.
Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
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
Scribe Fundraiser and Screening of Harry Belafonte "Sing Your Song", Director Susanne Rostock, editor Jason Pollard in person
Scribe Begins 2012 Season with Fundraiser and Screening of Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song at International House
*Official 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection
Sing Your Song "It isn't just the story of a man but the story of a country and a century." -Variety
Tuesday, January 10 @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
*Director/editor, Susanne Rostock, and editor Jason Pollard in person for fundraiser reception and screening
5:30PM-reception, 7PM screening
On Monday January 10, 5:30 PM at International House, Scribe Video Center will host a fundraiser reception to support and celebrate the beginning of the organization's 2012 season and also host a very special edition of our Producers’ Forum series that evening beginning at 7PM. Immediately following the reception, will be the screening of director Susanne Rostock’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection documentary Sing Your Song about the life of activist and actor Harry Belafonte. The film's director Susanne Rostock and editor Jason Pollard will be in person for the fundraiser reception and screening.
Please show your support for Scribe and RSVP to attend this fundraiser and screening. Click here to RSVP.
Jason Pollard teaches a master class "Art and Craft of Editing" on Wednesday, January 11, 7PM @ Scribe. READ MORE
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