DATE: Monday, December 5, 2011; TIME: 7:00PM – 9:00PM; FALL 2011
Jean Carlomusto’s films are unorthodox investigative reports on subjects that have been all but erased from history. Her documentaries and interactive installations have been exhibited internationally in festivals, museums and on television. Whether using a traditional documentary filmmaking approach, or cobbling together a history using scraps of gossip, memory, and traces of evidence that can be found, Carlomusto’s works are multilayered treatises on human experience. In this master class Carlomusto will show clips and discuss strategies toward developing an integral approach to documentary subjects with particular attention to histories that have been forgotten, neglected or left unsaid.
Register by calling 215-222-4201 or online now and bring confirmation receipt on day of workshop. Thank you for registering.
a film by Kevin Jerome Everson, in person
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00PM
Ibrahim Theater @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe, PIFVA & Reelblack members
Presented in partnership with Film @ International House, Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA) and the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University; the Africana Studies and Cinema Studies at University of Pennsylvania and Reelblack
Erie (USA, 2010, 81 min, b&w) consists of a series of single take, black and white, 16mm sequences filmed in and around communities near Lake Erie, including Buffalo, Cleveland, Mansfield, Ohio and Niagara Falls. The scenes relate to Black migration from the American South to the North, contemporary conditions, current realities impacting workers and factories in the automobile industry, folks concentrating on the task at hand, theater and famous art objects. The first sequence of the film, part of a extended short entitled "American Motor Company" was produced as part of the filmmakers' 2009/10 residency at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, New York. Some of the personages featured in the film are actors, dancers, singers and performers from the local Buffalo community. Others are family members in Ohio. The audience at any given screening is also an integral component of the film, as the rhythm of observation meshes with the routine of concentration and movement experienced in each shot.
DATE: Thursday, September 22; TIME:7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2011 (Reception at 6PM before presentation)
Presented in partnership with Film at International House, Philadelphia Independent Film & Media Association (PIFVA), and the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University; the Africana Studies and Cinema Studies at University of Pennsylvania and Reelblack members
Frequently basing a work on archival or found footage, Kevin Jerome Everson "resurrects the conditions, tasks, and gestures of a vital moment in time by repositioning them in the present through a variety of mediums such as photography, film, sculpture, artist books, and paintings."
Everson's films combine scripted and documentary moments with rich elements of formalism. His most recent films - shot in single eleven-minute takes on 16mm film - use light flares, over exposed film, and distorted sound to render visible the materiality of film stock and videotape.
Join us for this special presentation in which Everson discusses how he creates his works that document and reflect on the "gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans." Everson will screen a selection of his recent short films. Films courtesy of the artist and Picture Palace Pictures.
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Produced by Lu Olkowski - in person and post-presentation discussion
In Verse, conceived in November 2008 while the country was still reeling from the worst economic downturn since The Great Depression, the award winning multi-media reporting project combines poetry, photography and audio footage to create “documentary poems” for radio, the web, print and the iPhone. In the spirit of the 75th anniversary of the Federal Writer’s Project, In Verse enlisted teams of poets, photographers, and radio producers to interview people living on the economic edge and to document their lives. The two-presentation project highlights working mothers in Troy, New York with “Women of Troy;” and the on going recovery of the Gulf Coast post Hurricane Katrina with “Congregation”. The visual/audio presentations explore how the crisis was affecting citizens who were struggling long before Wall Street’s collapse. The project has been presented publicly with Q&A session at the 2011 SXSW film conference in Austin, TX; and at the International Feature Conference sponsored by the European Broadcasting Union in Hämeenlinna Finland.
Women of Troy
Troy, New York