DATE: Thursday, April 7; TIME: 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM; SPRING 2011
Over the course of her 32 year career, Lourdes Portillo has deployed irony, satire, allegory, poetry, autobiography and even melodrama to make lyrical, visually intriguing, and entertaining award-winning films. Portillo’s Master Class will consist of a survey of the creative strategies that she used in some of her most cutting edge documentaries -- from conception to the final editing phase. She will also discuss with participants their respective proposals and together look for new and innovative ways of approaching their documentaries.
Directed by Bestor Cram & Judy Richardson
Judy Richardson in person
Presented in partnership with Film @ International House, Swarthmore College, NAACP, Reelblack, University of Penn Makuu Black Cultural Center, NAACP UPENN Chapter; and The Black Professionals News publication.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
7:30PM @ International House
Director Stanley Nelson in person
Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders’ belief in non-violent activism was sorely tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way.
Stanley Nelson will also teach "The Art of the Interview", a Master Class on strategies for getting the best information from your interviews on October 12, 5PM-7PM at Scribe Video Center.
A FILM NOT TO BE MISSED!
Al Más Allá
Monday, November 1, 2010
7PM @ Prince Music Theater
After absconding with illegal drugs that wash ashore on the Mayan coast, three Mexican fishermen sell them to the corrupt local police for a handsome sum. An experimental documentary that uses fictional elements, Al Más Allá places the personal moral degeneration of the fishermen in the political context of a nation struggling on the edge of the global economy. Lyrical, visually intriguing, and entertaining, Al Más Allá is at once reportage into the expansive world of drug trafficking across Mexico and an ironic indictment of the cult of the documentary filmmaker whose romantic visions of herself and her mission often obscures the very truth she seeks. MORE INFO
Monday, January 10 & Tuesday, January 11, 2011
@ International House
Director Kazuhiro Soda in person
Inspired by the direct cinema tradition, Kazuhiro Soda has been developing his own observational method of documentary filmmaking. In January Scribe, presents Campaign and Mental, the first two films in his observational film series.
Jan 10: Campaign (Senkyo) is a riotously funny verité documentary that closely follows a heated election campaign in Kawasaki, Japan, revealing the true nature of "democracy." MORE INFO
Jan 11: Mental (Seishin) is a revealing look at mental illness, a taboo subject in Japanese society. MORE INFO