For over 40 years, the filmmaking duo of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch have made a series of feature and short autobiographical documentaries that redefine what it means to be a modern American. Their works, which are in fact a longitudinal study, use Billops' family as a way to examine what it means to be an artist, a woman, and an African-American in this complex land called the United States. Although these films explore difficult social and political issues, they are marked by humor, enormous inventiveness and a deep and genuine love.
In addition to their filmmaking work, James V. Hatch and Camille Billops are the creators of the Hatch-Billops archive, one of the largest collections of texts and interviews focusing on African-American performing and visual arts.
Scribe is honored to host Camille Billops and James V. Hatch in the presentation of a Master Class and screen a retrospective of their films.
Presented in partnership with Film @ International House, The Film & Media Arts Department at Temple University, Swarthmore College, Cinema Studies at The University of Pennsylvania, and the Leeway Foundation
Tuesday, April 3 & Wednesday, April 4
Individual Screening: $10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe members
Film Series Pass: $22, $20 students/seniors, $15 Scribe members
Master Class: $25, $15 for Scribe members
Screenings are FREE for students, faculty and staff of Temple, Swarthmore and UPenn
Tuesday, April 3, 5:00PM – Master Class
Scribe Video Center - 4212 Chestnut Street
The Filmmaker As Subject
DATE: Tuesday, April 3; TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00PM; SPRING 2012
It can be a tricky business putting one’s own life on the screen, but for over 40 years, the filmmaking duo of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch have used personal documentaries to explore what it means to be an artist, a woman, and an African-American in this complex land called the United States. The lens of these films have focused primarily on Billops’ life and family. Although these films explore difficult and painful social and political issues, they are marked by humor, enormous inventiveness and a deep and genuine love.
Drawing from Billops’ training as a sculptor, printmaker and book illustrator and Hatch’s experience as a theater historian/director, together they have made multilayered “documentary” films that deploy dramatizations and a touch of surrealism. In this Master Class, Billops and Hatch will talk about their filmmaking process - “building” a film using diverse media and narrative devices -- family pictures, home movies, drawings, staged theatrical sequences and singing performances. They will also talk about how to keep a critical perspective when the artist is author, subject and object.
Presented in partnership with Film @ International House, The Film & Media Arts Department at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and Cinema Studies at The University of Pennsylvania
DATE: Wednesday, May 16; TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SPRING 2012
Two of the greatest gifts a documentary filmmaker can ever ask for are 1. access to interesting subjects and 2. time. These are the ingredients of “longitudinal documentary filmmaking.” This style of filmmaking takes the long view of its subjects, following a character’s journey, often over years, allowing us to witness real-life stories. While this method rewards the filmmaker and audience with a deep understanding of subjects, it also presents unique challenges for the filmmaker. Through a case study of his film, The Anderson Monarchs, director Eugene Martin will discuss how he planned his project, organized and edited hours of footage collected from years of shooting, and will share successful strategies for maintaining relationships with subjects over time.
For more information, please call 215-222-4201 or register online now.
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00PM
Ibrahim Theater @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe, IHP, PIFVA members
Director Eugene Martin and members
of the Anderson Monarchs Soccer Team in person
Presented in partnership with Film @ International House and Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA)
The Anderson Monarchs is about an all-girls soccer team (who are primarily African-American) competing, living, and thriving in South Philadelphia. The team named after singer Marian Anderson, was hailed as “the future of American Soccer” in the London newspaper, The Guardian, and was nominated in 2008 by Sports Illustrated as “Sports Team” of the year. The documentary follows two girls, Jlon, age 11, and Kahlaa, age 10, through their formative years from 2009 to 2011. As the girls grow as soccer players, they learn more about their own abilities. As they become more confident in school, barriers begin to fall. Bodies and minds become healthier, aspirations expand and new dreams are formed.
Tuesday, May 1
Ibrahim Theater @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe, IHP, & PIFVA members
6:00PM: Artists' Reception
7:00PM: Film Screening
Director/Producer María Teresa Rodríguez and Producer Kathryn Smith Pyle in person
Presented in partnership with Film @ International House, Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA), Bread & Roses Community Fund, Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium, Heritage Philadelphia Program (HPP) of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and Taller Puertorriqueño
Niños de la Memoria tells the story of the search for children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War. Many children were survivors of massacres carried out by U.S.-trained Salvadoran army battalions. Some grew up in orphanages or were “sold” into adoption abroad, not knowing their true history or identity.