Producers' Forum

Producers' Forum: Salty Dog Blues

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Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 7:00pm
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$10
additional ticket info: 
$7 Students and Seniors, $5 Scribe and Independence Seaport Museum members

Location(s)

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
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Saturday, October 19, 7:00PM
Salty Dog Blues
A Film by Denise Belén Santiago & Al J. Santana
(USA, 2012, 60 min)

$10 general admission, $7 students/seniors
$5 Scribe and Independence Seaport Museum members
See below for ticketing information

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River
211 S. Columbus Blvd & Walnut Street

Directors Al J. Santana and Denise Belén Santiago in person

Presented in partnership with the Independence Seaport Museum

Salty Dog Blues follows men and women of color in the US Merchant Marine from 1938-1975. Examining their development as a multi-racial/international labor force, the movie tells how they navigated issues of racism, disparities in the workplace, gender and familial relations. It is also an intimate look at the potentially devastating consequences of stagnant pension plans, the eradication of medical benefits, and how the elder mariners fought back against these injustices.

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Alfred J. Santana is an independent filmmaker, primarily working on social issue films. He has directed eight independent films and photographed over thirty documentaries and promotional films. Voices of The Gods (1985) is in the permanent collection of the New York City Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Denise Belén Santiago is the co-director and co-producer of Salty Dog Blues. An anthropologist and historian by training, Santiago is the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Pace University in New York City. For the past 22 years, she has conducted research and taught anthropology, sociology and cultural studies at various universities.

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Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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Producers' Forum: An Evening with Documentary Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:00pm
ticket price: 
$10
additional ticket info: 
$7 Students and Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members, Free admission Penn Students, Staff and Faculty with ID

Location(s)

International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Tuesday, October 8, 7:00PM
$10 General Admission, $7 Students & Seniors, $5 Scribe & IHP members
Free admission for UPenn, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and Haverford Students, Staff & Faculty with ID

Director Renee Tajima-Peña in person

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia
Co-sponsored by Cinema Studies, Asian American Studies, and Greenfield Intercultural Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College's Program in Film Studies


Please join award-winning documentarian Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin, Calavera Highway) as she talks about her work and presents the work-in-progress No Más Bebés Por Vida (USA, 2013, 76 min). In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, claims of coercive sterilization of women were being made all over the country. No Más Bebés Por Vida explores allegations of coercive sterilizations of Mexican American women at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in the 1960s and 1970s and aims to uncover the story and contextualize it by examining the history of the eugenics movement in California and issues related to immigration.

Wednesday, October 9, 7:00PM:
Master Class at Scribe Video Center
Renee Tajima-Peña – Putting it all Together: The Work of Editing

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Award-winning film director and producer Renee Tajima-Peña’s works address Asian American and immigrant/diaspora themes. Her films have screened at the Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto film festivals. She is a Professor of Asian American Studies and the Alumni and Friends of Japanese American Ancestry Endowed Chair at UCLA, where she directs the Center for EthnoCommunications.

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Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Renee Tajima-Peña - Putting it All Together: The Work of Editing

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DATE: Wednesday, October 9, 2013; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; FALL 2013

Instructor: Renee Tajima-Peña
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

You want to make a documentary to explore an idea, an issue or an event, but how do you find the form that will engage a general audience? Join us at Putting it All Together: The Work of Editing Master Class, led by Renee Tajima-Peña, the maestro of documentary structure and construction. Whether she makes use of traditional narrative genres as in the Academy Award nominated documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin?, or creates a hybrid of essay film and journey film in Calavera Highway, she uncovers the form that allows an audience to engage and think. Tajima-Peña talks about her editing process and the work of creating structure.


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Also join us on Tuesday, October 8, 7:00PM for
An Evening with Documentary Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña
with Special Work-in-Progress Screening of No Más Bebés Por Vida
at International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street

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Producers' Forum: Gideon's Army

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location(s)

International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Tuesday, September 17, 7PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St
Tickets: $10, $7 for students and seniors, $5 for Scribe and IHP Members

Director Dawn Porter in person

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia
The screening of Gideon's Army is co-sponsored by the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law.

Gideon’s Army
Directed by Dawn Porter (USA, 2013, 95 min)

Gideon’s Army follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year.

This event will also feature a post-screening panel discussion on the role of Public Defenders in today’s court system moderated by Regina Austin.

Panelists:
Dawn Porter -- Director of Gideon's Army (see below)

Karl Baker -- Mr. Baker is a 1975 honors graduate of Rutgers-Camden Law School where he served as articles editor of the Rutgers-Camden Law Journal. After working as a pro se law clerk in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, he began his career at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Since 1989 he has been Chief or Assistant Chief of the Appeals Division at the Defender. In addition to activity in the bar, he has served as an officer on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and national boards of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Aaron J. Marcus -- Mr. Marcus is an attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 2004 where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law & Inequality and his B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Before joining the Defender Association, Mr. Marcus served as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has written and published on issues of drug policy, policing, and federalism. His articles have appeared in the William Mitchell Law Review, the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Whittier Journal of Child & Family Advocacy. He is now specializing, writing and lecturing in the area of sex offender law and policy.

Moderator:
Regina Austin -- Ms. Austin is currently William A. Schnader Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has pursued an interest in the overlapping burdens of race, gender, and class oppression in traditional legal scholarship, as well as documentary film. She is the director of the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, which holds an annual Visual Legal Advocacy Roundtable for public interest lawyers, hosts screenings of law-genre documentary films throughout the year, and maintains a national repository of dozens of clemency videos as a resource for attorneys representing capital defendants.

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Dawn Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films. She is an alumni of the Tribeca All Access program, where she won the 2011 juried Creative Promise Award for Gideon’s Army. Realscreen named Porter one of their 2012 Doc Hot Shots 15 emerging directors to watch. Other Trilogy projects include Spies of Mississippi for ARTE Germany and PBS, and a documentary about celebrity Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli for the Cooking Channel. Before becoming a filmmaker she was the Director of News Standards and Practices at ABC News, and Vice President of Standards and Practices at A&E Networks.

Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Ben Kalina: Environmental Justice Documentary

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DATE: Wednesday, August 21: TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SUMMER 2013

Instructor: Ben Kalina
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

In this Master Class, Ben Kalina will discuss the consistent elements of producing an environmental justice documentary. How does your budget dictate the approach, your equipment, and your crew? How do you pick a subject? Or, if the subject has picked you, how do you choose the storyline? What is your perceived market and audience, and how does that influence how you design and when you begin your outreach? Are you considering traditional-, self-, or hybrid distribution? Is a feature documentary the best or only way to go? Ultimately, if your goal is to make a difference and to have an impact, what might that look like and what's the best way to make that happen? This workshop is intended for filmmakers at any stage of their project, from pre-production through outreach and distribution.

Ben Kalina's latest film Shored Up screens as part of Scribe's Producers' Forums series on Tuesday, August 20, 7PM at the International House Philadelphia


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