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May Lectures and Happenings

May 1st

 New Israeli Cinema from Gaza and Sderot

Curated by Avner Faingulernt
Sponsored by the Visual and Audio Art Department at Sapir College and Cinema South International Film Festival, JMT Films

May 3

Chantal Akerman’s film From the Other Side

May 3-20

Focus Features:10th Anniversary Salute

The Museum of Modern Art celebrates the 10th anniversary of Focus Features with an exhibition of 10 significant features from the film company’s remarkable first decade. Founded in May 2002 and headquartered in New York, Focus Features produces and acquires for distribution films that challenge and expand the notion of mainstream cinema and traditional narrative. Its films have been both critical and popular favorites, from one of its first releases, Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, through to its recent offerings, including Mike Mills’s Beginners. Also featured are works by such important film artists as Joel and Ethan Coen (A Serious Man), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises), Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener), and Gus Van Sant (Milk).

April Events

April 3rd

The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation

Post-Screening Q&A with filmmaker John Canemaker

 7PM- Lang Auditorium/4th Floor – North Building

Hunter College – 695 Park Avenue

The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation (28 min.) tells the true story of a son’s struggle to understand his angry and often violent father, an Italian immigrant whose American dream went wrong. The Moon and the Son won an Oscar in 2005 for Best Animated Short, as well as an Emmy and marked a personal and professional breakthrough in animation storytelling.

Confessions of a Stardreamer (10 min.; 1978) – The extemporaneous musings of an actress about her career provide the springboard for an imaginative fantasy on the fragility of fame. Awards: 14th International Tournee of Animation 1979; Best of World Animation, Zagreb International Animation Festival 1980; London Film Festival, 1980; Filmex 1980, Los Angeles. The Moon and the Son will be preceded by Confessions of a Stardreamer at this evening’s screening.

John Canemaker is a key figure in American independent animation. His animated films have a distinctive personal style emphasizing emotion, personality and dynamic visual expression. ( ( Canemaker has received numerous prestigious awards for his work including an Academy Award, an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

Canemaker also created animation for two award-winning documentaries: HBO’s You Don’t have to Die (1989), which won an Academy Award for documentary short; and Break the Silence: Kids Speak Out Against Abuse (1991), a Peabody Award-winning CBS special. Other commissioned work for television and feature film includes Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and an animated sequence in The World According to Garp (1981).

In addition to his groundbreaking animation work, Canemaker is an internationally renowned animation historian and teacher. He has written nine books on animation, as well as numerous essays, articles and monographs for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

No subject matter is off-limits or deemed too ‘difficult’ for the animation imagination of John Canemaker, who has extended the vocabulary of the art form way beyond the ‘safe’ cartoon image. Canemaker is an extraordinarily skillful artist whose distinctive style is nevertheless ultimately defined by the subject matter. Canemaker addresses the core of his subject with compassion and fearlessness-the painterly qualities and the accomplished, energetic line movement expressing his artistic vision.

— Jytte Jensen, Associate Curator of Film and Video, The Museum of Modern Art

This event is free and open to the public, and was arranged by Professor Mick Hurbis-Cherrier, and  is sponsored by the  Film and Media Studies Department, and the IMA Development Fund. For further information, please contact David Pavlosky at: pav10023@gmail.com

April 6th

Capturing Palestine: Witnessing and Storytelling 

Date: Friday, April 6, 2012

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Union Docs (322 Union Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211), $9 Suggested Donation

Michael Kennedy explores the question of whether a photographer, researcher, artist, journalist, human rights worker or activist can meet the demands of objectivity and proof required in the documentation of rights abuses and still take the miraculous seriously?

Since late 2009, the West Bank village of Iraq Burin has been subject to land theft and increasing violence from the Israeli military and neighboring settlement of Bracha. In March 2010, the Israeli military entered the village and shot two teenage boys in the street. Counter to Israeli claims that no live ammunition was used, a U.N. report was issued on the incident containing three post-mortem photographs of entry and exit wounds on the boys’ bodies. Excluded from this report and other journalistic accounts is another image: dried blood in the street where the boys fell that spelled “Mohammed.”

Bio: Michael Kennedy is a photographer and doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. His work considers the politics of representation by moving between artistic practice and the conventions of ethnography. He holds a M.A. in anthropology from the American University in Cairo, and has taught photography in the Department of Journalism at An Najah University. His writings and photography have appeared in publications and exhibits in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.

This program is part of ArteEast’s 2012 series Making the Real: Practices of Documentation.

April 13th
School at ICP, 1114 Avenue of the Americas
Friday, April 13, 7:00pm

Join us for an exploration of vernacular image-making among Black Europeans and African Americans during the first half of the the twentieth century. Tina Campt’s new book Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europeexamines how Black Germans and Black Britons used vernacular photography to create forms of identity and belonging that challenged racist stereotypes. The event brings together scholars, photographers, archivists, and curators of visual culture in the African Diaspora for a discussion of Campt’s work and the insights it offer on how black communities articulate their place in their society through the photographic image. Reception will follow.

Tina Campt, Barnard College
Deborah Willis, New York University
Kellie Jones, Columbia University
Kobena Mercer, Yale University
Brian Wallis, International Center of Photography

Sponsored by ICP, Barnard College Africana Studies Program, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University.

Book Signing: Ed Kashi’s Witness Number 8
ICP Store, 1133 Avenue of the Americas
Friday, April 13, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Join Ed Kashi for a signing of his book Witness Number 8: Photojournalisms.

Ed Kashi is an award-winning photojournalist, filmmaker, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of the prestigious photo agency VII, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. For his contribution to the Joy of Giving Something series “Witness,” Kashi has delivered a powerful and deeply moving view into his world and career. “As a photojournalist who travels extensively around the world, home for me has always been a shifting term, with shifting people and shifting objects vying for my attention. Upon meeting Julie Winokur in 1992, that dynamic was forever altered. When we married in 1994, a pattern of recording journals addressed to Julie was already firmly established. In keeping with the changing times, what began as paper journals was replaced with daily emails by 2000. Encompassing nearly 20 years, this book is a selection of these journal entries from various locations around the world written for my wife. (…) The very act of creating this book touches upon my desire to reach out to others and to report on issues throughout the world. I am constantly looking for ways to expand the conversation of my work and the medium of photojournalism; to ultimately broaden the ways in which we tell stories and share our personal feelings. In a sense, this book is a different way to look at the world using both internal and external impressions, words and images. The depth of my feelings, touched so deeply and so often by the realities I witness, are the testimony I want this collection to reveal.”

Please note that due to professional obligations, photographer’s book signing dates may change without notification. Limit of two signed copies per customer. Pre-orders and reserve orders are not guaranteed but every effort is made to fulfill orders. Books must be purchased from the ICP Store. If purchased before date of event, please bring your receipt. For more information, call 212.857.9725.

Free Friday night programs in the Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.

March Film and Media Related Events

Here are some events that might be of interest.  Feel free to add to the list.

March 1-27

Whitney Biennial

Sculpture, painting, installations, and photography—as well as dance, theater, music, and film—fill the galleries of the Whitney Museum of American Art in the latest edition of the Whitney Biennial. With a roster of artists at all points in their careers the Biennial provides a look at the current state of contemporary art in America. This is the seventy-sixth in the ongoing series of Biennials and Annuals presented by the Whitney since 1932, two years after the Museum was founded.

The 2012 Biennial takes over most of the Whitney from March 1 through May 27, with portions of the exhibition and some programs continuing through June 10. The 2012 Biennial is in constant flux, with artists, works, and experiences varying over the course of the exhibition.

March 14-16

The World is Watching: Syrian Documentary Series

In commemoration of the first anniversary of the Syrian revolution and continuing social and political struggles, Spectacle Theater presents a selection of films made by the legendary directors Omar Amiralay, Oussama Mohammad, and today’s generation of Syrian filmmakers. These films are made available by DOX BOX, an international documentary festival that has taken place annually in Syria since 2007.

March 20-21

Is the Cold War Over? Russia and US media from Perestroika to the 2012 Elections

Two-day conference on the current state of the media sector in Russia, its recent history, and its future prospects.

March 29th, 2012

Opening Night, CUNY’s Global Film Series
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Many know little about los desaparecidos of Argentina. As many as 30,000 dissidents of the military dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured and killed during The Dirty War between 1976 and 1983. In Argentina today, there is a movement underway headed by a group called Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, or The Grandmothers of May Plaza.

These women are dedicated to finding their missing grandchildren, the babies who were taken from pregnant women during the Dirty War. The women were captured and murdered and their babies were given to supporters of the military regime. Now in their 20s and 30s, these “lost” grandchildren have no knowledge of their past or of their true identities. Las Abuelas is trying to change that. Through direct interviews with Las Abuelas, the found grandchildren, and other members of their families and communities, Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity seeks to tell the story as it is still unfolding, and bring the historical and cultural context that is needed to help people around the world understand the impact that such a crisis has for people of many different generations.

March 30-31

Optipus Laboratory

For the first evening of this weekend of live cinema and sound work, a group of audio-visual experimenters comes together for a lab is a lab is a lab, a structure for improvisation and collaboration that film artist Bradley Eros premiered at The Kitchen in 2007. Here, sound- and image-makers engage in interlocking solos and duos involving projections and music made with tape machines, film loops, contact mikes, glass slides, modified synthesizers, and stringed instruments. Players include Gill Arno, Jonas Asher, Lea Bertucci, MV Carbon, Eros,Victoria Keddie, and Lary Seven.

March 31st

Curator’s Choice: Emerging Artists in Photography
Hunter West Building, 6th Floor, Room HW615, Hunter College, East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue
Saturday, March 31, 12:00pm

Two major exhibitions in New York City during the run of The AIPAD Photography Show New York are of note—the Whitney Biennial 2012 at the Whitney Museum and Perspectives 2012 at the International Center for Photography. This panel will feature top curators discussing trends in photography and video. Panelists will include: Sarah Meister, curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art; Christopher Phillips, curator, International Center for Photography, New York; and Joshua Chuang, assistant curator, photography, Yale University Art Gallery. The moderator will be Lindsay Pollock, editor in chief, Art in America.

One Millionth Tower

This is an amazing webdoc by Katerina Cizek.


MOMA Documentary Fortnight

For students interested in documentary, MOMA has a great series this week and next…

Documentary Fortnight 2012: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media

February 16–28, 2012

Established in 2001, MoMA’s annual two-week showcase of recent nonfiction film and media takes place each February. This international selection of films presents a wide range of creative categories that extend the idea of the documentary form, examines the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and reflects on new areas of nonfiction practice. This year’s festival includes both feature-length and short documentary films, a retrospective of works from Paper Tiger Television’s 30 years of media activism, and a seminar on database documentary practices—an emergent form of interactive narrative and nonlinear filmmaking that employs computer and Web-based media. The majority of films in the festival are premieres, and filmmakers will be present at most screenings. Special off-site events take place at Light Industry in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Closing Night).

Media 150- Angela’s sections 007 & 008

Dear Media Makers,

Welcome to Media 150, sections 007 & 008 on Saturdays at Hunter College.

I look forward to working with you this semester!