Culture & Media Program News
The Center for Media, Culture and History is affiliated with the Departments of Anthropology and Cinema Studies’ Program in Culture and Media. Read more about the Program here.
C&M alumna Rachel Lears
TFI and A+E Films Launch Doc Workshop: This three-day program—which is currently underway today at the newly opened Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO, Brooklyn—is designed to help position commercially-viable documentaries for the big screen and will provide one-on-one mentorship, pitch training and a pitch forum, master class discussions, case studies, screenings, and networking opportunities. Five programs have been chosen to participate in this year’s workshop, they include: The Hand That Feeds, Directed and Produced by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick – An undocumented immigrant deli worker sets out to end abuses at a Manhattan bagel shop and winds up making history. For more information at tribecfilminstitute.org
C&M alumnae screenings at the Margaret Mead Film Festival, American Museum of Natural History
Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase presented three Culture and Media Program Alumnae: Laura Murray’s A Kiss for Gabriela tells the story of Gabriela Leite, the first sex worker to run for Brazilian Congress, and who in 2010 faced down 822 opponents and a male-dominated political system, becoming a cultural icon in the process. Doing the Sheep Good, by Teresa Montoya, charts the life of the films and photographs in the series Navajo Film Themselves, made by Navajo youth who were taught to use cameras as part of a 1966 experiment by two anthropologists, as they are about to be repatriated to their community. Tonto Plays Himself, by the devoted cinephile Jacob Floyd, confronts the filmmaker’s anxieties about representations of Native Americans in film as he explores the 1930s and ‘40s career of his actor cousin Victor Daniels, a.k.a. Chief Thundercloud.
Alumna Pegi Vail had the world premiere of her documentary, Gringo Trails, a timely documentary that raises urgent questions about how we travel and the unintended cultural and environmental consequences of tourism around the globe. Gringo Trails follows well-worn travelers’ routes over the past 30 years through Latin America and beyond to Africa and Asia.
C&M Alumna Nina Kirstic’s documentary 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film in theaters now
Participant Media is distributing the film in North America. The film opens September 6th in: LA’s The ArcLight Hollywood and in NYC’s Village East Cinema. The film will have its television premiere Sept 17, 2013 on the brand new PIVOT Network and has launched their social action campaign at takepart.com/99percent.
C&M Student Narges Bajoghli Writes in the Guardian
The piece “Iran’s chemical weapon survivors show twin horrors of WMD and sanctions; Victims of mustard and nerve gas in Iran-Iraq war now struggle to find inhalers, transplant drugs and other vital medicine”, examines the lasting effects of the Iran-Iraq war on survivors in regards to ongoing medical care. Read the whole article here -http://www.theguardian.com/world/iran-blog/2013/sep/02/iran-chemical-weapons-wmd-sanctions
C&M Alumnus Myles Jewell’s Documentary is Making Headlines
Congratulations to C&M alumnus Myles Jewell. His feature documentaryStranglehold: In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler was featured in theNew York Times blog last week. The film was produced by Myles and C&M’s Media Production Specialist Cheryl Furjanic.
C&M Alumna Rachel Lears on NY Times Op-Docs