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Screen/Society--The Visible Spectrum--Program 3: "Monuments for the Future"

Still from SHAPE OF A SURFACE by Nazli Dincel
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Experimental and Documentary Cinema: The Visible Spectrum

Film Screening Program: "Monuments for the Future"

What are the necessary monuments for our collective future; ones that unfurl and welcome, that push national narratives to hold more and ask us to rethink where we look for history and how we see it? This collection of films proposes a radical reimagining of time and place and what voices we put at the center of History.

John Gianvito's monumental 2007 film "Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind" provides the center for this program. Loosely inspired by Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States", it is an epic, visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States, from colonial times to the present, as seen through its cemeteries, historical plaques and markers. Making its way through 400 years of American history, it visits the resting places of such figures as Malcolm X, Mother Jones, Frederick Douglass, Cesar Chavez, Susan B. Anthony and Crazy Horse, alongside lesser known but equally important heroes and radicals, including Frank Little, Uriah Smith Stephens and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Full Program:

-- "Cab Calloway Visits Haiti" (Cab Calloway, 1951, 7 min, US)
-- "Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind" (John Gianvito, 2007, 58 min, US)
-- "Broken Tongue" (Monica Saviron, 2017, 3 min, US)
-- "Pilgrim" (Cauleen Smith, 2017, 8 min, US)
-- "Shape of a Surface" (Nazli Dincel, 2017, 9 min, US)

TRT: 85 min.

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Contact: Hank Okazaki