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ORGANIZING / FILMMAKING / ARCHIVING: FILMS FROM THE THIRD WORLD NEWSREEL ARCHIVES
Third World Newsreel and NYU's Moving Image Archive Program (MIAP) held a symposium:
Organizing/ Filmmaking/ Archiving: Films from the Third World Newsreel Archives on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 12:30 to 8 PM in the Michelson Theater in the Department of Cinema Studies, 721 Broadway, New York City.
Symposium panels Filmmaking and Organizing Then and Now was preceded by the workshop Archiving and Preserving Film/Media Collections from 10 AM to 12:00 PM at 665 Broadway, 6th Floor in Room 643. The workshop was an introduction for independent film/videomakers, activists and activist organizations on how to organize, evaluate and preserve their film and media collections. Featured speakers: XFR Collective and AMIA @ NYU.
The Newsreel, founded in 1968 as an activist film collective, produced films documenting radical social movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s. including the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, the anti-Vietnam war movement, the second wave Women's Movement, national liberation movements overseas and community based efforts to fight for equitable housing, health and education in New York city and beyond. In the early 1970s, Newsreel became Third World Newsreel, which continues to produce, distribute and train in social issue media, while working to preserve its historic collection of films.
Organizing/ Filmmaking/ Archiving: Films from the Third World Newsreel Archives presented rarely seen and recently preserved 16mm films made by the Newsreel and early Third World Newsreel.
The films presented were:
Janie's Janie (1970 B&W 25 min),Make-Out (1970 B&W 5 min)
These films are unique in the Newsreel Collection, and were created by the Women's Caucus. Janie's Janie is a "personal" documentary, an unusual format for Newsreel; it follows a white working class woman in Newark who realizes that she has to control her own life after years of physical and mental abuse. Make-Out is a dramatic short (also unusual for Newsreel) that continues to resonate, as it portrays what a young woman is thinking while a guy tries to make out with her. These films were preserved with the support of NY Women in Film and Television's Womens' Film Preservation Fund and CIneric lab.
Panelists included filmmakers Peter Barton, Stephanie Palewski and Deborah Shaffer, activist Cynthia Mellon.
Moderator: Afua Kafi-Akua, producer and Senior Manager of the Uris Center for Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Teach Our Children (1972 B&W 35 min)
One of the first films made by Third World Newsreel, this film focuses on the historic 1971 Attica prison rebellion in upstate New York. The film targets the conditions that caused the prisoners to take drastic steps toward securing their basic rights and questions the behavior of the authorities that resulted in the deaths of thirty-one inmates and prison guards from bullets fired by the National Guard. Preserved by the Pacific Film Archives and CInemalab. MIAP alumni Pamela Jean Smith worked on the preservation of Teach Our Children.
Panelists included filmmaker Christine Choy, Attica observer and Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg,
and Kassandra Frederique, DIrector of the NY office of the Drug Policy Alliance, a member organization of Communities United for Polic Reform. Moderator: Prof. Mona Jimenez, MIAP co-director.
Break and Enter (Rompiendo Puertas) (1970, B&W 42 min)
A Newsreel documentary on the fight against the impact of gentrification, then called "urban renewal" on the upper west side of Manhattan. The primarily Latino community was being forced out of their homes to make way for hotels and restaurants - and a mostly women-led community organization formed to take back the empty buildings, forming a squatters' movement Operation Move-In. Preserved with the support of the National Film Preservation Foundation and Color Lab and the assistance of MIAP intern Daniel Finn and the Activist Archivists.
Panelists included filmmakers Peter Barton and Carol Foresta, activists Esperanza Martell and
Shahana Hanif and Wai Yee Poon of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities. Moderator: Lillian Jimenez, filmmaker, cofounder of NALIP.
Generous support provided by the NYU Department of Cinema Studies, the Tisch School of the Arts and Dean Allyson Green, New York Women in Film and Television, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Peace Development Fund. Special thanks to Jeff Richardson and NYU Cinema Studies technical staff.
Cosponsored in part by the NYU Institute of African American Affairs and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, the XFR Collective and AMIA @ NYU.
Gideon's Army and Harvest of Empire selected by the American Library Association (ALA) as 2015 Notable Videos for Adults!
Director Dawn Porter's film 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. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs.
Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers
revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make "justice
for all" a reality? Emmy nominated and winner of the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize and the Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts.
See the trailer
Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America is based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González. It takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape. Directed by Eduardo López & Peter Getzels and produced by Wendy Thompson-Marquez, HARVEST OF EMPIRE won the ABCNews Sourcevideo Award for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary.
See the trailer
Both films distributed by Third World Newsreel.
HARVEST OF EMPIRE
Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González,
HARVEST OF EMPIRE takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and
military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that
is transforming our nation's cultural and economic landscape. From the wars for
territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more
than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military
regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest
of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great
majority of citizens in the U.S. "They never teach us in school that the huge
Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government's actions in
Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades -- actions that
forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north,"
says Juan González at the beginning of the film.
For more info on theatrical dates.
AUDRE LORDE - THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 wins Festival Favorite Award at the
Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Third World Newsreel is pleased to announce that AUDRE LORDE- THE BERLIN YEARS
1984 TO 1992 won the Festival Favorite Award at the Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian
Film Festival. Congratulations to film director Dagmar Schultz for this
well-deserved achievement! AUDRE LORDE- THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 explores a
little-known chapter of the African American lesbian poet and activist Lorde’s
prolific life, a period in which she helped ignite the Afro-German Movement and
made lasting contributions to the German political and cultural scene before and
after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification. Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 contains
previously unreleased audiovisual material from director Schultz's personal
archive, showing Lorde on and off stage. With testimony from Lorde's colleagues,
students and friends, this film documents Lorde's lasting legacy in Germany.
The film premiered at
the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012, marking the 20th anniversary of Audre Lorde's passing.
Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984-1992 also won the Audience Award for
the Best Documentary at the Barcelona G&L Film Festival. Watch the trailer
on TWN’s YouTube Channel.
For information on upcoming screenings.
Stephanie Ching and Ellen Martinez and their film AFTER SPRING
, premiering at Tribeca! This film was a fiscal sponsored project of TWN.
Dawn Porter for her new film TRAPPED
on reproductive rights going to Sundance 2016! Her film Gideon's Army
is distributed by TWN.
Konrad Aderer for his National Park Service Grant (Japanese Confinement Center) and CAAM award for his documentary Resistance at Tule Lake
and Adele Pham for her Cal Humanities award for #Nailedit.
TWN is the fiscal sponsor of these projects and the executive producer for Tule Lake.
Thomas Allen Harris, Donald Perry, Deborah Willis, and Ann Bennett for the Film
Forum theatrical run and PBS broadcast of Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and
the Emergence of a People
, and we salute all the great photographers
featured. This film was a fiscal sponsored project of TWN.
, Oscar Winner, People Magazine "most
beautiful", Lancome "ambassadress" - is also the director
of IN MY GENES
that TWN proudly distributes. This film explores the lives of
several people with albinism in Kenya. The film asks what it means to be part of
one of the most hyper-visible and yet invisible minorities in a predominantly black
KITES AND BORDERS
by TWN Sponsoree Yolanda Pividal premiered at
the Havana Film Festival at the Quad Cinema in NY and was nominated
for Best Documentary!
by TWN Workshop alum Manauvaskar Klublall
aired on Revolt TV!
OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA and AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS,
TWN Workshop alum Grace Lee on the latter's theatrical run and Peabody and both airing on PBS!
WHEN I WALK
- Jason DaSilva, a TWN sponsoree, for the Emmy win for his documentary about his sudden onset of multiple sclerosis and his journey to find healing, self-discovery and love. For more info.
-Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson, and the American Promise team, a TWN fiscal sponsored project, on their theatrical release. A documentary 13 years in the making, the film provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons. For more info, visit www.Americanpromise.org.
Rodney Evans for the theatrical release of THE HAPPY SAD
, a TWN fiscal sponsored project, a drama about two young NYC couples—one black and gay, one white and straight—whose lives become intertwined. For more info visit
FUNAVE (Foundation for Audiovisual Narratives in Spanish in NY)
The rapid growth of the Spanish speaking community in the United States has
marked a new phase in U.S. culture particularly in the audio-visual area, and
the demand for professionals who can write in Spanish is continuously
increasing. FUNAVE was created in response to the lack of Spanish-language
training options for screenwriters and youth within the United States and is the
first laboratory for the learning, development and research of audiovisual
narratives in Spanish within the United States. FUNAVE's first initiative was
FUNAVERANO, a series of four intensive workshops featuring prominent
screenwriters and media professionals, as well as guest speakers. All of the first series' of
workshops were held in Spanish at the historic Amster Yard building of the
Cervantes Institute in Manhattan.
Past courses included Live, Look, Listen, Tell: Course on
Narratives & the Development of Documentaries
Tales in Movement,
Stories in Time: Course on Film Script Writing
& Multiplatform Writing: Workshop on Transmedia Narratives and New Dynamics in
Audiovisual Project Development
Serial Contents, Television
Continents: Course on Project Creation and TV Fiction Script Writing
Newsreel is a collaborating partner with FUNAVE.
STAY TUNED FOR 2016:
All classes are held in Spanish at Cervantes Institute NY's headquarters in Manhattan.
For more information.