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August – October 2014

Aug
23
Sat
HerStory Institute screening: “Justice For Sale” @ Watkins Theater
Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

In partnership with Watkins Community Education, the HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films highlighting the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. HerStory Institute is supported by Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women.

“Justice For Sale” follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone becomes a victim. The DOC not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial system but also raises questions about the role of the international community and non-governmental organizations in reforming it. Does their financial support cause justice to be for sale? And who pays the price?  This is the third DOC in Dutch filmmakers Ilse and Femke van Velzen’s trilogy about the Congo, following “Fighting the Silence,” about the consequences for victims of sexual violence, and “Weapon of War,” confessions by those who perpetrated the acts. These films are essential viewing for anyone interested in the issues facing contemporary Africa.

84 min. 2011. With subtitles.

HerStory Institute screening: “Pushing the Elephant” @ Watkins Theater
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In partnership with Watkins Community Education, the HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films highlighting the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. HerStory Institute is supported by Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women.

In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged advocating forgiveness and reconciliation. In a country where ethnic violence has created seemingly irreparable rifts among Tutsis, Hutus and other Congolese, this remarkable woman is a vital voice in her beleaguered nation’s search for peace.  When war came to Rose’s village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her ten children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. Over a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the US where they must face the past and build a new future. As mother and daughter get to know one another, they must come to terms with a painful past, and define what it means to be a survivor, a woman, a refugee and an American.  Through this intimate family portrait unfolding against the wider drama of war, we explore the long-term and often hidden effects of war on women and families, particularly those in traditional societies—financial despair, increased susceptibility to rape, and social ostracism. “Pushing the Elephant” captures one of the most important stories of our age, a time when genocidal violence is challenged by the moral fortitude and grace of one woman’s mission for peace.  This is a powerful first-person portrait of an indomitable woman dedicated to peace and the healing power of forgiveness. A moving, joyful and hopeful chronicle of refugee experience and acculturation in the U.S. today, “Pushing the Elephant” is also an insightful portrait of the changing face of immigration in our increasingly diverse society.

83 min. 2010

Aug
28
Thu
ABC workshop — “Yours, Mine & Ours: Copyright & Intellectual Property Fundamentals” @ Room 804
Aug 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

ABC logoThe Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville is partnering with Watkins to present a workshop addressing the basics of intellectual property and copyright law on Thursday, August 28, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in Room 804.

“Yours, Mine & Ours: Copyright & Intellectual Property Fundamentals” will cover copyright laws’ exclusive rights and protections and offer perspective of both the law and the creator in this workshop suitable for all levels and artists of all disciplines. Co-facilitators are Carl Eppler of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP and Tennessee Repertory Playwright-in-Residence Nate Eppler.

Cost is $10 for ABC members, $15 for nonmembers. CLE Credit cost is $35 for ABC member attorneys, $50 for nonmembers.

To register, visit www.abcnashville.org/what-we-do/register/

Room 804 is on the second floor of the Cecy Reed Student Center.

Sep
1
Mon
Labor Day
Sep 1 all-day

No classes!

Sep
4
Thu
Opening reception for faculty show: Mary Addison Hackett, Ariel Lavery, Robin Paris & Tom Williams @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Sep 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m

Watkins_2014FacultyShow_9.4_26 eviteWatkins College of Art, Design & Film presents “Monuments, Hotel Soap and Linear Progressions,” a multiple media exhibition featuring recent work by faculty artists Mary Addison HackettAriel Lavery, Robin Paris and Tom Williams, from September 4–26 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Mary Addison Hackett, adujunct instructor in painting, Department of Fine Art

Ariel Lavery, assistant professor of sculpture, Department of Fine Art

Robin Paris, associate professor and chair, Department of Photography

Tom Williams, assistant professor in art history, Department of Art

 

 

Sep
5
Fri
Faculty Show: “Monuments, Hotel Soap and Linear Progressions” @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 26 @ 8:00 pm

Watkins_2014FacultyShow_9.4_26 evite Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents “Monuments, Hotel Soap and Linear Progressions,” a multiple media exhibition featuring recent work by faculty artists Mary Addison HackettAriel Lavery, Robin Paris and Tom Williams, from September 4–26 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Sep
13
Sat
General Auditions for Fall Productions @ The Film School at Watkins
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Fall 2014 student film projects on Saturday, September 13, at the Watkins campus in Metro Center.

Directors of more than 20 productions–from the film programs at Watkins and, for the first time, Belmont University–will be looking for actors of all ages. Student films are being made under the SAG/AFTRA student film agreement and therefore all current union members are allowed to participate. Actors are asked to bring headshots and résumés.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (with on-camera readings at the discretion of each director). Casting breakdowns and proposed shoot dates (usually over a 3-day/Friday–Sunday period) will be posted to this auditions page as they become available and will be distributed on site.

Audition slots will be divided according to gender and age throughout the day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); individual appointments are not available.

  • 10 to 11 a.m. – Leading men, age range 19-40
  • 11 a.m. to noon – Leading and character men, age range 40 and up
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Leading women, age range 19-40
  • 1 to 2 p.m. – Leading and character women, age range 40 and up
  • 3 to 4 p.m. – Children and youth, age range 8-18

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Metro Center (across from the Looby). Free parking is available in the campus lot.

All cast members will be invited to a screening of projects at the end of the semester and will have access to an online copy of the film and a quick-time file (without music) to cut into a reel.

 

Oct
3
Fri
Handmade & Bound, Vol. 4: “Poetry & Prints” opening reception @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Library at WatkinsWatkins Community Education and Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 will celebrate poetry, books and the print arts with the Poetry & Prints gallery show and community workshops.  Inspired by the work of Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky and the retrospective of his work hosted by the Frist Center, September 26, 2014, through January 2, 2015, Watkins Community Education is hosting a series of community book arts workshops.  Professional book artists, poets and printmakers will teach workshop participants how to create their own books and fill them with the poetry and prints they create. The artists’ books created by workshop participants will be displayed along side works created by invited working artists in the Poetry & Prints gallery show in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery.  Join us Friday, October 3, from  5-7 pm for the opening and reception honoring the participating artists.  Then come to the Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 Festival and Marketplace, Saturday, October 4, 11 am- 4pm on the Watkins campus. Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival and marketplace celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations.

Handmade & Bound, Vol. 4: “Root Hog or Die” screening with John Porcellino @ Watkins Theater
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Root Hog or Die posterOn Friday, October 3, the Handmade & Bound kicks off with the Poetry and Prints exhibition, opening in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery show takes its name from a series of community workshops designed to produce handmade books inspired by the art of Wassily Kandinsky, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and the subject of an upcoming retrospective at the Frist (Sept. 26-Jan. 2, 2015).

Following the gallery reception, Watkins will welcome acclaimed zine author/publisher John Porcellino for the Nashville premiere of “Root Hog or Die,” a 2014 documentary about his life and work. Currently living in South Beloit, Illinois, the Chicago native has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics and graphic novels for more than 25 years; his self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of alternative comics creators.

With equal parts Thoreau and Hüsker Dü, Porcellino’s comics showcase the “moments between moments” which make up the majority of our lives, but which many fail to notice. The title phrase is John Porcellino’s personal motto in regards to creating King-Cat: the saying about self-reliance refers to the colonial practice of releasing hogs into the wild to fend for themselves or starve.

“Root Hog or Die” (90 min., dir. Dan Stafford) will screen at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, followed by a Q&A with Porcellino. [See trailer here.]

Oct
4
Sat
Handmade & Bound, Vol. 4: Marketplace @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Library at WatkinsWatkins Community Education and Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 will celebrate poetry, books and the print arts with the Poetry & Prints gallery show and community workshops.  Inspired by the work of Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky and the retrospective of his work hosted by the Frist Center, September 26, 2014 through January 2. 2015, Watkins Community Education is hosting a series of community book arts workshops.  Professional book artists, poets and printmakers will teach workshop participants how to create their own books and fill them with the poetry and prints they create.

The artists’ books created by workshop participants will be displayed along side works created by invited working artists in the Poetry & Prints gallery show in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery.  Join us Friday, October 3, from  5-7 pm for the opening and reception honoring the participating artists.  Then come to the Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 Festival and Marketplace, Saturday, October 4, 11 am- 4pm on the Watkins campus.

Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival and marketplace celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations.