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Aug
2
Sat
Housing closes
Aug 2 all-day
HerStory Institute screening: “The Milky Way” (2 showings) @ Watkins Theater
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:45 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.

NOTE: Two screenings, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The breastfeeding documentary that will change the face of American motherhood: “The Milky Way” is a documentary exposé about breastfeeding in the United States.  We show how women can reclaim their birthright and restore the nursing mother archetype. More than a breastfeeding promotion film, this is a film by, for, and about women. It is about the knowledge that inherently resides in every woman, how to access that knowledge and how to trust what we already know. It is a film that inspires women to say, “I can do that!” “I want to do that!”  Mission: Restore the phenomenon of the breastfeeding mother.  Core Values: Mother and baby are a symbiotic, synergistic, holistic entity; Profound trust in women’s bodies and babies capabilities; Mother is the baby’s home, habitat; Nursing is a normal, ordinary yet extraordinary, experience.  Goals:  Empower mothers through a film designed to elicit each mother’s own embodied wisdom; Validate women’s lived experience of mothering, birthing and breastfeeding; Inspire each woman to trust her body, trust her baby, and trust herself during her journey through motherhood; Reveal a newborn’s innate abilities; Unveil the extraordinary inner workings of nursing; Transform the way America views baby’s first food; Dismantle beliefs and practices that compromise a woman’s ability to nurse a baby; Expose the many ways culture undermines nursing.

93 min. 2014

WAG’s August show: “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” from Jenna Maurice & John Whitten @ WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents A Field Guide to Getting Lostfeaturing video work by alumni Jenna Maurice and John Whitten, at its downtown gallery WAG during the August 2 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Jenna Maurice Lowest Point

“Lowest Point”

Taken from the title of the 2006 book by Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a video-based exhibition about Maurice and Whitten’s relationships with nature, the unknown, and their search for the unfamiliar. These artists champion being lost. It is a goal for which they strive. Their research happens deep in secluded areas where isolation and solitude are desirable characteristics. Having relocated from Nashville to geographic regions offering some of the United States’ most diverse landscapes (Maurice to Colorado and Whitten to Oregon), their work deals with the subtleties of communication amid isolation, and their interpretation of the natural world. Fueled by a desire to discover a deeper level of connectedness to their environment, the two artists employ a range of tactics from subtle, poetic gestures of mimicry to spectacular displays of signals designed to attract help. In this work, both artists question their sense of place in the natural world, what it means to make one’s way through life, and what it means to be a lost soul.

WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.

Art Crawl logoWAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues. For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

Aug
9
Sat
HerStory Institute screening: “It Felt Like Love” (2 showings)
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 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.

NOTE: Two screenings, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Eliza Hittman’s powerful debut feature “It Felt Like Love” tells the story of Lila (Gina Piersanti, in a stunning debut), a 14-year-old spending a hot summer in a blue-collar Brooklyn neighborhood far removed from the bustling city. Awkward, lonely, and often playing the third wheel, Lila is determined to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. She fixates on Sammy, a tough older guy, when she hears that “he’ll sleep with anyone.” Deluded in her romantic pursuit, Lila tries desperately to insert herself into Sammy’s gritty world, but in doing so she puts herself into a dangerously vulnerable situation.

82 min. 2013

Aug
16
Sat
Housing re-opens
Aug 16 all-day
HerStory Institute screening: “Bringing It Home” @ Watkins Theater
Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 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.

More industrial hemp is exported to the U.S. than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in hemp products annually. “Bringing It Home” explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by illustrating its history, current industries and talking to both opponents and proponents of the industrial hemp farming legalization effort. “Bringing It Home” tells the story of hemp’s past, present and future through interviews with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe, historical images and media clips, and footage filmed in the U.K, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina. The DOC aims to magnify dialogue about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.

52 min. 2013

HerStory Institute screening: “The Carbon Rush” @ Watkins Theater
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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.

Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil.  What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And what about the people and the communities where these projects have been set up? “The Carbon Rush” takes us around the world to meet the people most impacted. They are the least heard in the cacophony surrounding in this emerging “green-gold” multi-billion dollar carbon industry.  From indigenous rain forest dwellers having their way of life completely threatened, to dozens of Campesinos assassinated, to the livelihood of waste pickers at landfills taken away, “The Carbon Rush” travels across four continents and brings us up close to projects working through the United Nations, Kyoto Protocol designed Clean Development Mechanism. This groundbreaking DOC FEA asks the fundamental questions “What happens when we manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis? Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer?”

83 min. 2013

Aug
17
Sun
Orientation for new students
Aug 17 – Aug 19 all-day
Aug
21
Thu
Fall 2014 classes begin
Aug 21 all-day
Reception for ‘Vignelli Canon’ @ Currrey Gallery
Aug 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hatch Vignelli-evite-fWatkins College of Art, Design & Film will host a reception for “The Vignelli Canon,” an exhibit celebrating the words of legendary designer Massimo Vignelli through posters designed by Watkins Graphic Design students and produced at Hatch Show Print, on Thursday, August 21, from 5 to 7 pm.

The show, which runs through August 29 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus, is the result of a continuing collaboration between Watkins and Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.

In a one-day summer workshop, Watkins students were challenged to use Hatch’s landmark collection of typefaces, along with traditional letterpress methods, to create posters that expressed the ethos of influential Italian-born designer Massimo Vignelli.