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August – September 2014

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
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

Sep
1
Mon
Labor Day
Sep 1 all-day

No classes!

Sep
4
Thu
Faculty Show opening reception: Mary Addison Hackett, Ariel Lavery & Robin Paris @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Sep 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sep
5
Fri
Faculty show: Mary Addison Hackett, Ariel Lavery & Robin Paris @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 26 @ 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

 

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

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

Robin Paris, chair, Department of Photography