"Auteur or Collective? The Method is the Message: Approaches to Documentary by an African-American Filmmaker"
Wednesday, April 10
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, Swarthmore College
Documentary in Third Cinema comes both from “auteurs,” who have been largely influenced by a world stage and European training, and also from a strong community media (collective) tradition. Looking across cultures, this talk pulls together varied international examples, from filmmaker workshops, to “high-art,” to community projects, and examines the different purposes and audiences these approaches respond to. These differing approaches inform Massiah’s own work in Haiti, where he was contracted by UNICEF to replicate Scribe Video’s Community Visions program in 2002 and 2003 (the collective model). He has synthesized the two approaches with Haytian Stories, which began as a collaborative film project with African-American and Haitian-American filmmakers– Zeinabu Davis, Amadee Braxton, and Hébert Peck–and has morphed into a more singular vision.
Founder and executive director of Scribe Video Center and 2010-2012 Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change at Swarthmore College, Louis Massiah is a leading advocate of community video and a world-renowned, Emmy award-winning filmmaker whose work focuses on African-American and African diasporan experiences. He returns to Swarthmore College to collaborate with students in Professor Carina Yervasi’s Francophone African Cinemas class. This talk presents one of the public components of his visit. He will return on May 8 in conjunction with a screening of the class project.
This event is free and open to the public.