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CANCELLED: Porter Visiting Artist: Yance Ford

Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 7:00 pm
Communications Building, Room 150 (Studio C)

UPDATE: Tonight's event is cancelled.  We apologize for the short notice. 

Public screening with director Yance Ford in discussion with Film and Digital Media Prof
essor Ruby Rich

STRONG ISLAND chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy - from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death.  It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, Wiliam Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America.  A deeply intimate and meditative film, Strong Island asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the comlicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justice (accesible to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing by request; contact

Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Yance Ford is a Sundance Institute Felow, a Creative Capital Grantee, an International Documentary Asociation Emerging Filmmaker awardee, and is featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.  A graduate of Hamilton College and the Production Workshop at Third World Newsreel, he is a former series producer of the PBS anthology series POV.  “TheRoot100” recently named Ford among the most influential African Americans of 2017.

Co-Sponsored by Porter College, Film and Digital Media, and the Center for Documentary Arts and Research
Free and Open to the Public

CDAR POST-REALISM  SEMINAR #16: The ‘I’ does not exist alone / First-person Filmmaking
Tuesday Feb. 5, 2019 9:30AM -12:30PM, Communications139

Documentary, as an art form, has long been held to standards that rely on a journalistic commitment to objectivity.  Personal filmmaking betrays this façade, challenging the common notion of records, archive, truth, and memory to expand the definition of documentary in groundbreaking, productive and even socialy impactful ways. A necessary shift in public discourse has allowed artists, writers and scholars to foreground personal experience as something of value.  Centering this subjectivity reminds us that the I does not exist alone: reframing narratives from new angles, making room to question history as it has been told, and allowing us to hear the stories that are often sidelined.  Advanced registration required: contact Irene Lusztig ( to reserved a place in the seminar.