Free in Philadelphia this Sunday: Behind the Screen with Shawn Peters

Still-Standing-Stills-2Join BlackStar Film Festival’s Artistic Director Maori Karmael Holmes for a Behind the Screen conversation with renowned cinematographer Shawn Peters on the intersection between film, music, and art.

The Brooklyn-based Peters uses light and form to tell unique stories. He has been recently recognized for his work in the Sundance selected feature film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty as well as the documentary series The Triptych. He has been a sought after eye for music videos since he burst including collaborations with Pharoah Monch,Cody ChesnuTTGregory Porter, and Esperanza Spalding. Peters also serves as the consulting Performance Producer for the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn.

ABOUT BARNES FREE FIRST SUNDAYS
The Barnes Foundation offers free admission and programming on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors are welcome to attend talks, performances, and hands-on activities throughout the day. Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on-site starting at 9 am. First Sundays, 10 am–6 pm; programming 1–4 pm.

Free tickets can be obtained on-site at The Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. This offer is limited to tickets for two adults and two children per transaction. Tickets are limited and available on a first come-first served basis. Tickets include access to the Collection gallery, special exhibition and any programming taking place that day.

Free “Trans Literary Salon” event this Thursday

In conjunction with the 2014 Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Leeway presents its Second Trans Literary Salon highlighting the work of emerging literary artists from a diversity of genres including poetry, fiction, memoir, and spoken word. The salon will feature readings from Annie Mok (ACG ’13), Dark Matter, Imogen Binnie, J Mase III (ACG ’07), and KOKUMỌ. Audience members are invited to bring work to share. Hosted by J Mase III. Thursday, June 12 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm at the Leeway Foundation (1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832). More details can be found here.

New Jennifer Baichwal documentary “Watermark” screens at I House Philadelphia

300589340253825120-watermark-banner.fullI haven’t seen Watermark yet so I can’t vouch for this film, but I can say that Jennifer Baichwal’s 2006 film Manufactured Landscapes–which like Watermark is a collaboration with photographer Edward Burtynsky–is one of my favorite documentaries. The film screens next Thursday at the International House. Details are available here.

Award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, beautifully weave together diverse stories from around the globe that eloquently detail humanity’s relationship with water through the ages: how we are drawn to it, how we use it, and the magnitude of our need for this rapidly depleting resource. Full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terra-forming element and the scale of its reach. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a lingering memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces. These images, both beautiful and haunting, create a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity’s past, present and future relationship with the natural world. In WATERMARK, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted – until it’s gone.

 

Korean film series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (March 16-April 30)

KoreanFilmSeriesJoe Kim, from the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is curating this great line up of films (and a K-Pop dance party!) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next month. For more info on these events, click here or scroll below.

Sunday, March 16th, 1pm
We kick off the Korean film series with a screening of the North Korean documentary “A State of Mind”, filmmaker Daniel Gordon’s beautifully photographed film that takes the viewer deep into the culture of this isolated land than ever before. This program begins with a conversation with British director Daniel Gordon (who also recently directed the ESPN 30 For 30 film “9.79*”) followed by a screening of A State of Mind.  It should be a great program and discussion.

The film series continues each Wednesday in April at 6pm with screenings of:

April 2: Chi-hwa-seon (Painted Fire)
A vivid portrait of the life of one of Korea’s greatest artists, renowned painter Jang Seung-eop.  Directed by master filmmaker Im Kwon-taek.
April 9: Sunny
An unexpectedly big hit in South Korea, “Sunny” is a heartwarming coming of age comedy that will alternately make you laugh and cry as these long-lost friends discover they can still change one another’s lives.  Featuring a soundtrack of American 80′s pop hits.  Feel free to come dressed in your 80′s best!
April 16: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
Award-winning Korean writer/director/editor Kim Ki-duk has crafted a lushly exotic, yet universal story about the human spirit and its evolution, from innocence to love, evil to enlightenment, and ultimately to rebirth.
April 23: Planet B-Boy
Korean-American filmmaker Benson Lee (who grew up in Philadelphia) sought to answer the question of how South Korea became the epicenter of the global phenomenon known as breakdancing, which originated in the Bronx in the 1970s. Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Las Vegas, and Seoul, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of international teams of dancers who struggle to fulfill their dreams.  Featuring a b-boy performance after the film.

April 30: The Yellow Sea

Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Yellow Sea is an impressive crime thriller with amazing action reminiscent of the Bourne series from director Na Hong-jin (The Chaser).

For more info, please visit: http://koreanfilmseries.tumblr.com/

Also, please check out:
Fri, March 28, 5-9:45pm: Art After 5 K-Pop Dance Party & Fashion Show (FREE Event)

Student designers from the fashion department of the Art Institute of Philadelphia kick off the evening by showcasing runway looks using professional models. This evening also features a K-pop (Korean pop) performance, a mini dance class, and a dance party in the museum!

Korean Drama Series: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm (Mar 19, 26, May 7, 14, 21)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) is a South Korean drama about a girl who disguises herself as a boy while attending Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s highest educational institute, where no women were allowed. Each screening features three episodes and is presented by Drama Fever, the largest online video site for the distribution of international televised content.

FREE TO LOVE film series on “sexual revolution” at IHouse Philadelphia through February

Bob Carol Ted Alice.jpgThe International House of Philadelphia is hosting an unique line up of over 60 avant-garde and commercial films that have been key to redefining sex in the West explore the “political and artistic tumult of the 1960s and ‘70s and its effect on contemporary culture.” The series, which runs through February 15th, features appearances and talks by several of the original filmmakers and influential film historians. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I understand, but for those of you who are film history buffs it’s not to be missed!  If it helps appease your prudish side, the series is funded by a grant from Pew. How’s that for official endorsement as “art”? More details and schedule (with work safe images!) here.

Sci-fi and speculative fiction as roadmap for community organizing

Emergent StrategiesJoin Leeway Foundation on December 8 to welcome writer and cultural organizer Adrienne Maree Brown for Emergent Strategies: Speculative Fiction & Radical Organizing–a lively conversation inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler. This discussion will explore the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice using Butler’s work.

Butler’s writing in The Parable series and other works instigates and provokes new thinking about how we can bring into being the kind of society that we want and expands what we might imagine. Through her protagonists, Butler illustrated adaptive, intuitive, shared leadership in practice. This recurrent theme, dubbed “Emergent Strategy,” will be a key focus of the afternoon’s discussion.

Emergent Strategies will take place on Sunday, December 8 from 1:30pm–3:30pm at Art Sanctuary (628 S 16th St).

The event is free but you must RSVP here or call 215-545-4078 x17 

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Artistis Raising Kids: Workshop hosted by Artists U December 2

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For those for whom this is relevant:

Artists U/Philadelphia is hosting a workshop/discussion Monday, December 2, on Artists Raising Kids. It’s for artists raising kids and artists who are thinking of raising kids. There’s free childcare at the event! More details are available at http://artistsu.org/philadelphia/

If you are a parent, they are asking that if you can fill out this two-question survey to help them gather material for the workshop: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KXG3VP2

“Do You Know ‘Blackness’ When You See It?” (1)ne Drop Project Live Nov 10

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Do you know Blackness when you see it? This provocative question informs the work of Dr. Yaba Blay, whose (1)ne Drop Project depicts the stories and images of over 60 individuals from around the world, all of whom identify as Black, but none of whom fit the stereotypical “Black box.” Their candid memoirs challenge our understanding of race and identity.

The storytelling event, (1)ne Drop Project Live, on November 10th interweaves history with candid stories from participants in the Project and gives a microphone to living testimonies of diversity. Featuring Danielle Ayers, Perry “Vision” Divirgilio, Zun Lee,Sembene McFarland, and Brandon Stanford.

For more details and tickets click here.

Free community arts events in Philly this Friday-Sunday!

Want to get out of the house despite the rain and cold? There’s so many great things happening in Philly this weekend that should inspire you to put on a raincoat and get out! Here’s a few picks of arts and cultural events being organized by some of the talented and amazing people I know:

FRIDAY OCTOBER 11

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Poet Hila Ratzabi is producing this lovely poetry reading (where my sweetheart will be photographing–check him out if you need an event photographer!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 12

Visual artist Sosena Solomon  presents a pop installation of her piece MERKATO.

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 12

Mytili Jagannathan will be reading at Head House books along with two other creative writers.

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Head House Books, 619 S 2nd

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton College and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People Are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus, 2010) and Manifest (Switchback, 2013). Her poems and reviews have appeared this year in Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, diode, and horse less review. Her radio show The Last Word for 91.7 WLFR Pomona NJ contributes a podcast regularly to The Conversant. She splits her time between the East Coast and Kentucky.

Mytili Jagannathan listens to the notion that “every letter is an alphabet,” making poems that investigate public and private space, power, gender, property, desire, collectivity, and the conditions of speech. She is the author of Acts, a chapbook from Habenicht Press. Her poems have appeared in Sous Rature, EOAGH, Rattapallax, Mirage#4/Period[ical], Combo, Fanzine, Interlope, Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. She’s currently dreaming up film/poetry collaborations with filmmaker Sara Zia Ebrahimi, which so far has yielded the short Up Against (also in collaboration with electronic musician Gralin Hughes) for the “Shelter” episode of the Termite TV Collective.

Robert Ostrom is the author of The Youngest Butcher in Illinois. He lives in Queens and teaches at the City University of New York and Columbia University.

 

 

Leading a free workshop for International Peace Day: Social Media for Social Change

peaceAs part of my day job I’ll be leading a free workshop here in Philadelphia on September 21, 2013 at 2pm called “Social Media for Social Change. In the 90min workshops I’ll be going over best strategies and tips on how to engage communities and us social media platforms as an effective additional community organizing tool.

If you or anyone you know are interested please register at: http://peacedayphilly2013.eventbrite.com/