Screening: We Don't Need a Map
In partnership with CAMRA, the Penn Museum screened We Don't Need a Map (2017), directed by Warwick Thornton. This thought-provoking film explores the symbol of the Southern Cross, the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. For indigenous Australians, its meaning is deeply spiritual, representing a familial entity that’s deeply woven into their lives, pointing to the origins of people and directional orientation. But, recently, the same Southern Cross has evolved into a symbol of white nationalism, exclusion, and anti-immigration sentiment. Thornton’s humorous and intelligent essay-film revisits Australia’s colonial & recent history to address this essential conflict in a courageous, direct fashion.
World Premiere of Making Sweet Tea
Feature documentary, Making Sweet Tea, directed by CAMRA Advisor John L. Jackson Jr. and CAMRA Director, 2019-2020, Nora Gross, made its debut in Chicago, IL at the Reeling LGBTQ Film Festival in September 2019. The directors as well as collaborators E. Patrick Johnson (also the subject of the film) and Stephen Lewis attended the premiere, and were awarded with the AARP Image Award.
Experimental Phonography Workshop with Ernst Karel
A workshop about listening and audio as experimental nonfiction, the act of recording as a process of engaging in an encounter with a social situation or lived environment through all of one’s senses, and the possibilities of nonfiction audio as a nondiscursive modality in multimodal work.