Daylong Symposium: Community and Collaborative Filmmaking—Media Arts Centers
Appalshop at 40: Experiments in Place-Based Media

Saturday, February 20, 2010, 2:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

Appalshop is a nonprofit media, arts, and education center founded in 1969 in eastern Kentucky as a job-training program during the War on Poverty. Appalshop artists now work in and across a variety of disciplines—film, video, radio, theater, and music—to help advance new dialogue about Appalachia and rural America and how concepts of place, identity, and culture are considered in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world. While Appalshop has produced the largest single body of artistic work on the history, culture, and social issues of Appalachia, it has also dedicated itself to exploring how its regional realities fit with those of the nation—and the world—by linking its programs to the struggles of poor and marginalized groups in other locales across the U.S. and internationally. This moderated discussion and presentation program examines Appalshop’s experiences with and approaches to place-based media, and features excerpts from a wide range of work, including archival films, recent coal-focused documentaries, youth media, and collaborative productions from Appalshop's Appalachian/Indonesian Exchange Project. Presentations by Elizabeth Barret, Rebecca O’Doherty, Bruce Parsons, L. Somi Roy, Caroline Rubens, Robert Salyer, Herb Smith, and Natasha Watts. Moderated by Alyce Myatt, executive director of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media.

In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film

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