Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film
February 17–March 3, 2010
In addition to a juried selection, the festival also includes thematic programs that focus on film initiatives from around the world. A spotlight on the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam’s Jan Vrijman Fund, which supports filmmakers in developing countries, features Iranian filmmaker Massoud Bakshi’s Tehran Has No More Pomegranates!; the Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, which began in 1968 as an experiment in community-based filmmaking and economic growth, brings us films that celebrate Appalachian culture and an Indonesian video exchange project; Deep Dish Television produces and distributes grass-roots film and television; and UnionDocs Collaborative in New York City, a new program for nonfiction media research and group production, showcases their collective’s most recent innovative projects. Many of the filmmakers will be present throughout the festival to introduce and discuss their films.
Related Film Screenings
The End of the Remake Trilogy
Blow Up, Stroll On
2006. Great Britain/USA. Christoph Draeger. 3 min.
2007. USA. Christoph Draeger. 5 min.
2008. Poland/USA. Christoph Draeger. 53 min.
2009. Italy/Canada. David Christensen. 85 min.
2009. USA. Bill Ross, Turner Ross. 90 min.
The Miscreants of Taliwood
2009. Australia. George Gittoes. 90 min.
Appalshop 1: Media Representation
1971. USA. Bill Richardson. 9 min.
Searching for an Appalachian Accent
2002. USA. Charity Quillen, Kelli Caudill. 17 min.
Stranger with a Camera
2000. USA. Elizabeth Barret. 61 min.
Appalshop 2: Appalachian Treasures
The Ralph Stanley Story
2000. USA. Herb Smith. 57 min.
The Electricity Fairy
2010. USA. Tom Hansell. 52 min.
Houston We Have a Problem
2009. USA. Nicole Torre. 84 min.
Daylong Symposium: Community and Collaborative Filmmaking—Media Arts Centers
Appalshop at 40: Experiments in Place-Based Media
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.
Strange Things (Bagay Dwol)
2010. USA. Alexandria Hammond. 73 min.
Deep Dish TV: Waves of Change
For twenty-five years, the national satellite network Deep Dish TV has functioned as a nerve center for media makers reporting on—and from—the front lines of social struggle. It has developed innovative strategies that enable it to act as a clearing house for hundreds of hours of movement-generated, grassroots film and television, creating a network of producers and distribution nodes comprised of public access stations, community centers, union halls, satellite TV channels, and online venues. This program presents excerpts from two new series: Waves of Change explores global community media as a form of resistance to commercial culture; Behind the Bars, the fifth installment of the new series DIY Media: Movement Perspectives on Critical Moments, examines the "culture of incarceration" in the U.S. and features The Last Graduation, about the tragic end of college education in New York prisons, and Lockdown U.S.A, which asks why the U.S. has the largest prison population in the world. Presentations by Brian Drolet, Director, Deep Dish TV, DeeDee Halleck and Victoria Moldonado (Waves of Change), Mark Read (Behind the Bars) and Deep Dish media makers.
UnionDocs Collaborative: Inductive Thread
Produced by the Brooklyn nonprofit UnionDocs, this two-part program combines short works that engage multiple subjects and diverse aesthetic approaches to documentary arts. The first part touches on the history of the organization, its rotating body of participants, and their collaborative exploration of topics as diverse as the death of payphones and the popularity of currywurst. The second is an investigation of myth in contemporary society. This excerpt from a larger ongoing project shares many inspirations, including the experimental laboratory of the Bauhaus and the collection of short but revelatory essays within Roland Barthes's classic 1957 text Mythologies. Presentations by UnionDocs founders Christopher Allen, Executive Director; Jesse Shapins, Kara Oehler, and Johanna Linsley; UnionDocs programmer, Steve Holmgren, and UnionDocs Collaborative participants.
Community and Collaborative Filmmaking: Directors and Subjects—Chang, Johnson, Lockhart, Simms
Filmmakers present films made in collaboration with their subjects using various techniques of participation, performance, and observation. Followed by a discussion with Patty Chang, Liza Johnson and participants in In the Air; Sharon Lockhart, Jeannie Simms. Organized and moderated by Sally Berger.
The Readymaids: Tri Suyati Speaks Mandarin
2008. Indonesia/USA. Jeannie Simms. 3 min.
The Readymaids: I Want the Kind of Store That Has Pricetags
2009. Indonesia/USA. Jeannie Simms. 6 min.
In the Air
2009. USA. Liza Johnson. 22 min.
2010. USA. Patty Chang. 25 min.
2009. USA. Sharon Lockhart. 31 min.
2009. USA. Frank Stiefel. 40 min.
2008. USA. Alla Kovgan, David Hinton. 35 min.
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
2009. USA. Daniel Junge. 37 min.
The Matilda Candidate
2009. Australia. Curtis Levy. 57 min.
An Evening with Alfredo Jaar
In conjunction with MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, 2010, renowned artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar presents the U.S. premiere of his most recent short film Le Ceneri di Pasolini (The Ashes of Pasolini) (2009), which was produced in conjunction with a series of related art projects. A tribute to the brilliant Italian filmmaker, intellectual, poet, critic, and journalist Pier Paolo Pasolini, The Ashes of Pasolini incorporates footage from Pasolini’s films and rare interviews conducted prior to his sudden and mysterious death in 1975. The title refers to Pasolini’s own poem “Le Ceneri di Gramsci,” itself a eulogy to the Italian left-wing intellectual Antonio Gramsci.
Jaar, who lives and works in New York, was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1956. His work has been shown extensively in international biennials and solo and group exhibitions, and he frequently stages “public interventions” that bring to light injustice in the world.
2010. USA. Cathryn Collins. 88 min.
2009. South Korea. Woo-jung Kwon. 95 min.
2008. Great Britain. Gideon Koppel. 94 min.
Ivan and Ivan
2009. Russia. Philipp Abryutin. 17 min.
Constantin and Elena
2008. Romania/Spain. Andrei Dascalescu. 102 min.
2009. USA. Melis Birder. 65 min.
Addicted in Afghanistan
2009. Afghanistan/Great Britain/The Netherlands. Jawed Taiman. 78 min.
Camp Victory, Afghanistan (work in progress)
USA/Afghanistan. Carol Dysinger. 83 min.
2009. Chile. Bettina Perut, Ivan Osnovikoff. 80 min.
2009. China. Haibin Du. 117 min.
The Treasure Cave
2009. Iran. Bahman Kiarostami. 43 min.
Statues of Tehran
2008. Iran. Bahman Kiarostami. 60 min.
Tehran Has No More Pomegranates!
2007. Iran. Massoud Bakhshi. 68 min.
Tehran without Permission
2009. Iran/France. Sepideh Farsi. 83 min.
Chinese Ghost Story
2008. USA. Dan Boord, Luis Valdovino. 29 min.
2009. USA. Lucy Raven. 51 min.
2009. Thailand. Uruphong Raksasad. 122 min.
2009. USA. Diane Nerwen. 31 min.
Za Zelazna Brama (Behind the Iron Gate)
2009. Poland/USA. Heidrun Holzfeind. 55 min.
2009. Belgium/Germany/The Netherlands. Johan Grimonprez. 80 min.