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Mon, 20 Mar 1995 17:01:50 CST
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Would you mind passing this on and/or posting to wherever it will get seen:
The 1st Annual Taos Talking Picture Festival
and Conference on Media Literacy
April 6-9, 1995
in Taos, New Mexico U.S.A.
For more information:
phone: 505-751-0637
email: [log in to unmask]
World Wide Web Site:
The Taos Talking Picture Festival is a multi-cultural celebration of
artists, their art, and its audience. The Festival showcases new and
diverse independent feature films, documentaries, animation, shorts,
student films, and an "open sheet" venue.
The Taos Talking Picture Festival should be seen as more than just
another film festival. It aspires to serve as a rendezvous where people
meet to trade ideas and inspiration in an atmosphere conducive to clear,
uncluttered thought; a unique context in which to view and discuss the
art of film and media in general in this rapidly unfolding Age of
The leadership role of Art, particularly the art of filmmaking, is
unparalleled in our society. Films serve as our mentors, influencing
personal and political choices that shape the future. The purpose of the
Taos Talking Picture Festival is to present a celebration of film which
exemplifies and explores this role, and to encourage the literate
production and informed consumption of the powerful arts of film and video.
In one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world, Taos is a
nature-bound community in a high valley at the edge of a great lava plain
at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Situated around an ancient
Pueblo, it supports three diverse cultures. One can easily glance
backwards here at myths and legends of the Indian/Spanish/ American West.
Taos is also an international tourist destination, a world-class ski
resort and one of America's oldest art colonies. Simplicity and
sophistication coexist here.
Taos remains a last outpost. Almost remote. The town is still adobe, the
countryside still rural. For hundreds of years it has attracted
adventurers and artists. And, today, its distance from the anxious
post-Modern World gives Taos a powerful mind-clearing quietness.
Taos is an ideal place to think through and explore the
ethical/technological issues of entertainment and communication in the
New Media Age.
To this end we are proud to host a 4-day Conference on Media Literacy
which will run concurrently with the Film Festival. The Media Literacy
Conference, moderated by broadcast journalist Hugh Downs, will open a
discussion on how the media influences our thoughts and emotions.
Throughout the Festival, producers, directors, writers, and other media
professionals will conduct workshops, seminars, and panel discussions
dealing with storytelling, independent film production, and media literacy.
Please call for more information, and/or check out our Home Page on the
World Wide Web.
We would appreciate any help you can in getting the word out. If you
could pass this on to any listserv or individual who would be interested,
it would be greatly appreciated.