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41st ANNUAL ROBERT FLAHERTY SEMINAR
PROGRAM UPDATE
 
International Film Seminars (IFS) is pleased to announce program details for
the upcoming 1995 Robert Flaherty Seminar, to be held at Wells College in
Aurora, New York, from August 5th to 10th, 1995.
 
As previously described, this year's Seminar theme is "The Camera Reframed:
Technology and Interpretation." Guest curators are Marlina Gonzalez-Tamrong
and Bruce Jenkins of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Marlina and Bruce
have designed a program unique in its thematic structure and scope of topics
-- ranging from ethnography and home movies to the information superhighway.
 The program will explore the evolution of the camera from its first use as a
novelty toy, to its use as a tourist/voyeuristic tool documenting other
people's lives and cultures which has resulted in a history of imposed images
of "the other", both real and imagined.  By looking how histories get
recorded, screenings of archival collections will reveal the influence that
particular  images have on a culture's collective memory.
 
 Program highlights include: a look at home movies made from inside Japanese
internment camps during World War II, presented by DeSoto Brown from The
Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; and a revolutionary new technology
international presentation on the World Wide Web by video artist Shu Lea
Cheang (FRESH KILL).  Also featured will be Robert Flaherty's MOANA (with
sound), the version created fifty years after the silent original, produced
and presented by his daughter, Monica Flaherty Frassetto; and a new
experimental video which critically reflects on "the camera as voyeur",
created by Flaherty's great grandson, Sami van Ingen (SWEEP) from Finland.
 
 International invited guests include Riyad Wadia (FEARLESS NADIA: The
Hunterwali Story) from Bombay, India.
  Pending confirmation, the Flaherty will host the U.S. premiere of Nikita
Mikhalkov's latest feature length documentary (ANNA: 6 -18) which received
considerable notice at last
year's  Berlin Film Festival.
 
Side bars will include the latest Miramax Films release "UNZIPPED", the
documentary on
fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, which includes a tongue in cheek view of
Flaherty's Nanook of the North.
 
 Additional guest artists include Spencer Nakasako and Sokly Ny, (A.K.A. DON
BONUS), Camille Billops, (THE KKK BOUTIQUE: AIN'T JUST REDNECKS); Fatimah
Tobing Rony, (ON CANNIBALISM); Thomas Allen Harris, (VINTAGE ALL IN THE
FAMILY);  and Dee Dee Halleck (THE GRINGO IN MANANALAND: A MUSICAL).
 
 Registration for the full Seminar is still available for $650. as well as a
Special 3 Day Weekend Package  for $400, but attendance is limited, so reply
soon.  The weekend package includes 8 screenings and/or events at this
reduced fee.  If interested in further information, registration forms, or to
send deposits, please contact Michelle Materre, Executive Director, or Shari
Rothfarb, Seminar Coordinator at the IFS office, 305 West 21 Street, New
York, NY  10011 (212) 727-7262 /FAX: (212) 727-7276.
 
 
Richard Herskowitz
Director of Programming
Virginia Festival of American Film
104 Midmont Lane
Charlottesville, Virginia  22903
phone: (804) 982-5277
fax: (804) 982-5297
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