We are pleased to announce the first of four monthly events in which film/media-makers will present and discuss their work. The artists we have invited engage with sound and silence through vibrant documentary voices, oral histories and audiovisual archives, the transformative aesthetics of visionary art, and film-scoring for a new generation. The series is curated by Anne Ciecko, Associate Professor of international cinema in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
February 8th: Documentary Voices
Acclaimed filmmakers Holly Fisher and Ben Herson will screen and discuss their respective work, including clips from their documentary features, Deafening Voices (2012) and Democracy in Dakar (2009).
Holly Fisher is an independent filmmaker, print-maker, teacher, and editor of feature documentaries, among them the 1989 Academy Award Nominee Who Killed Vincent Chin? Since the early 1970's she has made numerous experimental short and long-form essay films about narrative, memory, and perception. Her films have been screened in museums and film festivals worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum Biennials, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Film Forum, Japan; and two world premieres in The Berlin International Film Festival. Fisher maintains live/work studios in Easthampton, MA and Tribeca, NYC.
Ben Herson is an internationally celebrated social entrepreneur, educator and media producer. In 2001, Herson founded Nomadic Wax: a media and educational events organization that uses music, film and the arts to promote social change and cultural exchange. He is also the senior series producer for the globally acclaimed MTV film series "Rebel Music" a multi part documentary series about the intersection of music, youth and social change from around the world. Herson has been interviewed on NPR, BBC, Billboard Magazine and the New York Times for his work.
FAST FORWARD FILM SERIES
Each spring and fall since 2013, Historic Northampton has hosted a series of four monthly film screenings featuring the work of contemporary film-makers.