7 months ago
Join us at the Appalshop Theater for a free two-night festival of short films!
The WE TELL National Touring Exhibition features some of the best participatory media produced over the past 50 years, including two films by Appalshop filmmakers. Co-Curator Louis Massiah, Executive Director of Scribe Video Center, will be here for the screenings, as well as Pittsburgh area filmmaker Tony Buba.
The films are organized by theme and spaced over two days —
Friday, November 15
6:00pm - Program 1: TURF
The works in TURF explore gentrification, homelessness, and housing in urban spaces. They reveal that cities have transformed into battlegrounds between communities and those who would take land and space to expand their economic and political power. Filmmaker Tony Buba, from Braddock, PA will be present to screen Voices from a Steeltown as part of this program.
8:30pm - Program 2: ENVIRONMENTS OF RACE & PLACE
This program expands notions of participatory community media, from discussions of police brutality in Third World Newsreel’s "Black Panther a.k.a. Off the Pig" to animations about toxic pollution made by the Indigenous youth media collective, Outta Your Backpack.
Saturday, November 16
4:00pm - Program 3: STATES OF VIOLENCE
The political environment of the American criminal justice system is complex, involving concerns about evidence, interpretation, laws, and policies that may center around a single case. States of Violence approaches this urgent topic from the perspective of those affected by domestic violence, incarceration, and policing—and by the international issues of war.
7:00pm - Program 4: WAGES OF WORK
Citizens and communities approach issues surrounding job opportunities, occupations, wages, unemployment, and underemployment in different ways. They engage in union organizing. They reclaim hidden, repressed, and suppressed stories. They launch political protests. Wages of Work spotlights lives from across the United States operating under various constraints as they try to make a living.
The festival is free and open to the public for as many of the films as you're able to attend. In-depth information about each film is available here.