The subject that will be documented throughout the month? Family. MDOCS director Jordana Lynn told the Saratogian, “The importance of family to self and community is universal, although what makes a (good) family and a family’s role in society is always changing.” Through keynote speakers, exhibits and film screenings, the role of family in documentaries will be explored in depth.
- An Evening with Yvonne Weldon – Friday, June 5th, 7:00 p.m. Yvonne Welbon has produced and distributed over 20 films in her career and will discuss the role of family in her documentaries.
- Through a Lens Darkly – Monday, June 8th, 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 9th, 8:00 p.m. This keynote presentation by director Thomas Allen Harris who is responsible for the first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers.
- Wanda the Wonderful – Friday, June 12th, 7:00 p.m. This mixed-genre documentary about a 1920’s gun slinging wild-woman, Wanda and her travels across the country. You won’t want to miss it!
- The Magic of Sound – Monday, June 15th, 7:00 p.m. and June 16th, 7:00 a.M. 1970’s radio producer Jim Metzner will demonstrate how he explores soundscape and creates a virtual space where an audience can share a new experience of listening.
- Opening Exhibition – Tuesday, June 16th, 7:00 p.m. Institute associate fellows will host an opening exhibition of their work in Case Gallery.
- Evan Robert’s Arvind – Friday, June 19th, 7:00 p.m. Arvind chronicles the experiences of a young boy from Austin, Texas. Roberts explores the impact of the mother’s mental illness, long absence and later attempts to contact her children through social media by following Arvind’s documenting of his life through play writing.
- Exhibit Talk with Jonna McKone – Friday, June 26th, 7:00 p.m. Jonna McKone is a radio producer, artist and documentarian. Learn more about the stories she has worked on ranging from the efforts in eastern Kentucky to put former coal mines to use to the intersection of graffiti culture and galleries in D.C.