Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Upcoming Community Cinema Screenings 2016

January 21st 
In Football We Trust by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn

In Football We Trust intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they’ll never stop fighting for a better future.

February 8th 
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson

A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

April 5th
Peace Officer by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber

The increasingly tense relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of someone who's been on both sides: a former sheriff who established Utah's first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Now a private investigator, Dub seeks the truth in this case and other officer-involved shootings.


April 21st
The Armor of Light by Abigail Disney

Two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence: a famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother dedicates herself to creating change after the shooting of her unarmed teenage son.

Community Cinema at Soka Presents a POV documentary Film



Saturday, December 12, 2015

PRESENTACIÓN DE EL DOCUMENTAL POLÍTICO EN ARGENTINA, CHILE Y URUGUAY: DE LOS AÑOS CINCUENTA A LA DÉCADA DEL DOS MIL


http://www.lom.cl/v/b0fee28e-ae08-4cef-a74e-ab3e5fc3ecd2/Presentaci%C3%B3n-de-El-documental-pol%C3%ADtico-en-Argentina-Chile-y-Uruguay-de-los-a%C3%B1os-cincuenta-a-la-d%C3%A9cada-del-dos-mil.aspx

Este sábado 26 de septiembre, a las 16.15, en el contexto del Festival de Internacional de Documentales de Santiago (Fidocs) será presentado el libro El documental político en Argentina, Chile y Uruguay: de los años cincuenta a la década del dos mil. El texto editado por LOM reúne 14 artículos de investigadores de los respectivos países. Responsables de la selección de los mismos son los académicos Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli y Antonio Traverso, quien estará presente en la actividad que se realizará en la torre B del Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (Alameda Lib. Bernardo O’Higgins 227).


Señalan Traverso y Crowder-Taraborrelli : “El cine documental en Argentina, Chile y Uruguay ha demostrado fuerza, sofisticación y deseos de ser tanto testigo de los eventos políticos como protagonista de los procesos sociales que han marcado a estos tres países desde la década de los cincuenta”. Agregan que al existir hoy un corpus de trabajo y un archivo audiovisual histórico sustancial, este se constituye en una fuente de gran potencial para investigar y teorizar “tanto las historias y experiencias de cambio social y cultural en América Latina como el mismo género documental”.

De esto dan cuenta los trabajos de Mariano Mestman, Moira Fradinger, Antonio Prado, María Belén Ciancio, Kristi Wilson, Jorge Ruffinelli, María Soledad Montañez, David Martin-Jones, Ana Ros; Javier Campo, Patrick Blaine, Walescka Pino-Ojeda, Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli y Gloria Medina-Sancho.

En ellos examinan en detalle las estrategias utilizadas por documentalistas argentinos, chilenos y uruguayos, tanto para registrar e intervenir en eventos políticos específicos enmarcados dentro de procesos de cambio social más amplios, como para visualizar y reflexionar sobre el pasado y el futuro de estas tres naciones. Así, por ejemplo, en el caso argentino la mirada va desde el documental militante argentino de los sesenta hasta la más reciente producción, ejemplificada en Los rubios de Albertina Carri. De Chile son analizadas obras de Patricio Guzmán, una de las voces más potentes del cine documental a nivel internacional, Silvio Caiozzi y Carmen Luz Parot.

El libro cuenta con una introducción de Carlos Flores del Pino, director del Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago, quien señala: « Las turbulencias en las que se desplazan las notables reflexiones de este libro me han hecho recordar una lúcida afirmación de Godard: “el cine no es un arte, ni una industria, el cine es un misterio”. Por eso, creo yo, el cine difícilmente puede cambiar el mundo. El cine sólo puede cambiar el cine».

Monday, November 30, 2015


SOKA COMMUNITY CINEMA PRESENTS INDIE LENS POP-UP - AUTISM IN LOVE

Date: 11.19.2015
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling 216



Soka Community Cinema presents Indie Lens Pop-Up Documentary: Autism in Love by Matt Fuller

Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romantic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.

Admission: Free

Guest Panelist: Dr. Kara Zamiska

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Nuevo libro con Antonio Traverso



Lanzamiento del libro en Santiago, Chile, Octubre 2015


Friday, September 18, 2015

University of California, Berkeley


THE IMAGE KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE


FRIDAY 30 October, 2015

15:40-16:55
Room 1 Cinema for Change

The Cinema of the Prague Spring: The Aesthetics of Revolution
Emily Elizabeth Thomas, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Overview: This paper explores the effects of systematic, oppressive politics on the creative production of socially active works of cinema.


Student Militancy and Documentary Film in Argentina
Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli, Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, USA
I will analyze a series of documentary films from Argentina that reclaim the history of the forced disappearances of high school students during the last dictatorship.


Images of the Future: Critical Reflections on "Things to Come" 1936 and "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Prof. H. James Birx, Division of Anthropology, Canisius College/University of Belgrade, Williamsville, USA
Overview: Cinematic images may anticipate the human future. Exemplary films are "Things to Come" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." Emphasizing collectivism and individualism respectively, they offer contrasting visions of progressive evolution.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Limited Partnership


COMMUNITY CINEMA AT SOKA UNIVERSITY PRESENTS

Limited Partnership

Date: 05.07.2015

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Pauling 216

Directors/Producers:
Thomas Miller, Producer/Director
Kirk Marcolina, Producer
Karen Hori, Co-Producer

limited partnership


Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple fell in love and took on the US government to fight for marriage and immigration equality. Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan met in 1971 in Los Angeles and quickly fell in love. In April 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, CO, they became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married. Richard immediately filed for a green card for Tony based on their marriage. But unlike most heterosexual married couples who easily file petitions and obtain green cards, Richard received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service stating, ”You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.”

To prevent Tony’s impending deportation, and outraged by the tone, tenor, and politics of this letter, the couple sued the U.S. government. This became the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history. Over four decades of legal challenges, Richard and Tony figured out how to maintain their sense of humor, justice, and whenever possible, their privacy. This tenacious story of love, marriage, and immigration equality is as precedent-setting as it is little-known – until now.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sixth International Conference on the Image

Clark Kerr Conference Center
University of California, Berkeley
29-30 October, 2015



Student Militancy and Documentary Film in Argentina

Since the late 1950s Latin American political documentary film has been at the forefront of innovation. Argentine filmmaker, Fernando Birri, of the Santa Fé Documentary School, presided over his students as they carried on their fieldwork, photographing the living conditions of working class families in the slums. The Santa Fé School photographs became a visual script for the filming of the influential film Tire Dié (1958). Shortly after the popular revolt of 2001 in Argentina, documentary filmmakers returned to these collaborative models to document demonstrations in the country and the prosecution of perpetrators of genocide. In my presentation, I will analyze Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina's El futuro es nuestro [The future is ours] (2014), a documentary series that reclaims the history of the forced disappearances of high school students during the dictatorship. The second film under consideration is Eran de colores [They were made of colors] (2012), a video project directed by students of the Nicolás Avellaneda High School in Buenos Aires that exhumes the identity and life stories of members of the student union that were disappeared. This short film concludes with flagstones being installed in the sidewalk in front of the school made by students and volunteers from the community. The flagstones mark the birth, and disappearance of alumni. To conclude, I will discuss Carmen Guarini's Calles de la memoria [Streets of memory] (2012), a film that delves into the social significance of the labyrinth of repression, torture, and disappearance that the flagstones represent, and the efforts of activists and the community to memorialize the lives of political activists.



Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Homestretch


COMMUNITY CINEMA AT SOKA UNIVERSITY  PRESENTS

The Homestretch

Date: 03.12.2015

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Pauling 216

Directors/Producers:
Anne de Mare, Director/Producer
Kirsten Kelly, Director/Producer

The homestretch


The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious youths — Roque, Kasey, and Anthony — will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

With unprecedented access into Chicago public schools, The Night Ministry “Crib” emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretch follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families, and a school system on the front lines of the homelessness crisis. The Homestretch examines the struggles these youth face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes, and homeless youth often struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young and homeless in America today, while building a future.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

American Denial

COMMUNITY CINEMA AT SOKA UNIVERSITY  PRESENTS

American Denial

Date: 02.19.2015

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Pauling 216

Directors/Producers:
Christine Herbes-Sommers, Producer
Llewellyn Smith, Producer/Director
Kelly Thomson, Producer


Follow the story of foreign researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, An American Dilemma (1944), provided a provocative inquiry into the dissonance between stated beliefs as a society and what is perpetuated and allowed in the name of those beliefs. His inquiry into the United States' racial psyche becomes a lens for modern inquiry into how denial, cognitive dissonance, and unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life. The film’s unusual narrative sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans. Archival footage, newsreels, nightly news reports, and rare southern home movies from the '30s and '40s thread through the story, as well as psychological testing into racial attitudes from research footage, websites, and YouTube films.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

SOKA EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Workshop: Soka Education Today – Exploring Value Creation in Documentary Film
February 15th, 2015
Pauling 430
2:30 p.m.

Jennifer Hayashi (SUA Class of 2014) and Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli (SUA Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies)


Workshop Summary

The purpose of this workshop is to understand and expand Soka Education in the field of video documentary. Today we use video just as much if not more than we do written text, making it necessarily to expand Soka Education and consider its meaning in relation to video. This workshop aims to address how Makiguchi´s notion of value creation and community studies relates to video, specifically documentary film.

In this workshop we will explore concepts and short video clips in order to better understand how we can understand Soka Education in this generation.

Jennifer Hayashi graduated with SUA’s class of 2014 this past May. While studying at SUA she was a part of SESRP and served as a study leader her junior year. She studied abroad in Ecuador and focused her senior capstone on documentary film and hip-hop, as a means of value creation and community transformation. Immediately after graduating she returned to Ecuador to continue pursuing her path as an independent filmmaker. She recently successfully funded a Kickstarter project and is currently working on the documentary, The Roots Awaken. It is about a modern gathering of ancestral wisdom with leaders from Canada to Patagonia that took place in Ecuador. Her research interests include Soka education, humanistic education, community cinema, transformative arts, and modern indigenous cultures.