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Tuesday, Dec 7 at 8:00 pm

Shared Resources

With Jordan Lord & Pooja Rangan

Background Image description: Three white people sit at a table together, each with a set of white papers in front of them. The figure on the far left is a bald man in his 60s, who reads the papers intently. The figure in the center is a person in their late 20s, who looks to a woman in her 60s with blonde hair, who holds the papers in her hands and looks back at them. A caption appears over the image that reads: “My mom looks at me, as I speak. My dad looks down at the contract.”

We are delighted to join hands with artist, filmmaker and writer Jordan Lord to screen their feature film Shared Resources and via a live online stream! The online stream will have English language closed captioning available.

Lord’s work addresses the relationships between historical and emotional debts, framing and support, access and documentary. We are so happy to have author and scholar Pooja Rangan join us for a conversation with Lord following the screening to expand on these ideas. Shared Resources had its world premiere at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight 2021. Called “one of the most exciting nonfiction finds of the year” by Filmmaker Magazine and winner of the 2021 Camden International Film Festival’s Contemporary Ethnographic Media Award, this is a film you don’t want to miss!

Please note: This film contains flickering images. Viewers with photosensitivity or epilepsy should use caution.


Shared Resources

98 min., 2021

“Made over five years, Shared Resources depicts my family after my father was fired from his job as a debt collector and my parents declared bankruptcy, largely due to my own debt. Following my parents’ day-to-day lives and my relationship with them, the film self-reflexively utilizes open captions and visual descriptions both to provide access and to involve my family in reflecting how they see themselves in the film. Meanwhile, as my parents and I confront our very different understandings of debt and disability, the film asks what it means to owe each other everything.”

-Jordan Lord

98 min

Jordan Lord is a filmmaker, writer, and artist. Their work addresses the relationships between historical and emotional debts, framing and support, access and documentary. Their films have been shown at festivals and venues including MoMA Doc Fortnight, Dokufest Kosovo, BFMAF, CIFF, ARGOS, and Camden Arts Centre. They have presented solo exhibitions at Piper Keys and Artists Space, and their work has been featured in publications such as Artforum, Art in America, Filmmaker Magazine, and Hyperallergic.

Pooja Rangan is author of Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary (2017) and an associate professor of English in Film and Media Studies at Amherst College. She is a 2020-21 ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow at the Center for Media, Culture, and History at NYU, where she is researching and writing a book on how documentary forms design our sonic reality by modeling ways of speaking and listening (tentatively titled Audibilities: Documentary and Sonic Governance). Rangan is also at work on two collaborative projects: an anthology of essays titled Thinking with an Accent (co-edited with Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, Akshya Saxena, and Pavitra Sundar), and a co-authored book with Brett Story that explores the role of documentary in the history and contemporary practice of prison abolition by tracking the parallel expansion of the documentary and the prison as indexes and repositories of social death, neglect, and organized abandonment.

Photo of Jordan Lord by Chris Berntsen
Image description: The photo shows Jordan, a white person in their early 30s with short brown hair and a blonde mustache, wearing a gingham dress topped by a brown corduroy vest. They face the camera, standing on a pier with water, a city skyline, and a bridge in the background.
Photo of Pooja Rangan
Image description: Coming soon!


Tuesday, Dec 7
8:00 pm


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States

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