UnionDocs is delighted to join hands with Open City Documentary Festival as a part of ARTISTIC DIFFERENCES, a UnionDocs BREAK 🌀UT, that hopes to make room for bravely sharing and responding to challenging documentary art, invites a diverse audience into a monthly series of film programs and study groups, and brings those voices to the stage of a public dialogue. We are so thankful to Hamilton College for supporting this program!
“Each party to an encounter has a profound impact upon the other and both will be changed as a result of the meeting.”
This program, IT HAS TO FEEL REAL, staged with Open City Documentary Festival, is the second of the Break 🌀ut project and explores the psychology of the encounter, the performance of situational power, and the production of narrative as the ground where tension and resolution operate.
If Greaves’ IN THE COMPANY OF MEN attempts to observe a complex arena where hierarchy and racism in the corporate workplace might be challenged through a transformative and cathartic encounter involving role play and the dramatic articulation of the unspoken, James N. Kienitz Wilkins’ SPECIAL FEATURES and TESTER examine voice as the mechanism for the delivery of uncertain testimony (a dream, a found VHS tape), destabilizing the speech act, disrupting the production of authority and questioning the reliability of personal representation. How does Greaves enthusiastic interest in psychodrama and method-acting intersect with his early work in observational documentary? How does Wilkins tug at loose threads in the roleplay inherit in film production? What do these practices offer the imagination towards the staging of productive encounters and their recording?
If you like what you see and hear at the film program and are excited to dig deeper, register for the STUDY GROUP SESSION and the DIALOGUE to unpack this work together with James N. Kienitz Wilkins and artist and writer Morgan Quaintance. This program will screen at Open City Documentary Festival and be available for Study Group participants online. Space is limited. Sign up today!
This program is presented with generous support from the AMPAS (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) FilmWatch program and from Hamilton College. It precedes and informs a duo of programs that will center around the new book-length collection: William Greaves Filmmaking as Mission, edited by Scott MacDonald and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, from Columbia University Press.