Thursday, October 11th, 6 – 8pm
Harvard University, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
The Cinema of Patience: Reflecting on N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman
Film Screening & Panel Discussion
With panelists Michael Ambrosino, Ilisa Barbash, Sue Cabezas, and Ross McElwee, moderated by Alice Apley. Co-presented with Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Reception to follow.
Thirty years after its release, N!ai, The Story of a !Kung Woman remains an exemplar of ethnographic filmmaking. Directed and edited by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer, the film documents the life of N!ai, a Ju/hoan woman, and the harsh realities of apartheid in 1980s Namibia, offering an intimate portrait of life in one of the last communities to live by hunting and gathering. After the screening, panelists will explore the significance of this film, and Marshall’s work more broadly in relation to the development of documentary styles.
Friday, November 9th
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Tim Asch Retrospective
A program of works by Tim Asch featuring titles from the newly-restored Yanomamo film series.
November (date TBA soon!)
American Anthropological Association Meeting, San Jose, CA
Roundtable discussion – Celebrating 50 Years of Ethnographic Film: Documentary Educational Resources & The Society for Visual Anthropology
Participants: Matthew Durington (Organizer), Alice Apley (Chair/Roundtable Introducer), Kathryn Ramey (Discussant), Sarah Elder (Presenter), Allison Jablonko (Presenter), John Bishop (Presenter), Jake Homiak (Presenter)
Monday, September 17th, 6 – 7:30pm
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA
Directions in Documentary Sound: A Conversation with Stuart Cody, Sarah Elder & Ernst Karel
Along with the historical developments in picture technology, there have been significant changes in the way documentary sound has been recorded, composed, and conceptualized. Join us for a lively discussion with documentary sound artists—whose work collectively spans over a half-century—as they dissect landmark film clips to explore the relationship between the technical and practical innovations and emergent theoretical and aesthetic concerns of ethnographic filmmaking from the 1950s to today.
This evening’s program includes individual presentations by sound innovator and engineer Stuart Cody; Sarah Elder, filmmaker and professor of film in the Department of Media Study at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and Ernst Karel, sound artist and visiting lecturer on anthropology at Harvard. Their talks will be followed by a conversation, moderated by Ilisa Barbash, museum curator of visual anthropology at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
This talk is offered in conjunction with a screening of Buckdancer and The Sound of the Bells, happening shortly after this program, at 8pm at the Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, in Cambridge. For more information, please visit the Harvard Film Archive website.
Monday, February 26th, 7pm
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
House in the Fields Film Screening & Filmmaker Q&A
Co-presented with The DocYard, we kick off DER’s 50th Anniversary with a screening of the 2017 John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media winning film, House in the Fields, with filmmaker Tala Hadid in person.