Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference Full Schedule


Join us NOV 8th and 9th at San Francisco State University for an exciting line-up of filmmakers, researchers, performance, VR, and discussion about all things nonfiction. We welcome Kim Nelson and her team from Windsor University in Canada with their live doc project 130 Year Road Trip, Kelly Gallagher from Antioch University with panels and workshops on animation and resistance, Jason Fox from New York to discuss his World Records journal published by Union Docs and presenters from across the Bay Area and beyond including a niche distribution panel with Susie Hernandez from KQED, Daniel Moretti of Frameline, Masashi Niwano with CAAM and producer Marc Smolowitz and the Munduruku VR Amazon experience created by Alchemy VR with Greenpeace.

Check out the full schedule. Attendance is FREE.

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Nov 8th & 9th – All Day

An Immersive VR Experience: Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon

Combining cutting-edge Virtual Reality filmmaking and multisensory storytelling, Munduruku opens a window into the lives, stories and struggle of the Munduruku Indigenous People in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Wednesday, Nov 8th

9:00am: Coffee/Tea – All are welcome

9:10am-10:45am: In Resistance with Filmmaker Scholars

Kelly Gallagher (Antioch University): Animation as Power and Protest (working title)

Alexander Johnston (UC Santa Cruz): Evidence of Evidence

Kevin Pina (CSU, East Bay): Documenting Dissent

11:00am-12:00pm: Identity: Constructed, Deconstructed

Yuriko Romer (Independent Filmmaker): Diamond Diplomacy

Talena Sanders (Sonoma State University): Prospector

Nyssa Chow (Columbia University, NY): Still Life, A Digital Book

1:00pm-2:00pm: Consequences of Historical Rendering and Technology

Kim Nelson: Constructing a Historiophoty for/in the Digital Sublunar

Rob Nelson: Whether you Win or Lose, Bombing Civilians is Complicated: Strategies of Explanation in the Canadian and German Documentaries ‘Death by Moonlight’ (1992) and ‘Der Feuersturm’ (2003)

(Both from University of Windsor, Canada)

2:15pm-3:45pm: Innovation & Scholarship in Nonfiction Media Journals

Jason Fox: The Documentary Camera and World Records Journal

Alexander Johnston: Now!  Journal of Urgent Praxis

Soumyaa K. Behrens: Pluralities Journal, Documentary Film Institute

Kelly Gallagher: Now!  Journal of Urgent Praxis

3:45pm-4:15pm: Short Reception – Everyone welcome to attend

4:15pm-5:45pm: Emergent Stories: How Niche and Diaspora Films Impact Smaller Communities

Susie Hernandez from KQED

Masashi Niwano from Center for Asian American Media

Daniel Moretti from Frameline

Marc Smolowitz Independent Producer

Thursday, Nov 9th

8:00am: Coffee/Tea – Everyone welcome to attend

8:20am-9:25am: Politics, Activism and Visibility in Golden Gate and Gezi Parks*

Cahal McLaughlin (Queens University Belfast): Introduction

Şirin Fulya Erensoy (Istanbul Kültür University): Documenting Injustice in a Time of Media Blackout

Soumyaa K. Behrens (SFSU): Nail House: Political Gentrification in San Francisco

* This panel is in collaboration with the Center for Documentary Research Conference at Queens University and will be conducted live and via Skype.

9:30am-11:00am: Small Hands-On Workshop with Kelly Gallagher

11:00am-12:20pm: Agency in Nonfiction: To Tell One’s Own Stories

Harjant Gill (Towson University): Male Masculinity In India

Emily Beitiks (SFSU): Documenting Disability

Aaron Sachowitz (St. Mary’s College) & John Drew (Adelphi University): Cacao Stories, A Food Manifesto

2:10pm-3:45pm: 130 Year Road Trip (Performance, Live Documentary)

Kim Nelson, Rob Nelson, Lana Oppen, Brent Lee (University of Windsor)

3:45pm-5pm: Reception – All are welcome

7:30pm: Screening of Kelly Gallagher’s films at Artists Television Access

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