2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Medias Movements Migrations
Join us NOV 4th and 5th at San Francisco State University for an exciting line-up of filmmakers, researchers, VR, and discussion about all things nonfiction. We welcome keynote speakers Hamid Naficy (Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois) Alex Rivera and Viridiana Martinez (The Infiltrators).
Hamid Naficy is a leading authority in cultural studies of diaspora, exile, and postcolonial cinemas and media, and of Iranian and Middle Eastern cinemas and media. His areas of research and teaching include these topics as well as documentary and ethnographic cinemas. He has published nearly a dozen books (some award-winning) and scores of book chapters and journal articles. In addition, he has lectured widely, nationally and internationally, and his works have been cited and reprinted extensively and translated into many languages. Naficy has also produced many educational films and experimental videos and participated in major international film festivals, curated film series, and initiated the annual Iranian film festivals in Los Angeles in 1990 and in Houston in 1992.
Alex Rivera and Viridiana will also be present during a special screening of their film The Infiltrators. Without warning, Claudio Rojas is detained by ICE officials outside his Florida home. He is transferred to the Broward Transitional Center, a detention facility used as a holding space for imminent deportations. Terrified of never seeing him again, Claudio’s family contacts the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), a group of activist Dreamers known for stopping deportations. Believing that no one is free as long as one is in detention, NIYA enlists Marco Saavedra to self-deport with the hopes of gaining access to the detention center and impeding Claudio’s expulsion. Once inside, Marco discovers a complex for-profit institution housing hundreds of multinational immigrants, all imprisoned without trial.
Check out the full schedule on our Eventbrite page and register today! Attendance is FREE.
PLURALITIES NONFICTION FILM CONFERENCE
On NOV 6th and 7th at San Francisco State University we hosted an exciting line-up of filmmakers, researchers, VR, and discussion about all things nonfiction. We welcomed keynote speakers Jules Rosskam (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Sharon Daniel (University of California, Santa Cruz).
Jules Rosskam presented the day one keynote, Borders, Boundaries, and Bodies, or How I Got To Be Here: Jules Rosskam, screened his newest film, Paternal Rites and gave workshops during the conference, while interactive and participatory media artist Sharon Daniel presented the day two keynote, The Evolution of "Public Secrets." We were excited to also host artist, video maker and cinematographer Arthur Jafa in conversation with musician, producer and artist Greg Tate.
To close out the conference we screened the documentary, Survivors. Members from the Survivors team were present for a Q&A following the film. "Through the eyes of Sierra Leonean filmmakers, Survivors presents a heart-connected portrait of their country during the Ebola outbreak, exposing the complexity of the epidemic and the socio-political turmoil that lies in its wake."
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
VR Arcade: Both days, all day
9:30am-10:45am, Who Can Occupy this Space?
- Jennifer Arin (SF State), The Marvel of Sevilla
- Heather Cassano (Emerson College), The Limits of My World
- Brian Favorite (SF State), Parish
- Meriam Salem, Unnatural Disasters
11:00am-12:15pm, Arthur Jafa & Greg Tate in Conversation
- Arthur Jafa - Artist, video maker, and cinematographer
- Greg Tate - Writer, musician, and producer
12:30pm-1:45pm, All is Not Lost: Claiming our Past, Present and Future
- Brad Barber (Brigham Young University), States of America: Wisconsin
- Anita Chang (CSU East Bay), Tongues of Heaven, Root Tongue
- Elizabeth Ramirez-Soto (SF State) & José Miguel Palacios, Message from Chile: Letters in Exile Cinema
- Valerie Soe (SF State), Love Boat: Taiwan
2:00pm-3:15pm, Borders, Boundaries, and Bodies, or How I Got To Be Here: Jules Rosskam
- Keynote – Jules Rosskam
4:00pm -5:30pm, Screening, Paternal Rites
with filmmaker Jules Rosskam
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
VR Arcade: Both days, all day
9:30am-10:30am, The Evolution of “Public Secrets”
- Keynote – Sharon Daniel
10:45am-12:30pm, Documenting Place: Collective Storytelling, Community Engagement and Documentary Practice
- Laura Chipley (SUNY College, Old Westbury), Collective Storytelling Through Experimental Documentary Practice
- Samara Smith (SUNY College, Old Westbury), Engaging Community and Audience in Public Through Documentary Practice
- Rachel Stevens, Place of the Big River: Entangled Stories from an Altered Landscape
1:00pm-2:15pm, Queer Sexuality
- Celine Shimizu (SF State), Introduction and moderator
- Kiera Abdur-Rahman (MFA Candidate, SF State School of Cinema)
- Anaiis Cisco (MFA Candidate, SF State School of Cinema)
- David Mai (MFA Candidate, SF State School of Cinema), ( )
- Mychal Shanks (MFA Candidate, SF State School of Cinema)
2:30pm-4:00pm, Beyond Inclusivity, New Trends in Documentary Funding and Representation
- Marc Smolowitz (13th Gen), Moderator
- Sabereh Kashi and Jennifer Crystal Chien, Re-Present Media
- Debbie Ng, SF Arts Commission
- Jenny Slattery, SF Film
- Lisa Burger, Independent Arts and Media
4:15pm-6:15pm, Case Study: Survivors
- Directed by Arthur Pratt, Lansana "Barmmy Boy" Mansaray, Banker White, Anna Fitch
Q&A moderated by Eric Talbert with Banker White and video comments by Arthur Pratt & Barmmy Boy
- "Through the eyes of Sierra Leonean filmmakers, Survivors presents a heart-connected portrait of their country during the Ebola outbreak, exposing the complexity of the epidemic and the socio-political turmoil that lies in its wake."
Our 2017 conference brought together thought leaders and creative professionals in symposia and conference settings to further interrogate these new approaches to scholarship and intersectionality in the burgeoning areas of nonfiction film and the humanities. Pluralities’ vision is to be part academic journal, part aggregator of underserved global voices and part provocateur to the field of nonfiction film and the visualization of the humanities.