The Documentary Film Institute launched a new venture last year intended to shake up the worlds of nonfiction, documentary, expanded media and everything in between. Pluralities’ is a project that knows no boundary. It explores and considers all avenues and intersections of media and the world, academic and otherwise, even those that are imagined, magical, unreal, phenomenal, fantastical or absolutely and completely tactile or mundane.
Our new blog and website hosts a peer and industry reviewed journal with a variety of materials from academic papers to reviews to video essays and other contemplations. The first essays will be rolled out the week of November 5th as we open up the 2nd Annual Symposium at Seven Hills Conference Center on the campus of San Francisco State University.
This year’s gathering: Spaces, Places and Belonging features keynote speakers Jules Rosskam and Sharon Daniel, a special partnership with SF State’s Africana Studies program brings a live video dialogue with Arthur Jafa and Greg Tate, and special screenings of Jules’s incredible new film, Paternal Rites, and, Survivors, which gives an up-close look at the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone with a Q/A with filmmakers and reception. There will also be a Virtual Reality Arcade available first-come, first serve both days featuring the works, Hutong Days by Weimin Zhang, Peer by Emir Fils-Aime and Notes on Blindness by Peter Middleton and James Spinney as well as several other panels addressing the themes of the conference. It is FREE to attend, but registration is recommended. There are panels, presentations, receptions and screenings from 9-6pm both days.
Submissions for our new journal are currently open!
Many thanks to Africana Studies, the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, the School of Cinema at SF State, 13th Gen, We Own TV, and the current round of DocFilm Fellows-Ben Reissberg, Miguel Moreno, Quinn Robideaux and Joakim Ingerlund who have all helped bring this event to you.
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