FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
“What compelled you to see for yourself?”
“To cherish the life of the world…”—Margaret Mead
Fourteen filmmakers are eligible for the top honor at the 2013 Margaret Mead Film Festival, which runs from October 17 through October 20 (at the American Museum of Natural History NYC) and honors the legacy of groundbreaking anthropologist and Museum curator, Margaret Mead (1901-1978).
The Margaret Mead Film Festival encompasses a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction and is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles, which tackle diverse and challenging subjects, representing a range of issues and perspectives, and by the forums for dialogue with filmmakers, invited speakers, and film protagonists.
This year’s theme invites audiences to come to the Museum to engage in the powerful experience of seeing culture on film. It is an invitation to come to the festival to see new reflections of “your” ”self,” to have audiences understand themselves in relation to other individuals and to various communities. It invites viewers to reflect on ways of seeing—how we perceive visual culture and how our identities shape how we look and what we see. The theme also raises questions about what it means to authentically see something for yourself—do you need to be in a place physically to understand a place or its cultures? Or how can we be transported to “see for ourselves” through film?
Tackling diverse and challenging cultural and social issues, the Mead Festival has introduced New York audiences to such acclaimed films as the Oscar-winning documentary The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006), Oscar-winning animated short The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation (2005), The Future of Food (2004), Power Trip (2003), and Spellbound (2002). The Mead Festival has a distinguished history of “firsts,” including being the first venue to screen the now-classic documentary Paris Is Burning (1990) about the urban transgender community.
The 2013 Festival will take place October 17-20 at the American Museum of Natural History (You can view the scedule for the festival here : http://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/schedule
The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody Mead’s spirit, energy, and innovation by offering a new perspective on a culture or community in their films, which will be making their U.S. or world premieres at the festival. The 2013 winner or winners will be announced at the festival’s closing-night ceremony on Sunday, October 20. The Mead Filmmaker Award jury includes HBO’s Lisa Heller, Columbia University Professor of Professional Studies Jamal Joseph (Drive By: A Love Story), Reel 13’s Richard Peña, and author and filmmaker Sadia Shepard (The September Issue). The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award winner will be announced on closing night.
The 2013 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Contenders, presenting U.S. premieres at the festival, are:
” Gerardo Barroso and Lisa Tillinger for Calle López
” Vincent Coen and Guillaume Vandenberghe for Cinema Inch’Allah!
” Uli Gaulke for As Time Goes By in Shanghai
” Sarah Gavron and David Katznelson for Village at the End of the World
” Alicia Harrison for Taxiway
” Lalita Krishna for Mallamall
” Juliet Lamont for Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls
” Sebastien Mez for Metamorphosen
” Miriam Smith and Christopher Pryor for How Far is Heaven
” Kesang Tsetan for Who Will Be a Gurkha
” Pegi Vail for Gringo Trails
Cinéma Inch’Allah! By Vincent Coen and Guillaume Vandenberghe
Vincent Coen and Guillaume Vandenberghe
2012 | 80 minutes | Belgium
U.S. Premiere | Director in Attendance
Cinéma Inch’Allah! is a moving exploration of the struggle of four young Belgian-Moroccan men to reconcile artistic passion with religious belief, family obligations, and their place as Muslim filmmakers in modern Belgian society. Now in their thirties, Reda, Mohamed, Farid, and Nourredine have worked together since adolescence on more than 30 low-budget comic action movies. With infectious enthusiasm, they have thrown themselves into their collective endeavor, often starring in their own films and using their work not only to channel their fears and aspirations but as a way of projecting an image of themselves to their community and the outside world. Cinéma Inch’Allah! captures them at a pivotal moment, when one member of the group decides to radically change his life, threatening their common artistic goals and even their friendship.
Co-presented by Flanders House and Park 51
Gringo Trails by Pegi Vail
2013 | 79 minutes | U.S., Bolivia, Thailand, Mali, Bhutan
World Premiere | Director in Attendance
A timely documentary raises urgent questions about how we travel and the unintended cultural and environmental consequences of tourism around the globe. Gringo Trails follows well-worn travelers’ routes through Latin America and beyond to Africa and Asia. The film reveals the complex relationships between colliding cultures, such as the host countries’ need for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences. Through the stories of both travelers and locals, and with stunning footage from Bolivia, Thailand, Mali, and Bhutan, Gringo Trails explores the dramatic impact of travel and tourism around the world over the past 30 years.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with travel writer Rolf Potts and Costas Christ, National Geographic Editor at Large.
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