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Events 2007-08

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
sponsoring a reception and book signing with

Robert Gardner

celebrating the release of his new book,

Making Dead Birds: Chronicle of a Film
Thursday 15 November 2007, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

A limited edition of the book accompanied by a signed and numbered fine art print of Robert Gardner's photograph Ritual War II will also be available for purchase at the reception. Proceeds from its sale will benefit equally Harvard's Peabody Museum and DER Inc., a charitable foundation supporting the arts.

"Gardner's thoughtful, often eloquent journals and correspondence with filmmakers and colleagues—much of it written on location in the New Guinea highlands—provides a rare glimpse into the painstaking evolution of Dead Birds."

— David MacDougall, filmmaker and author of
The Corporeal Image
and Transcultural Cinema

link more information about Making Dead Birds: Chronicle of a Film [.pdf]
link other books by Robert Gardner [.pdf]


The Film Study Center, the Harvard Film Archive, the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Davis Center, and the Media Anthropology Lab present

Jana Ševčíková

in person at the Harvard Film Archive, for a special screening of

Jakub (1992, 63 mins)
Old Believers (2001, 46 mins)

Monday, 1 October 2007, 7:00 pm
link Harvard Film Archive
$8/$6 admission (free with Harvard student ID)

In the outlands of Eastern Europe, acclaimed filmmaker Jana Ševčíková spent years chronicling the descendants of immigrants and exiles. The resulting poetic, intimate documentaries capture the unique lives and customs of people unknown to most of the world. Shot over five years, the award-winning Old Believers (2001, 46 mins.) documents a strongly religious community where time seems to stand still. This haunting film presents the meditative rhythm of the place, giving transcendental significance to even the most ordinary everyday tasks. Ševčíková further explores the humanity and mystery of people from another place and time in Piemule (1984, 43 mins.), offering a close look at the descendants of Czech immigrants in Romania, and Jakub (1992, 65 mins.), the story of Ruthenian Jakub Popovich in western Bohemia. In Czech with English subtitles.  (Text from Facets Multimedia)


2007 McMillan-Stewart Fellow, Fanta Régina Nacro, in person at the HFA
20 and 21 April 2007

This year's Film Study Center McMillan-Stewart Fellowship in Distinguished Filmmaking has been awarded to the director Fanta Régina Nacro. Nacro will be on campus April 19–21, 2007, for screenings of her works at the Harvard Film Archive, and to visit and interact with FSC fellows, film students, and faculty. The screenings schedule is as follows:

Friday, 20 April, at 7:30
Un certain matin, 1991, 16mm, 13 min.
La nuit de la vérité
(The Night of Truth), 2004, 35mm, 100 min.

Saturday, 21 April, at 7:00
Puknini, 1995, 35mm, 30 min.
Konaté's Gift, 1998, 35mm, 27 min.
A Close-Up on Bintou
, 2001, 35mm, 26 min.
Africa Africas, 2001, video, 62 min.

For descriptions of each film, please see:
link the HFA website.

Please also join us for a reception for Fanta Régina Nacro in the Carpenter Center's Sert Gallery on Friday, 20 April, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Fanta Régina Nacro studied at the African Institute for Cinematic Studies (INAFEC), the national film school of Burkina Faso, and the Sorbonne in Paris, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Film and Audiovisual Studies. She is the first Burkinabe woman to direct a dramatic film, the short Un Certain Matin (1991), and has made many shorts which address the AIDS epidemic in Africa, including Vivre Positivement (1993). Her short films Puknini (1996) and Un certain matin (1991) have been hailed as representing the “African New Wave.” Her last short for the Mama Africa series, A Close-Up on Bintou (2002), won more than twenty prizes in international festivals, and her first feature The Night of Truth (2004) was featured in the touring program of the Global Film Initiative and received screenwriting honors at the San Sebastian Film Festival. 

link More about the McMillan-Stewart Fellowship
link Harvard Film Archive, with more details about Nacro's screenings


Film Study Center-Radcliffe fellow Clea T. Waite presents:
Language, Image, Music, Space, and Time

Thursday, 1 March 2007
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Room B-04
7:00 pm

Waite will present videos, installations, and multimedia works which explore the juxtatposition of rational and aesthetic content, using scientific data as literal metaphors in the creation of a form of concrete poetry. The scientific process behind the data reveals the poetic intention. In all these works, form and content extend into the physical space. The sophistication of the technical devices stand in the background to the poetic intention. A poetry of synthesis in an age of specialization, created by de- and reconstructing from without, that is, in space and time.

link More About Clea Waite
link Spider Project



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