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- December 24
TFMS Film Series – Kwame Braun's 'passing girl; riverside'
The Sixth Annual TFMS Film Series: Ethnography & Alterity
concludes Monday, October 22
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center
Free and open to the public
eth·nog·ra·phy eth-nog-ruh-fee, ɛθˈnɒgrəfi noun: a branch of anthropology dealing with the scientific description of individual cultures.
al·ter·i·ty ȯl-ˈter-ə-tē, -ˈte-rə- noun: otherness; specifically: the quality or state of being radically alien to the conscious self or a particular cultural orientation.
TFMS's Sixth Annual FILM SERIES (www.smcm.edu/tfms) has focused the work of ethnographic filmmakers whose subjects have been as diverse as scrapyard residents eking out a living in the blighted neighborhood of Brooklyn's Willets Point (J.P. Sniadecki's "Foreign Parts," 2010) and elementary school children performing "Uncle Vanya" (Sasha Waters Freyer's "Chekhov for Children," 2010). The series concludes on October 22 with documentarian Kwame Braun's "passing girl; riverside-An Essay on Camera Work" (1998).
Monday, October 22
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema
"passing girl; riverside – An Essay on Camera Work"
Kwame Braun is a documentary filmmaker, specializing in performance. His African videos-"passing girl; riverside" and "Stageshakers!," a history of the "concert party" itinerant theater in Ghana, West Africa-have screened at international ethnographic film festivals, including New York City's Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. After a career as a scenic artist in theater and television, he attended New York University's M.F.A. program in film and television, graduating in 1988. He has previously taught film and video production at Chicago's Columbia College, UCLA, and UC-Santa Barbara. In recent years, in addition to creating video projections for theater and dance, he has produced, in collaboration with film scholar Janet Walker, "Video Portraits of Survival, Volumes I and II," the first of a collection of student-made video portraits of Holocaust refugees and survivors in Santa Barbara, the second a further collection of video portraits he made with Walker and filmmaker Renée Bergen. Both collections premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in 2006 and 2007, respectively. His current project is a series of video interviews for "Fiat Lux Redux," an upcoming exhibition of selections from the more than 6,000 images that photographer Ansel Adams made of the University of California system for its centennial celebration in 1968. Braun lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, theater scholar Catherine Cole, and their son, Aaron.
In 1994, Braun returned to his birthplace in Ghana, West Africa, as a Fulbright "Artist-at-Large." There he shot footage for his first documentary, "Stageshakers!," in collaboration with Catherine Cole. The video "passing girl; riverside – An Essay on Camera Work" is the first completed piece to come out of his Ghanaian experience. This experimental video essay probes the complexities of video as a tool for cross-cultural research and representation, examining the implications of anthropological image-making.
The Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies would like to thank the following for their generous support of the Sixth Annual TFMS Film Series: Lecture and Fine Arts and Arts Alliance of St. Mary's College of Maryland, the departments of English and anthropology, and the cross-disciplinary study areas in women, gender, and sexuality studies and African and African Diaspora studies.