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Relief Efforts for Beirut

August 13, 2020

On August 4, a catastrophic explosion hit Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, killing more than 200 people, injuring 5,000, and leaving 300,000 others homeless. The blast decimated the port, including its grain silo, and wreaked havoc on much of the city. The blast was caused by a fire that spread to 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, stored in the heart of the city, for 7 years, by a criminally negligent and corrupt government. For a week now, the inhabitants of the afflicted city have been living with the immediate and longer-term effects of this disastrous event: many have lost friends and family...

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A New England Document, by Che Applewhaite, premieres at the Sheffield Doc/Fest

June 16, 2020

Che Applewhaite’s film A New England Document will have its world premiere this month at the Sheffield Doc/Fest (https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6964). A New England Document is an essay portrait of Lorna and Laurence Marshall, told by the filmmaker and their daughter Elizabeth, through their diaries, writings, and visual archive, which the Marshalls began collecting in the 1950s as they embarked on the first of four decades of anthropological expeditions to the Kalahari Desert.... Read more about A New England Document, by Che Applewhaite, premieres at the Sheffield Doc/Fest

New book by David Joselit, "Heritage and Debt"

March 30, 2020

Heritage and Debt by David JoselitHow global contemporary art reanimates the past as a resource for the present, combating modern art's legacy of Eurocentrism.

If European modernism was premised on the new—on surpassing the past, often by assigning it to the “traditional” societies of the Global South—global contemporary art reanimates the past as a resource for the present. In this account of what globalization means for contemporary art, David Joselit argues that the creative use of tradition by artists from around the world serves as a means of combatting modern art's legacy of Eurocentrism.... Read more about New book by David Joselit, "Heritage and Debt"

Valerie Werder

Valerie Werder’s first novel is the winner of the 2019 Fence Modern Prize in Prose

February 5, 2020

Valerie Werder, a first-year PhD student in Film and Visual Studies, is the winner of the 2019 Fence Modern Prize in Prose for her autofiction novel, Thieves. Werder has previously published short fiction in BOMB and staged theatrical performances at Participant Inc, New York, and Artspace, New Haven. Thieves will be her first book, and will be published in fall 2021.... Read more about Valerie Werder’s first novel is the winner of the 2019 Fence Modern Prize in Prose

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Island of the Hungry Ghosts,"distributed by Keisha Knight’s Sentient.Art.Film, is nominated for a 2020 Independent Spirit Award

November 22, 2019
FVS G2 doctoral candidate Keisha Knight founded Sentient.Art.Film in 2018 as an intervention into the infrastructure of film circulation. Sentient.Art.Film’s first theatrical release, “Island of the Hungry Ghosts,” a hybrid documentary about migration, has been nominated for Best Documentary at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards. More information about the nomination here. More information about Sentient.Art....
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