SSMF 2022: “Pause”
Moderated by Roopa Vasudevan, University of Pennsylvania
Saturday, March 26, 3:00 PM — 4:20 PM Eastern
And,And,And… is a collaborative improvisational film. All of the protagonists were involved in the making of the film in a variety of ways. In front and behind the camera they participated in writing and performing every scene. The main protagonist provided translation, and were included in the editing process. This approach which the filmmaker calles Cineworlding, extends the ethnographic field into media, drawing in music videos and news broadcast and composes scenes using digital cinema, super8 mm film, and mobile phone cameras. This approach attempts to think-feel affect, event, and refrain in cine-ethnomusicology. Sharing much with visual ethnography, cineworlding emphasizes affect and event within the profilmic world, and studies the movement of music’s affects, through events and refrains into audience reception. This is an approach to research-creation that has the potential to contribute to audiovisual ethnographic methods.
Why We Are
Karston Singleton and Nyzeema Presley
High School Philadelphia District
Behavioral Health. One with it, one without. What’s really the difference?
Obra Suspendida is a soundscape of Ixcotel Penitentiary in Oaxaca, Mexico. The men taught the artist to weave and she recorded their exchanges. A bag was weaved following the technique used by the inmates to make the baskets sold to fulfill their basic needs whilst incarcerated. The soundscape masks any intelligible conversations, in order to censor its contents as a critical look on the silence and invisibility that englobes an incarcerated person’s status and situation.
The analogy that originally triggered this piece was the hum of the fridge. A drone that is so permanent we forget it, until it stops. This basic observation echoed with thoughts I had had, and articles that I have read on social exclusions. Incarceration is a form of social exclusion, and works in such a way that people who are largely struggling with their social status already are removed from society.
BIG Mindfulness & Meditation
Divided Attention is a feature length documentary film which follows 4 students from Toby Farms, a public middle school in the historically underfunded Chester Upland School District, as they learn and practice mindfulness amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the school to prison pipeline, and threat of charter takeover.
Their challenges and growth are contrasted by the unstable support and funding inequities that have plagued Chester for decades. A call-to-action, the film looks at how the history of inequitable school funding has impacted the community and how organizers are fighting back.
The film is produced by the Delaware County Advocacy & Resource Organization and PhillyCAM.