STRONG ISLAND with filmmaker Yance Ford and Post-Realism Seminar #16

Monday February 4, 2019 7 PM Communications 150 (Studio C)
in conversation with Film + Digital Media Professor Ruby Rich
co-sponsored by Porter College and Film + Digital Media

STRONG ISLAND chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy – from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America. A deeply intimate and meditative film, STRONG ISLAND asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justice.

Screening is open to the public and accessible to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing on request.

Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Yance Ford is a Sundance Institute Fellow, a Creative Capital Grantee, an International Documentary Association Emerging Filmmaker awardee, and is featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. A graduate of Hamilton College and the Production Workshop at Third World Newsreel, he is a former series producer of the PBS anthology series POV. “The Root 100″ recently named Ford among the most influential African Americans of 2017.






Tuesday Feb. 5, 2019 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Communications 139

“The ‘I’ does not exist alone, but always with ‘another.’” – Jean-Luc Nancy

Documentary, as an art-form, has long been held to standards that rely on a journalistic commitment to objectivity. Personal filmmaking betrays this façade, challenging the common notion of records, archive, truth, and memory to expand the definition of documentary in groundbreaking, productive and even socially impactful ways. A necessary shift in public discourse has allowed artists, writers and scholars to foreground personal experience as something of value. Centering this subjectivity reminds us that the I does not exist alone: reframing narratives from new angles, making room to question history as it has been told, and allowing us to hear the stories that are often sidelined.

Advance registration required: contact Irene Lusztig ( to reserve a place in the seminar.

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