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Topic: documentary

Both Johnson’s classes and her activism at Brown, urging the University to divest their money from South Africa due to apartheid, informed her documentary filmmaking career by opening her eyes to the larger world.

Arts & Culture

Documentarian Kirsten Johnson ’87 reflects on Brown’s influence on her career

November 18, 2020 0 comments

When an 18-year-old Kirsten Johnson ’87 arrived at Brown in the fall of 1983, she had never even picked up a film camera, let alone imagined a future where she would travel the world for her career as a filmmaker.

During a panel on her newest documentary, “TIME,” filmmaker Garrett Bradley drew connections between supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement and individuals impacted by incarceration.

News, University News

Filmmaker Garrett Bradley joins Watson Institute for conversation about “TIME”

November 10, 2020 0 comments

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs welcomed director Garrett Bradley for a Monday evening conversation about her new documentary “TIME.” Bradley was joined by Associate Professor of Sociology Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve and Director of the Watson Institute Edward Steinfeld.

Non-profit organization Film Fatales hosted a webinar titled “Documenting Politics,” inviting influential filmmakers like Lisa Cortés, Alison Klayman and Yi Chen to discuss their political documentaries.

Arts & Culture

Women documentarians reflect on their work in the context of the 2020 election

November 8, 2020 1 comment

Non-profit organization Film Fatale and Leah Meyerhoff  ’01 of the Brown University Entertainment Group, an alumn Facebook group, co-hosted a webinar Friday evening entitled “Documenting Politics.”

Opening up about her struggles with body image, sexual assault, career pressures and feminist views, Swift finally gets the chance to tell her side of the story through a medium beyond music in “Miss Americana.”

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Miss Americana’ sparks empathy for Taylor Swift

February 11, 2020 0 comments

On Jan. 23, the release of Taylor Swift’s intimate documentary “Miss Americana” took Netflix by storm. Directed by Emmy-Award winner Lana Wilson, the documentary follows Swift on her search for “happiness without anyone else’s input,” highlighting her struggles against criticisms, loneliness and constant visibility.

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs uses documentary film and discussion to convey ideas of social progress.

News, University News

Watson launches documentary initiative

January 30, 2020 0 comments

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs launched the John F. Kennedy Jr. Initiative for Documentary Film and Social Progress this semester, a program designed to emphasize social issues and inspire students to explore filmmaking with renowned media practitioners.

Fairey rose to fame as a result of his 2008 “HOPE” portrait of President Barack Obama and has continued to engage with social justice issues and political movements.

Arts & Culture

World-famous street artist Shepard Fairey joins RISD board, paints 100th mural

October 28, 2019 Comments are Disabled

“Brilliant, original, thorough, quirky and funny.” Rhode Island School of Design Senior Lecturer Tom Roberts read to audience members his evaluation of then-college sophomore Shepard Fairey, who took his “Social Commentary and Propaganda” course in 1991.

Yesterday’s documentary screening of “Rigged” spotlighted how conservative politicians have drawn electoral districts to benefit Republican candidates.

Metro, News

‘Rigged: the Voter Suppression Playbook’ examines voting laws, gerrymandering

October 18, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Community members filed into Stephen Robert ’62 Hall for a showing and panel discussion of the documentary “Rigged: the Voter Suppression Playbook” Thursday.

Filmmaker Kimi Takesue speaks about her documentary titled “95 and 6 to Go,” which follows her grandfather over the course of six years. Her film was screened at the Granoff Center last Thursday.

Arts & Culture

‘95 and 6 to Go’ explores memory, love, loss

February 26, 2019 Comments are Disabled

In her documentary “95 and 6 to Go,” Kimi Takesue illustrates a portrait of her Japanese-American grandfather, offering a moving and intimate perspective on memory, love and family. The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America held a screening and a question-and-answer session for the film with […]

The documentary, “Period. End of Sentence.” directed by Rayka Zehtabchi, opens dialogue around stigma of menstruation in Hapur district, India. It follows the installation of a low-cost sanitary pad manufacturing machine in the district, providing 600 pads per day.

Arts & Culture

University student’s documentary short wins Oscar

February 25, 2019 1 comment

In just twenty-five minutes, the student-produced Oscar-winning short documentary “Period. End of Sentence.” draws attention to a global problem — the lack of access to supplies for and education about menstruation.

Silverman ’22 wins Oscar for documentary short

Arts & Culture

Silverman ’22 wins Oscar for documentary short

February 25, 2019 2 comments

“Period. End of Sentence.,” executive co-produced by Charlotte Silverman ’22, won the award for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 91st Academy Awards last night. In addition to Silverman, multiple alums and a professor were nominated for Oscars.