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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.”

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‘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 0 comments

“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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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.

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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.

“End Game,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, focuses on the decisions made by families and patients of palliative care. The film has been nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject.

Arts & Culture

Alum co-produces Oscar nom ‘End Game’

February 22, 2019 0 comments

Oscar-nominated “End Game” is a film about love, family, healing and grief, featuring some of the hardest conversations many face in their lives — conversations about end-of-life care for gravely ill loved ones.

The documentary “RBG” recounts the life and legal career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as her political and cultural legacy. Ginsburg has left an indelible mark on women’s rights in America.

Arts & Culture

Alum’s ‘RBG’ nominated for Oscar

February 21, 2019 0 comments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s unshakable grit and present-day persona imbue the opening minutes of Oscar-nominated documentary “RBG.”

The documentary on renowned Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (pictured above) was directed by Jane Magnusson ’92.

Arts & Culture

Granoff Center hosts first U.S. screening of Bergman documentary

December 6, 2018 0 comments

Students gathered in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts’ Martinos Auditorium Tuesday for the first U.S. showing of “Bergman — A Year in a Life.”