Jun 12th 2020

NU Doc Media Thesis Showcase – Program 2: Human Loom

@ Block Museum

Opening Friday, June 12th, from 7PM - 9:30PM

2020 MFA degree candidates in Documentary Media at Northwestern University present their thesis films online in the annual showcase of “NU Docs” through the Block Museum of Art. Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Julian Flavin and the NU Doc Media filmmakers.

The NU Doc Media Thesis Showcase: Doppler Effect will take place in two parts on Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12th at 7 PM CDT – PART 1 CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/262130081787493/

Part 2: Human Loom

A shared history is a fabric that binds people together: a fabric woven on a giant loom busy with all of our hands, collectively picking at the warp as the shuttle of time ceaselessly flies back and forth. Documentaries can set out to pluck at these threads and to highlight the relationships and memories that bind us together by granting us the time necessary to experience this collective product of our lives. These five films will be the weaver’s hands, stringing together moments of certainty and uncertainty teased out from a world’s worth of personal stories. What does it mean for us when that fabric begins to fray? Who do we look to repair and re-stitch these memories and relationships? Tonight, the program will test the limits of cinema’s ability to do just that with five stories that expound on our connections—fractured or intact—and appeal to the ancient and restorative effect of storytelling itself.

Otros Tiempos, 2020, 11min. Dir: Mireya Guzmán-Ortiz
With intimate depictions of labor in the everyday, Otros Tiempos builds a complex portrait of a dairy farmer and her experience of love, marriage, death, and borders.

Suspensus, 2020, 14 mins. Dir: Milton Guillén
Suspensus follows two visual artists in an exilic limbo as they utilize poetry, memories, and dreams to remain emotionally connected to their convoluted past.

Everything Becomes One Year Ago, 2020, 17 min. Dir: Elana Meyers
Everything Becomes One Year Ago patiently unveils the creative possibilities of the aging mind: what we lose as well as gain when our memories slip away.

tres cuartos y un techo, 2020, 18 mins, Dir: Isabella Ostos Campos
tres cuartos y un techo examines three generations of women as they recount their memories of trauma and its manifestations over time. Through various forms of recollection, the film addresses themes related to gender, abuse, and mental health, while still questioning what truth means when trauma has shaped a person’s life.

To The Harbour, 18 min, 2020. Dir: Ready Ni
Set against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s youth protest, this impressionistic short documentary is structured around a young couple’s melancholy reflections on this fleeting moment in history.

TRT ~78 minutes



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