12 February

“Summers with Helen” Screening and Talk with Elaine Mayes

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Join us in the Bill Brand Screening room on March 7th at 7pm for a screening of “Summers with Helen” and a talk by the filmmaker, Elaine Mayes.

Elaine Mayes is a photographer and filmmaker who has been working with camera produced images for fifty-seven years.  Her photographs have been exhibited many places including MOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla and The Steven Kasher Gallery in New York. Currently she lives in Denver, NY and is preparing a retrospective for The SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia.  Her books include, “When I Dance (1967), “It Happened in Monterey” (2003), and “Recently” (2015).  She was on the founding faculty at Hampshire College and taught film and photography from 1971 to 1981. She also taught at Bard College and retired from teaching photography and video at the Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photography and Imaging, New York University in 2001.

Her latest film “Summers With Helen” is a conceptual documentary about two older women on summer vacations in the Catskills. One of these women is Helen Levitt (1912- 2009), a well-known artist photographer and filmmaker who was the first woman to have a one-person show at MOMA. The other is Mayes herself.  “Summers with Helen” was recorded primarily inside and outside the mountain cabin rented they for six weeks each summer. The film can be seen as a meditation. It is probably the only filmic record of Helen Levitt as a person, as she hated being photographed and avoided being seen by anyone using a camera. The video is edited from ten years recording, and moves technically through the various amateur video formats available between 1996 and 2006. “Summers with Helen” also includes themes of old age and the situation of being older.

16 October

Exhibition opening and Panel Discussion: “Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna’s Photographs of the Mexican Revolution”

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On view in the Model Gallery is “Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna’s Photographs of the Mexican Revolution.” These rarely exhibited photographs from the Mexican Revolution are stunning and worth seeing in person. On Tuesday October 17th please join us for the exhibition opening as well as a panel discussion around photography, archives and Mexican history, 4 pm – 6pm. The panel discussion will feature: Jennifer Bajorek, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Margaret Cerullo, Professor of Sociology, and Alexis Salas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

Location: Model Gallery, Liebling Building
Time: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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26 April

Tashmoo Screening Series Welcomes Maryam Keshavarz

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Please join us in welcoming Maryam Keshavarz and her film Circumstance. We are excited to announce our screening on May 2nd at 6 pm in Jerome Liebling Center room 120 at Hampshire College. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
Circumstance, a film shot and set in Tehran, Iran, won the 2011 Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival, the 2011 Outfest Audience Award, the Rome International Film Festival Best First Film and several other awards. Attached is the poster and below is further information about the film and the filmmaker.
About the film CIRCUMSTANCE (2011)
          Atafeh and her brother, Mehran, have grown up in a home filled with music, art, and intellectual curiosity. Atafeh dreams of fame and adventure, and she and her best friend, Shireen, explore Tehran’s underground scene with youthful exuberance and determination to be themselves. Meanwhile, Mehran returns home from drug rehab, and renounces his former decadent life with a vengeance. His once obsessive practice of classical music soon finds more destructive outlets.
         Having lost his parents’ trust, Mehran is jealous of Atafeh’s loving relationship with their father and tries to find new meaning in his life. He relentlessly watches his family and slowly becomes estranged from them. As Mehran disapprovingly observes a budding relationship between Atafeh and Shireen, he becomes obsessed with saving Shireen from his sister’s influence.
The once close siblings find themselves at dangerous odds with each other. As violence and desire collide, the once safe haven of the family home becomes increasingly claustrophobic and threatening.
About Maryam Keshavarz
           She received her MFA from NYU/ Tisch in film direction and has been making award-winning films for 11 years. Maryam’s first feature documentary, THE COLOR OF LOVE, an intimate portrait of the changing landscape of love and politics in Iran, won numerous awards at top-tier festivals and was broadcast internationally. Maryam’s short film THE DAY I DIED garnered top accolades at Mar del Plata, Clermont-Ferrand, New York Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival; and was the only short film at Berlinale to win two awards: the Gold Teddy and the Jury Prize.
            Maryam’s first narrative feature fiction film, CIRCUMSTANCE premiered to overwhelming critical acclaim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, garnering the coveted Sundance Audience Award, leading to Maryam’s inclusion in Deadline.com’s 2011 Director’s to WatchCIRCUMSTANCE has won over a dozen international awards including Best First Film at the Rome Film Festival and the Audience & Best Actress Awards at Outfest. The Independent Spirit Award nominated film was described by the New York Times as “Swirling and sensuous”, by the Wall Street Journal as “Supremely cinematic”, and by the Hollywood Reporter as “Amazingly accomplished.”  The film released theatrically in over a dozen countries in 2012.
          Along with frequent collaborator Paolo Marinou-Blanco, Maryam is penning the narrative adaptation of the award winning HBO documentary HOT COFFEE. Maryam is attached to direct the narrative adaptation, entitled The Dissent, with Academy Award nominated producers Anna Gerb, Neal Dodson, and JC Chandor (A Most Violent Year,Margin CallAll is Lost) producing the film in 2017.
          Maryam is also developing gender bending genre defying historical epic musical film,  THE LAST HAREM. For this insanely ambitious project, Maryam has garnered several high profile awards for the project including the Hearst Screenwriters Grant, the San Francisco Film Society/ KRF Screenwriting Award, the prestigious Creative Capital Fund, and invitation to the Yaddo Writers Residency.
           Maryam is alumni of the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab, Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Program. She is the recipient of dozens of grants and fellowships including the French Government’s Fonds Sud, Rotterdam Film Festivals’ Hubert Bals Award, Women in Film Grant, Adrienne Shelley Award, numerous Sundance fellowships, multiple San Francisco Film Society grants. She has been a visiting artist at the University of Pennsylvania and guest lecturer at dozens of prestigious international universities. She is an active member of Film Independent serving as a mentor for their Project Involve Initiative and speaking on numerous filmmaking panels.