More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. This film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the U.S. where prisons do work and affect lives. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!
Winner Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing
Co-sponsored with iEAR Presents!
NUTS! is a feature-length documentary directed by Penny Lane about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station.
Sponsored by iEAR Presents!, School of HASS, RPI; New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region Chapter and CAAMI (Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration).
Nick Berardini's documentary about Taser International recounts the origin story of Rick and Tom Smith, ambitious brothers who adapted ineffective stun-gun technology to revolutionize policing while earning millions of dollars.
In the early 2000s, the two brothers found tremendous success when their company began selling a device that has been called 'the biggest revolution in law enforcement since the radio.' But as their company grew, they made decisions that would have lasting impact on both the public and their increasingly skeptical customer base.
The Videofreex are coming (www.videofreex.com)! Learn from and join the dialogue with Andrew Ingall, Parry Teasdale, Carol Vontobel, Bart Friedman and DeeDee Halleck.
Co-sponsored with iEAR Presents!
Curator Andrew Ingall presents videos from one of the pioneer production groups that formed when consumer video was first introduced in the late 1960s, they produced several thousand videotapes, installations and multimedia events and trained hundreds of video-makers in the brand new medium during their nine-plus years together. Excerpts may include:
“Ghost Town – The Hebron Story” is a documentary about the most violent city in the West Bank.
World premiere! Featuring local fimmaker Ellie Bernstein.
After the film, there will be a Q&A including brief remarks from:
MORE ABOUT "Ghost Town"
After many trips to Israel and the West Bank, local filmmaker Ellie Bernstein wanted to tell the story of Hebron, Palestine to show the result of the over 40-year Israeli military occupation on a historically important city for Muslims, Jews and Christians. The film reveals real relationships between the Settlers, Palestinians and Israeli Army.
Powerful stories with critical insight into the mental health system and a vision of alternatives, in two very different films.
5:30 PM - "Crooked Beauty"
6:00 PM - Community potluck
7:00 PM - Films by the Western Mass. Recovery Learning Community
"Beyond the Medical Model” excerpts
"The Virtues of Non Compliance," (2014, 25 min.) WINNER - Best Short, Mad in America's International Film Festival
Sera Davidow, filmmaker and executive director, Western Massachussetts Recovery Learning Community
8:15 PM - Panel/public forum, with:
Sascha Altman DuBrule, co-founder, The Icarus Project
At a time when corporate forces have bought and sold democracy, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno ask how we can effect real change...
The Yes Men Are Revolting is a funny, action-packed adventure. With the environment on the brink of collapse, they ask a pressing question: at a time when corporate forces have bought and sold democracy, how can we effect real change? Their answer: get every viewer involved in the struggle.
Join us for a screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary film Brothers of the Blacklist with the film's director, Sean Gallagher. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!
NOTE: Sean will be joined by Kirk Allen and Hugh Harris-Inniss, and attorney Scott Fein.
Kirk Allen and Hugh Harris-Inniss are graduates of SUNY Oneonta and were two of the 125 students put on the Black List.
Scott Fein is the lawyer who represented the students during the Black List litigation. He is a partner at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, a law firm based in Albany, NY.
Join us for a presentation on the life and work of Albert Maysles, a pioneer in the world of documentary filmmaking. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the Arts Department, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Rensselaer; funded by NYSCA.
Maysles Films has been a leading force in non-fiction film since the 1960s. Albert Maysles, acknowledged by the New York Times in May 2002 as the dean of documentary filmmaking, was one of the early creators of direct cinema along with his brother, David Maysles. They were among the first to capture life as it unfolded before their camera – without scripts, sets, or narration.