Film & Media Student: Andres Otero’s “Leaving Ground Zero”

Leaving Ground Zero

Andres Otero’s documentary short Leaving Ground Zero is up for competition on PBS’s reel13. Starting Sunday March 7th, the film about a New York City photojournalist who survived 9/11, will be competing with other two films for a chance to screen on National Television.

About the documentary: After almost getting killed by the collapsing towers on 9/11, photojournalist Thomas Monaster suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome. This video portrays how he eventually discovered a way to recovery.

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IMA Bahman Farmanara Screening

Screening: Friday, March 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM

IMA, Eyespeak and Eyescreen welcome Iranian film director Bahman Farmanara to a lecture and screening of his work at Hunter College on Friday, March 12th at 5:30pm. Farmanara is one of Iran’s leading directors and has influenced directors throughout the world including Jonathan Demme. Farmanara is spending a month as a visiting filmmaker at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY as part of there International Filmmaker-in-Residence series. Please come and join us on the 12th.

Emerging Media Lecture Series: Amber Hawk Swanson

Monday, March 8 from 8:00-9:00PM

Location: 502, Hunter North

In 2007, I commissioned the production of a life-like sex doll, a RealDoll, made of a posable PVC skeleton and silicone flesh, in my exact likeness. My doll, Amber Doll, began as a Styrofoam print-out of a digital scan of my head. Her face was then custom-sculpted and later combined with the doll manufacturer’s existing, “Body #8” female doll mold. After completing, “The Making-Of Amber Doll” and “Las Vegas Wedding Ceremony” (both 2007), Amber Doll and I went on to disrupt wedding receptions, roller-skating rinks, football tailgating parties, theme parks, and adult industry conventions. In the resulting series, “To Have, To Hold, and To Violate: Amber and Doll,” ideas surrounding agency and
objectification are questioned, as are ideas about the success or failure of negotiating power through one’s own participation in a cultural narrative that declares women as objects. My work with Amber Doll, herself a literal object, deals with such themes through an oftentimes-complicated feminist lens. Similar concerns emerge in my series, “The Feminism? Project” (2006). The script for each video in the series was generated from interviews with women across the state of Iowa on the subject of feminism.
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