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Release Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:50 PM
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Renowned Documentary Filmmaker Louis Massiah Visit to School of Communications Fall 2013 Time Warner Visiting Scholar
Louis Massiah

WASHINGTON (Sept. 20, 2013) -- Media, Journalism and Film (MJF) welcomes Louis Massiah to the School of Communications as the first Time Warner Visiting Scholar for the newly created department, Sept. 23 - 27.

Massiah is a renowned documentary filmmaker and the founder/director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts center that provides training and equipment access to community groups and the independent media community. His innovative approach to documentary filmmaking and community media have earned him numerous honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship (1996-2001) as well as Rockefeller/Tribeca and Pew Arts fellowships. He will also be available to meet with students for one-on-sessions. Students are encouraged to sign in at the MJF department office for an appointment.

See a listing of the film screenings below.

All Screenings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Screening Room West- School of Communications - CB Powell Building
1.The Bombing of Osage Avenue (58 minutes, 1986) – Produced/Directed by Louis Masssiah, Written/Narrated by Toni Cade Bambara
Monday September 23, 6:30 p.m.

"On Mother's Day, 1985, a virtual army of city and state police converged on a quiet block in Cobb's Creek, in the heart of Philadelphia's African American community. By the next day, 61 homes were destroyed and 11 people were dead, all members of the communitarian MOVE organization. Massiah establishes the setting for the tragedy early on. Historic Cobb's Creek is a springtime neighborhood of parks and children, aluminum siding and basketball stars. Toni Cade Bambara's poetic narration draws us into the drama.

3. Community Media and the Documentary of Participation: Community Visions, Precious Places Community History Project, Muslim Voices of Philadelphia and the Documentary History Project for Youth. (5 shorts, 100 minutes, 1995-2013)

Wednesday September 25, 6:30 p.m.

Scribe Video Center was founded in 1982 as a place where established and emerging film/video artists could come together to access equipment and share the skills of media production. Over the years Scribe has developed important methodologies in community media production, providing skills so that members of community groups can use media as way of addressing issues of social, political and cultural concern.

3. W.E.B. Du Bois – A Biography in Four Voices (118 minutes, 1997) – Produced/Directed by Louis Massiah; Written/Narrated by Toni Cade Bambara, Amiri Baraka, Wesley Brown and Thulani Davis
Friday September 27, 6:30 p.m.

The long and remarkable life of Dr. William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B) Du Bois (1868-1963) offers unique insights into an eventful century in African American history. Born three years after the end of the Civil War, Du Bois witnessed the imposition of Jim Crow, its defeat by the Civil Rights Movement and the triumph of African independence struggles. Du Bois was the consummate scholar-activist whose path-breaking works remain among the most significant and articulate ever produced on the subject of race. His contributions and legacy have been so far-reaching, that this, his first film biography, required the collaboration of four prominent African American writers. Wesley Brown, Thulani Davis, Toni Cade Bambara and Amiri Baraka narrate successive periods of Du Bois' life and discuss its impact on their work. Brown - Black Folk and the New Century (1895-1915); Davis - The Crisis and the New Negro (1919-1929); Bambara - A Second Reconstruction? (1934-1948); Baraka - Color, Democracy, Colonies and Peace (1949-1963)


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