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Dick Fontaine in Conversation

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018. 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
McMurtry, Room 115
Workshop: 
Intersections of Documentary Filmmaking, Race, and Engagement
Meeting Description: 

Join us for a wide ranging conversation with documentary filmmaker Dick Fontaine, following a screening of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine." Drawing upon decades of filmmaking and teaching, Dick will address crossing boundaries of race and national identity with respect to filmmaking and film subjects, the current state of documentary, and other topics.

The films of Dick Fontaine, a pioneer of cinema vérité in the UK, are an unrivaled document of the seismic shifts within Western culture during the second half of the 20th century. Starting in the early 60s, inspired by American jazz and the writings of Marshall McLuhan, Fontaine began forging a unique path for himself within the distinctively British tradition of documentary filmmaking. His uncanny ability to find himself on the precipice of history-making events has put him in direct contact with many of the people and incidents that have defined our era, yielding an astonishing body of work that includes films on the controversial election to Parliament of Alec Douglas-Home, The Beatles before Beatlemania, the Battle of Tonkin and the escalation of the war in Vietnam, Norman Mailer at his 1967 arrest at the Pentagon, Ornette Coleman and the New Wave of American jazz, James Baldwin along the path of the Civil Rights movement, the funeral of Black Panther George Jackson, and years before they were lionized as progenitors of a new global culture, the South Bronx originators of hip hop.

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