Screening of Professor Barr’s “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” Documentary at Bennett College
The UNCG Department of Media Studies is pleased to announce that the documentary “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” will be screened at the 2017 Black History Media Festival, an event hosted by Bennett College. The theme this year is “The Spirit of Social Justice”.
“Union Time” was produced and directed by Matthew Barr, Professor in UNCG’s Media Studies Department. The film tells the story of one of the greatest union victories of the 21st century—the fight to organize Smithfield Foods’ pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. From 1993 to 2008, workers struggled against dangerous working conditions, intimidation, and low pay. They were organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, whose Justice@Smithfield campaign brought national attention to the struggle. Also involved in the campaign were the North Carolina NAACP, led by Reverend William T. Barber, and the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, with leadership from Reverend Nelson Johnson. The victory led to the formation of UFCW Local 1208 and fair working conditions for 5,000 workers.
“Union Time” premiered at UNCG on April 28, 2016, and has been screened at the DC Laborfest. In addition, the film is scheduled to be shown at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the UCLA Labor Center, and the Oral History Association, among others.
Assistant Professor Tom Lipscomb of Bennett College’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies is the moderator of the event. (Prof. Lipscomb graduated in 2003 from UNCG’s MFA Program in Film and Video Production.)
DATE: Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7 PM at the Global Learning Center Lecture Hall, Bennett College. It is free and open to the public.
Media Studies Professor Brett Ingram’s Documentary Film Rocaterrania Selected to Screen in Raleigh as Part of the Inaugural “Film Shorts in the Park” Program
The City of Raleigh’s Office of Raleigh Arts, in collaboration with the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, recently announced the debut of Film Shorts in the Park, a series of free outdoor screenings of works by North Carolina filmmakers, curated by John Munson.
Media Studies Professor Brett Ingram’s ROCATERRANIA, an award-winning feature length documentary about the late visionary artist Renaldo Kuhler, has been selected to screen as part of the inaugural program. ROCATERRANIA will screen in Pullen Park, Raleigh’s largest park, at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 22, 2016, and will be paired with a short film, ATOMIC RETRO CUSTOMS: THE ELECTRIC GUITARS OF MATT NOWICKI.
Variety called Rocaterrania “a weird delight,” San Jose Metro called it “fascinating,” Review Vancouver called it “truly inventive,” Vancouver Observer called it “a fascinating must-see for dreamers,” and The Buenos Aires International Film Festival called it “an endless flow of visions and experiences guided by Kuhler’s voice; a single trip to the loving and overwhelming imagination of an unexpected artist.”
Call it what you like, but if you happen to be in Raleigh on September 22nd and want to see the film outdoors on a big screen in a beautiful park, it may be worth your time.
Ingram is currently finishing up a book, Renaldo Kuhler’s Rocaterrania, forthcoming from Blast Books (New York) in Fall 2017. For more information about Rocaterrania, visit: http://www.brettingram.org
Emily Edwards’ recently published book, Bars, Blues and Booze: Stories from the Drink House, was featured on Frank Stasio’s WUNC broadcast, The State of Things. Go here to stream the program.
There will be a book tour this summer that begins in Greensboro at the Barnes and Noble on May 26th and returns to Greensboro at Scuppernong Books on September 17, 2016.
Renowned film scholar Dr. David Cook recently published a fifth edition of his seminal work “A History of Narrative Film.”
Associate Professor Jeffrey Adams recently published a book “The Cinema of the Coen Brothers.” This past Fall, USA Today – College, singled out Adams’ “Coen Brothers” course as one of special interest – read the article here.
Department of Media Studies Professor Brett Ingram’s Monster Road, a feature length documentary film about the life and work of Seattle animator Bruce Bickford, will screen in February at Georama 2016, an
international anime festival in Tokyo.
Since its initial release in 2004, Monster Road has won 16 awards, screening at more than 120 film festivals in fifteen countries, and airing five times on Sundance Channel.
Monster Road will be distributed in Japan by New Deer, a company founded by animation historian and curator Nobuaki Doi.
Dr. Michael Frierson attended the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in December in Lima, Peru. Dr. Frierson shot and edited short videos with Justin Catanoso, director of Wake Forest’s journalism program, who is a freelance journalist covering environmental and climate change issues.
Check out one of these videos posted on the Woods Hole YouTube channel: ttps://www.youtube.com/user/WoodsHoleResearchCtr