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  • Images of American Labor in the Media: 100 years of Myth and Marginalization

    Mar26201412:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder


    Rarely has the mainstream media portrayed with any accuracy or sympathy the up-from-the-bootstraps examples of working men and women (mostly immigrants) who take responsibility for their own lives by organizing to win their fair share of the American dream. In contrast, the documentary film has become a key instrument for witnessing and remembering labor history. Films such as Passiac Textile Strike (1925), Harlan County USA, At the River I Stand, Locked Out and Brothers on the Line motivate learning, generate hope and connect us to who we were, and who we can be.

    Presentation by labor historian and former organizer Gene Carroll, Co-Director, NYS AFL-CIO/ Cornell Union Leadership Institute.

    "I teach labor history and use documentary flms because I believe passionately in, and have experienced repeatedly, their power to inform, to motivate, and to connect us to a deep respect for the courage, fortitude and sacrifce of workers, men and women, who came before us."
    - Gene Carrol

  • It's All True documentary showcase

    Mar2620147:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder


    A two-and-a-half hour showcase of student documentary shorts but current undergraduate and graduate students in the visual and media arts department. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple will be in attendance. There will be a reception in the BFSR lobby following the screening.

    Kopple has won two Academy Awards, the first in 1976 for Harlan County, USA, and the second in 1991 for American Dream. She has directed episodes of the television drama series Homicide: Life on the Street and Oz, winning a Directors Guild of America award for the former. Kopple also directed A Conversation With Gregory Peck and Bearing Witness, as well as documentaries on Mike Tyson and Woody Allen.