[Frameworks] MadCat/Mead at Cinema Project

From: Ariella Ben-Dov <abendov_at_madcatfilmfestival.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:06:09 -0500

On March 1 and 2nd I will be in Portland, Oregon to screen two shows of
documentaries one which I curated for MadCat and another for the Mead. Check
it out! Ariella Ben-Dov


Cinema Project is proud to welcome Ariella J. Ben-Dov, a curator
specializing in thematic series of independent cinema. Ben-Dov is the
Artistic and Festival Director of the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival at
the American Museum of Natural History in New York City‹the longest running
documentary festival in the US. Ben-Dov is also the co-founder and curator
of the MadCat Womenıs International Film Festival, founded in 1997 to
showcase experimental and historic works by women directors from around the
world. Ben-Dov's programs have been showcased at Anthology Film Archives,
Brown University, Harn Museum of Art, Harvard Film Archive, the New School,
Pacific Film Archive, PRATT, RISD Museum of Art, and Yerba Buena Center for
the Arts, among other venues. Ben-Dov writes about documentary and
avant-garde film for publications including The Independent Film and Video
Monthly and Release Print Magazine. These two Cinema Project programs look
at the varied interests of a dynamic curator. The first evening focuses on
1970s Cinema Verite films by three women filmmakers; Geri Ashur, Joyce
Chopra, and Liane Brandon. Through portraits of women and girls in working
class America, we hear of dreams, aspirations, and everyday existence. The
second evening explores the ethnographic work of famed artist, musician, and
filmmaker John Cohen. Pericles in America travels from Astoria to Athens,
Cohen presents the music of Epirus, tracing back to its Romani roots. At
once an elegy to this music's expressive sound and a history of Greeks in
America, this documentary conveys the ambiguous relationship these
immigrants have with a culture left behind and with the New World, which,
for better or worse, has become their home. Ben-Dov will be present to
discuss these films and her experience with curating around the globe.

March 1 ­ From MadCat
* Janie's Janie by Geri Ashur [1971, 16mm, b&w, sound, 20 min.]
* Betty Tells Her Story by Liane Brandon [1972, b&w, sound, 20 min.]
* Girls at 12 by Joyce Chopra [1974, 16mm, color, sound, 30 min.]
March 2 ­ From the Margaret Mead
* Pericles in America by John Cohen [1988, 16mm, b&w, sound, 70

FrameWorks mailing list
Received on Mon Feb 28 2011 - 08:06:42 CST