What is a story? Who speaks, writes and visualizes our stories? When we tell stories through film, we have the capacity to change the landscapes of our collective imagination. The Filmmaking & Beyond Track will deconstruct dominant narratives of white, capitalist, patriarchal, heteronormative, and colonial systems by examining the ways in which visual storytelling and moving image can be used as a means of reclaiming our stories. We will examine the history and power of visual storytelling in writing and building new narratives for our social justice movements. We will also consider what's possible when we remove the boundaries between creator and viewer in order to foster more vibrant, participatory art experiences. We will share best practices for funding, collective media production, and grassroots distribution while devising strategies for using our media as tools for popular education.
Coordinators of this track are Anna Barsan, Jessie Levandov, Marcelitte Failla, and Claudia O'Brien.