Hamilton College F.I.L.M. Series: April Schedule

CLINTON – Hamilton College continues its spring F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series, scheduled on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Bradford Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building on Hamilton’s campus.

All events are free and open to the public. Listed below are the programs in April.

Sunday, April 2: Yance Ford, in person, with Strong Island (2016)

Yance Ford was a sophomore at Hamilton College in 1992 when her brother William was murdered.

“My brother’s death picked up my life and put it down somewhere else,” Ford told Scott Macaulay of Filmmaker Magazine.

By her senior year, Ford decided she wanted to make a film about her brother’s death; 25 years later, Strong Island is that film.

Between her graduation from Hamilton in 1994 and the completion of her first feature film, Ford worked in and around the documentary film business and in 2002 became a series producer for POV, television’s longest running showcase for independent documentaries.

Strong Island is a visually distinctive, emotionally intimate contribution to the genre of personal documentary. The title is a reference to African-American enclaves on Long Island.

Sunday, April 9: “A Roll for Peter Hutton”

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns called Peter Hutton “a national treasure.” When Hutton died in 2016, an influential film artist (and frequent F.I.L.M. series guest) was lost.

In the wake of his passing, several of Hutton’s students and colleagues collaborated on “A Roll for Peter,” inviting filmmakers to submit a roll of film in his honor.

The F.I.L.M. series presents the resulting anthology, which includes mini-films by filmmakers from across the country and around the world, including past F.I.L.M. guests David Gatten, Jennifer Reeves and Lynn Sachs.

Study of a River (1997), Hutton’s film that was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 2011, will also be presented.

Sunday, April 16: Ernst Karel, in person, with sound works

Sound wizard Ernst Karel has been the sonic brains and ears behind the recent spate of remarkable nonfiction films produced by Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab including Leviathan, Manakamana, The Iron Ministry, and Foreign Parts.

Karel makes electroacoustic music and experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance. His sound installations, in collaboration with Helen Mirra, have been exhibited at Culturgest in Lisbon, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Audiorama in Stockholm, MIT’s List Visual Arts Center and the 2012 Sao Paulo Bienal.

Karel will present two sound works—listened to in the darkened theater—and discuss his work as a sound artist.

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