June 17th, 2017 - Citizen Film – Summer 2017 – SF Arts Commission Welcomes American for the Arts to the Buchanan Mall

Buchanan Mall, Refugee Storytelling Lab & more!
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SF Arts Commission Welcomes Americans for the Arts to the BUCHANAN MALL

Saturday, June 17

This month, we’re proud to welcome the Annual Convention of Americans for the Arts to the Buchanan Mall to showcase new work by Citizen Film and our community partners.

In addition, we’ll be celebrating Juneteenth with the community on Fillmore Street all day. Join director Sophie Constantinou and featured storytellers and artists from the neighborhood to experience sculptural multimedia installations, documentary works, and the ongoing transformation of the neighborhood, “by the people, for the people.”

Watch Buchanan Mall Bounce Back to see this initiative through the eyes of Buchanan Mall youth, co-leaders of the Neighborhood Storytelling and Design Task Force.

This spring, in partnership with Citizen Film, the Exploratorium Studio for Public Spaces, Green Streets, SF Rec and Park and the Trust for Public Land, the Buchanan Mall Community unveiled a new Vision of artistic and economic renewal with support from SF Grants for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Community Challenge Grant.


WHAT WE CARRY WITH US:
A Refugee Storytelling Lab

Thursday, June 22, 7:30pm
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St, Berkeley

Get tickets here »

You have one hour to gather your belongings and leave your home. What do you take with you? What do you leave behind?

Director Sam Ball will moderate a timely community conversation and unveil a new film & photomontages narrated by young adult refugees. Discussants will also include Amy Weiss, Director of Refugee & Immigrant Services at Jewish Family and Community Services East Bayand Francesco Spagnolo, Curator of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, which will mount an interactive multimedia exhibition of refugees’ memories, objects, and maps.

View an excerpt featuring co-curator Zander Berkeley Liberty.

Refugees from AfghanistanPakistanSyriaand Uganda are part of an ongoing storytelling lab co-produced by Citizen Film and the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life thanks to support from the Covenant Foundation, and Professor Spagnolo’s Mapping Diasporas, a research project and course at the Magnes, in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, with support from Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley.

BALANCING ACTS at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through June 13th

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has extended the run of Chagall: Colour and Music, a multidisciplinary exhibition.

Citizen Film’s Balancing Acts, produced by Sam Ball, Kate Stilley and Bill Susman, is featured in this first-of-its-kind “sensorial immersion” into the life and works of one of the most original artists of the twentieth century.

View a clip from our film about Chagall’s seminal work with the storied Yiddish theater GOSET.

#CitizenSpotlight:
The Living Legacy of GLIDE

For over 50 years, San Francisco’s GLIDE Memorial Church has been “mobilizing a radically inclusive community to alleviate suffering and break cycles of poverty.”

We interviewed co-founders Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani to create a series of digital documentary shorts.

Watch the series to learn about GLIDE’s living legacy.

Citizen Film is dedicated to crafting documentary stories with care and dignity.
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