Ruth and Margaret is a hybrid film (combining narrative and documentary elements) about groundbreaking anthropologists Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead. The two were lovers, soul mates and close intellectual companions in the 1920s and 30s, pioneering ideas about sexuality, gender, and race that transformed the field. Learn more about the film here.
DAWNLAND AT CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Upstander Project team is delighted to announce the DAWNLAND Maine Premiere at theCamden International Film Festival on Sunday, September 16th followed by screenings in Portland, Brunswick, Machias, and beyond as they bring the film home to Wabanaki territory.
The award winning NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY,which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, is now streaming on Amazon Prime. The film chronicles the life and times of controversial 1970s baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, and explores his lasting legacy.
The film will tell the story of the great but little-known, Shirley Clarke, the only woman in the American New Wave. Clarke was a pioneering artist who dissolved the boundaries between documentary and fiction and left us several landmark films peopled by numerous African-American actors and non-actors, one complex gay hustler, jazz geniuses, heroin addicts, Harlem teenagers, and the aged poet Robert Frost.
Stay updated on the Kickstarter campaign by following the project on social media!
UPCOMING KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THE BANJO PROJECT’S DIGITAL MUSEUM
Since 2002, THE BANJO PROJECT has produced and collected over 300 hours of original video, with interviews and performances of banjoists in all styles, builders, historians and researchers: Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Rhiannon Giddens, Mike Seeger, Taj Mahal, and many others. Producer Marc Fields knew from the start that the banjo’s long and contested history could not be fully represented in a standalone TV documentary ( GIVE ME THE BANJO, narrated by Steve Martin, PBS, 2011). He spent the past seven years developing other media platforms, finally arriving at an innovative media platform he’s calling a digital museum.
Built on a searchable archive of original media, archival footage, stills and recordings, The Banjo Project is an online cultural resource devoted to the instrument’s co lorful and complicated history, combining interactive documentary, up-to-date cultural research and curated content. The Banjo Project’s Digital Museum is scheduled to launch in June 2019 in beta prototype form, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign starting in September to fund the final stages of production and licensing. To learn more and follow the campaign, check out The Banjo Project’s Facebook page.
The Digital Museum site is still under construction, but check out the below links for a preview of what’s to come: