DIVA TV Footage FREE Screening on August 16th!!

Catherine Gund's original footage "Target City Hall," from DIVA TV, the AIDS activist video collective affiliated with ACT UP New York will be shown for FREE on Tuesday Aug 16th at 6:30pm through Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)'s upcoming Activist Video Series. Check it out! ‪#‎20thAnniversary‬ 

“Edited at EAI”: Video Interference
Activist Videos by Artists and Collectives, 1989-1995

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
6:30 pm

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
www.eai.org

Free admission

RSVP: info@eai.org

EAI continues our 45th anniversary “Edited at EAI” series with an evening of activist video work from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. Shot largely on low-end consumer equipment and edited, often off-hours, at EAI, these works use video as an activist tool, confronting urgent issues around the AIDS crisis, race, gender, and sexuality. Videos by ACT UP affinity groups DIVA TV (Damned Interfering Video Activist Television) and House of Color, as well as art collective X-PRZ, will be screened along with work by artists Robert Beck and Tom Kalin. Although rooted in the specific political and cultural contexts of that moment, these powerful activist voices continue to resonate and find relevance today.

The urgency of the AIDS crisis and the parallel emergence of new activist movements, along with the increasing availability of relatively inexpensive video equipment, were among the factors that brought activists to editing facilities like EAI during this time. In The Feeling of Power, artist, EAI editor, and DIVA TV member Robert Beck documents a 1989 ACT UP protest at Trump Tower and offers a self-reflexive manifesto of this new video activism. Target City Hall, the first tape produced by DIVA TV, documents a massive ACT UP demonstration at New York City Hall and offers a look at the diverse groups of activists within the larger ACT UP movement, including CHER (Commie Homos Engaged in Revolution) and LAPIT (Lesbian Activists Producing Innovative Television). In I Object, House of Color (Robert Garcia, Wellington Love, Idris Mignott, Jeff Nunokawa, Pamela Sneed, Jocelyn Taylor, Julie Tolentino), an ACT UP affinity group made up of queer people of color, forcefully challenge the representation and exclusion of people of color in the media. Tom Kalin builds on the subversive, advertising-influenced work he made with ACT UP affinity group Gran Fury in Nation, which confronts nationalism and the public health crisis of AIDS, and in his later revisiting of the same material, Information Gladly Given … In No Sell Out art collective X-PRZ (Doug Anderson, Kenseth Armstead, Tony Cokes, Mark Pierson) critique the commodification of Malcolm X by the media, setting computer-manipulated imagery of Malcolm X against advertising logos, archival footage, and TV imagery.

Organized in conjunction with EAI’s 45th anniversary, the “Edited at EAI” series highlights a historically significant but less well-known area of EAI’s programs: EAI’s Editing Facility for artists, one of the first such creative workspaces for video in the United States. 

Program

Robert Beck, The Feeling of Power, 1990, 8:48 min, color, sound

DIVA TV, Target City Hall, 1989, 26:43, color, sound

House of Color, I Object, 1990, 5:25 min, color, sound

Tom Kalin, Information Gladly Given but Safety Requires Unnecessary Conversation, 1995, 1:03 min, color, sound

Tom Kalin, Nation, 1992, 1 min, color, sound

X-PRZ, No Sell Out... or i wnt 2 b th ultimate commodity/ machine (Malcolm X Pt. 2), 1995, 5:37 min, color, sound 

BORN TO FLY nominated for an Emmy!

"I challenged myself to use my particular time-based, artistic medium not merely to document Elizabeth's time-based work but to expand it. In fact, I wanted to collide our two artistic forms to invent a third kind of breathless, sweaty, heart-pounding experience."  - Catherine Gund, Interview with Paper Magazine

"I challenged myself to use my particular time-based, artistic medium not merely to document Elizabeth's time-based work but to expand it. In fact, I wanted to collide our two artistic forms to invent a third kind of breathless, sweaty, heart-pounding experience."  - Catherine Gund, Interview with Paper Magazine

After premiering at SXSW, and starting it's theatrical run at the essential Film Forum in NYC, and airing on PBS/Independent Lens, and soaring past thousands of audiences across the globe, BORN TO FLY is happy to have landed here. We are all on cloud nine to be nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy in the Outstanding Arts and Culture category. We are so grateful to share this honor with our amazing Streb family and all of you! Thank you for making it possible!

 

For more information about BORN TO FLY, check out our website: borntoflymovie.com. And thank you, again, for your incredible support. 

 - Catherine Gund and the entire BORN TO FLY team

Fall Into Our Office! [Internship Opportunity]

SEEKING SMART SOCIALLY MINDED RESEARCH SAAVY INTERNS FOR THE FALL!

We love our interns. We love listening to their perspectives and the way they see the world. We love helping them hone their skills as they learn about what it takes to make a documentary film. We also love hearing about all of their adventures after they leave us to pursue their dreams. Which is why we would love to meet you!  

We are seeking interns, available at least 15 hours per week, to assist with outreach and research for our documentary projects, social media, and marketing, as well as general office tasks. Our ideal candidate is motivated, creative and hardworking, with an interest in social justice, arts, culture, and filmmaking.

Please email a resume and brief letter explaining your interests to Laura Pilloni: office@aubinpictures.com. Make sure to include your days/hours of availability, and if you seem like a good fit we will contact you to schedule an interview. We look forward to hearing from you! Read more about Aubin and our internships here.

Meet Crystal M., one of our Spring & Summer Interns who is leaving us for college!

Crystal's words:

"This internship has been awesome because I'm able to keep myself updated with the important topics and events going on in the real world, and engage others, as well. It's really exciting to be involved with current events, and to blend my interests and skills in photography and social justice into Aubin's blogs, website, and social media outreach. Working with Aubin has given me many opportunities to explore, and learn more about my own skills as well as what's going on in the world."

Thanks for all your hard work Crystal! Good luck!

Aubin Pictures is looking for 2016 Summer Interns!

Aubin Pictures is seeking interns, available at least 15 hours per week to assist with outreach and research for our documentary projects, social media and marketing for our organization, as well as general office tasks. Our ideal candidate is motivated, creative and hardworking, with an interest in the social justice, arts, culture, and filmmaking.

Internship Sample Tasks

  • Assisting in fundraising/grant writing efforts for our current project
  • Contributing to web content and design for our project and organizational webpages
  • Corresponding with festivals and licensors
  • Updating social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Shipping items like DVDs, books and other materials for our office and online store
  • Data entry and correspondence regarding marketing and promotion of our film projects
  • Editing and transcribing archival and production footage
  • Errand-running, including post office mailing, office supplies, etc.

About Aubin Pictures

Aubin Pictures is a not-for-profit documentary media production company focused on arts and culture, sexuality and gender, reproductive health and rights, and other social justice issues. Its films have premiered at numerous festivals such as Sundance, the Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca, SXSW, the Seattle International Film Festival, and AFI Fest. Aubin Pictures’ most recent project – Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity (SXSW, theatrical release, PBS broadcast) – focuses on the life, art, and philosophies of choreographer Elizabeth Streb, who is known as the Evel Knievel of dance and will be released in theaters this fall. Previous Aubin productions include What’s On Your Plate?, a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics (premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, shown on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green and screened nationwide); Motherland Afghanistan (AFI Fest Official Selection; PBS broadcast); and A Touch of Greatness (Best Documentary Award, Hamptons Film Festival, PBS broadcast; Emmy nomination). In addition to producing films, Aubin works to create and maintain national and global networks for social change in relation to all of its projects.

About the Director

 

Catherine Gund, the founder of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy Award-nominated producer, director, writer and activist. Her media work — which focuses on arts and culture, the environment and health, and other social justice issues — has screened around the world. As a filmmaker who has worked in all aspects of production for 25 years, her interest is in telling stories and finding the details that educate and inspire. In addition to founding Aubin Pictures, she co-founded DIVA-TV, the Third Wave Foundation and was on the founding board of Working Films. She has served on the advisory council for MediaRights.org and as a consultant for the Robeson Fund.

TO APPLY

Please email a resume and brief letter explaining your interests to Laura Tatham: laura@aubinpictures.com. 

Please also include your days/hours of availability. If chosen, we will contact you to schedule an interview. We look forward to hearing from you.