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EVENTS | Admission is free with 2014 Mead Ticket Stub

Special performances and interactive events around the Museum complement the extraordinary slate of films and serve to further illuminate the many cultures celebrated at this year’s Margaret Mead Film Festival.

Gapuwiyak Calling

Thursday, October 23 - Sunday, October 26 | Festival Hours | Grand Gallery
2014 l Multi Media video installation, mobile phones and sculptural elements l Australia


"We decided to name our exhibition Gapuwiyak Calling because we’re calling you through our phones, calling so you can connect to us.  We’re grabbing hold of new possibilities using these little things.  Maybe you’ll answer us?" - Paul Gurrumuruwuy

Gapuwiyak Calling celebrates the cellphone as a technology of creativity and connection.  Gathered by Miyarrka Media, a media-arts collective based in the remote Australian community of Gapuwiyak and recipient of the 2012 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Honorable Mention, the installation features phone-made content from art collage to cut-and-pasted family photographs uniting the living and the dead in flashing GIF files to biyarrmak (funny) videos featuring fragments of mainstream television and movies re-voiced with Yolngu jokes and a short film about the variety of ringtones in use in Gapuwiyak, from ceremonial songs to gospel and hip-hop. 

Structured according to Yolngu poetics of call-and-response, the exhibition takes motif and meaning from the actions of an ancestral mokuy(trickster spirit). In ancestral times this mokuy signaled other clans with his dhadalal (a special didgeridoo), establishing enduring relationships between people across the region. 

Presented with the generous support of the Australian Consulate-General and Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost, New York University


Choose Your Own Adventure: Hollow, An Interactive Documentary


Thursday, October 23 - Sunday, October 26 | Festival Hours | Grand Gallery

Directed by Elaine McMillion but reflecting the collective authorship of a host of collaborators and contributors, Hollow is a participatory web-based documentary project that examines the future (and past) of rural America through the history of McDowell County, West Virginia, as told through the stories of more than thirty current residents. Experience this unique work, which the Huffington Post's Jason Linkins called"the most magnificently presented, web-aware journalism I've ever seen," as an installation in the Grand Gallery.

Discover Pacific Northwest Culture

Saturday, October 25 11:00 am -1:00 pm Hall of Northwest Coast Indians

Hall of Northwest Coast Indians

Learn about Pacific Northwest Native cultures through a variety of hands-on activities, including games and storytelling led by tribal experts. Families will discover together the traditions behind each activity and have the chance to experience the cultures on display in the Museum's Hall of Northwest Coast Indians in dynamic new ways. 

Mead Mixers

Friday, October 24 - Sunday, October 26 | 6-7:30 pm | Café on One


Share your Mead experiences! Come meet the filmmakers, audience members, festival-goers, volunteers and staff of the 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival in our new daily happy hour in Café on One, just off the Grand Gallery. Dine, chat, and enjoy a drink from the cash bar between films.


Hosted by Imagine Science Films – Friday, October 24

Hosted by The Australian Consulate-General – Saturday, October 25

Hosted by The Consulate General of Peru – Sunday, October 26

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