As technology advances and people’s capacity to record and disseminate stories expands exponentially, the nature of documentary filmmaking is changing. The 2012 Mead features a compelling and provocative series of presentations and interactive exhibitions that speak to this shifting landscape. These special programs examine the past and present, and they also embrace the future. Collectively they help us to view the 30 extraordinary films we’re screening here through a modern lens, and put the entire endeavor of the Mead into a contemporary context.
18 Days in Egypt
Saturday, December 1 | 7 pm | Linder Theater
An interactive project that tells the story of the revolution through personal media—videos, photos, text messages, Facebook posts—created by Egyptians. A film, an experiment in crowd-sourced content, and an online community rolled into one, it might change your expectations of what a documentary film can and should be.
George Stoney Tribute: How the Myth Was Made
Saturday, December 1 | 1 pm | Linder Theater
Our tribute to the beloved documentarian and educator George Stoney, who passed away earlier this year, engenders a lively discussion about truth, fiction, and the impact of documentary filmmaking on its subjects. We’re screening Stoney’s How the Myth Was Made—among the finest examples of a film about a film ever made—as well as the legendary Robert Flaherty ethnofiction that it was about, Man of Aran, and hosting a panel discussion about the two films and Stoney’s enduring legacy.
Re-seeing the Century: The Expedition on Film
Friday, November 30 | 5 pm | Linder Theater
Celebrate the Museum's legacy of documenting expeditions on film from the early 20th century to the present day.This programfeatures the work of legendary historical AMNH scientists well as current, ground-breaking expeditions by contemporary Museum scientists.
Through Navajo Eyes: Rethinking the Archive
Sunday, December 2 | 5:30 pm | Linder Theater
This program showcases an innovative 1966 project that asked Navajo filmmakers to take up the camera to document their own culture. The project has enormous historical significance in Navajo filmmaking as well as critical significance today within and outside the Navajo community.
Friday, November 30 | 7 pm | Program F7 | Linder Theater
After a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder making exposure to sunlight fatal, they learn this rare genetic disease is all too common on their reservation in New Mexico. Following the screening, a group of distinguished panelists will discuss critical questions about Navajo culture and genetics.