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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 MeadFilm Festival.

People’s Park
Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20 | Daily

An action shot of some activity taking place with two people facing each other, one leaning far back, in front of an audience of adults and children outdoors.

The Margaret Mead Film Festival invites you to spend a whole afternoon in the park… without leaving the Museum. People’s Park, a single 78-minute shot, takes observational documentary to glorious extremes with an uninterrupted journey into an urban park in Chengdu, China. Couples waltz, sycamores drift in the wind, and a hypnotic rhythm is forged from the park’s ambient soundscape paired with glimpses of public leisure in Chinese culture. The film will be shown on a loop as an installation, so visitors can drift in and out of the room or become virtual flâuneurs , immersing themselves in the scenes for hours to experience what one critic called “a pure kind of cinema magic…[that] makes it more real than real.”

Fernando Cellicion in Perfomance
Saturday, October 19 | 11:30 am | Hall of Birds of the World

The beautiful and mesmerizing sound of Native American Zuni music will fill the Museum as internationally renowned Zuni artist Fernando Cellicion performs a series of songs from the Zuni pueblo. This performance showcases contemporary Zuni culture in conjunction with the Mead Dialogue Setting the Record Straight.


The Shanghai Restoration Project
Saturday, October 19 | 10 pm | Wallach Orientation Center

Drawing its creative inspiration from Chinese jazz bands from the 1930’s, The Shanghai Restoration Project, led by Dave Liang, presents a musical feast that blends Chinese sounds with the Western hip-hop and electronica, accompanied by rich original visuals.


Closing-Night Award Ceremony and Mariachi Dance Party
Sunday, October 20 | 9:30 pm | Wallach Orientation Center

The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recipient(s) will be announced at a ceremony during the Closing Night Reception.  Introduced by Sevanne Kassarjian, granddaughter of Margaret Mead, the 2013 Filmmaker Award Jury will be on hand to present the award. 

Following the presentation and in honor of the diverse set of Mexican films featured in this year’s festival, the closing night celebrations feature a vibrant blend of old and new with a rousing performance by the electrifying Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the first and only all-female mariachi band founded in New York.