The Mead 2014: Events

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Free admission to all events with a 2014 Mead ticket stub.

Installations 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
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"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 Gurrumuruwu

Gapuwiyak Calling celebrates the cellphone as a technology of creativity and connection.  Curated by Miyarrka Media, a media-arts collective based in the remote community of Gapuwiyak in the Arnhem Land Region of Australia and recipient of the 2012 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Special Mention, the installation features phone-made content from flashing GIF files of cut-and-pasted family photographs uniting the living and the dead to biyarrmak (funny) videos clips of mainstream television and movies re-voiced with Yolngu jokes, and a two-channel video about the stories and emotions that determine people’s choice of ringtone.
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. In this exhibition, the lively art--made possible by cell phones--calls out to people and places far beyond Arnhem Land.

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.


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.


Discover Pacific Northwest Culture

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

Wide shot of the Northwest Coast Hall, with several large-scale totem poles, as it looked in 2017.

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. 

2014 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Ceremony

Saturday, October 25 | 9 pm | Wallach Orientation Center


The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recipient(s) will be announced at this ceremony Introduced by Sevanne Kassarjian, granddaughter of Margaret Mead, and a representative from the 2014 Filmmaker Award Jury will be on hand to present the award.