Special Events and Dialogues

Featured events and dialogues complement the extraordinary slate of films and serve to further illuminate the many cultures celebrated at this year’s Margaret Mead Film Festival. These special programs offer audiences a forum for dynamic conversations about festival themes, close looks at unique collaborations, and opportunities to engage with artists and scholars. All programs are free with any Mead ticket or festival pass.

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Stories as Living Beings: An Installation

October 19, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Stop-motion animation artist Amanda Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) filmmaker  currently based on the unceded Coast Salish territory of Vancouver. This installation features the stunning characters and environments from her award-winning short films.

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Mixed Media Lounge

October 20, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Building on the spirit of Margaret Mead's cutting-edge work, experience how today’s new media—virtual reality, augmented reality, and more—are being used to encounter diverse stories.

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Mead Mixers

October 20, 2017 - October 21, 2017

Continue the conversation! With refreshments in hand, meet filmmakers and share your Mead experiences with other festivalgoers daily in Café on One, just off the Grand Gallery. 

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A Tribute to Zora Neale Hurston

October 21, 2017

Sold out - Join us for a screening of Zora Neale Hurston's pioneering footage and a conversation on her influence on American anthropology. RSVP required.

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October 22, 2017

What roles do humor, activism, and ethnographic research play in writing a graphic novel? Join a discussion about how comics and culture explore issues from urban gentrification to organ transplants to superheroes. RSVP required.

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Award Ceremony

October 22, 2017

Join us for our closing night celebration and awards ceremony! After the ceremony, the floor will be open for hip hop dance party to celebrate the winners.