NOVAC presents:

The Flaherty Film Presentation with Executive Director, Jon Sesrie-Goff

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Jon-Sesrie Goff, Executive Director of The Flaherty, leads a film viewing and panel discussion. Screening of La Cabeza Mató a Todos (2014) and First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar (1968)

JON-SESRIE GOFF is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator. He believes cinema has the power to explore the intersection of race, power, identity, gender and the environment by unearthing the visceral representational value and authenticity behind the images propelled across varying diasporas. With over 15 years experience in media and film production, Jon has offered his lens to a variety of projects spanning many genres including the recently released and award-winning documentaries, including Out in the Night (POV, Logo 2015) and Evolution of a Criminal (Independent Lens 2015), among several other projects. Prior to coming to the Flaherty, Jon served as the first Museum Specialist for Film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture where he was responsible for developing the museum’s public film program. Jon has served on juries for International Film Festival Rotterdam, Black Star Film Festival, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), and CinemAfrica Film Festival (Stockholm, Sweden). He has a MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University.

KINETIC ESTUARIES curated by Jon-Sesrie Goff - 2nd installation

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” -Khalil Gibran
An estuary is the place where the river meets the sea. Even as rivers spawn countless streams, the furthest body of water is still connected to the vastness of the whole.
The inherent tension between the source of creativity and the arena of public display is similar to the underground source of a river and the sea to which it leads. Imaginary boundaries of identity, time, geography and belonging collide and dissipate through the kinetic visual renderings of the artists in this exhibition as the ideas of the artist freely flow into the collective memory of humanity.  

The Flaherty is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit. Its mission is to foster exploration, dialogue, and introspection about the art and craft of all forms of the moving image. The Flaherty was chartered (as International Film Seminars, Inc.) in the state of Vermont but is based in New York City. It was established in 1960 to present the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, which was started five years earlier by the Robert Flaherty Foundation. The Seminar remains the central and defining activity of The Flaherty.

Through its unique annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, The Flaherty provides media makers, users, teachers and students an unparalleled opportunity to confront the core of the creative process, reaffirm the freedom of the independent artist to explore beyond known limits and renew the challenge to discover, reveal and illuminate the ways of life of peoples and cultures throughout the world.


Details

  • 8PM–Wednesday, February 20
  • Doors at 7pm
  • Free with RSVP

Jon-Sesrie Goff, Executive Director of The Flaherty, leads a film viewing and panel discussion. Screening of La Cabeza Mató a Todos (2014) and First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar (1968)

JON-SESRIE GOFF is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator. He believes cinema has the power to explore the intersection of race, power, identity, gender and the environment by unearthing the visceral representational value and authenticity behind the images propelled across varying diasporas. With over 15 years experience in media and film production, Jon has offered his lens to a variety of projects spanning many genres including the recently released and award-winning documentaries, including Out in the Night (POV, Logo 2015) and Evolution of a Criminal (Independent Lens 2015), among several other projects. Prior to coming to the Flaherty, Jon served as the first Museum Specialist for Film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture where he was responsible for developing the museum’s public film program. Jon has served on juries for International Film Festival Rotterdam, Black Star Film Festival, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), and CinemAfrica Film Festival (Stockholm, Sweden). He has a MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University.

KINETIC ESTUARIES curated by Jon-Sesrie Goff - 2nd installation

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” -Khalil Gibran
An estuary is the place where the river meets the sea. Even as rivers spawn countless streams, the furthest body of water is still connected to the vastness of the whole.
The inherent tension between the source of creativity and the arena of public display is similar to the underground source of a river and the sea to which it leads. Imaginary boundaries of identity, time, geography and belonging collide and dissipate through the kinetic visual renderings of the artists in this exhibition as the ideas of the artist freely flow into the collective memory of humanity.  

The Flaherty is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit. Its mission is to foster exploration, dialogue, and introspection about the art and craft of all forms of the moving image. The Flaherty was chartered (as International Film Seminars, Inc.) in the state of Vermont but is based in New York City. It was established in 1960 to present the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, which was started five years earlier by the Robert Flaherty Foundation. The Seminar remains the central and defining activity of The Flaherty.

Through its unique annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, The Flaherty provides media makers, users, teachers and students an unparalleled opportunity to confront the core of the creative process, reaffirm the freedom of the independent artist to explore beyond known limits and renew the challenge to discover, reveal and illuminate the ways of life of peoples and cultures throughout the world.

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