October 12 and 13, 2017 – Ottaway Theater
A two-day symposium on acts of violence and how they are framed by the lens.
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017) Director: Travis Wilkerson
In 1946, S.E. Branch—a white Southern racist, and the artist’s great-grandfather—murdered Bill Spann, a black man, in rural Alabama. The murder has become hushed and hidden family lore. When Wilkerson sets out to unravel the mystery, he encounters obstacle upon obstacle—destroyed records, everyone refusing to talk. He’s accused of bringing shame upon the family, shaking up old trouble nobody wants. Soon enough, his life is threatened too.
An Injury to One (2002) Director: Travis Wilkerson
An Injury to One provides a corrective—and absolutely compelling—glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history: the rise and fall of Butte, Montana. Specifically, it chronicles the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little, a story whose grisly details have taken on a legendary status in the state.
“Evidence: NYPD Crime Scene Photographs: 1914-1918” (2006) Author: Luc Sante
In Evidence, Luc Sante, the author of Low Life, offers an eerie, insider’s visit to the scene of the crime. This collection of rarely seen evidence photographs, taken by the New York City Police Department between 1914 and 1918, presents startling images, some brutal, some poetic and all possessed of a strange and spectral beauty.
The Blue Wall: Killing Laquan McDonald (Rough Cut) (2018) Director: Richard Rowley
The Blue Wall is the feature documentary account of the Chicago police killing of Laquan McDonald. The film is a forensic examination of a shooting, an anatomy of a coverup, and a portrait of a city torn apart in the aftermath.
LA 92 (2017) Directors: Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin
Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.