September 2019
New Flaherty Board of Trustees Members
The Flaherty is happy to announce the appointment of three new members to the Board of Trustees. We are excited to work with each of them, as they all bring with them new insights into expanding and growing the organization's mission.
Pablo de Ocampo is a Vancouver-based film and exhibitions curator at Western Front, one of Canada’s leading artist-run centers for contemporary art and new music. He has curated screenings, exhibitions, and performances at galleries, cinemas, and festivals around the world, including at Power Plant in Toronto, Kino Arsenal in Berlin, Experimenta in Bangalore, and the British Film Institute in London. From 2006 to 2014, de Ocampo was artistic director of the Images Festival in Toronto, and in 2013, served as the programmer of the 59th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, History is What’s Happening. He was a founding member of the collective screening series the Cinema Project in Portland, OR. In 2017, de Ocampo served as a panelist for Pew Fellowships.
Kevin Jerome Everson is an artist working in film, painting, sculpture, and photography. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio and currently resides in Virginia. He holds an MFA from Ohio University, and a BFA from the University of Akron, and is Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Since 1995, he has created over 100 films, including AvenuesSecond Shift, and  Adult Material; often these are created in conjunction with visual art installations or paintings. Everson’s work has been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Athens International Film Festival, London’s International Centre of the Arts, and the South by Southwest Film Festival. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council. In 2018 he was the co-programmer of the 64th Flaherty Film Seminar, The Necessary Image. His visual art has been exhibited at the Whitney, the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, and throughout Europe.
Ruth Somalo is a Spanish curator, filmmaker and researcher based in New York. She is a Programmer at DOC NYC, DocumentaMadrid and The Architecture and Design Film Festival, and was the co-director of Impugning Impunity Human Rights Film Festival. As an independent curator she is interested in the Poetics of Fragility and reclaiming a non-judgmental, non-anthropocentric space for emotions. Some of her independent programs include “ Holy Fluids and Absent Wounds”, “ Queer Utopias” (Union Docs) and Flaherty NYC 2017’s Winter/Spring Series “ Broken Senses” (Anthology Film archives). She has specialized in creative nonfiction, she has worked in the audiovisual field in Spain, London and the U.S.A. Her films have been shown in theaters, festivals and museums internationally; among them the Verdi Cinemas, Zumzeig Cinema, Cineteca de Madrid/Contemporary Art Center Matadero de Madrid, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Cinema du Réel (Paris), ADFF (NY), L’Alternativa (CCCB Barcelona), Rural Life Museum, Documentamadrid, MOMA PS1 (Expo1) and at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam (Spanish Cinema Without Fear). 
Fall Flaherty NYC - SAVE THE DATES
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 2019 Fall Flaherty NYC series:

programmed by Courtney Stephens & Mathilde Walker-Billaud

We are excited to announce our new collaboration with Metrograph where we will be presenting our opening and closing nights with them. We are equally as happy to continue our collaboration with Anthology Film Archives for four of the screenings. See the details below.

Stay tuned for the full series theme and line-up!

SATURDAY, October 5, 7pm - Metrograph - NEW!!!!

Monday, October 28, 7pm - Anthology Film Archives
Monday, November 4, 7pm - Anthology Film Archives
Monday, November 18, 7pm - Anthology Film Archives
Monday, December 14, 7pm - Anthology Film Archives

SATURDAY, October 5, 7pm - At Metrograph - NEW!!!!
2019 T-Shirts NOW AVAILABLE!!!

2019 Seminar T-Shirts now available. Flaherty Seminar Intern Aidan Kaye & Lucy model the two styles, the grey ACTION shirt and the Black Activated Flaherty Logo shirt. Get them while we have them.

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2020 Flaherty Seminar Programmer
The Flaherty is excited to announce that researcher and film curator from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  Janaína Oliveira will be the 2020 Flaherty Seminar Programmer. 

Researcher and film curator, Janaína Oliveira holds a Ph.D. in History, professor at the IFRJ (Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro) and Fulbright Scholar at the Center for African Studies at Howard University in Washington D.C. She is currently head programmer of the Encontro de Cinema Negro Zózimo Bulbul (Black Cinema Festival Zózimo Bulbul / Brazil) and FINCAR (International Festival of Filmmakers / Brazil). She is also a advisor for African and the Black Diaspora films for the International Festival of Locarno (Switzerland) and part of APAN (Association of Black Audiovisual Professionals). Founder and coordinator of FICINE, the Black Cinema Itinerant Forum (
Flaherty Fellows
Bugs and Beasts Before the Law a new experimental film installation by Bambitchell , the artistic collaboration of Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell (Flaherty Fellow 2015). The work explores the history and legacy of the “animal trials” that took place in medieval Europe, in which animals—and other non-humans, such as insects and inanimate objects—were put on trial for various crimes and offenses, ranging from trespassing and thievery, to assault and murder. This history of colonial law-making forged political and sometimes profane relationships between humans and animals. Bambitchell's new essayistic work reimagines common perceptions of legal history and, in doing so, produces a world where past and present, fiction and non-fiction, human and animal fuse. Screens September 14 - November 2 at Mercer Union (Toronto, Canada).
North American Premiere of Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another - first feature film by Jessica Sarah Rinland (Flaherty Fellow 2018) at Wavelengths, Toronto International Film Festival . "Artist-filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland's sumptuous, hypnotic new work tracks the production of a lab-engineered elephant tusk, in a reflection on conservation, fabrication, and authenticity." TIFF. Screens on September 8 & 10.
Following its world premiere at the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in the International Competition, Christina Phoebe's (Flaherty Fellow 2018) first feature-length film Amygdaliá will be screening at the Athens International Film Festival, September 18-29 in Athens, Greece. Amygdaliá is a cinematic postcard moving through memories of women seen as foreigners in an off-limits mediterranean landscape. A performance film reflecting on borders both around us and within us.
Flaherty Filmmakers
Barbara Hammer: Boundless (Flaherty Filmmaker 2005, 1993 ) at the National Gallery of Art Washington on September 7, 8 & 22. For more than half a century, artist and filmmaker Barbara Hammer (1939 – 2019) created works unique in sensibility, subject matter, and influence. Exploring lesbian identity, politics, and personal narrative, and delving into visceral manifestations of pleasure, pain, aging, and infirmity, Hammer used the camera as an extension of her body to discover ways of communicating experience. Her purposeful engagement with audiences fostered and influenced many generations of filmmakers, and her groundbreaking work shaped contemporary film culture in multiple ways. This series includes examples of films and videos that Hammer made in shorter formats, although her oeuvre also embraced feature-length and performance works. With special thanks to Florrie Burke, and to Carmel Curtis and Joan Hawkins who organized the first iteration of Barbara Hammer: Boundless at Indiana University. The series includes new prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, as well as restorations by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy through the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Film Foundation.
Images that Breathe: Radical Memory in Times of Amnesia . Curator Almudena Escobar López (2018 Flaherty NYC Programmer), presents a program of works by belit sağ (Flaherty NYC 2018) that includes her latest video essay work, found footage short videos and some examples from her time as a member of the video-activist collective VideA during the early 2000s in Turkey. The screening will take place at UnionDocs (Brooklyn, NY) on September 8 and will be followed by a conversation between belit and Almudena. 
Akosua Adoma Owusu’s (Flaherty Filmmaker 2010) work Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us (2019) made with support from Goethe-Institut, in Salvador, Bahia will have its New York premiere in the Projections section of the 57th New York Film Festival . Curated by Aily Nash (independent curator) and Dennis Lim (FSLC Director of Programming). Screens October 5 & 6 at Film at Lincoln Center (NYFF), Tickets go on sale on September 8.
Premiere of the video installation Everything is round by filmmaker Madelon Hooykaas (Flaherty NYC Filmmaker 2018) , and Louis Andriessen , composer at the Centraal Museum, Utrecht (The Netherlands). Preview September 5 and private opening September 7. In 'Everything is Round', explores the relationship between the city of Utrecht, the nature it contains, and the surrounding universe. Both artists grew up in Utrecht; with this installation, they are revisiting the city of their childhood years. Exhibition runs through January 19, 2020.
Michelle Handelman's (Flaherty NYC Filmmaker 2016) documentary BloodSisters (1995) will be featured in the Films4Fags Series curated by Bradford Nordeen . From pushy bottoms to macho femmes, BloodSisters is an A-Z documentary guide that takes an in-depth look at the San Francisco leather-dyke scene during the mid-nineties, shattering assumptions about gender and lesbian sexuality. Screens September 14 at the Tom of Finland Foundation (Los Angeles, CA).
Call for Entries
The MacDowell Colony seeks applications for the Winter Spring 2020 Residency Season. MacDowell provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. There are no residency fees. Artists are responsible for materials and travel expenses: financial assistance is available to artists in residence based on need. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence.
Deadline: September 15.
Squeaky Wheel's Workspace Residency . Squeaky Wheel seeks applications from artists and researchers (curators, writers, archivists, scholars) for a short-term residency exploring time-based media & emergent technologies. The residency connects applicants with resources, equipment, and time to support the creation of new work or continue ongoing projects. Residency Dates: March 7–21, 2020 . Support: $950, accommodations, travel support. Deadline: October 5
The 2018 Seminar Catalogue still available! 

It is in full color and includes detailed information about the 64th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, THE NECESSARY IMAGE

It is a great keepsake with articles and essays by 2018 programmers , Kevin Jerome Everson and Greg de Cuir Jr., Anita Reher and Toby Lee , as well as a full list of works screened, films' distributors, guest artist biographies, and impressions from Flaherty filmmakers and fellows. 

If you attended the Seminar you need this... if you didn't - you need it even more!

Purchase Here: 2018 Catalogue

Download the Flaherty Brochure HERE. Read about The Flaherty's wide scope of activities, initiative, partnerships and much more.
The Flaherty is actively looking for suggestions for past Seminar titles in need of preservation and for funding to accomplish it. 
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For lovers of experimental, non-fiction and avant-garde films remember your small non-profit media arts organization FLAHERTY  in your yearly giving!

A donation to The Flaherty is a great way to make sure the creative works of our artists and filmmakers continue to be programmed, presented and discussed. 
About the Flaherty

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. It was established to present the annual Flaherty Film Seminar, named after the maker of such seminal documentaries as  Nanook of the North, Man of Aran,  and  Louisiana Story . The Seminar remains the central and defining activity of The Flaherty. Other activities include: Flaherty NYC, a seasonal screening series showcasing innovative nonfiction media; Flaherty on the Road, presenting films from the Seminar at venues across the country; and the preservation and distribution of Robert Flaherty's  Nanook of the North  and  Louisiana Story , as well as audio recordings from Seminar discussions dating back to 1958.