Decentralized Communication Projects 0+

Various, USA 2000, English version / simultaneous translation to Czech, 116 min

1. Mayday Realtime
David Corot and Curtis Radcliffe | 10 min | 1971
As a verite documentation of the May 1, 1971 demonstration against the Vietnam War staged in Washington, D.C., Mayday Realtime presents a largely unedited flow of events from the point of view of participants on the street. Corot's camera captures the random, disorienting incidents that marked the day - demonstrators holding up traffic in the Capitol. Voice-over narration is absent, and the real time images are left to convey the urgency and confusion of unpredicatable events.

2. Peoples‘ Video Theater (Women's Liberation, Gay Pride, Young Lords, Native American Action)
Ken Marsh | 28 min | 1971
Ken Marsh, People's Video Theater´s founder, wrote that "the people are the information; media processes can reach out to their needs". People's Video Theater´s use of video as social feedback typically involved carrying portapaks in the streets of New York City. People participating in street tapings would be invited to their video "theater" to watch and discuss the tapes, taking advantage of a kind of immediacy impossible with film. People's Video Theater documented historic public demonstrations by liberation movements in 1970–1971.

3.Participation
Steina and Woody Vasulka | excerpt 6 min | 1969
Shortly after Steina and Woody Vasulka arrived in the USA from Prague in 1965, Steina and Woody Vasulka began documenting New York City's underground theater and music scenes with a portapak. Steina Vasulka has remarked that she learned the craft of camerawork as documentarian of these celebratory, countercultural scenes of the "sexual avant-garde." These excerpts from Participation feature a performance by an anonymous rhythm & blues group led by a young, charismatic singer, a pulsing light show projection at the Fillmore East, and a scene from Off-Broadway drag theater.

4. First Transmission of ACTV
George Stoney | 8 min | 1972
This tape documents the first cablecast of Austin Community Television in which George Stoney and a group of University of Texas students assembled playback equipment on a hilltop at the cable system's head-end. The head-end is the site of the cable company's antenna where broadcast signals are pulled down, amplified, and distributed through the cable network. George Stoney, shown here telling of his experience with cable access in Mexico, was a community access pioneer.

5. Jonesboro Storvtelling Festival: Kathryn Windham Telling Ghost Stories (The Jumbo Light)
Broadside TV | 6 min | 1974
Broadside TV produced tapes cable-cast as local origination programming. Drawing on the oral tradition of the mountains, their tapes featured local history and issues of regional importance, such as local craft traditions, the history of union struggles in the area, resistance to strip mining practices, music and midwifery. This tape features Kathryn Windham, a noted children's author and librarian from Selma, Alabama, relating a ghost story about "The Jumbo Light" at the 1974 Jonesboro Storytelling Festival.

6. The Politics of Intimacy
Julie Gustafson | 10 min | 1974
The setting for The Politics of Intimacy recalls the widespread consciousness-raising groups in the late '60s and early '70s inspired by the emerging feminist movement. Julie Gustafson, producing video documentaries on women's issues in the early '70s, recorded a forum to openly and collectively validate women's otherwise private experiences. In the tape Dr. Sherfy, one of the first doctors to write about female sexuality, and nine women of different ages, sexual preferences, and economic and social situations discuss their sexual experiences.

7. Attica Interview
Portable Channel | 8 min | 1971
Portable Channel was founded in Rochester, New York, in 1972 as a community media and documentary center. Portapakers went into Attica when the prisoners' rebelled at the federal prison in September 1971. After a three day stand-off between inmates and authorities, Governor Nelson Rockefeller called in the National Guard. During that action, 39 prisoners and hostages were killed. The events at Attica brought national attention to conditions in and policies regarding American prisons.

8.Queen Mother Moore Speech at Greenhaven Prison
Peoples‘ Communications Network | 60 min | 1973
Two years after the riots and deaths at Attica, New York, a community day was organized at Greenhaven, a federal prison in Connecticut. Think Tank, a prisoners' group, coordinated efforts with African-American community members outside the prison walls to fight racism and poverty. The document is concerned in Queen Mother Moore´s powerful delivery of lessons in black history, first-person accounts of resistance in the South. This tape is a testament to the importance of people using media to document their own communities and tell their own histories.

9.Laughing Alligator
Juan Downey | 27 min | 1979
The personal odyssey recorded in The Laughing Alligator combines methods of anthropological research with diaristic essay, mixing objective and subjective vision. Recorded while Downey and his family were living among the Yanomami people of Venezuela, this compelling series of anecdotes tracks his search for an indegenous cultural identity... In his documentation of the tribe's use of natural psychedelic drugs for healing, Downey mixes in image processed allusions to the North American urban psychedelic and underground scenes.

moderated by: Denisa Kera

 

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