Spotlight for the week of April 5, 2021

Apr 5, 2021

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.


For many of us PBS fans, there’s a certain kind of pleasure in watching a good Ken Burns documentary, especially for the archival footage that brings historical topics to life and transports us to another time. Archival footage helps add context to a documentary’s interviews with scholars and talking heads. But more importantly, it can help us visualize the lived experiences of regular folk as well as the presidents, generals, and the ones holding the power, and it give us a variety of vantage points. How do filmmakers find this footage, and how do they make careful, appropriate use of this footage to help us have a richer view of history?

The Indie Memphis and The Crosstown Arts Shoot and Splice series will dig in to these questions with the director of last year’s Indie Memphis festival winner for Best Documentary Feature, Anthony Banua-Simon and the film’s executive producer Steve Holmgren.  They’ll talk about their use of archival footage in their documentary Cane Fire and how they used this footage to illustrate and explore labor exploitation in Hawaii. They’ll also discuss securing rights to archival footage, ways to find archival footage, and the various creative processes filmmakers use when working with this footage. Join them on Tuesday, April 6, at 7pm.

You can find the link on crosstownarts.org. For more lifelong learning events this week, please visit our Spotlight Facebook page or check out our website.

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