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Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers
April 23, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
SOUTHERN CIRCUIT FILMS ADDRESS ISSUES OF RACE, CULTURE
JCSM brings in contemporary filmmakers to meet with students and museum guests for a special screening of their film. This semester, filmmakers explore race against the backdrop of a new civil rights movement, a college campus, and a prison.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Films begin at 5 p.m. with live jazz and café service to follow until 8 p.m.
APRIL 23: NOEL SCHWERIN, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
In An Ideal World
Documentary | 78 min.
In An Ideal World follows a warden, a white separatist and a black gangbanger for seven years as they struggle to move beyond the stark reality of America’s prison racial order. Challenged for the first time by a U.S. Supreme Court desegregation ruling and a novel multi-race program, their stories reveal the institutional nature of racial hierarchies and the hope and hidden risks of transformative change. In An Ideal World draws people past fear to experience prison directly, to bear witness to the impact of incarceration policies, and to invite scrutiny about the role of race and power in our “locked down” society, where one in 99 Americans spends time behind bars.
About the filmmaker
Noel Schwerin has written, produced and directed award-winning films, including two national PBS primetime specials, Bloodlines and A Question of Genes. Bloodlines, which was used by the U.S. Senate, the National Association of Women Judges and the Federal Judicial Center, also won top honors at the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Women in Communications. A Question of Genes won a special citation in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Report on Public Broadcasting and The Needs of Minority and Diverse Audiences, and is excerpted at San Jose’s Tech Museum and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.