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Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00 PM


Logan Center, Screening Room 201



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Film Studies Center


UChicago alum and 2011 winner of the prestigious Edes Prize for Emerging Artists, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman brings his globe-spanning documentary portraits back home. His series Far Off Sounds explores disappearing musical traditions like those of the Pako people of Laos alongside eclectic, newly emerging sound artists such as Onyx Ashanti, who makes music with 3D-printed wearable kinetic modular digital synthesizers. The Seasteaders grants unfettered access to a group of Silicon Valley millionaires who travel to Polynesia to convince skeptical officials to let them build a floating libertarian paradise of independent city-states. In conversation with Judy Hoffman, senior lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies.

Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman is a director of documentary films, narrative films, music videos, and animated shorts. Upon graduating from the University of Chicago, where he won the Edes Prize for Emerging Artists, he moved to his hometown of Detroit and began producing independent documentaries in collaboration with a local newspaper. One of the documentaries he started there, Incinerator, went on to play on PBS Detroit. This work eventually took him to Ghana where, while employed as the videographer for a nonprofit, he worked with local filmmakers and actors to produce several documentaries and short films. His work has played at the Reel Earth Film Festival in Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, the Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin, and Outernational Days Festival in Bucharest, among others.

Presented by the Film Studies Center with support from the Charles Roven Fund.