Honoring Women’s History Month, the Green Bay–De Pere YWCA invites the public for a viewing and discussion of a new documentary film from Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), “Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams.” The event will be facilitated by Christine Smith, associate professor of Human Development and the chair of UW-Green Bay’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 30 at the YWCA, downtown Green Bay. The hour-long documentary film tells the history of civil rights leader Phillips — Wisconsin’s first African American woman elected Wisconsin Secretary of State. To register for this event.
A UW-Green Bay alumna’s documentary film was voted a fan favorite at the 40th Seattle International Film Festival. We noted here last week that Peres Owino, a 1999 grad, directed the film “Bound: Africans versus African Americans,” described as “a hard-hitting documentary that addresses the little-known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans.” We have since learned that the film won the 2014 Lena Shape Award at the Seattle International Film Festival. This award is given to the female director’s film that receives the most votes in public balloting at the Festival.
A UW-Green Bay alumna’s documentary film will be premiered this weekend, showing Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8 during the 40th Seattle International Film Festival. Peres Owino, a 1999 grad, directed the film “Bound: Africans versus African Americans,” described as “a hard-hitting documentary that addresses the little-known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans.” The piece explores the historical experiences of African Americans and Africans, considering the lasting effects of slavery and colonization. “Kenyan-born director Peres Owino has created an engaging, substantive and compassionate film that will be a discussion starter,” the festival’s website says, “and a catalyst for change across the African diaspora.” Owino, also an actor and dancer, lives in California. Read more.
Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW), headquartered on campus, has announced the broadcast date of its latest documentary, “Emma Toft: One with Nature.” The piece, which highlights “Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation,” will debut at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 on Wisconsin Public Television. It is a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and NEWIST/CESA 7, also headquartered here. The documentary examines how Toft (1891-1982) and her family saved Door County’s Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point from destruction, despite threats from logging interests and commercial development. (Passive management of the Toft Point reserve is the responsibility of UW-Green Bay and its Biodiversity Center.) A preview of “Emma Toft: One with Nature” is available on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5yR-2kGw84) and on the ETP-NEW website. Click here for a complete news release, including further details.
Associate Prof. Derek Jeffreys’ essay on solitary confinement is linked to a PBS “POV” program that premieres at 9 p.m. tonight (Monday, July 8) and will be shown throughout the month of July. The documentary, “Herman’s House,” is about Herman Wallace, who has served 40 years in solitary confinement in the Angola prison in Louisiana. Jeffreys’ essay is one of six reflections on the program and the issues it has raised about solitary confinement in the United States. Jeffreys, Humanistic Studies and Religion, has studied and written extensively about the corrections system and solitary confinement. His most recent book, Spirituality in Dark Places: The Ethics of Solitary Confinement, was published earlier this year. You can read his essay, click here.