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Lunch and Learn Workshop with Director, Conor Morrissey (Thurs. March 12, 2015 at 12:30 in Room B204)


On Thursday March 12th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room B204, AUR’s Film & Digital Media Program is having its third Lunch and Learn Workshop of the semester, taught by acclaimed film director, Conor Morrissey.
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Week 1: Photography (and one Animation) -Images/Links

One Animation:
I Met the Walrus -James Braithwaite

Dorothea Lange
| Gallery 2 | Japanese Americans
Migrant Mother Detail (Video)
Jacob Riis Gallery
Jacob Riis

13 Photos that Changed the World
Images that Changed the World

American Photography -Social Change

Social Documentary.net

The Climate Change Denial Machine

index  “The Koch Brothers & Their Amazing Climate Change Denial Machine” is short, three-and-a-half minute-long film made by the Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham. The footage used is part of his longer, 55 minute long documentary “The Billionaires’ Tea Party” (2011).
A good example of visually effective use of animation techniques, this short film details the effort of Charles and David Koch, oil barons that spent millions to influence American public opinion, undermining the belief in global warming and trying to prevent any legislation targeting climate change that could result in a threat to their profits.
By financing bogus scientific studies and funding complacent Think Tanks and Front Groups (including but not limited to Women groups and Senior Groups), the public is lead to believe that global warming and the threats it entails are only a theory and not a fact. The truth is that those that argue against climate change are a small minority, but their coordination and funding are such that they have been able to influence opinion and legislation, thus safeguarding the interests of influential but largely anonymous energy oligarchs.
Produced by Larrikin films, the director’s own Production Company, whose name refers to irreverence toward authority and disregard for the norms of propriety”, the film was mainly distributed through the web.
In my opinion, this documentary does a very effective job of portraying the dangerous sides of corporate takeover of democracy, as well as warning the public against the content of mainstream, often interest-group-funded, media.
Some useful links to watch the film and learn more:

Here’s How We’re Going To End Factory Farming (Anna Cheffy)


In just two minutes and ten seconds a story, a message, and a solution can be powerfully received. “Here’s How We’re Going to End Factory Farming” is an animated short film devoted to ending animal cruelty involved in factory farming. Animals Australia’s initiative, Make It Possible, strives to create a kinder world. In order to do so, they must educate. Knowledge is the greatest threat to factory farming. By exposing the harsh realities and truth, people will hopefully decrease their demand for meat. This solution is dependent upon us. By refusing to eat factory farmed meats, eating fewer animal products, or becoming entirely meat free, ending factory farming can be achieved.
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Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex and Power in Music Video (Maddy Birnbaum)

I watched the film “Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex and Power in Music Video.” It is a media literacy film that addresses the issues of our culture today as a result of what is advertised and shown on television, specifically music videos. It describes the controversy around the nature of the sexual imagery and reliance on female sexuality for sales. This is a controversy because music videos tell society what is considered normal and teaches us how to be men and women. Women are tied to being sexual figures using their bodies to draw attention, and masculinity is tied to power, intimidation and force.


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The Lorax (Caely Rose Hibbits)

Lorax_teaser_posterThe Lorax, written by Dr. Seuss, was published in 1971.  In 2012, Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment released a movie/musical based on the book.  Both the book and the movie are about a boy living Thneedville, where everything is manufactured.  Even air is sold. Things that seem unimaginable to people are reality.  Paying for air or never having seen a tree that is real, has become the truth.  Just as years ago people thought paying for water in a plastic bottle was absurd, it is now a fact of life.  This movie show the effects that being greedy can have on nature.  Both through the current example of a man selling air and an example from the past about a man cutting down all of the trees.

This fictional tale uses a sarcastic tone to get the point across.  It also uses hyperbole and personification.  I thought that the colors and animation was done wonderfully in the film and that the images appeal to a younger audience. Hopefully this format will get the message across and teach them to love their surroundings, that nature isn’t something that doesn’t need to be cared for, and that money isn’t everything.

Most films that are socially conscious, are not well funded because they can easily cause controversy.  This film on the other hand, was funded by Universal Studios and was pretty much a shoe-in for a large audience.  The film brought in over 346 million dollars just from the box office, even though critics claim that much of the meaning was lost in the “Hollywood feature style,” which I agree with.  But, if this is what it takes for millions of people to watch a movie about playing ones part in saving the environment, I’m all for it.

While some of the original message may be lost, I think that kids will respond to The Lorax, if only for a short amount of time.  Whether it be planting a tree, or a garden, or even being nice to animals or other classmates something will happen. As for the older audience that saw the movie I think the last line will really effect them  “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not!”

The movie was available in theaters, digital purchase, dvd or bluray, as well a video game for iOS or Android Devices.  For more information one can look at the Lorax’s website: http://www.theloraxmovie.com/index.php


Politico-Media Complex (Abbe Bernard)

The politico-media complex, PMC, is a name that has been given to a network of relationship between political classes, social media, and the interactions with other agencies, like corporations and law. The term PMC is consid500px-The_Leveson_Love_Triangle_Leveson-2ered a derogatory name for that relationship between the media industry and the government and/or individual politicians in its attempt to manipulate rather than inform the country. Whether or not you know it is happening, it is. Most newspaper are available worldwide, whether it is online or by print. Continue reading

Guest Speaker: Lucrezia Cippitelli -Art Historian, Curator, Scholar (February 25, 2013)

Lucrezia Cippitelli, Phd, is a scholar, art historian and curator based in Brussels. Professor of Aesthetics at the Art Academy of L’Aquila (IT), Visiting Scholar at Cornell University (Ny, US), cocurator of the project TIME_FRAME, Art, Technology, Contemporary Culture in Latin America and Africa (at Nimk, Amsterdam, IT).
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First Introductions


Hi! My name is Sami Lucci, and I am currently a semester study abroad student at the American University of Rome, though I am officially enrolled at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. I am a junior double-majoring in journalism and international studies, with a minor in history.

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The Lottery-Luana Perez

The 2010 documentary The Lottery explores the troubling public education system in the United States by looking at the “lotto system” that gives only some the right of “good” free education. Director Madeline Sacklier documents the lives of four families through the months leading up to bid night for a spot in a charter school. Knowing that the education system at their local schools are poor, four parents/guardians try their luck in the lotto system with hopes of a good outcome.
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