Conference on Cultural Heritage Film
Eugene Public Library, Tykeson Room
Eugene, Oregon, USA
18-21 May 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
1:00 pm Festival film screenings (films entered but not to be screened at the Hult
Umiaq Skin Boat (31 min.)
3:30 "How to Read a Film" (A workshop presented by Claudia Hemphill Pine, Lecturer in Environmental Science, University of Idaho)
1:00 pm Festival film screenings:
Tigarnakert: An Armenian Odyssey (17 min.)
3:00 "ALI's Cultural Heritage Film Distribution Program" (Presented by Dr. Richard Pettigrew, Executive Director, Archaeological Legacy Institute)
3:30 "The Envelope, Please!" (A round table discussion moderated by Claudia Hemphill Pine, Lecturer in Environmental Science, University of Idaho, with TAC Festival jurors and ALI film curators)
1:00 Festival film screenings: In the Shadow of Liberty: The Search for James Oronoco Dexter (54 min.)
2:00 Student film dramas from the University of Washington (Presented by Amy Jordan, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, University of Washington)
2:30 "The Making of Paddle Ship Patris" (Presented by Director Vasilis Mentogianis and Director of Photography Nikos Konitsiotis, both from Athens, Greece)
3:00 "Understanding Culture through Film: A Round Table Discussion with Professor Philip Young"
"How to Read a Film" (A workshop presented by Claudia Hemphill Pine, Lecturer in Environmental Science, University of Idaho)
Movies have been called the most complex of all art forms, combining the stories told in novels with more visual images than an art museum, a musical tour, and more. Cultural heritage films add lessons in science, reflections on history, and travel across global time and space, to make a kaleidoscope mix of images, information, and entertainment.
What do we call all the pieces? How do we talk about film? In this workshop session, film and anthropology teacher Claudia Hemphill Pine begins by reviewing the elements of film, using examples from the film festival to illustrate. Equipped with this understanding of cinema's key terms and techniques, we then look at how the Festival's films convey their meaning. Our discussion will focus on how the films we are viewing this week use camera work, setting, script, lighting, sound, special effects, and more to create the meanings we see.
Film distribution is a hard nut to crack, but Archaeological Legacy Institute is evolving a distribution approach for cultural heritage film that takes advantage of diverse new online distribution outlets combined with a large network of film producers. Development of The Archaeology Channel (ALI's popular streaming media Web site) and The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival has moved ALI toward distribution as a natural component of its mission and business strategy. Rick Pettigrew, ALI's Executive Director, will explain ALI's distribution plans and lead a discussion about how to make it work.
Film awards are traditionally made by juries. Who's on a jury? What do they look for? Why do they sometimes disagree?
To learn all the answers, join a distinguished panel of TAC Festival film reviewers and jurors for a roundtable discussion of the many things considered in selecting our "best of the best." With film clips from this and previous years, discover the many features in each film that are factored into the final evaluation, such as:
These two films were produced by students in the 2009 Archaeology 101
Title: "Horror in Hagget Hall"
Title: "A Career in Ruins"
The film Director (Vasilis Mentogianis) and Director of Photography (Nikos Konitsiotis) for Paddle Ship "Patris" Lost in 1968 . . . have come all the way from their native country of Greece to represent their film, which will be screened for the TAC Festival 2010 competition at the Hult Center on Saturday afternoon (May 22). Come to welcome them to Eugene and hear them describe how they made this movie. Then ask a few questions!
The first documentary film ever made was the famous - and sometimes infamous - Nanook of the North. From its very beginning, film has been used to understand and record the world's many fascinating cultures, and this use has raised nearly every question that must be asked about the study of both culture and film.
Join us in welcoming longtime teacher and researcher Phil Young to our annual conversation of experts from filmmaking, anthropology, and education. Bring your own questions and observations to contribute to our ongoing discussion of art, ethics, education, science, society and anthropology in film.
Umiaq Skin Boat (31 min.)
Umiaq Skin Boat is a beautiful and poetic 30-minute film about a group of Inuit elders in Inukjuak, Quebec, who decide one summer to build the first traditional seal skin boat their community has seen for over 50 years. Over the course of working together on the boat, the elders recount astonishing stories of survival while navigating volatile and unforgiving Arctic water.
Heirs of Schliemann - Escape from Babylon (43 min.)
A king of mighty Babylon allegedly left his lush residence in his capitol city and vanished into the desert for a whole ten years. Indeed, traces of this mysterious regent can be found in the small town of Tayma in what is today's Saudi Arabia. But what could have drawn a Babylonian ruler to this unimpressive oasis in the middle of nowhere, and who was he?
Visit With Respect (9 min.)
Visit with Respect demonstrates modern Pueblo people's connections with their ancestral homelands and the ancient landscapes of the American Southwest. Filmed in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and at the Pueblo of Acoma, the film includes interviews with a Hopi man and his 6 year old son, a Santa Clara elder and her 22 year old niece, and an Acoma tribal leader.
Hanging Flume (60 min.)
In this still wild land, it stands out, clearly fashioned by human hands. Amidst the tall tales is a seldom told story of the Wild West. Braced against weather and tumbling rocks, slowly decaying timbers still cling tenaciously, as if hanging on to the past. Travel back to 1891, when the flume carried water ten miles and powered hydraulic cannons for the Montrose Placer Mining Company.
Tigarnakert: An Armenian Odyssey (17 min.)
Tigranakert: An Armenian Odyssey chronicles the discovery of an ancient Armenian city built by Tigran the Great in the First Century B.C. It was founded as the new capital of the Armenian Empire with the intention of securing a central position inside the borders of the growing empire. Under the rule of Tigran the Great, the Armenian Empire became the strongest state east of the Roman Empire.
Gold Diggers and Temple Rescuers - A Cambodian Expedition (26 min.)
Hardly any other country can boast of such a high concentration of temples, sculptures and archaeological sites as Cambodia. But many of these fascinating world heritage artifacts are under environmental threat or are in danger of being looted. Archaeologists and conservation experts are trying to salvage whatever they can to safeguard remote cult sites, burial grounds and rock reliefs.
What Is Archaeology? (6 min.)
With scenes from 2006 fieldwork in central Washington State, Faith Haney offers her personal interpretation of archaeology. Haney created this video as a Career Day exhibit for Middle School students and in the process captured key insights about the values and purposes of archaeology.
Lifeprints (Traces de Vies) (54 min.)
Where did Austronesians come from? How did they live? There is still no concrete answer because those who were at the origin of the populating of the Pacific did not leave material tracks. However, in the Philippines they have direct descendants, the Taut' Batu. This film explores the most protected island in the Philippines and new hypotheses on the enigmatic peopling of the Pacific.
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Search for James Oronoco Dexter (54 min.)
Follow archaeologists and historians as they begin a search for an 18th Century man, James Oronoko Dexter, who once was enslaved. He was an African American who with others helped found some of the country's first African American social institutions. Thousands of artifacts are unearthed while one feature seems to contain household artifacts that date to the time Oronoko Dexter lived at the site.