April 28th, 2011, Halau, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

We feature Finding Our Way by Giovanni Attili and Leonie Sandercock. A documentary film with and about the Burns Lake band and the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, two First Nations bands located in north central BC, Canada. How can First Nations bands devastated by colonisation move beyond the resulting dysfunction and find their own ways towards social and economic development? And how can non-metropolitan communities that have been divided, indeed segregated, along Native/non-Native lines for more than a hundred years find their way towards reconciliation, reparation, and productive co-existence?

Leonie Sandercock is an author, screenwriter, and documentary film maker. With Giovanni Attili, she made the award-winning documentaryWhere Strangers Become Neighbours. Sandercock and Attili’s book plus DVD package, Where strangers become neighbours: the integration of immigrants in Vancouver, was published by Springer in 2009. Leonie has now completed a second documentary with Giovanni Attili, Finding our Way, which looks at relations between First Nations and non-Native Canadians in northern BC. For more info, see: www.facebook.com/FINDING.OUR.WAY.thefilm Sandercock and Attili have also published an edited collection, Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning: beyond the flatlands (Springer: August 2010), which looks at the uses of multimedia as a form of community engagement, policy dialogue, and empowerment. Leonie is also a Professor in the School of Community & Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. Her recent books include Towards Cosmopolis: Planning for Multicultural Cities (1998); the edited collection Making the Invisible Visible: a multicultural history of planning (1998); andCosmopolis 2: Mongrel Cities of the 21st Century (2003), which won the Davidoff Award of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning in 2005. In 2005 Leonie received The Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban & Regional Planning, awarded by the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University. The 2005 Dale Prize theme was “Voices in Planning: Transforming Land Use Practice through Community Engagement”. In 2006 Leonie shared the First Prize (with Collingwood Neighbourhood House) in the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning for her work with the Collingwood Neighbourhood House in Vancouver (portrayed in the film Where Strangers become Neighbours) and for her essay ‘Cosmopolitan Urbanism’. One of Leonie’s screenplays, ‘Captive’, was an ABC TV Movie of the Week.

Giovanni Attili is a documentary film maker and Urban Planning Researcher who teaches in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, University “La Sapienza”, Rome. His research interests are connected with the representation of the city: a concept which requires an interdisciplinary approach to the city itself (intersecting urban planning, visual anthropology and cinema). His attention is focused on the use of “images” as catalyst of social interaction in urban planning processes. Giovanni started working on multimedia productions during his PhD, when he created the hypermedia Esquilino: space of points of view: an interactive tool based on the collection of life stories of Afghan refugees and created by using multiple languages and representational codes (voices, footages, drawings, maps, texts, music, photographs…) Afterwards he created his first documentary Pigneto: voices on stones a 30 minues film about a gentrifying neighbourhood in Rome. With Leonie Sandercock, he made the award-winning documentary Where Strangers Become Neighbours (National Film Board of Canada, 2007). The film received a Special Mention in the International Federation of Housing and Planning’s film competition (Sept 2006) and an Honorable Mention in the Documentary section of the Berkeley Video and Film Festival (Oct 2006). Sandercock and Attili’s book plus DVD package, Where strangers become neighbours: the integration of immigrants in Vancouver, was published by Springer in 2009.  Together with Leonie Sandercock, Giovanni has also published an edited collection, Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning: beyond the flatlands (Springer: August 2010), which looks at the uses of multimedia as a form of community engagement, policy dialogue, and empowerment. Among his other publications: Rappresentare la città dei migranti (2008) and Storie di città (with Decandia L. and Scandurra E., 2007). In 2005 Giovanni received the award “G.Ferraro” for the best Urban Planning PhD Thesis in Italy and also the award from Italy’s National Institute of Urban Planning (INU) resulted from a research paper: “The Pigneto: Gentrification processes and new residential dynamics.”

Time: 6:30-9:00 pm

Location: Halau, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole Street


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April 29th, 2011, The ARTS at MArks Garage (doors open at 4:45, program starts at 5:00pm)

Bonnington Square by Alistair Oldham (20’00”)

Bonnington Square is right in the heart of London, just two minutes walk from the river and just ten minutes from the Houses of Parliament. In the early eighties the one hundred houses of the Square were all squatted, forming a bohemian community from all around the world. The squat had two community gardens, a cafe, a wholefood shop, a nightclub, a newsletter and even a milkbar. Although the Square is no longer squatted, there are still many low rent housing cooperatives, and the cafe and the gardens are still collectively run, and the Square is now a model of a modern sustainable urban community.

About the filmmaker: I teach documentary film making at the University of the West of England in Bristol. The last film I made was called “The Bristol Bike Project”, a short film about cycling, recycling and political asylum, which was screened at over 30 film festivals worldwide, including in New York, Tokyo, Milan, London, Madrid, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Vienna, Munich and Lisbon.

From Brighton to Iceland by Taryn Edmonds and Laura Maragoudaki (6’12”)

Welcome to Stanhope Street in the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, a bustling place of convergence. From the exotic fruit and vegetables at Brighton Oriental Food Store to Iceland mini-mart’s cheap and cheerful offerings, this market place brings together products and people from all corners of the world and acts as an arena of cross-cultural pollination embodied in the daily ritual of food buying. From Brighton to Iceland is a poetic celebration of diversity in communities across Britain today, drawing an observational portrait of this North East street. The film captures the subtle, amusing and insightful moments in these everyday transactions, highlighting the positive aspects of multicultural living at a time when issues such as migration and diversity are often portrayed negatively by the media and political forces, offering a warm, colorful mirror of contemporary urban British life.

About the filmmakers: Taryn Edmonds and Laura Maragoudaki are artists and filmmakers who work across a range of disciplines including documentary film, new media, live art & installation to create works that explore issues inherent in the built and social landscapes of the city such as regeneration, surveillance, community identity and representation. They have collaborated for a number of years and have produced short films including Staying Here, a documentary about regeneration in the North East, funded by Media 19, Northern Film & Media and 4Talent. Their work has a strong social outlook and a focus on exploring creativity as a platform for participation, communication and collective expression.

He Aha Ka Waiwai? by Shannon Del Rosario, Kalaiku Kaowili, and Alan Kapuaala (4’6”)

Portrayed thru the life of a Hawaiian girl living in 21st century Hawaii, this is our view on Kona’s (Honolulu, Oahu) painful transformation from what she was, to what man has made her. Ma hea ka waiwai? He aha ka waiwai?

About the filmmakers: We are Shannon Del Rosario, Kalaiku Kaowili, and Alan Kapuaala. We are undergraduate students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. We all come from different backgrounds but have had been impacted by the Kona district of Oahu in a very unique way. Shannon was born and raised in Kalihi; Kalaiku was born in Waianae, grew up in Kalihi and Alewa and currently resides in Ewa; Alan was raised in California and currently resides in Kaimuki. Shannon is currently majoring in Social Work, and has great plans for the future of Hawaii and its people. Kalaiku is currently majoring in Hawaiian Language and Studies. Alan is currently majoring in Hawaiian Language and is applying for Graduate School this coming year.

Genderbusters by Sam Berliner (6’)

In their fight for the Gender Evolution Revolution, the Genderbusters drive around resolving the gender-binary dilemmas of folks all over San Francisco.

About the filmmaker: Sam Berliner is an emerging filmmaker and a genderqueer/trans graduate film student at San Francisco State University. Sam’s goal as a filmmaker is to provide a positive voice for the trans, genderqueer, androgynous and gender-fluid folks not yet represented on screen, documenting their history, serving as a call to action to be recognized and respected by society at large and forcing our culture to evolve. Sam graduated from Smith College in 2005, moved to the Bay Area to crew on a film, and decided to never leave. In his nonexistent free time, Sam enjoys sailing on the Bay and playing the bass guitar.

One Storey by Agnes Moon (12’)

A meditation on the effects of displacement upon intimate relations. The narrator moving from city to city and country to country, seemingly in attempt to find the place wherein she might viably act as both subject and object of desire.

About the filmmaker: A. Moon is an experimental filmmaker living in Maryland.

Life in Bubbles by Nadine Lüchinger (50’)

Country Clubs or ‘Countries’ are gated communities on the outskirts of Argentina’s cities. Under the watchful eye of the private security firms hired to protect them, the clubs act as an oasis of calm for the Argentine rich. In such an environment people in the ‘Countries’ enjoy an apparently idyllic, safe existence surrounded by tennis courts, football fields, golf courses, polo pitches, shopping facilities and sometimes even private schools. Yet this film shows the dilemma and the inner-struggle of those who were born into a privileged position in a state that fails to provide social amenities, justice or peace for the majority of its people.

About the filmmaker: Born 1978 in Switzerland, she grows up in a small village, where her parents are landlords. In 1995, she starts a commercial apprenticeship. In 1998, she moves to Lausanne, the French speaking part of Switzerland, where she works and studies to achieve the Federal High School Diploma. In 2003, she starts studying Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich. During this time she does several trips to different countries in South America, Asia and Europe. In 2009, she does her field studies in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and realizes her first documentary. In 2010, she finishes her studies and does an internship at a film production company. In 2011, she starts working in a worldwide distribution company.


Imagining Home by Sue Arbuthnot & Richard Wilhelm (65’)

“Imagining Home” traces the complete transformation of Columbia Villa, a historic, cherished, and maligned Portland, Oregon public housing neighborhood enduring poverty, gang violence, and racial discrimination—yet hoping for a new chance. Despite notable failures in the social engineering of America’s urban poor, the “Villa” is demolished and rebuilt as a controversial, mixed-income development. The film follows several main characters over five years, through displacement, relocation, and the return to the new development. Tangible economic and cultural obstacles join with a poignant sense of loss and a yearning for stability. But due to the tenacity and effort of residents like Terry, Millie, Marie, Luvenia, and Nicole, low-income families are included in the charge to rebuild the soul of a community. Then, when New Columbia is re-inhabited, threatening tensions around race and class emerge. How will suburban–style homeowners meld with public housing families? Will the re-emergence of gangs derail this neighborhood? Who really has “ownership” in a community? These intimate stories humanize the effects of top-down planning policies and demonstrate that to truly reinvigorate our cities, we must work to understand and include all members of the communities we develop.

About the filmmakers: Sue Arbuthnot: Cinematographer/DP, Director, Editor, Producer, Sound Editor. Sue is a Portland, Oregon independent filmmaker with 20 years experience in documentary and educational film. She received a BFA in Sculpture in 1981 from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, and an MFA in Film Production in 1991 from Columbia University in New York. She was recently awarded the 2010 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship. Her films have been shown theatrically in Portland and broadcast on PBS affiliates. Sue has produced over 25 short independent and commissioned documentaries. Founder of Hare in the Gate Productions, LLC, she has partnered with Producer/Director Richard Wilhelm since 1999. They have received numerous grants from local, regional, and national arts and humanities organizations. Hare in the Gate’s films explore complex social and cultural issues, arts, and the natural world: Minority and low-income neighborhoods seeking equitable and sustainable development; Threatened rural communities fighting for survival; Profiles of artists and innovators; and an emerging series of creative non-fiction films exploring neurological disorders. Sue provides freelance Directing, Cinematography, and Editing. She teaches Filmmaking through the Northwest Film Center’s Certificate Program.

Richard Wilhelm: Director, Producer, Editor, Sound Editor, Sound Mixer
Richard joined Sue Arbuthnot and Hare in the Gate Productions in 1999. Starting as a science fiction book illustrator in 1972, he has worked primarily in graphic design and photography, and has taught numerous college courses and workshops. Richard earned both his BFA ’82, and MFA ’84 in Visual Design from the University of Oregon. He opened a design studio in Seattle in 1987, which during the next 17 years, developed print and digital materials of all types for hundreds of clients. Recently, he has designed multimedia interpretive history exhibits, highlighting oral histories, photographs, textual information, artifacts, original composition, and aural landscapes. In the past ten years, Richard has directed and produced more than twenty films with Hare in the Gate, including the upcoming “Amber Waves & Checkered Flags,” which explores the tenacity and humor of small-town farmers and townspeople who develop a quirky sporting event that may help them maintain their treasured way of life.

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm (doors open at 4:45)

Location: The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Avenue

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