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An Evening with Sky Hopinka

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Sunday, May 5, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:00pm


Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Film Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film
Archive Speaker(s): <strong>Sky Hopinka</strong> in Person. Cost: $12
- Special Event Admission Contact Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu Link:
"Dislocation Blues" An incomplete and imperfect portrait of
reflections from Standing Rock. Cleo Keahna recounts his experiences
entering, being at, and leaving the camp and the difficulties and the
reluctance in looking back with a clear and critical eye. Terry
Running Wild describes what his camp is like, and what he hopes it
will become. "Fainting Spells" Told through recollections of youth,
learning, lore and departure, this is an imagined myth for the
Xąwįska, or the Indian Pipe Plant — used by the Ho-Chunk to revive
those who have fainted. "Jáaji Approx" Logging and approximating a
relationship between audio recordings of my father and videos gathered
of the landscapes we have both separately traversed. The initial
distance between the logger and the recordings, of recollections and
of songs, new and traditional, narrows while the images become an
expanding semblance of filial affect. Jáaji is a near translation for
directly addressing a father in the Hočak language. "When You're Lost
in the Rain" In this video drawing from Bob Dylan's song "Just Like
Tom Thumb's Blues," layers of experiences circling loss and longing
are overlaid between images of landscapes and movement. In the song, a
stranger's listlessness and exhaustion are woven through and around
Juarez, Mexico, and so, too, are these stories woven around original
discontent and uncertainty as they move through an uneasy negotiation
with the strangeness of the American pioneer spirit. "Cloudless Blue
Egress of Summer, Part 2" Fort Marion, also known as Castillo de San
Marcos, has a long and complex history. Built in 1672 and located in
St. Augustine, Florida, it served as a prison during the Seminole Wars
in the 1830's, and a prison at the end of the Indian Wars in the late
1880's. It was where Captain Richard Pratt developed a plan of forced
assimilation through education that spread across the United States to
boarding schools, built with the philosophy "that all the Indian there
is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the
man." Each section of the video tells a small part of this history,
from Seminole Chieftain Coacoochee's account of his escape from the
fort, to ledger drawings made by the prisoners from the plains given
pen and paper and told to draw what they see and what they remember.
Each section traces the persistence of presence and memory experienced
through confinement and incarceration, through small samplings of
space and hope. Where the ocean is a beginning of a story that is
incomplete, whose end is lingering on a surface that is innately
unstable and effortlessly resolute.



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Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00



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