For Filmmakers and Film Fans
Our Strange New Land: Narrative Movie Sets in the American South: a photographer and filmmaker discuss their craft, their collaboration on set, and a new book, with Margaret Sartor, about narrative filmmaking in the South.
Saturday, May 14, 2 to 3 p.m.
Demonstration Gallery (lobby level). Bring your questions!
In 2018 award-winning filmmaker Roni Nicole Henderson Day invited photographer Alex Harris to Columbia, South Carolina, to photograph behind the scenes on the set of her short film, And the People Could Fly. For Harris, those two days, photographing Henderson Day while she worked with her cast and crew, were eye-opening and transformative in shaping his approach to documenting more than 40 narrative movie sets across the American South.
During this presentation, Henderson Day will screen her short film, and Harris will share photographs from her set and other film sets across the South. Together, they will also discuss their approaches to their own work as well as their collaboration with Margaret Sartor on the book, Our Strange New Land: Narrative Movie Sets in the American South.
Alex Harris is a photographer, writer, and teacher. He is a founder of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and of DoubleTake magazine, an award-winning literature and photography journal that published in the 1990s. Harris’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in photography and a Lyndhurst Foundation Prize. His work is represented in major museum photographic collections, and his photographs have been exhibited widely, including a 2019–2020 solo exhibition at the High Museum of Art as recipient of its Picturing the South commission. As a photographer and editor, Harris has published 18 books, including River of Traps (with William deBuys), a 1991 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction, and most recently, Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922 and the already referenced Our Strange New Land: Narrative Movie Sets in the American South, both with Margaret Sartor.
See samples of his work on Instagram, @ourstrangenewland.
Photo courtesy of Eliza Harris
Roni Nicole Henderson Day is a filmmaker, photographer, and educator based in Columbia, South Carolina. She earned her MFA in film and television at Savannah College of Art and Design and was a recipient of the school’s A. Gregory Peeler Fellowship for Graduate Study. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and film festivals around the country and internationally, including stops at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the Columbia Museum of Art, the BlackStar Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival, and many more. In 2019 Roni was an Indie Grits Labs filmmaker-in-residence and a recipient of a South Carolina Indie Grant, which funded her latest short narrative film, And the People Could Fly. She is currently developing performance work with her husband, Cedric Umoja, entitled, “Black Love is Revolutionary.”
Follow her online at her website.
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