ACT Year-Round

Join the ACT Human Rights Film Festival for special screenings of must-see films that won’t come to Fort Collins anytime soon, if ever! Most screenings include talk back sessions with local experts and special guests and recognize the work of local nonprofits and organizations.

ACT Shorts in the Museum | October 6, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. | Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

Join ACT and the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art for a special short film and visual art pairing. The evening thematically focuses on the human cost of capitalism across artistic mediums.

Short film: JOBS FOR ALL! directed by Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck – Sweden – 13 minutes – Swedish, English, Spanish with English subtitles

JOBS FOR ALL! is a highly choreographed review of the Industrial Age as we know it today – an intense and playful roller coaster ride that demands the viewer confronts how “work works.” Culled entirely from archival footage, the film unfolds in the filmmakers’ trademark, and humorously critical, cinematic voices.

Following the film, Professor of Film & Media Scott Diffrient will offer insight into the film’s artistic and stylistic selections as they relate to the film’s theme, impact, and use of archival footage.

Visual Art:

Pyramid Scheme (2009) by Enrique Chagoya, b.1953

Archival pigment print on ten cans with silkscreened box Pyramid Scheme is on display as part of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art’s Media Mixed: Experimenting with Materials exhibition.

About the artist: Integrating elements of pre-Columbian mythology, Western religious iconography, and American pop culture, Enrique Chagoya’s politically charged paintings and prints are about the changing nature of culture and power relationships between the U.S., Central and South America, and the rest of the world. His work juxtaposes diverse visual references including canonical European painting and sculpture, indigenous Central American codex books, pornography, and currency. Over the past decade, he has largely focused on issues of illegal immigration, racial stereotypes, and xenophobia in the post-9/11 world. His works are collected by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and other major museums and galleries.

CSU Arts Management Graduate Student, Lex Lupton, will discuss Pyramid Scheme. Lex recently completed an internship on Chagoya. A gallery stroll and reception will follow at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art. 1400 Remington St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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I Didn’t See you There | October 17, 2022 | 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Behavioral Science 131

Directed by Reid Davenport, United States, English with Captions, 77 minutes

This year’s The Symposium for Inclusive Excellence and CSU’s Thematic Year joins ACT for a special screening of the award-winning documentary film I Didn’t See You There. The evening event starts with a reception featuring heavy appetizers from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The film program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and a panel of experts will respond to accessibility and disability themes shown in the film with local pertinence.

Film poster for I DIDN'T SEE YOU THERE. Grey background with a shadowed outline of a man in a wheelchair. I Didn’t See You There will be screened in open captions and ASL interpreters will be present to assist during live spoken programming.Wheelchair seating is available and accessible and all-gender bathrooms are located nearby. For parking and directions, please see here.

About the film:  As a visibly disabled person, filmmaker Reid Davenport sets out to make a film about how he sees the world, from either his wheelchair or his two feet, without having to be seen himself. The unexpected arrival of a circus tent outside his apartment in Oakland, CA leads him to consider the history and legacy of P.T. Barnum’s Freak Show and its lingering presence in his daily life in the form of gawking, lack of access, and other forms of ableism.

Informed by his position in space, lower to the ground, Davenport captures indelible images, often abstracted into shapes and patterns separate from their meaning. But the circus tent looms in the background, and is reverberated by tangible on-screen interruptions, from unsolicited offers of help to careless blocking of ramps. Personal and unflinching, I Didn’t See You There forces the viewer to confront the spectacle and invisibility of disability. Offering both a perspective and stylistic approach that are rarely seen, Reid brings an urgently needed storytelling eye to filmmaking with a documentary that is powerful and emotional, thoughtful and raw, intimate and political.

Panelists:

Dr. Michelle Jarman is Associate Professor of Disability Studies at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities and the Associate Director of Gender and Women’s Studies.

Mike Deveraux , community member and activist

Moderator: Assistant Vice President of Inclusive Excellence Ria Vigil

 

Click here for a list of previous ACT Year-Round programs.