Week Nine :: Aug. 19–27

Documentary Film as Facilitator: Storytelling, Influence and Civil Discourse
A Chautauqua Film and Food Festival

With crowdsourcing, social media campaigns and new distribution channels, films aimed at effecting social and cultural change have found audiences unlike any time in the history of the art form. But how do we measure the impact of such films — from changing minds to changing policy? To close the 2018 season, filmmakers and film lovers gather for a weeklong festival featuring screenings and conversations in venues throughout the grounds, all alongside the Institution’s renowned lecture and arts programs. We consider the filmmaker’s role and intentions as artist, storyteller, journalist, advocate and activist; the business decisions that influence the distribution and marketing campaigns behind such films; and the effectiveness of films to create empathy — and prompt action — in its audiences.

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Chautauqua Food & Film Festival

Join us from Aug. 19 to 24 for a week long Food & Film Festival. Film and food lovers will gather with filmmakers for a festival featuring screenings, conversations, and great food & craft beverages throughout the grounds. In addition, Bestor Plaza will once again come alive with a daily roster of food- and drink-themed events, from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experiences and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.

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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 10:45am

    Ann Hornaday

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    Film critic, The Washington Post

    In a career as a film critic that spans more than two decades, Ann Hornaday has reviewed more than 1,500 movies. Currently a film critic at The Washington Post, Hornaday is also the author of Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 10:45am

    Rebecca Cammisa

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    Director, “Atomic Homefront”

    Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Rebecca Cammisa’s latest work is “Atomic Homefront,” a film about the effects of radioactive waste stored in West Lake Landfill in St. Louis County, Missouri, and featuring Love Canal activist Lois Gibbs.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, August 24, 2018 | 10:45am

    Grace Lee

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    Independent producer, director, writer

    Grace Lee is an independent producer, director and writer working in both narrative and nonfiction film. She directed the 2014 Peabody Award-winning documentary “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,”...

    Location: Amphitheater