Week Nine :: Aug. 18–26

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.

 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Intersection of Cinema and Religious Values

Religious values continue to be a potent influence in the minds of young, contemporary filmmakers in modern America. How have these filmmakers navigated the difficult and sensitive waters of religion to bring these films to the screen? What effects are these films having? In this week we will witness the power of the visual narrative to change hearts and minds.

 

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Chautauqua Food & Film Festival

Join us from Aug. 19 to 24 for the weeklong Chautauqua Food & Film Festival. Film and food lovers will gather with filmmakers for a festival featuring screenings, conversations, and great food and 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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  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 04:00pm

    River of Freedom: The Journey of Black Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812

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    A concert of original music, narration and art. In celebration of the Black Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812. Written for narrator, solo voice and chamber ensemble, River of Freedom recounts the journey of the African American slaves who fought with the British in the War of 1812. In exchange for serving in the Corps of Colonial Marines, the ex-soldiers were given their freedom and land in the south...



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Isbin and Italian”

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    Rossen Milanov, conductor | Sharon Isbin, guitar

    Repertoire: Gioachino Rossini: Overture to William TellJohn Corigliano: Troubadours; Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90, “Italian” 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, August 19, 2018 | 10:45am

    Rev. Winnie Varghese

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    The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Priest and Director of Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street.

    Sun., August 19 at 10:45am | Mon., August 20 – Fri., August 26 at 9:15am



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, August 19, 2018 | 02:30pm

    “May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers”: Film Presentation

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    Filmed with extensive access over the course of more than two years, this documentary is an inside look at the North Carolina band, from their origins to their Grammy-nominated album True Sadness. The film depicts a lifelong bond and unique creative partnership, as band members experience marriage, divorce...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, August 19, 2018 | 07:30pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: The Amish Project

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    A fictional investigation of the real life Nickel Mines school shooting, this riveting one-woman show explores the Amish community’s concept of radical forgiveness. Performed by a CTC Conservatory alumni, The Amish Project portrays two communities shattered by..



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 | 09:15am

    Rev. Winnie Varghese

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    The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Priest and Director of Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street.

    Sun., August 19 at 10:45am | Mon., August 20 – Fri., August 26 at 9:15am



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 | 10:45am

    The Filmmaker as Collaborator: A Conversation with Ken Burns and Friends

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    Ken BurnsDocumentary filmmaker, “The Vietnam War”
    Dayton Duncan, Documentary filmmaker, author
    Geoffrey C. Ward, Author, scriptwriter



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Dan Karslake

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    Daniel Karslake, a seventh generation Chautauquan, is an award-winning director and producer whose work deals with social justice issues.  He directed and produced FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, a feature documentary about the intersection of religion and homosexuality, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival...



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: The Amish Project

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    A fictional investigation of the real life Nickel Mines school shooting, this riveting one-woman show explores the Amish community’s concept of radical forgiveness. Performed by a CTC Conservatory alumni, The Amish Project portrays two communities shattered by..



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 | 04:00pm

    Sharon Isbin with Special Guest Colin Davin

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    Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time” (Boston Magazine). She is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award...



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 | 08:15pm

    An Evening with The Avett Brothers

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    This event is sold out.

    Returning to Chautauqua after their 2016 debut, this beloved group will have both new and returning Chautauquans singing songs of raucous joy and true sadness.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | 10:45am

    The Filmmaker as Collaborator: A Conversation with Ken Burns and Friends

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    Ken BurnsDocumentary filmmaker, “The Vietnam War”
    Dayton Duncan, Documentary filmmaker, author
    Geoffrey C. Ward, Author, scriptwriter



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Michael Calabria, OFM

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    Michael Calabria, OFM, PhD is a Franciscan friar and founding director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University (www.sbu.edu/CAIS). He holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies (Johns Hopkins), an MA in Egyptology (Brown University), an M. Div/MA in Theology (Washington Theological Union), and a PhD in Islamic Studies...



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | 02:15pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: The Amish Project

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    A fictional investigation of the real life Nickel Mines school shooting, this riveting one-woman show explores the Amish community’s concept of radical forgiveness. Performed by a CTC Conservatory alumni, The Amish Project portrays two communities shattered by..



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Season Finale: Viva España"

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    Rossen Milanov, conductor | Griset Damas-Roche and the Flamenco Company of Columbus | Maria Dolores Ramirez, vocalist | Karl Wohlwend, guitar | Michael Yonchak, percussion

    Repertoire: J.S. Smith/Arr. Damrosch: The Star-Spangled Banner...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • 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

     

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Macky Alston

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    Macky Alston’s first film, Family Name, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, where it won the Freedom of Expression Award and later aired on PBS’ POV.  Since then he has directed Questioning FaithThe Killer Within, and Hard Road Home.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Veronica Swift and the Benny Green Trio

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    Taking the Amphitheater stage by storm with Chris Botti in 2017, 23-year old Veronica Swift is being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. A 2015 winner of the Thelonious Monk Competition, Veronica has been performing every Saturday night at NYC’s...



    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

     

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Dan Habib

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    Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares about Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short filmson disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy