"Robert Frank, now 91 years old, is among the most influential artists of the last half-century. His seminal volume, The Americans, published in 1958, records the Swiss-born photographer’s candid reactions to peculiarly American versions of poverty and racism. Today it is a classic work that helped define the off-the-cuff, idiosyncratic elegance that are hallmarks of Frank’s artistry. Director Laura Israel (Frank’s longtime film editor) and producer Melinda Shopsin were given unprecedented access to the notably irascible artist. The assembled portrait is not unlike Frank’s own movies – rough around the edges and brimming with surprises and insights – calling to mind Frank’s quintessential underground movie, the 1959 Beat short, PULL MY DAISY (co-directed by Alfred Leslie, co-written by Jack Kerouac). DON’T BLINK includes clips from Frank’s rarely seen movies, among them ME AND MY BROTHER and COCKSUCKER BLUES. The soundtrack includes Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Yo La Tengo, Tom Waits, and more."
"The whole point of being an artist is to learn about yourself. The photographs are less important than the life that one is leading."
"While we indulge in selfies these two brave and committed filmmakers create a living documentary on four Afghani photographers who risk themselves to capture truth, humility, injustice, and tragedy to make a document, to share and establish a real vision of their people and country. The filmmakers who created Frame By Frame helped elevate photography as tool that fights war; a war of weapons and a war of perception. We should be as close to being as bold and brave to examine our own lives through a fraction of the lens that this film highlights. I'm humbled and changed. Thank you @framebyframedoc #fbfdoc"We have a few films on our radar for this year's incarnation of ACP Film Series, though we're not sure what we'll end-up screening at this date. If you have a recommendation of a recent/new photo-based documentary that hasn't screened in Atlanta, let us know! In fact, last night felt like an mid-ACP October evening -- everyone was enthused, the moon was low and there was a chill in the air.
"We are looking to raise $150,000 to cover production costs associated with the creation of the 1World1Family Tool-Kit. We already have a substantial amount of content "in the can," which needs to be reviewed, transcribed and turned into short video pieces. We need to create specific teaching and discussion guides for each short piece and the guides need to be translated into Spanish. We need to create step-by-step instructional materials for how to run a DDFR event, including associated film screenings, community photo-sharing sessions and community discussions on visual literacy. We need to develop best practices and business cases for Diversity & Inclusion training and facilitation guides. We need to create specific educational classroom guides and student activities using our existing content and conforming to Common Core protocols.Help them out, if you can, and don't forget to tune in on Feb. 16th!
We are routing contributions to the campaign through our fiscal sponsor, National Black Programming Consortium, which has been a very strong supporter and funder of our project. All contributions over $150 will be tax-deductible (less the value of the premium received.) "