Silverdocs, the most talked about documentary festival in the United States, starts today! A seven-day international film festival and five-day concurrent conference that promotes documentary film as a leading art form, Silverdocs makes a point of supporting work of independent filmmakers and this year one of those they’re supporting is Julie Wyman, the filmmaker behind Strong!. Wyman and her film Strong!, along with the film’s subject, Olympic weight lifter Cheryl Haworth, came to Haverford in March as part of And the Winner is Nick Kahn and have been hard at work travelling and sharing Cheryl’s extraordinary story through Julie’s wonderful film ever since. It seems the hard work is paying off as the Washington Post recently named Strong! one of ten films not to miss at Silverdocs. If you happen to be in or around the Washington D.C. area this week be sure not to miss Strong! at Silverdocs!
Having grown up skateboarding, I have long been connected and obsessed with stickers and sticker culture. I know stickers (especially in skateboarding) began as a simple and cost effective means of branding for companies, but there’s something about the iconography of stickers and stickering I simply can’t ignore. To me there’s more embedded in the adhesive than a company name. There’s personality, choice, identification, proclamation, and other nuanced personal connections and stories for days. This is perhaps why I am so excited to see the stickers that have surfaced in Philadelphia touting the title and the final truth of the exhibition And the Winner is Nick Kahn. After a long tough tournament Nick was declared the winner thus changing the exhibition’s name and in turn making Nick a brand. And what a brand! Who doesn’t love a winner, especially one as endearing and enjoyable to watch as Nick. He displayed and unbridled excitement for his win and has carried that joy on into the various participatory prizes he has claimed. Nick and his achievements, like those of all winners is something worth cheering and I for one am glad to see the news of his win being spread far and wide!
Tomorrow, John Muse and I depart for Portland, OR to once again attend the Open Engagement conference held at Portland State University, a yearly gathering of social practice artists, theorists, and enthusiasts. Last year we attended the conference to talk through our ideas for what was then And the Winner is… with curators, artists, and other interested individuals. In Portland we received a ton of wonderful feedback and encouragement. We’re looking forward to going back to Portland to share our stories about And the Winner is Nick Kahn and to cook up new ideas for future projects. However, before we take off for Portland once more we should thank those people from last year’s conference who were so kind to give their time, insight, and assistance to our grand idea. Thank you Jennifer Delos Reyes, Harrell Fletcher, Pato Hebert, Catherine Greenblatt, and Jesikah Maria Ross!
Do Not Miss This!
THE FINAL ARTIST TALK FOR AND THE WINNER IS…
The Competitionist himself, Lee Walton speaks today!
4:30 p.m. in Stokes 102.
Round V begins today!
In the spirit of community, we’re asking all players in round V to make a pledge to the winner of the exhibition And the Winner is… At the conclusion of the tournament the winner (which could be you!) will be given a list of all of the 128 pledges made during round V and will be allowed to select 12 of these pledges as part of their prize package. The pledges we are asking players to make can be as big or as small as you like, but should be a pledge of something you will honestly do for the winner. Some examples might be: baking the winner cookies, changing your facebook status for a few days to sing the winner’s praises, or something more elaborate like proofing a paper for the winner or offering to sit and watch the winner’s favorite film together and then discussing it with them. The pledge is entirely up to you, but we ask that all players make the effort to participate as fully as possible.