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Site/Seeing Conference re-presents Spinning Home Movies with Ayana Contreras

Apr. 23, , 2021 2021
8:00pm CDT

Via Zoom

Re-present! The 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference of the UChicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies features a re-presentation of Spinning Home Movies, episode 3: “Let’s Get Together” with DJ Ayana Contreras, as the virtual Opening Night Reception

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This mix of South Side Home Movie Project film clips paired with 60s soul cuts was inspired by scenes of inter-generational gatherings - Grandma clapping alongside young couples and kids, folks trying out the latest dances, birthday cakes. “We’ve had to put a lot of these sorts of gatherings on pause, but these celebratory moments mean so much to people. I wanted to honor that. My muse was the basement parties that so many of us grew up with.”

Contreras will join a live post-show conversation with viewers.

Called "site/seeing," the 2-day conference will consider the many different sites of cinema: from home movies projected on living room walls, to vaudeville recordings shown in prisons, to Black westerns screened in segregated theaters. Join us for a series of screenings, panel presentations and discussions that celebrate the growing scholarship that seeks to create a more kaleidoscopic view of where cinema can be found and who its spectators are.

The entire conference is free and open to the public. Details and registration: