Spaces, Places, Belonging


On NOV 6th and 7th at San Francisco State University we hosted an exciting line-up of filmmakers, researchers, VR, and discussion about all things nonfiction. We welcomed keynote speakers Jules Rosskam (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Sharon Daniel (University of California, Santa Cruz).

Jules Rosskam presented the day one keynote, Borders, Boundaries, and Bodies, or How I Got To Be Here: Jules Rosskam, screened his newest film, Paternal Rites and gave workshops during the conference, while interactive and participatory media artist Sharon Daniel presented the day two keynote, The Evolution of "Public Secrets." We were excited to also host artist, video maker and cinematographer Arthur Jafa in conversation with musician, producer and artist Greg Tate.

To close out the conference we screened the documentary, Survivors. Members from the Survivors team were present for a Q&A following the film. "Through the eyes of Sierra Leonean filmmakers, Survivors presents a heart-connected portrait of their country during the Ebola outbreak, exposing the complexity of the epidemic and the socio-political turmoil that lies in its wake."

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

VR Arcade - Both days, all day

9:00 am: Coffee/Tea - All are welcome

9:30 am - 10:45 am, Who Can Occupy this Space?

Jennifer Arin (SF State), The Marvel of Sevilla

Heather Cassano (Emerson College), The Limits of My World

Brian Favorite (SF State), Parish

Meriam Salem, Unnatural Disasters

11:00 am - 12:15 pm, Arthur Jafa & Greg Tate in Conversation

Arthur Jafa - Artist, video maker, and cinematographer

Greg Tate - Writer, musician, and producer

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm, All is Not Lost: Claiming our Past, Present and Future

Brad Barber (Brigham Young University), States of America: Wisconsin

Anita Chang (CSU, East Bay), Tongues of Heaven, Root Tongue

Elizabeth Ramirez-Soto (SF State) & José Miguel Palacios, Message from Chile: Letters in Exile Cinema

Valerie Soe (SF State), Love Boat: Taiwan

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Borders, Boundaries, and Bodies, or How I Got To Be Here: Jules Rosskam

Keynote – Jules Rosskam

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Special Screening, Paternal Rites

with filmmaker Jules Rosskam

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm: Reception

Wednesday, Nov 7th, 2018

VR Arcade - Both days, all day

9:00 am: Coffee/Tea - All are welcome

9:30 am - 10:30 am, The Evolution of Public Secrets

Keynote – Sharon Daniel

10:45 am - 12:00 pm, Documenting Place: Collective Storytelling, Community Engagement and Documentary Practice

Laura Chipley (SUNY College, Old Westbury), Collective Storytelling Through Experimental Documentary Practice

Samara Smith (SUNY College, Old Westbury), Engaging Community and Audience in Public Through Documentary Practice

Rachel Stevens, Place of the Big River: Entangled Stories from an Altered Landscape

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Explorations in Race & Queer Sexuality

Celine Shimizu (SF State), Introduction and moderator

Anaiis Cisco (MFA Candidate, SF State School of Cinema)

David Mai (MFA Candidate, SF State School of Cinema), ( )

Mychal Shanks (MFA Candidate, SF State School of Cinema)

Kiera Abdur-Rahman (MFA Candidate, SF State School of Cinema)

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Beyond Inclusivity: New Trends in Documentary Funding and Representation

Marc Smolowitz (13th Gen), Moderator

Sabereh Kashi and Jennifer Crystal Chien, Re-Present Media

Debbie Ng, SF Arts Commission

Additional Panelists TBA

4:15 pm - 6:15 pm, Case Study: Survivors

Directed by Arthur Pratt, Lansana "Barmmy Boy" Mansaray, Banker White, Anna Fitch 

Q&A moderated by Eric Talbert with Banker White and video comments by Arthur Pratt & Barmmy Boy

"Through the eyes of Sierra Leonean filmmakers, Survivors presents a heart-connected portrait of their country during the Ebola outbreak, exposing the complexity of the epidemic and the socio-political turmoil that lies in its wake."

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Reception

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2017 Pluralities Conference

The inaugural Pluralities conference was held at San Francisco State University in November 2017.  The gathering brought together scholars from across the globe as well as regionally to present their work and converse about the expanding state of documentary and nonfiction media.  Presentations topics ranged from the power of animation in resistance, digital publishing and distribution of niche films, agency and advocacy in film surrounding personal identity, activism, disability, ethnography and the presentation of a "live documentary" retracing German influences in Canada leading up to WWII as well as a VR experience of the amazon rain forest. 

Over 500 people attended sessions at the two day event bringing together scholars from film, history, anthropology, and ethnic studies along with students, local filmmakers, and regional thinkers in the field outside of academia.