MIT Barton Theater w/ Award-winning filmmaker Lucy Walker

Posted: November 1, 2011 in 365 in 365 days, Architecture & Urban Sketches, Change the World, Massachusetts
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MIT Barton Theater

Last night I went to a presentation by award-winning filmmaker, Lucy Walker who participated in the Fall Lecture Series entitled “Zones of Emergency: Artistic Interventions – Creative Responses to Conflict & Crisis” at MIT’s Barton Theater. This was a remarkable presentation! Lucy was clear, and shared a lot with the audience; the respondent Claude Grunitzky, did a great job too. Lucy showed us clips of her award-winning feature documentaries: Devil’s PlaygroundBlindsightWaste Land ( a documentary about artist Vik Muniz’s collaboration with the self-designated recyclables materials pickers of Jardim Gramacho, the largest landfill in the world), and Countdown To Zero.

lucy walker at MIT

Lucy Walker at MIT

She even gave us a sneak peek of her new release, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. Her documentaries are very moving. Claude zeroed in quite rightly on the theme of transformation running through her work, the power of transformation. I was very touched by “Waste Land” and “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.” The latter deals with the disastrous tsunami on March 2011 in Japan. I encourage you to look at the clips. The struggles, moments of pain, the resilience of humans, the human spirit, and the power of giving someone (or yourself) a chance, another chance stood out to me. Thanks for doing and sharing such great work Lucy!

During the discussion I did a sketch of the interior of Barton’s Theater. Hope you enjoy!

lucy walker at MIT

Lucy Walker at MIT

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, is among the eight shortlisted contenders for the 84th Academy Awards’ best Documentary Short Subject category, of which three to five films will earn Oscar nominations.
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