Judy Hoffman, lecturer in the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies and the Department of Visual Arts, will participate in a panel discussion on “Filming the Revolution” at Facets Cinémathèque Saturday, August 23, at 10 a.m.
The year 1968 was a pivotal year in history. The Chicago Democratic Convention became a battleground which reverberates into social and political attitudes today. From a perspective 40 years later, what was it like to document this revolution? How does a filmmaker keep perspective in the midst of profound events? What is documentary truth in the face of social and political injustice? A stellar panel of filmmakers and participants in 1968 and the social and political revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s will reconnect us with issues as, if not more essential today than they were in 1968.
Moderated by New City film critic Ray Pride, the panel includes Chicago Film Group founder and producer (of American Revolution II and Murder of Fred Hampton) Bill Cottle, filmmaker/professor of film Jill Godmilow (Far From Poland, Waiting for the Moon), filmmaker/cinematographer Hoffman (Labor Stories), filmmaker/Heartland Journal publisher Mike James, cinematographer and social activist Peter Kuttner, and Kartemquin Films co-founder and Hoop Dreams producer Gordon Quinn.
Hoffman has worked in film and video for over 25 years and was active in the Alternative Television Movement of the early 1970’s, experimenting in the use of small format video equipment. Her extraordinary credits include working with Ken Burns (Frank Lloyd Wright), Alfred Maysles (Salesman), Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams), as well as the late French ethnographer and filmmaker Jean Rouch. She was awarded the 2004 Nelson Algren Committee Award for community activists making a significant contribution to Chicago life.