Carlos Javier Ortiz
The Economic Hardship Reporting Project presents a discussion with four of our video grantees about the process of making visual works that address important American aftermath issues, including: the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North; urban neglect; and the cultural conflict over abortion sparked by Roe v. Wade.
Presenters: Zackary Canepari Carlos Javier Ortiz Yoruba Richen
Moderators: Sara Terry
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
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The Economic Hardship Reporting Project presents a discussion with four of our video grantees about the process of making visual works that address important American aftermath issues, including: the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North; urban neglect; and the cultural conflict over abortion sparked by Roe v. Wade. These films invite fresh thinking about “aftermath” issues through storytelling that sets intimate personal stories against some of the most pressing social issues of our time, and of our history. Each piece builds on a strong visual aesthetic that helps carry and drive the narrative. We will discuss how these images and stories, when published in mainstream media outlets, add to a better understanding of the kinds of inequality that can arise in the aftermath of huge cultural and historical trends.
Zackary Canepari is an American documentary photographer and filmmaker. After studying photography in Paris and San Francisco, Zack began his career in India in 2007, working as a photojournalist for editorial clients and non-profits. In 2009, he became a member of Panos Pictures in London.
In 2010, Canepari teamed with filmmaker Drea Cooper and launched California is a Place, a series of short documentary films about California. The films screened at international festivals including Sundance and IDFA and led to commercial film opportunities for companies like Apple and Toyota. Canepari and Cooper made a short documentary film series together, titled Robotica, for The New York Times. Their first feature documentary, T-Rex, about female boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was featured on PBS before the 2016 Olympics.
Zack is currently based in northern California and continues to work on both photography and film-based documentary projects.
Carlos Javier Ortiz is a director, cinematographer and documentary photographer who focuses on urban life, gun violence, racism, poverty and marginalized communities. In 2016, Ortiz received a Guggenheim Fellowship for film/video. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. FILM: A Thousand Midnights The film marks the centennial of the beginning of the Great Migration in which six million African Americans relocated from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West from 1915 to 1970. Black migrants believed that the purported racial openness of the North would translate into more economic opportunity; however, as is the case with much of the American story, this dream remains out of reach for many.
Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad including Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Her films include: The New Black, Promised Land and Out in the Night. Richen is the Director of the Documentary program at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, a 2014 featured TED Speaker, a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of a 2016 Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker award.
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Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker currently in production with her third documentary, That’s How We Roll, about mobile home parks and the affordable housing crisis. She is a member of VII Photo Agency, and a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography.
She is also the founder of The Aftermath Project, a grant-making and educational non-profit which supports photographers telling post-conflict stories. She’s done several Kickstarter campaigns.
The Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) produces quality journalism about—and often by—Americans who are experiencing economic injustice. Our nonprofit supports independent journalists and photographers so they can create gripping stories that counter common poor-shaming narratives. We then inject these stories into the mainstream media, mobilizing readers to change systems that perpetuate inequality.