Asian Center, Kentucky University, Appalshop Exchange Project

20 07 2008

Asia Center, Kentucky University


Appalshop Notes – June 10, 2008 Brief Update

17 07 2008


Exchange Project

Appalshop will host fifteen Indonesian media artists from June 7-21, 2008. The Indonesian artists will be working with Appalshop filmmakers and Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) interns to create and exhibit film and audio. The exchange members will present work for festival audiences during Appalshop’s annual Seedtime on the Cumberland, starting with an evening of outdoor screenings on the Seedtime grounds in Whitesburg on Tuesday, June 10.

Throughout the visit, Exchange members will participate in media training sessions and collaborative production with AMI; reciprocal screenings and discussions of films and videos; as well as exposure to the Appalachian region’s history, culture, and social issues through community events and conversations as part of a person-to-person exchange approach.

Appalshop is also hosting Indonesian filmmaker and visual anthropologist Aryo Danusiri as a short-term visiting artist in conjunction with the Exchange Project. He is currently in the United States on a Fulbright Fellowship pursuing a PhD at Harvard University. Aryo is affiliated with the organization RAGAM Media Network. Based in Jakarta, Aryo has made videos in West Papua and Aceh and will be sharing his work throughout Seedtime.

In addition, Appalshop’s youth leadership and media training program the Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) is hosting youth media makers from Texas this week.

Indonesian organizations represented include:
From Sulawesi (previously known as Celebes)
Kiri Depan is a small organization founded in 2006 whose aim is to develop a network between film communities in Makassar (population 1.3 million; capital of South Sulawesi) by producing short films and organizing film screenings.
Komunitas Adat Ngata Toro is located in the village of Ngata Toro, more than 2000 feet above sea level and surrounded by hills and mountains of the remote Lore Lindu National Park’s forest, about 2 to 3 hours drive from Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi. Fifty families live in seven village districts that preserve their environment and indigenous knowledge. Following video training in 2005, they began making their own media and continue to document important events inside their own community.
Yascita is an NGO established in 1998 that started the first community based Radio (Swara Alam Radio – 1999) and TV (Kendari TV – 2003) in Southeast Sulawesi. Based in the capital Kendari, both media outlets broadcast everyday to fulfill their mission of developing independent mass media and community media with a goal of widely providing information access for the society in the Province they serve.
From Kalimantan (previously known as Indonesian Borneo)
Canopy Indonesia is an organization of 10 members based in Pontianak (West Kalimantan) that uses visual media as a tool for environmental and cultural preservation as well as education. They conduct screenings of documentary films, carry out trainings and workshops for “newcomer” documentary filmmaker as well as connect more established television producers with content while also developing their own productions.
PADI is a non-governmental organization based in Balikpapan focusing on social issues regarding ecology, ethnic groups, and economics. It has 7 members who use video and photography as part of advocacy programs in its East Pontianak community capturing the social condition of Dayak people and the impact of illegal logging and deforestation as well as gold, nickel, and coal mining.
Appalshop’s partner organization for the Exchange is Boemboe, founded in Jakarta during 2003 as a meeting point for those concerned with the development of Indonesian short film and to further independent media networking within and outside Indonesia.

Harvard Film Study Center (FSC) Fellow 2008-09

11 07 2008


A Collaborative project of

A collaboration between a composer, a poet, a filmmaker, and a designer,
Kapsis will be a 7 to 10 minute piece for flute, electro-acoustic music, and video art. It will portray the mesmerizing Nahua myth of a young girl who becomes a starfish.  Within the Florentine Codex there is a Nahuatl proverb which states the possibility that that which occurred before in the past, will once again repeat itself in the future.  In the same way, in the current project of writing and composing a Nahua operetta, the new converges with the old. The goal is to represent the unrepresented, to provide though structured musical figuration an understanding of invisible forces and principles that regulated not only the myths, riddles and proverbs of ancient Aztecs but also the pulse of contemporary indigenous politics. Zazanilli (which in Nahuatl means both “story” and “enigma”) is meant to be an oeuvre that will celebrate the bicentennial of Mexican independence, while bringing into question the so-called achievements of this significant event. 

Support by The Film Study Center at Harvard University