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LUMEN8: Night of Shorts

August 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday August 10
Location: ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts, 23 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island, NY 10304
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LUMEN8 Night of Shorts features four short films focusing on borders, movement and the collateral damage of “urban renewal.”  
The North Shore of Staten Island is in the midst of unprecedented development and change.  Advertisements for landscape-altering projects cover our transportation hubs and dominate local media coverage. We will see two films that challenge the prevailing notions of corporate-led urban renewal in American cities, illustrating how these processes collide with race and class.
Immigration has been a point of contention in our national dialogue. Absent from the conversation are the stories of those who personally negotiate this experience. For them, the border is not an abstraction or over-simplification of partisan values. Two films asks us to deeply consider the process of migration and how it relates to our shared human experience.
Total run time is approximately 45 min. Light refreshments will be served. 
Curated by Jay Weichun, a Staten Island-based artist focusing on issues surrounding ecology, social justice and spatial relationships. Primarily using the mediums of video documentary, his work attempts to highlight individual narratives of community building and resistance. His video work was featured in the LUMEN Festival in 2010, 2012, and 2016.
Film Detail:
GOOD WHITE PEOPLE By Jarrod Cann and Erick Stoll
As a neighborhood destroyed by policies of the War On Drugs, Cincinnati’s inner-city is now the target of urban development corporations as its black population gets pushed away. Through the story of Reginald Stroud and his family, GOOD WHITE PEOPLE hopes to further conversations about the use of coded terms like urban renewal, revitalization, and urban renaissance, and explore how these words help to trivialize and disguise the commercial practice of white supremacy, neocolonialism, and the economic othering of low-income residents of color.
Vanquish By Joshua Hernandez*
A poetic essay on the changing Bushwick neighborhood, where the filmmaker grew up; a meditation on the visual and economic shifts of the neighborhood and the effect on the native residents. The filmmaker wanders and observes, where graffiti turns into murals, houses turn to ashes, looking for the place anyone can call home without losing theirs. *Filmmaker will be in attendance.
Maria’s Story By Jay Weichun, Sarah Friedland and Theresa Reed Maria
A recount of Maria’s journey from Mexico to the United States. She shares the joys and struggles of her migration experience, as she strives to contribute to the cultural fabric of Staten Island.
Boca Chica By Esy Casey and Sarah Friedland
Boca Chica follows a forensic anthropologist and a small town sheriff working to prevent dehydration deaths of people crossing the Texas-Mexico border.


August 10, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Staten Island Arts


ArtSpace @ SI Arts
23 Navy Pier Court
Staten Island, NY 10304 United States
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