CSU, Chico News

Films Created by CSU, Chico Faculty and Students to be Showcased at Human Diversity Film Festival

Date: 10-25-2016

Heather McCafferty
Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology
Michele Chandler
Public Affairs

The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology invites you to attend a film festival. In Focus: Films of Human Diversity, is an event showcasing three movies created by California State University, Chico faculty and students. The film showcase will take place on November 6 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Chico Women’s Club, 592 East Third Street in Chico.

Local and global stories of humanity will be spotlighted in the three films, created at the University’s Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology. The films’ creators will also participate in Q-and-A sessions after the showings.

Admission tickets to the film festival, including popcorn and a beverage, are $5 for one film and $10 for all three.

The film festival kicks off with Impact of the Frolic: A Shipwreck that Transcends the World, an Emmy Award-winning film in the category of historical/cultural programs in Northern California. The film explores the mystery of Chinese artifacts discovered at a Native American site in Mendocino County and their connection to an 1850 shipwreck. The film will be shown from 3:30—4 p.m. Anthropology Professor and film producer Georgia Fox will be on hand to answer questions from 4:05—4:20 p.m.

The second film, Stories in Thread: A Tapestry of Hmong Identity, was created by students in partnership with local Hmong communities for the anthropology museum’s upcoming exhibition Hmong Reflections: Stories of Their Own, which opens in December. The film will show from 4:20—4:50 p.m. Anthropology Professor William Nitzky and student filmmaker Tamara Maxey will answer questions from 4:55—5:10 p.m.

The third film,Illusions in Stone: The Global Story of the Emerald Trade, recalls the global story of the emerald trade—a story of hope, faith, danger and desire filled with righteous thieves, reckless illegal miners and religious scholars in an underground business. The film will show from 5:10—6:10 p.m., followed by Anthropology Professor and film director Brian Brazeal taking questions from 6:15—6:30 p.m.

Tickets to the film festival are available for purchase in advance by calling the museum at 530-898-5397 and will also be sold at the door on the day of the event.

The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology is a not-for-profit organization that works toward promoting respect and appreciation for human cultural diversity. Located on the CSU, Chico campus, the museum accomplishes this task through a commitment to training students for future careers in museums and cultural heritage management and through community outreach in Northern California.