2014 Story Day Conference: Moving Images

Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/11/2014
12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location
Salve Regina University

On Friday, April 11, 2014, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and the Providence Journal will host the second annual Story Day conference.

Story Day 2014 will examine moving images – animation, feature documentary and television, as well as short documentary and video. Through an engaging and interactive series of discussions with accomplished storytellers, the audience will take part in a fun and informative day that will also feature interactive storytelling and the presentation of the 2014 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square to Emmy-winning screenwriter Danny Strong (Hunger Games, Game Change)  and the winners of the student contest.

To register, please visit the Pell Center website.

9-9:25 – Arrival and coffee

9:25-9:35 – Welcomes and housekeeping
Announcement and logistics of on-site audience filmmaking: open to all, but voluntary

9:35-9:45 – First audience poll

9:45-10:35 – Animation block
Agnieszka Woznicka, animation artist and associate professor, Rhode Island School of Design. (15 minutes for screening of maker’s work, 35 minutes for presentation, discussion, audience Q&A)
Moderator: Karen Bordeleau

10:35-10:50 – Audience filmmaking and break

10:50-11:35 – Feature documentary block
Teja Arboleda, documentarian, writer, and educator (15 minutes for screening of maker’s work, 35 minutes for presentation, discussion, audience Q&A)
Moderator: Michael Budd

11:35-11:40 – Second audience poll

11:40-11:50 – Audience filmmaking and break

11:50-noon – Transportation to Ochre Court for lunch

Noon-1 – Lunch at Ochre Court

1:15-2 – Pell Center Prize presentation and keynote address
Danny Strong, on Hollywood public storytelling. Followed by 15 minute Q&A.

2-2:05 – Student contest winners

2:05-2:10 – Third audience poll

2:10-3 – TV block
Jim Taricani, investigative television reporter, WJAR-TV, NBC 10 (15 minutes for screening of maker’s work, 35 minutes for presentation, discussion, audience Q&A)
Moderator: G. Wayne Miller

3-3:10 – Audience filmmaking and break

3:10-4 – Short documentary/video block
Kendall Moore, University of Rhode Island (15 minutes for screening of maker’s work, 35 minutes for presentation, discussion, audience Q&A)
Moderator: Jamie McGuire

4-4:05 – Fourth and final audience poll

4:05-4:15 – Discussion of audience poll questions

4:15-4:45 – Showing and discussion of audience films

4:45-5 – Conclusion and farewell (to those not attending Jane Pickens screening)

5-7:30 – Dinner, at a place of one’s choosing

7:30 – Screening of Danny Strong’s award-winning “Game Change”
Jane Pickens Theater & Events Center, 49 Touro St., Newport, R.I.

About Story in the Public Square

Studying and celebrating public storytelling in American politics and culture.

Storytelling is an ancient and underappreciated element of public life. Think of Christ’s parables or Plato’s dialogues – both used stories to communicate, instruct, inspire and persuade. In the American experience, think of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which fueled the abolitionist movement prior to the Civil War, or Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” which contributed to a wave of reform and regulation in American industry.

However they are communicated (film, books, word of mouth, blogs, among other means), stories have the ability to touch listeners and viewers in a way that the cold hard facts of exposition never can.

Stories, of course, are like any tool that can be used in many ways. They can be either truthful or untruthful. They can illuminate or obscure important facts. They can educate or they can propagandize.

“Story in the Public Square” is a year-round initiative to study and celebrate public storytelling. It features an annual conference, lectures, awards and student contests, as well as original scholarship about public storytelling and how those stories can affect the public debate.

 


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