The School of Liberal Arts Bobby Yan Lectureship in Media and Social Change is part of the Tulane Trailblazers initiative, which celebrates the contributions of people from diverse backgrounds who have made a substantial and lasting impact at Tulane. The lectureship is named after seven-time Emmy Award winner Bobby Yan, a 1995 Tulane graduate who founded Tulane’s Asian American Student Union.
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6pm
Cecilia Aldarondo is a documentary director-producer from the Puerto Rican diaspora who works at the intersection of poetics and politics. Her feature documentaries Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016) and Landfall (2020) premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and were co-produced by the award-winning PBS series POV. Landfall's many awards include the 2020 DOC NYC Film Festival Viewfinders Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary, as well as a Cinema Eye Spotlight Award nomination. Among Aldarondo's fellowships and honors are the Guggenheim, a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the 2021 New America Fellowship, and Women at Sundance 2017. In 2019 she was named to DOC NYC's 40 Under 40 list and is one of 2015ʼs 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She teaches at Williams College.
View lecture: https://youtu.be/DbBO60pDweM
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Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016)
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6pm
Christine Vachon, co-founder of independent film company Killer Films, produced Boys Don’t Cry, Still Alice, I’m Not There, and Far from Heaven. Vachon has been associated with the “new queer cinema” movement of the 1990s, since many of the company’s titles have LGBT themes. Vachon said her producing films with those themes arose from not seeing LGBT men and women on screen. visited Tulane on as the first speaker in the Bobby Yan Lectureship in Media and Social Change in the School of Liberal Arts. Vachon, has been associated with the “new queer cinema” movement of the 1990s, since many of the company’s titles have LGBT themes. Vachon said her producing films with those themes arose from not seeing LGBT men and women on screen.
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