Art For The Greater Good

 

As an independent filmmaker, I’ve always strived to make art that pushes for social progress. However, since the 2016 election I’ve wanted to take a more immediate approach.

Whatever the medium, it’s vital that creators use their voices to not only only tackle the current issues of the day, but also articulate an inclusive vision for the future. This week-ish features some of the creators, and some of the work that has challenged and inspired me to make films that drive our social conversations forward.

- Gerry Maravilla

 

Love Is A Dirty Word

 

I began developing Love Is A Dirty Word at time when the perceived abject otherness of blackness was being made visible in the most horrific fashion.

The spectacle of black death gone viral was a wake up call and reminder—to be born black in America is to live with a heightened awareness of your “out of placeness” and the vulnerability that comes along with it. Safety can be real hard to find. And it got me thinking about my own complex relationship to love and my home in Mississippi.

- Giovanni Adams

 

Wonder Womxn

 

One of the things I deeply believe is that as a dude, I need to work harder to stay educated and conscious of the challenges that womxn, and particularly womxn of color, experience as inhabitants of our country and world.

This Week-ish goes out to all the womxn who surround Level Ground. And to the followers and participants of Level Ground who identify as men, it’s time to put our listening hats on.

- Westley Garcia

 

Intersecting Identities

 

Even as more people engage in social discourse around immigration, class, race, and gender politics, the collapsing of issues into red vs. blue and left vs. right leaves little room for the inevitable grey area and its web of overlapping and intersecting identities. 

Perhaps it is in recognizing and exploring these complex individual narratives that we can find our most powerful tools for dialogue that will transcend social barriers. 

-Julien Baker

 

A Primer On Race In America

 

Race is rarely far from the national spotlight, but in the last few years, a slew of widely publicized police shootings and a highly racialized presidential campaign have pushed it right to the center. 

If you wanted to better understand race in America and you had only the internet at your disposal, here’s what I would have you read, listen to, and watch.  (This primer intentionally focuses on black-white relations, since understanding this history is crucial to understanding nearly all racial dynamics in this country.)

- Liz Lin

 

The Sundance Edition

 

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicked off the year with films and conversations on topics of race, gender, sex, religion, politics, science and more -- basically all the things you’re not supposed to bring up at the dinner table.

Conversations around these topics can be understandably divisive, but do they have to be? Is there a way for artists and audiences to explore these topics empathetically in way that will encourage dialogue and understanding and not more division?

- Bethany Wearden

 

What Now?

 

the last few weeks, those of us in the U.S. have been forced to confront a reality many of us thought was all but dead. In the wake of an election that has lead to a skyrocketing of hate crimes against people of color, non-Christians, and LGBTQ folks, we’re left asking, “What now?”

This Week-ish is dedicated to sharing art that heals and inspires resistance and resources that will help prepare for the coming weeks and months.

- Leslie Foster