Radical Directing Lecture Series
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:30pm
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
About the Lecture
Maureen Gosling has been a documentary filmmaker for more than 40 years and is best known for her 20-year collaboration with acclaimed independent director Les Blank (Burden of Dreams, Gap-Toothed Women). Her work has often focused on themes of people and their cultural values, music as cultural expression, and the changing gender roles of men and women. Gosling has also been sought after as an editor, working with such directors as Jed Riffe (Waiting to Inhale, California’s Lost Tribes), Tom Weidlinger (Heart of the Congo, A Dream in Hanoi), Shakti Butler (The Way Home), Ashley James (Bomba: Dancing the Drum), Amie Williams (Stripped and Teased), and Pam Rorke Levy (The Mission District: The Hidden Neighborhoods of San Francisco).
The acclaimed Blossoms of Fire (2000), a feature documentary about the Isthmus Zapotec people of southern Oaxaca Mexico filmed and edited completely on 16mm, was Gosling’s debut as a producer/director. Currently Gosling is directing and producing two films: No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records (working title), with Chris Simon; and Bamako Chic: Threads of Power, Color and Culture, with Maxine Downs, about the entrepreneurial women cloth dyers of Mali, West Africa. www.maureengosling.com
About the Radical Directing Lecture Series
In fitting with SFAI’s pioneering presence in experimental film, this series emphasizes cinematic approaches that veer from traditional narratives, as well as the conceptual frameworks filmmakers use to cinematically articulate characters, plot, subtext, tension, and drama. The series is organized to complement a course taught by Lynn Hershman Leeson for SFAI’s Film program.
All Radical Directing lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit www.sfai.edu/events
SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Radical Directing Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.