As part of this year’s Spirit & Place Festival, the Kan-Kan hosted an online event, Film: Our National Family Album, on Monday, November 9th to discuss a variety of perspectives on film as a storytelling vehicle.

Our discussion centered around how this unique medium is the visual history of our 20th & 21st century lives. Why is it important to preserve these stories of our origins? What do these stories say to us now? What will be the stories from the extraordinary time we are in today?

We were joined by experts in filmmaking, film archiving, and preservation from IU Bloomington Moving Image Archive, Indiana Historical Society, Studio Auteur, and the Kan-Kan Cinema. These guest speakers included Rachael Stoeltje, Director of the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive; Jordan Ryan, Indiana Historical Society Archivist; and Jerald Harkness, CEO of Studio Auteur.


  With a documentary about the Tulsa Massacre and the films I Am Not Your Negro and 13th, the first three installments of this series curated by Clayton Hamilton led to powerful and honest conversations about the long history of race and racism in our country. Because there is much more to discuss, this series, led by Clayton, will continue in the future. We hope you will join us.

In the meantime, Clayton urges us to continue our learning and has compiled a list of additional films and resources for that purpose.

additional films & resources

Using three films as background, 3 Stories: A Kan-Kan Conversation Series About Sexual Assault has featured panelists knowledgeable on the issues of sexual assault on college campuses (The Hunting Ground) and the military (The Invisible War). The third conversation, based off the film On the Record, has been postponed. Keep an eye on The Weekly for information about its rescheduling.

Click below to access recordings and resources from the first two conversations.

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Thanks to everyone who joined us (and bundled up) at the IndyFringe Pocket Park for weekly screening of some great art house films in September and October.