CANCELED - Studio Revolt and avery r. young: films & poetry
Friday, Apr. 3, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
CANCELED - Studio Revolt and avery r. young: films & poetry
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room
AudienceKids & Families, Teens, Adults, ESOL, LEAP
SummaryStudio Revolt and avery r. young present 'Verses in Motion', an evening of great films and poetry.
DescriptionReady for an exciting evening of fierce film and poetry? Experience a specially curated collection of short films by Masahiro Sugano, a pioneer of the genre of spoken word video created with ground breaking media lab Studio Revolt. Sugano’s special guest will be Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist avery r. young who will be reading from his recently published book neckbone: visual verses (Northwestern University Press). The evening will also include a sneak preview of Studio Revolt and avery r. young’s collaboration Emmett (til de remix). This evening of 'Verses in Motion' is not to be missed.


About the Artists:

Dubbed “sunday mornin jook joint,” avery r. young is also an award-winning teaching artist and Arts and Public Life Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago, Theaster Gates has called young “one of our greatest living street of the most important thinkers on the Black experience.” Black Grooves referred to his most recent album tubman. (FPE Records) as “brilliant” and “supremely funky.” Young’s poems and essays have been published in Cecil McDonald's In The Company of Black, The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint, and other anthologies. His album booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid engages matters of race, gender, and sexuality in America during the Obama Era. Avery’s work in performance, visual text, and sound design has been featured in several exhibitions and theatre festivals---notably The Hip Hop Theatre Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and American Jazz Museum. He is the featured vocalist on flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (FPE Records) and is 1 of 4 directors of The Floating Museum, co-mentoring Rebirth Youth Poetry Ensemble and performing with his band, de deacon board. Visit avery r. young's website for more information.

Masahiro Sugano, a Sundance Film Fest alumnus, is an award-winning filmmaker whose accolades stretch from a Student Academy Award nomination in 1997 to his most recent 2017 Art Matters Foundation Award. Through his media lab Studio Revolt, Sugano has created short films on the issue of deportation as well as a pioneering force in the art of spoken word videos. His films merge cinematic impressions with powerful poetic narratives, presenting voices from Palestine, the Marshall Islands, Botswana and deported poet Kosal Khiev. Sugano received the 2013 Center for Asian American Media’s Innovation Fund for his series “Verses in Exile” which is on view at PBS online. Sugano’s second feature CAMBODIAN SON is the winner of several international awards including 2016 Best Documentary Award given by the National Asian American Journalists Association, Golden Hanoman Prize at the Jogja Asian Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at Cultural Resistance Film Fest of Lebanon 2014. He earned a BA in philosophy from Cal State Northridge and an MFA in film/animation from the University of Illinois-Chicago. His film’s screen internationally, in cinemas, mu¬seums, schools and prisons. His latest feature film titled If Hafez Made Haikus for Cowboys was filmed during a month-long artist 2018 residency in Tehran at Rah Residency. Sugano currently lives in Tacoma and is an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington Bothell where he teaches courses in art, filmmaking, and global studies.

Studio Revolt is a collaborative media lab that produces films, videos, installations and performance projects by artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano. Based in Cambodia from 2011-2015 they became a prominent presence in the contemporary arts scene showcasing their works in screenings, exhibitions, and public art projects all over Asia. In 2014, they released their award-winning feature documentary Cambodian Son about a deportee who transforms his life through poetry. Together, their works have been exhibited in biennales and museums, screened in notable festivals and won numerous awards including LinkTV’s grand prize for the film 1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim, Center for Asian American Media’s Innovation Fund, 2015 Sovereign Asian Art Prize and 2017 Art Matters Grant. From The Buddhist Bug series to video works on deportations, their interest with marginalized voices and displacement informs much of their work. In 2016, the day after Trump was elected president, Ali and Sugano took, The Red Chador, a performance work confronting Islamophobia, onto the streets of Seattle as their only means to resist and protest the new administration. Currently they serve as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Washington Bothell where they teach art and influence a new generation of creative thinkers and agitators. Visit the website for more information.


“When Avery R Young opens the chapel of smoldering funk in his voice to baptize the audience in hypnotizing, blue-blacked song, the sweaty crease between Saturday night sin and Sunday morning redemption becomes a dance floor where every blessed bone rediscovers its own marrow.  Avery's ministry of backbeat and boiled shout is a healing force grown from the garden of hard luck and high hopes - a balm in Babylon for for seekers of True Soul.” — Tyehimba Jess, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Olio

“Sugano's stylish oddity plays like someone in the projection booth mistakenly ran simultaneous prints of films by Wong Kar-wai, Quentin Tarantino and Hal Hartley.” — Michael Philips, Movie Critic at Chicago Tribune

"We may not have all the voices we need in Congress right now, but what we have are our own voices which have been presented by Studio Revolt in a form we can use to organize for the social and political change we desperately need." — Mia-lia Kiernan, Organizer for OneLove Movement (Philadelphia)
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