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Archive for X: Unknown Quantity



Information about upcoming X (Unknown Quantity) events will be posted on this site, and will continue to circulate via email and print announcements. http://xuq.sites.amherst.edu/ please contact Professor Josh Guilford for more information jguilford@amherst.edu



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The Art of Protest

Keefe Campus Center Theater
Monday, November 14th, 4:30-6pm
Adam Vine (’01), President and Co-Founder of social action studio Wake The Beast, will be discussing his own career and reflecting on 50 years of protest at Amherst College, from the McNamara graduation protests of 1966 to the 2016 Amherst Uprising.

Parallel Worlds: Films by Ephraim Asili

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Tuesday, November 1st, 7pm

Keefe Campus Center Theater

A program of films exploring the artist's relationship to the African Diaspora. Presented in conjunction with the Black Radical Imagination touring program.

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Filmmaking Challenge

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Few topics in American society have more myths and stereotypes surrounding them than poverty – these misperceptions distort our civic and charitable efforts as well as our domestic policymaking. Stories from the Line offers a counter-narrative to the erroneous and often prejudiced stereotypes of poverty that dominate our media. The competition, open to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates, asks participants to document stories from hard-working families, particularly those in both urban and rural communities who are living paycheck to paycheck with limited job security.

The winning films will be posted to the Stories from the Line website, shared with thousands of universities, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and media outlets, and the filmmakers will earn scholarships for undergraduate or graduate study – including a $10,000 scholarship grand prize. The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2017.

Impact America is a nonprofit organization that engages college students and recent graduates in addressing community needs, empowering a generation to promote positive change through collaborative efforts in the communities we serve. A major goal of this project is to provide a platform to college students and recent graduates to help educate the public about the challenges that the majority of working families face on a daily basis while raising their families, seeking well-paying job opportunities, and helping advance their children’s education.

The Last Slide Projector (2006)


With Filmmaker Paige Sarlin in Person

Tuesday, October 25th, 7:00pm

Keefe Campus Center Theater, Amherst College

Free and Open to the Public

The Last Slide Projector examines the story of Eastman Kodak’s Carousel projector on the eve of its final production run, documenting the disappearance of a projection technology that was once as integral to family memories as it was to education, art history, and the development of both cinema and corporate culture. Sarlin's film is a cinematic example of what George Marcus calls “following the thing,” a method of tracking an object as it crosses temporal, spatial, and disciplinary boundaries. Through this method, the film reveals the social consequences of technological change and obsolescence, as well as the broader aesthetic, ideological, and economic implications of our ongoing transition from analog to digital.

Screening with Workers Leaving the Factory (Harun Farocki, 1995)

TRT ca. 96 mins

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Films by Brigid McCaffrey

Thursday, October 20th, 1PM

Keefe Campus Theater

Brigid McCaffrey is a Los Angeles based filmmaker whose work focuses on environments and people in states of flux and precarity. The artist will be present at the event. 

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An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents

An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents

Join FIlmmaker Joel Schlemowitz in "An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents". The event will occur on Tuesday, September 27th, 7:00pm, in the Keefe Campus Theater. 

Joel Schlemowitz is an experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn who works in 16mm film, shadowplay, and sterographic media. His films evoke a conciseness emulating the poem's heightened state of experience, an undercurrent of droll humor, a preoccupation with the tactile nature of the filmic image, and an eye towards the Nineteenth Century. 

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Amherst Student Article on Film and Video Curation

The following is an excerpt from an Amherst Student Article, written by Gabby Edzie, about a set of screening done by students in Professor Guilford's class. To access the full article, click here.

"This semester Professor Joshua Guilford — a professor of English and Film and Media Studies — offered a course titled “Film and Video Curation.” The seminar aimed to grant students an opportunity to both think critically about curation and to bring the resulting knowledge into practice. The course was divided into two components, and the first allowed students to attend several screenings, which were discussed in concert with critical and theoretical readings about curatorial practice."