Documentary Filmmaking & Preconceptions of Place: Lecture & Screening

Heimbold Visual Arts Center Screening Room

Open to the public

/ Wednesday


Jonathan Rattner, assistant professor of Cinema & Media Arts and Art at Vanderbilt University, will screen recent short films and talk about his artistic practice as a filmmaker. Combining documentary and experimental cinematic traditions, using a mixture of 16mm film and digital, Rattner’s films investigate narratives surrounding place and our relationship to place from outsider/inhabitant perspectives.

In addition to screening The Interior, an observational film that explores the isolated life of a dog musher living in remote central Alaska with 56 dogs, Rattner will present an early version of his current project Southern Refuge, a poetic observational film about the changing lives of refugees and immigrants living in Nashville, TN.

Jonathan Rattner is an award-winning filmmaker that produces experimental nonfiction films and videos. He holds an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa, an MFA. in Intermedia Art from the University of Iowa, and a BFA in Film and Television from Tisch School for the Arts, NYU. He has exhibited work at the Anthology Film Archives, Walker Art Center, The Whitechapel Gallery, the World Social Forum, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the European Media Arts Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, L’Alternativa Film Festival, as well as at other colleges, festivals, and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Rattner is currently an active member of the art collectives COOP and Wildland Urban Interface and holds the position of Assistant Professor of Cinema & Media Arts and Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesse

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