Aug 29-31, 7PM
Scribe Video Center is proud to present a three-day retrospective of work produced by award-winning Philadelphia filmmaker Nadine M. Patterson entitled Body of Work. For Patterson, the title of the retrospective is particularly meaningful, “For me, the works … have to do with recovering memories before they are erased by the gentrification of the place I call home. Artists document their herstory/history. I document them. We honor our living, our dead and our ancestors. As Ursula says, ‘We are, we live, we matter.’”
The programming initiative of Body of Work, a new regular screening series of Scribe, is to allow viewers to delve deeply into the works of the extraordinary independent filmmakers who have been affiliated with Scribe Video Center or who have had an impact on the Philadelphia community. Patterson was chosen as the inaugural filmmaker in the series. For over 30 years, Patterson has worked as an independent filmmaker in Philadelphia grounding her art in historical contexts with a unique visual palette. The films in Body of Work come from the archives of her rich filmography. In the past, she has received funding for her film work from The Philadelphia Foundation, The National Black Programming Consortium, The Bartol Foundation, and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The opening night screening titled “Recovering Memories/ Black Herstory & History” features experimental poetry documentary LOQUESHAASHLEYFRANKLINJOSEBROWN narrated by poet and recording artist Ursula Rucker as well as the film ANNA RUSSELL JONES: PRAISESONG FOR A PIONEERING SPIRIT narrated by Toni Cade Bambara, which was awarded Best Documentary 1993 African American Women in the Arts Film/Video Competition in Chicago, IL.