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Storytellers' Institute 2016

Walking the Line: Fact and Fiction

May 31–July 1, 2016




The Storytellers' Institute offers a wide range of public events throughout the month of June that highlight current and past documentary works and enrich the conversation surrounding the annual theme. These events include an opening-week kickoff keynote event, public presentation of each institute fellow's work and a Skidmore doc showcase. These events may be in the form of screenings, audio listenings or 2D/3D exhibits and always include a chance for discussion around the work and its relation back to the annual theme. All events are free and open to the public.

In 2016, the Storytellers' Institute hosts its first Festosium, a three-day celebration and dissection of documentarians' engagement with this year's annual theme, "Fact and Fiction: Walking the Line." Guest curators Ann Hepperman (sound) and Jeff Daniel Silva (film), special guests and a virtual-reality team will engage the institute and public in a packed weekend of screenings, panel discussions, virtual exploration and thought-provoking conversation. These events are all free, and we welcome the public to join us for one, some, or all of them!

Another first this year is the partnership between the Storytellers' Institute and the historical Spring Street Gallery in downtown Saratoga Springs. Throughout June, the gallery will feature work from this year's institute fellows and Skidmore students and faculty. Opening events welcome the Saratoga Springs community and greater Capital Region to join in the conversation on "fact and fiction" in documentary work. 


Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 2

Kickoff Event and Point of Departure

Presenters: Chip Duncan, Jonathan Burkhart and Dan Markley

Time & Location: TBA


June 9–June 12

Inaugural Festosium

Location: Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College campus

Guest curators: Ann Heppermann (This American Life podcast) and Jeff Daniel Silva (Linefork documentary film)

Additional guests: Martin Johnson (Serendipity podcast), Kaitlin Prest (The Heart podcast), Stephanie Spray (Manakamana), Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer), Nicolás Pereda (Summer of Goliath)

Special presentation by Marc Beaudet and Loïc Suty from Turbulent, a Montreal Virtual Reality (VR) company presenting their latest project The Unknown Photographer, one of the first VR works in the world to offer an immersive 20-minute visual experience. A documentary/fiction hybrid that takes viewers into the fragmented memories of a First World War photographer through 260 long-lost images in a 3D dreamscape of otherworldly structures and allegorical characters.


June 17–29

Storytellers' Institute at the Spring Street Gallery 

Spring Street Gallery is hosting a collective exhibit of work by this year’s institute fellows and former Skidmore scholars with accompanying artist talks and screenings.

Thursday, June 16, 6–8:30 p.m.: Opening reception and artists' talks featuring Institute Fellows Courtney Reid-Eaton and Jake Nussbaum

Tuesday, June 21, 7–9 p.m.: Screening of Inheritance, followed by a discussion with director and Institute Fellow Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz

Thursday, June 23, 7–9:30 p.m.: Special preview screening of Spectres of Shortwave, followed by Q&A with director and Institute Fellow Amanda Dawn Christie

Location: 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.