Date: 6:30pm EST February 13

Experimental Ethnography: Artful Strategies for Documenting Culture - A Talk by Charles Fairbanks


Charles Fairbanks makes “entertaining and heartfelt films [that] are extremely easy to enjoy and very hard to forget.” These films have shown on POV and at CPH:DOX, Ambulante, Visions du Réel, Art of the Real, and over 100 other festivals across five continents. They’ve

been awarded for their humor and sensitivity, for depicting women’s experience, indigenous life, familial struggles and the documentary encounter. This work has garnered support from the Guggenheim foundation, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Wexner Art Center.

His feature documentary The Modern Jungle was made in collaboration with Saul Kak, an ethnically Zoque painter from rural Chiapas, Mexico. The Modern Jungle won a jury award at Slamdance and Best Documentary at Présence Autochtone: the First Nations festival of Montreal.

Fairbanks has written for Senses of Cinema and programmed for Belgian festival Courtisane. He founded the Media Arts program at Antioch College, and currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.


This talk is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Anthropology Department, Anthropology Club, Communication and Media Studies, RiverArts Film Society and Phi Beta Kappa.