MDC films to unspool at Bozarts GalleryWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Media Decompression Collective (MDC) will soon bring another round of socially conscious cinema to Downtown film buffs. The floating documentary series is being hosted for the summer season by the Bozarts Fine Art and Music Gallery.
The series is kicking things off with Peter Joseph’s “Zeitgeist: The Movie” and “Zeitgeist: Addendum” on June 24. The first film focuses on suppressed historical and modern information about currently dominant social institutions, while the second attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution. The work advocates a new social system that is updated to present day knowledge, highly influenced by the lifelong work of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project.
These films are followed on July 22, by “Beautiful Losers,” a film which explores the lives of artists associated with New York’s Alleged Gallery and how cultural scenes can be forged and maintained through long-term documentation. Featured artists include Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine and a host of others. The film was co-directed by Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard.
The summer will heat up with “Slingshot Hip Hop” on Aug. 26. The film brings together the stories of young Palestinians living in occupied Palestine as they discover Hip-Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. The film is directed by Jackie Salloum.
The series closes its season on Sept. 23, with Kevin Fitzgerald’s “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme,” which documents the freestyle scene from the early 1980s through the present day.
“The nature of a collective is non-hierarchical and anyone from the community can get involved. There are no memberships or qualifications,” said series founder and social activist Amjad Doumani. “All that is needed is the energy of the community and that they believe in the mission of MDC. In June of 2004, I gathered about 10 other Toledo-based activists and together MDC kicked off its first film festival. With only three weeks of planning and a budget of $1,500, we organized the ‘Take Back Democracy Film Festival,’ the largest and longest film festival to ever happen in this region.”
All films are free and open to the public. Screenings begin at 9 p.m. during the 4th Thursday Art Walks in the Warehouse District. Bozarts Fine Art and Music Gallery is located at 151 S. St. Clair St.
For more information, visit the website www.mdctoledo.org.