ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Outreach Librarian, Monika Antonelli and University Archivist Librarian, Daardi Sizemore will show an excerpt of their 50 minute documentary film, Two Weeks in May, which documents student anti-Vietnam War protests on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus in May 1972. The presenters will share their experiences creating the film including: timeline, funding, personnel, film production, use of archival material, and acquisition of new archival material. The film highlights historical events at the University and in the city of Mankato, and demonstrates the importance of student engagement with social and political issues.
The making of the documentary was a year-long project and involved Antonelli enrolling in two film making classes. The project relied heavily on materials found in the University’s archival collections, including historic photos, film footage, recorded audio, student newspapers, yearbooks and documents. The project also provide learning opportunities to several film program students who assisted with the film. The film highlights the importance of student engagement with social and political issues, and demonstrates how the actions of an individual or group can influence the course of history.
On completion of the program attendees will:
* Better understand the process of making a documentary film;
* Be able to identity collection potential to create similar projects;
* Learn about collaboration opportunities within and outside their organizations.
To see a trailer of the film Two Weeks in May visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW0f-0vuCDU