Mobile Media Workshop presents indie film legend Carson and ‘Africa Diary’

Posted by Hugh Manon | Posted on Mar 25, 2013

  • Monday, April 1; 7:30 p.m.
  • Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts

Indie film legend L.M. Kit Carson will host a screening of his new digital documentary series, Africa Diary, which will air on The Sundance Channel later this year.  Following the screening, Carson and his producer-partner Cynthia Hargrave will answer questions from the audience.

Now returned from Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia, Carson and Hargrave had been shooting this 12-episode series of digital diaries exclusively using Nokia N93 and N95 cellphone cameras. “We took the choice of production with mobile devices,” notes Carson, “because working in this New Media True-News zone gives an immediacy to the story-telling that is newsworthy and heart worthy.”

The screening will highlight different episodes in the series to give viewers an inside look into what they can see on The Sundance Channel once the series airs.

L.M. Kit Carson is a renowned figure in the history in American independent cinema. He has been involved with such notable films as the Dennis Hopper documentary The American Dreamer (director), the Palme d’Or winning drama Paris, Texas (screenwriter), and the horror-parody The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (writer/producer).  He was also a co-creator of the pathbreaking 1967 pseudo-documentary David Holzman’s Diary (also screening as part of this series: Weds., April 3 at 4 p.m.), which was among the first films to be inducted into the National Film Registry.

Cynthia Hargrave is an award-winning producer working both in independent production and with Hollywood studios. She was the first producer to leverage a Sundance short into a Hollywood studio feature (Bottle Rocket) and the first producer to win Sundance triple-awards (Best Cinematographer; Best Director; and Audience Award for Hurricane Streets). Ms. Hargrave was also a key figure in launching the initial projects of writer/directors Wes Anderson and Guillermo del Toro.

This event is part of the first Clark University Mobile Media Workshop, generously supported by The Harrison Fund, and co-sponsored by the Communication & Culture, the Screen Studies, and Music programs.

The screening and Q&A is free and open to the public.  Please contact workshop co-organizers John Aylward or Hugh Manon for details.