Community Special Events

27apr7:00 pmBUCKEYE TRAIL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE (Private Event)7:00 pm EST

Time

(Thursday) 7:00 pm

Event Details

BUCKEYE TRAIL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Private Event for current members & new members who sign up at the event.

April 27th, 7:00 PM

Trail Magic – The Grandma Gatewood Story

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This short video gives brief insights into Grandma Gatewood, her life, tribulations & achievements. To make a tax deductible donation for the film’s production

29apr11:00 amTHE MODERN JUNGLE11:00 am est

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am

Event Details

Saturday, April 29th at 11 a.m.

FREE ADMISSION

FILMMAKERS PRESENT

Q & A AFTER THE SCREENING

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THE MODERN JUNGLE – 71 min.  2016.
a film by Antioch College professor Charles Fairbanks & Saul Kak

Set in the region of La Selva Negra (literally, the black jungle), which is named after the thick fog that’s so common there, The Modern Jungle is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, don Juan, who falls under the spell of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement. Juan’s neighbor Carmen lives simply, in harmony with the land her martyred husband paid for with his life. This film documents their struggles and encounters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish, to the culture of cinema, and the directors of this film.

Five years in the making, THE MODERN JUNGLE is an intimate document of two people and their Zoque culture, yet simultaneously a story about consumerism, modernity and monoculture. It was made through my deep collaboration with Juan, Carmen, and a young Zoque artist named Saul Kak. Our initial desire for this project was to depict Zoque culture in an honest yet dignified light. We also hoped to show the Zoque people’s encounters with modernity and globalization. In this, the initial impulse for this project was fundamentally ethnographic.But I didn’t want to make a conventional ethnographic film. I wanted a film with teeth, a film that’s honest, a film that moves people. I wanted to show something real, but puncture viewers’ comfortable sense of reality. I decided to blend fiction with documentary. While they lubricate the story, the fictions are relatively prosaic: the most incredible scenes in THE MODERN JUNGLE are also its purest examples of documentary.

To integrate their Zoque cosmovisión, or worldview, with the language and potential of cinema, we incorporate a dream sequence into this documentary. For the Zoque, dreams are significant and prophetic; they weigh upon one’s life, actions, and existence. Some critics might insist that dreams are incompatible with documentary, but I contend that Juan’s dream in the film manifests real fears, desires, and the psychological effects of the culture clash that is his life. Crucially, the significance of this dream is left open to interpretation – for the dreamer himself, and for viewers of the film. ­—Charles Fairbanks

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