CATHERINE GUND AND ELIZABETH STREB
Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and organizer. Her media work focuses on arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, the environment, and other social justice issues. Her films — which include Born to Fly, What’s On Your Plate?, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! — have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums and schools; on PBS, Discovery’s Planet Green, and the Sundance Channel.
Elizabeth Streb is an action architect, movement visionary, and the founder of the STREB dance company. In 2003, Streb established SLAM (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in a converted garage in Brooklyn, New York. SLAM serves as a school for adults and children, a rented rehearsal space for dancers, circus performers and other artists, and the home base for her dancers, the STREB Extreme Action Company. Streb is a recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award (1997). In 2010, Feminist Press published Streb’s autobiography, How to Become an Extreme Action Hero.
Born to Fly
Saturday, November 15 at 3:10 p.m.
Frédéric Tcheng is a French-born filmmaker. Originally trained in civil engineering, he moved to New York City in 2002 to attend Columbia University’s film school, from which he obtained a MFA in 2007. He co-produced, co-edited and shot Valentino: The Last Emperor, the 2009 hit documentary shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar®. He is also the co-director of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, a Samuel Goldwyn release, and has collaborated with poet Sarah Riggs and fashion photographer Mikael Jansson, among others.
Dior and I
Sunday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
JENNIFER GRAUSMAN AND MARK LANDIS
Jennifer Grausman directed and produced the Emmy®-nominated feature documentary, Pressure Cooker (2008). The film garnered awards from festivals across the country including a Special Jury Commendation at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 2009 Philadelphia Film Festival. Grausman also co-produced Eric Mendelsohn’s feature, 3 Backyards (2009). In addition to making films, Grausman was co-director of the Screenwriters Colony in Nantucket, Massachusetts from 2010 to 2012.
Mark Landis began copying pictures from museum catalogs with crayons while a child in Europe. When Landis was 17, his father’s death from cancer caused a mental and physical breakdown, and he was hospitalized for several years. After being released, he studied photography at the Chicago Art Institute and the San Francisco Art Institute, but left without a degree to go into business as an art dealer. In 1986, his business failed. Soon after, Landis donated a copied drawing to a museum in California and found the staff to be so nice and respectful that this pretend philanthropy became a habit he continued until recently.
Art and Craft
Thursday, November 13 at 7:30p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston