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The Marxist School of Sacramento Speaker Series
October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFREE
Point of View Speaker Series, Fall 2017: Challenging Perspectives on Current Issues
Lectures are held from 7:00pm–9:00pm on the third Thursday of the month. There will be books available at each!
All events at the Marxist School of Sacramento are free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 26, Room 9
Chris Robé will present his book Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas. Breaking the Spell offers the first full-length study that charts the historicaltrajectory of anarchist-inflected video activism from the late 1960s to thepresent. Two predominant trends emerge from this social movement-basedvideo activism: 1) anarchist-inflected processes increasingly structure itsproduction, distribution, and exhibition practices; and 2) video does notsimply represent collective actions and events, but also serves as a formof activist practice in and of itself from the moment of recording to itslater distribution and exhibition. Video plays an increasingly importantrole among activists in the growing global resistance against neoliberalcapitalism.
Chris Robé is an associate professor in Film and Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He has published essays on radical media in journals like Jump Cut, Rethinking Marxism, and Journal of Film and Video and written a monograph titled Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture.