Brunch with Peter Rutkoff: The Magic and the Tragic in New Mexico and Silent River, Sun, Nov 8, 10AM
This is one of our most popular events and for good reason. Everyone was out late last night, sampling local beverages and enjoying the Selection of Shorts from the Black Maria Film Festival. So, we settle into Templeton Hall with the scents of fresh coffee, a bright and comforting farm to table brunch being prepared on onsite, and then get ready for the kind of fun and eye-opening dialogue that only our friend Peter Rutkoff, Professor of American Studies, Kenyon College can make possible. How could a Sunday film festival morning be better?
This year Professor Rutkoff presents: "The magic and the tragic in New Mexico: the Hollywood Ten finds a cause", a discussion on the film, Salt of the Earth (1954)
Also part of the morning will be a screening of Silent River (2014, 25 mins, Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks).
The Río Grande de Santiago is one of Mexico’s longest and most important rivers, originating in Lake Chapala and continuing on a north-west course through the Sierra Madre Occidental, receiving the Verde, Juchipila, Bolaños, and other tributaries. But near the El Salto Falls and along the outskirts of Guadalajara, the Santiago is known as “The River of Death.” Waste from one of Mexico’s biggest manufacturing corridors has been dumped into the Santiago for nearly half a century. Silent River follows one young woman’s attempts to try to save this most polluted river in Mexico. (2014, 25 mins, Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks)
Brunch with Peter Rutkoff, Sunday, November 8, 10AM-12:30PM@Templeton Hall
Peter Rutkoff chairs the Department of American Studies at Kenyon College in Ohio. He is the author of recent non-fiction works that examine African-American art and culture, as well as two novels, most recently Irish Eyes. He is a regular summer visitor to Cooperstown, which is also the setting of his book of short stores, Cooperstown Chronicles.