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Register to attend a special online screening of Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, followed by a Q&A with the director Phillip Rodriguez
Nov 17 @ 6 - 8PM | Free

Phillip Rodriguez

Filmmaker

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle is an investigative look at the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar's transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter for the LA Times to primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to Latinos—many of whom had criticized his reporting during his lifetime.

In the four decades since his death, many of the official police records and details surrounding the circumstances of his killing remained inaccessible to the public. Director/Producer Phillip Rodriguez obtained several previously-sealed files and other information, allowing him to make a film that removes Salazar from the shroud of myth and martyrdom. The result is a clear and honest look at the man and his times. The film includes interviews with Salazar's friends, colleagues and family members, and Salazar's own words culled from personal writings.

Phillip Rodriguez is a documentary director whose films and educational programs have challenged ideas about race and diversity. Rodriguez’ films have focused on the complexities of Latino culture, history, and identity.

His films include The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, RACE 2012, Latinos ’08, Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream, Los Angeles Now, Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana, Manuel Ocampo: God is My Copilot, and Pancho Villa & Other Stories.

The Washington Post has referred to the work as “higher truth-telling.” The San Diego Tribune calls the work “masterful,” The New York Times, "thoughtful.”

Rodriguez has an A.A. from Los Angeles Valley College, a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley, an M.A. and M.F.A from UCLA in Latin American Studies and Film Production.

This event is supported by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in this VAMA Lecture Series please contact Elizabeth Preger at vamavisitingarist@gmail.com, at least 7 business days in advance.


Date:

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm


Hosted by:

Visual & Media Arts
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Preger at:

vamavisitingartist@gmail.com


Location:

Online Event
Free and open to the public


Artist Website:

philliprodriguez.co




Jynx Prado & Surge Witron

Artists showing in Broke with Expensive Taste


Monday, November 22, 2021
@ 6:00pm via Zoom

Jynx Prado & Surge Witron

Featured artist in Broke With Expensive Taste

VAMA Gallery is proud to present “Broke with Expensive Taste”, a two person exhibition by Los Angeles based artists Jynx Prado and Surge Witrön. Embracing non-traditional methods and materials, these two artists work with an exuberant love for the handmade and resulting in unlikely synergies.

Befitting the title, the recycled, found or surprising use of materials in the paintings of Witrön and the sculptures by Prado celebrate the absurd and unexpected. Playful and inventive as the first impression may seem, the viewer is left with a sense of fragility inherent to the transitoriness of all human endeavors.

Jynx Prado uses an interdisciplinary practice to question and critique what is natural and artificial within cultures and the world at large. Through humor, irony, language, and symbolism Prado intertwines their experiences and histories as a queer, Mexican-Salvadoran mixed American in their work in a rasquachismo form. Prado graduated from OTIS College of Art and Design with their Master of Fine Arts + Emphasis in Social Practice degree in 2020, and received their BFA at California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2018.

Surge Witrön's explorative process produces works that combine coexistent traditions in abstract painting, gesture and mark making, through a process of overlaying, erasing, and abrasing. Components of what he coins as personal D.N.A. are embedded through the inclusion of personal artifacts representing matriarchal family members, readymade materials, and repurposed play objects. Surge Witrön is an educator, curator/artist and plant enthusiast. He is a second generation American to immigrant parents. Growing up with expressions of “Echale Ganas!'' have echoed in his professional and artistic practice. Witrön has exhibited work in numerous exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Mexico City. Some selected exhibitions include “QiPo Art Fair 02” at CDMX, “Play” at The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG).

If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in this VAMA Lecture Series, please contact Elizabeth Preger at vamavisitingarist@gmail.com, at least 7 business days in advance.


Date:

Monday, November 22, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm


Hosted by:

Visual & Media Arts
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Preger at:

vamavisitingartist@gmail.com


Location:

Online via Zoom


Contact the Artists:

pradoartist.com

surgewitron.com



Dr. AARON DAY

Producer | Professor | Thoughtleader


Wednesday, December 1, 2021
@ 6:00pm via Zoom

Dr. AARON DAY

Producer | Professor | Thoughtleader

Join us for a special lecture with Dr. Aaron Day, who will be discussing working on “When Magic Shocked the World,” a series about Magic Johnson’s earth-shattering HIV announcement.

30 years ago Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV positive and retiring from basketball.  The documentary was an in-depth look at the history of that moment and how far we've come in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS.  The series also highlighted Magic's contributions to jobs and economic development in underserved communities.  Key interviews for the documentary included Dr. Anthony Fauci, Former Lakers Coach Pat Riley, Actress Dyan Cannon, Los Angeles Time Columnist Bill Plaschke, and Former Lakers Players Byron Scott and AC Green.

Dr. Aaron Day is a producer for KTTV in Los Angeles.  He produces the morning news for Good Day LA.   Before Los Angeles, he was a Supervising Producer at KCPQ-TV in Seattle where he oversaw coverage decisions for morning newscasts, story placement, live events, and breaking news strategy.  Aaron has been a broadcast journalist for more than 19 years.  Before Seattle, he worked at stations in Los Angeles and San Diego.

In addition to producing, Dr. Day teaches journalism and mass media courses for various colleges and universities.  

He holds a B.A. in Film & Electronic Arts from California State University, Long Beach, a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from City University of Seattle, and Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, also from City University of Seattle.

If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in this VAMA Lecture Series, please contact Elizabeth Preger at vamavisitingarist@gmail.com, at least 7 business days in advance.


Date:

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm


Hosted by:

Visual & Media Arts
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Preger at:

vamavisitingartist@gmail.com


Location:

Online via Zoom


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