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Catalina Alvarez premieres Sound Spring Seq. #6

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Visiting Professor of Media Arts, Catalina Jordan Alvarez is among eight artists featured in the 21st annual Open Video Call, a juried online screening series presented by the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and curated by Philadelphia-based media arts collective Lino Kino.

Alvarez’s film Sound Spring Seq. #6: The School and the Home (produced by Matt Morgan ’99 and co-written by Jeanne Kay ’10 featuring Yellow Springs residents Jalyn Roe, Sumayah Chappelle, and Rukiya Robertson) will premiere on Monday, August 10 at 12:00 pm and will be available online here through August 12.

And, on August 12 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST, Alvarez will join Lino Kino members Emilie Slater and Maya Shengold in conversation via Zoom.

Images: Archival image of Vernay Laboratories, courtesy of Scott Sanders. Sumayah Chappelle performing an interview with Jalyn Roe. 

Sound Spring Seq. #6 is an excerpt from a feature-length experimental documentary exploring residents’ entanglements with Yellow Springs history. In this sequence, Jalyn Roe remembers her mother’s friendship with Coretta Scott King (Class of 1951) and recalls meeting Martin Luther King Jr. as a child.

Alvarez’s film includes interviews that are shot as traditional talking-head interviews, but with a key difference. “The on-screen interviewees are two girls who lip-sync over the overdubbed audio. This change creatively subverts one of the basic tropes of documentary filmmaking and brings new meaning to the artist’s otherwise minimalist approach.”

Other credits:
Producer: Matt Morgan ’99 and Catalina Alvarez
Cinematographer: Elena Dahl
Sound Recordist: Shawndra Jones
Co-writer: Jeanne Kay ’10
Assistant Camera: Zoë Ritzhaupt ’20
Assistant Editor: Ty Clappsaddle ’18
Director: Catalina Alvarez
Made possible with the support of WYSO, Matt Morgan, Antioch College, YSCF, Scott Sanders, Wexner Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Visit the ICA Exhibition page to learn more.