July 2015 Forum
July 21, 2015 - 7pm to 9pm
The Story of the Stuff
The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
144 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
is a web documentary that tracks what happens to more than half a million letters, 65,000 teddy bears, and hundreds of thousands of other packages, donations, and condolence items sent to Newtown, Connecticut, in the wake of the Sandy Hook School shooting. It follows four people in Newtown whose lives become wrapped up in dealing with all the “stuff.”
As the project investigates how local tragedies have become global, it challenges viewers to think critically about the mysterious, often consumption driven ways we express remembrance and grief. Through interactive timelines and videos the site looks at other recent tragedies, including the worldwide response to the April 16, 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech and the shrine that formed following the Texas A&M bonfire collapse of 1999.
Ashley Maynor Biography:Ashley Maynor is an awardwinning filmmaker, producer, and librarian. She produced the critically acclaimed feature film Something, Anything
(2014 New York Times Critics' Pick) and the ITVS coproduction Quick Feet, Soft Hands, starring Greta Gerwig, both written and directed by Paul Harrill. She also produced writer/director Cameron Nelson's forthcoming debut feature, Some Beasts
(2013 US-in-Progress selection; 2014 IFP Narrative Lab). Her most recent film as director is the documentary For Memories’ Sake
, which screened at the Library of Congress, the Nashville Film Festival, the Maryland Film Festival, and on the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, among other venues.
A native of Joelton, Tennessee, Maynor has previously been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech and a production mentor for Stony Brook University's MFA in Film program.
In addition to filmmaking, Maynor has also engaged with building communities through video partnerships, empowering youth and communities to tell their own stories as the co-founder and program director of the Blue Ridge Stories Youth Video Workshop (2007-2011), as a video facilitator for Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places Project (2006), and as a guest artist in the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge’s Artists in Schools program (2007-2009).
She is a past recipient of the Sundance Institute's Sheila C. Johnson Creative Producing Fellowship and the American Library Association's Justin Winsor Prize.
Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Austin Film Society, the Southern Humanities Media Fund, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Maynor works at the University of Tennessee Libraries in the digital humanities where she connects the work of artists, critics and scholars with online communities. She is also cofounder and current co-chair of The Collective.
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