Friday Video Archive

Friday Video: Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story

Today’s Friday Video continues recent discussions of the Federal Writers Project and the role it played in documenting American stories. (To read recent Seed and the Story columns about the FWP in central Arkansas go here). Directed by Andrea Kalin, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson, and based on the book, Soul Of A
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Friday Video: Schools That Change Communites

We discovered today’s Friday Video via the Boggs Center’s recent post (thanks Boggs Center!) Produced by Bob Gliner, Schools That Change Communitues follows the path of a few public schools around the nation that are rethinking the process of education, getting out of the classroom and into the community and seeking to strengthen inter-generational bonds, communicate across
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Friday Video: Happy Birthday Howard Zinn

Today would have been Howard Zinn’s birthday. The historian, activist, playwright, anti-racist, veteran, and advocate for peace and civil disobedience passed away in 2010. He is best known for his book A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present, a detailed look at American history highlighting the voices and stories of those typically excluded from history
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Friday Video: Gar Alperovitz’s Shumacher Lecture–Pluralist Commonwealths

In recent months we’ve been posting about the work of historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz and his creation of, and/or affiliation with, research-based organizations Democracy Collaborative, Community-Wealth.Org, and the New Economics Institute. Regardless of readers’ individual political opinions, anyone interested in small-scale, decentralized economies and a more democratic society will find Alperovitz’s extensive examination
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Friday Video: Studs Terkel Interviewing James Baldwin, 1961

We recently stumbled across this audio clip of oral historian Studs Terkel interviewing author James Baldwin in 1961. Both men had an enormous impact on the world of cultural studies and our understanding of how the intricacies of human stories help to define collective and individual identity. Terkel is best known for his work documenting the
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Friday Video: Nikky Finney reading “Left” and “Penguin Mullet Bread.”

Earlier this week we posted about Kentucky-based writer and artist Bianca Sprigg’s recent essay regarding the importance of writer’s communities in the lives of budding authors. Throughout her essay Spriggs speaks of her involvement with the Affilachian Poets and the ongoing inspiration of poet Nikky Finney (more on the Affrilachian poets and their amazing work as
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Friday Video: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

The Boiled Down Juice explores concepts of community tradition, community action, and creative living, among many other things. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading!  We are so excited about today’s Friday Video, a new documentary in the works exploring the life of writer and activist, Alice Walker.  Produced by filmmaker Pratibha Parmar, Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth  seeks
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Friday Video: PolicyLink’s Discussion of Evergreen Cooperatives.

The Boiled Down Juice explores concepts of community tradition, community action, and creative living, among many other things. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading!  There is an ever-growing movement toward locally developed, community owned, regionally-based business that are, at least in theory, sustainable in every sense of the word. As readers know, we tend to
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Friday Video: The Big Squeeze

Non-profit organization Texas Folklife has been in operation for twenty-five years, working to preserve and present the living heritage and diversity of the state.   They lead apprenticeships, engage in community education, and produce various forms of media that showcase and support Texas’s rich cultural heritage. A few ago at the Folklorists in the South retreat, I
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Friday Video: Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Last week I had this scheduled for the Friday video, but forgot to hit the publish button! But that worked out well because I just found out this morning that this film has been added to the line up of the Little Rock Film Festival! Here’s the lastest information from the Rock Candy blog: The Little
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