Steve has been at the cutting edge of bringing visual literacy to thousands of kids (and adults) in and around his home base of Pleasantville, New York, for more than ten years. Not only is Jacob Burns Film Center a quintessential Art House Cinema (and a sister organization to Pickford Film Center) they are on the cusp of expanding their educational programming around the country. Eloquently putting his thoughts on the emergence of the supremacy of the visual image in his new book, The Age of the Image, Steve will be at the Pickford not only for a reading and Q+A, but also for a demonstration, culminating in a screening of a poignant new documentary he produced that must remain nameless until its official premiere. The Age of the Image features a foreword by Martin Scorsese and will be available for purchase and signing by Steve at the event.
This event is free, though we strongly recommend reserving your space by getting a ticket at the PFC Box Office, or online here.
About The Age of the Image: We live in a world that is awash in visual storytelling. The recent technological revolutions in video recording, editing, and distribution are more akin to the development of movable type than any other such revolution in the last five hundred years. And yet we are not popularly cognizant of or conversant with visual storytelling's grammar, the coded messages of its style, and the practical components of its production. We are largely, in a word, illiterate.
But this is not a gloomy diagnosis of the collapse of civilization; rather, it is a celebration of the progress we've made and an exhortation and a plan to seize the potential we're poised to enjoy. The rules that define effective visual storytelling--much like the rules that define written language--do in fact exist, and Stephen Apkon has long experience in deploying them, teaching them, and witnessing their power in the classroom and beyond. In The Age of the Image, drawing on the history of literacy--from scroll to codex, scribes to printing presses, SMS to social media--on the science of how various forms of storytelling work on the human brain, and on the practical value of literacy in real-world situations, Apkon convincingly argues that now is the time to transform the way we teach, create, and communicate so that we can all step forward together into a rich and stimulating future.
Location: Street: 1318 Bay Street Additional: Pickford Film Center City: Bellingham, Province: Washington Postal Code: 98225 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)