The minds behind the We Are City film series — which kicks off Thursday at the IMA — hope to spark foster active discussion on urban life via three documentaries.
“We need constant creative effort to improve the way life is lived in the Circle City. The We Are City series is a way into that,” says Anne Laker, director of public programs at IMA. “The films and conversation are about pushing Indy's envelope. What needs to happen to continue to bolster the biking culture in our city? What can we do to be more consciously creative when we look at planning for the housing needs of those who are struggling to make it?”
We Are City kicks off with A Matter of Taste on Feb. 23, a documentary that follows New York chef Paul Liebrandt over several years as he navigates his way through the competitive world of haute cuisine and struggles to make a name for himself. Special guests include Becky Hostetter of Duos mobile kitchen, Cynthia Wilson of Kountry Kitchen and Neal Brown of The Libertine and Pizzology.
“After the film, Michael Kaufmann will ask [attendees] about how Indy's sense of place is defined by food,” explains Laker, an occasional contributor to NUVO. “How are their establishments more than just places to eat? Then, everybody's invited to take matters into their own hands at "action tables" where meaty questions will be posed about how to advance Indy's food culture. Two local food critics will be hosting a table, as will Indy Winter Farmer's Market executive director Laura Henderson.”
The series is presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Wishard Health Services with support from Butler University Center for Urban Ecology, URBN DSGN, Big Car, The Platform and Indiana Humanities.
We Are City Film Series 2012
All screenings at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Tobias Theater, 400 N. Michigan Road; $5 public, $3 IMA members
A Matter of Taste (2010, dir. Sally Rowe, 72 mins.)
Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
A film profile of New York chef Paul Liebrandt, following him over the course of almost a decade as he defines his artistic culinary vision.
With My Own Two Wheels (2010, dirs. Jacob Seigel-Boettner and Isaac Seigel-Boettner, 44 mins.)
March 22, 7 p.m.
This documentary weaves together the experiences of five individuals into a single story about how the bicycle might change the world.
April 5, 7 p.m. (2011, dir. Chad Friedrichs, 79 mins.)
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, when suburbanization led to destitute urban cores, increasingly segregated by class and race.