Flaherty Film Seminar is revered as one of the most significant convenings around non-fiction cinema in the world. Each year filmmakers, scholars, students, curators, critics, archivists, and cinefiles gather for an immersive, week-long program of film screenings, in-depth discussions, artist talks, installations and/or performances around a theme. Unique in its rigor and scope, “the Flaherty Seminar has got to be the toughest, most valuable, most stimulating arena in which a filmmaker can present his or her work.” (William Greaves, 1991). The Flaherty occupies a unique space within the non-fiction film ecosystem, one where artists and audiences are asked to confront the core of the creative process itself – independent of both social agenda and industry trends – to explore film as a pure expression of our complex humanity, and to challenge filmmakers to push the limits of the medium itself. Through thoughtful curation, exhibition and discussion, we strive to understand the impact of the moving image on each of us as individuals as well as on the greater global society. In all our programming, we work to elevate the human experience, expand consciousness, and encourage critical thought about the world in which we live.
“We strive to support institutions that share our artist-centered values. The small grassroots arts organizations as well as the museums that comprise our grantees provide invaluable opportunities for artists to express their unique perspectives on the pressing urgencies of the day. We hope that our grants help to amplify artists’ voices within their communities, in national discussions and debates, and across platforms in the international contemporary art world.”
Joel Wachs, President