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.
The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant is launched as part of an arts writing initiative designed to support independent, progressive arts publications and individual arts writers.