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Brett Story

Presented in collaboration with Cinéseries
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Brett Story, a white woman with light brown hair, sits behind a wooden table in front of a white wall. She is wearing a black turtleneck and the sun streams in through some off-frame windows, creating dynamic shadows and patches of light around her.

Award-winning filmmaker Brett Story presents a unique lecture previewing her upcoming documentary codirected with Stephen Maing on the Amazon Labor Union.

Working at the intersections of prison abolition, labor movements, geography, and filmmaking, Story joins us for a special evening organized by Ohio State student group Cinéseries. Celebrated by Guernica for how she combines “elegant cinematography, and shrewd political analysis,” Story discusses her latest untitled documentary, which is currently in postproduction. Codirected by Stephen Maing of Crime + Punishment (2018) and The Surrender (2015), the film offers an intimate portrait of the group of current and former Amazon workers taking on one of the world’s largest and most powerful companies in their fight to unionize.

In this lecture, Story covers the art of political filmmaking and thinks through issues of labor, scale, supply-chain capitalism, and multi-racial organizing, along with the role of this project within her larger body of work. Stick around after Story’s presentation for an intimate discussion facilitated by Cinéseries in the café, accompanied by light refreshments. (program approx. 75 mins.)

Brett Story, courtesy of the artist.

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More about Cinéseries

In the words of the members: Cinéseries is a student-led group that organizes monthly screenings in collaboration with the Wexner Center for the Arts. We aim to offer a space for students and the community to engage with film and expanded cinema from makers of a variety of backgrounds. We aspire to create an environment conducive to critical engagement by inviting filmmakers to showcase work that takes risks, challenges norms, and opens a conversation by devoting to a wide range of artist-centered and independent media.

More about the filmmaker

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Brett Story is an award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto whose films have screened at festivals internationally, including SXSW, True/False, Sheffield DocFest, and CPH:DOX. Her 2016 feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. The film was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in April of 2017. Story holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto, where she is currently an assistant professor in the Cinema Studies Institute. The author of the 2019 book Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America, Story was a 2016 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Her award-winning 2019 documentary, The Hottest August, has screened at over fifty festivals and continues to be programmed around the world, including at the Wexner Center in 2020.

Copresented with Ohio State’s student group Cinéseries, Graduate Student Art Club, Department of Art, and Department of Geography.

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