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Frankie Quimby of Sapelo Island | EGG: The Arts Show

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This video segment from Egg: The Arts Show presents a glimpse of the last island-based Gullah/Geechee community located on Sapelo Island. The original Gullah/Geechee were slaves. When slavery was abolished, the lands on the island were abandoned to the slaves. Frankie Quimby of the Georgia Sea Island Singers speaks of her pride for the island community and the importance of preserving the Gullah/Geechee culture. She also tells how the songs of the slaves also served as escape songs. For more about Sapelo Island, see “Ben Hall of Sapelo Island” and “Ronald Johnson of Sapelo Island.”

Chalk Sculpture | Art in the 21st Century: Paradox

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Artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla often begin a project by asking the question, "What are the meanings connoted by the use of certain materials?" For them, chalk is both an “ideological tool,” as something used in a classroom, and a geological substance found in the earth. Because of the nature of chalk, the artists decided to create a chalk sculpture in a public square. In this video segment from Art in the 21st Century: Paradox, see what happened when people in Peru were given the opportunity to write or create images with giant pieces of chalk in a public place and how this event addressed the topic of freedom of speech.

Building Video Literacy: Response

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The meaning of a film is not only in the mind of the filmmaker, but also in how each shot affects the viewer. Sometimes a shot evokes a very strong response in the viewer, and sometimes it evokes several more subtle responses all at once – and sometimes the response changes if the film is viewed more than once. The specific response evoked in a viewer may be very individual, but the way the shot is composed provides clues about what the filmmaker might have intended.

Picturing America - Dorothea Lange

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In this video from Picturing America on Screen, cinematographer Dyanna Taylor shares her earliest childhood influence: her grandmother, the renowned photographer Dorothea Lange. Taylor travels to the Library of Congress to see her grandmother's collection of photographs, including Migrant Mother, an iconic image of the 1930s. The photograph shows a poverty-stricken mother with her children and is best known for its emotional imagery and symbolic representation of Depression-era America.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Producer Do?

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Producer Arielle Tepper Madover talks about taking the production of Annie: The Musical from pre-production to the stage. She discusses everything from clearing the rights to the play and hiring a director, to how she balances her roles as producer and mother.

Picturing America - Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Winslow Homer

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Learn about the Civil War through the art of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Winslow Homer in this video from Picturing America on Screen.  Saint-Gaudens's Robert Shaw Memorial in Boston Common depicts a resonant, courageous act of the Civil War, in which the first regiment of African American soldiers recruited in the North for the Union Army fought a doomed battle on a South Carolina fortress.

The Winslow Homer image of a soldier returning to his farm after the Civil War in The Veteran in a New Field refers to both the desolation of war and the country’s hope for the future. While the farmer’s scythe called to mind the bloodiest battles fought—and lives lost—in fields of grain, the bountiful crop of golden wheat could also be seen as a Christian symbol of salvation.

Building Video Literacy: Purpose

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The basis for a filmmaker’s decision regarding how a shot is framed, what sound to include or add and what movement to show has to do with the purpose of the shot. Those decisions hinge on what the shot is designed to accomplish in order to create the overall meaning of the film.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Do Stage Managers Do?

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Stage managers Peter Lawrence and Rachel Wolff discuss how they keep things running smoothly backstage at Annie: The Musical. Peter and Rachel also discuss the added challenge of working with a young cast.

Nature | Crash: A Tale of Two Species - Horseshoe Crabs and Humans

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Learn about horseshoe crabs in this video from Nature. Horseshoe crabs spend most of their time, and are safest, on the ocean floor, but when it is time to spawn, they take a risk by coming to the surface to lay eggs. With the current moratorium imposed on fisherman using crabs as bait, they now harvest crabs for medical purposes and are then required to return them alive to Chesapeake Bay. Horseshoe crabs have blue blood containing a coagulant that detects minute levels of bacteria, forming a protective shield within the body akin to a "primitive antibiotic."

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