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Frames Per Second: Exemplary films from the Social Documentation M.F.A
Image of Esak Ordoñez, courtesy of Ruth Anne Beutler
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - 12:00pm to Saturday, January 14, 2023 - 5:00pm
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz
Presented by: 
Film and Digital Media
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

Film Screening: LAND/TRUST (2022)
Directed by Ruth Anne Beutler

LAND/TRUST (2022) is drawn from a body of material collected for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust and Tribal Band archives starting in the summer of 2021 and continuing to the present. The film documents the effort to restore the coastal prairie in the Quiroste Valley Cultural Preserve at Año Nuevo State Park, which encompasses the former site of Mitenne, a village of the Awaswas-speaking Quiroste people. In the absence of known Quiroste descendants, The Amah Mutsun Tribal band is currently stewarding the land and maintaining the memory of the Quiroste ancestors. Through re-establishing traditional land management practices and an intensive plant propagation project, the work is revitalizing many native coastal prairie plant populations. LAND/TRUST invites a meditative engagement with the land, plants, and those who care for them over the course of one year in this ongoing work of many generations.

Exemplary films from the Social Documentation M.F.A. cohorts (2021 and 2022) rotate in an exhibition called Frames Per Second. The films document communities, cultures, issues, and individuals who are marginalized in the current landscape of representation, and reveal how the documentarians are working for social transformation. Find more information about the filmmakers here on the Sesnon Gallery website. 



Jan 3–Jan 14, 2023
Hours of operation for the Sesnon Art Gallery

Frames Per Second 
Sept 20, 2022–Jan 28, 2023
Screening rotation schedule for the exhibition
Hours of operation for the Sesnon Art Gallery

Nov 9, 2022
SocDoc screening at the Del Mar Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz


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