March 19, 2015
Verso Film Club: Field Visits for Chelsea Manning and Space Ghost with Lance Wakeling, Chase Madar, and Alexa O'Brien
Screening and discussion of two experimental documentary investigations of the carceral landscape
Field Visits for Chelsea Manning by Lance Wakeling (2014, 49 mins)
Space Ghost by Laurie Jo Reynolds (2007, 25 mins)
Followed by a discussion with Lance Wakeling, Chase Madar and Alexa O'Brien.
Doors 7, film 7:30, $5 suggested donation (includes drinks)
A fascinating work of global-carceral psychogeography, Field Visits for Chelsea Manning explores the surrounding areas of the locations where former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was imprisoned before her trial for releasing classified documents to Wikileaks. Weaving together these landscapes with snippets of trial transcripts and observant personal narration, this essay film tracks Manning's detention from Kuwait to Virginia, Kansas, and Maryland. The journey resulted in a series of what Wakeling calls "serendipitous collisions between the filmmaker and current events," including a Civil War reenactment, a barbershop quartet dressed as prisoners, and a coffee break in a business park for national security contractors.
Laurie Jo Reynolds' essential 2007 essay Space Ghost insightfully and touchingly compares the sensory and mental experiences of prisoners and astronauts.
Screening to be followed by drinks and a discussion with artist Lance Wakeling, lawyer and author Chase Madar, and investigative journalist Alexa O'Brien.