Acclaimed filmmaker explores issues of diversity and inclusion

Thursday, April 04, 2019

eisonAcclaimed filmmaker Carvin Eison will lecture at Mercyhurst University on April 24 on “The Memory of Place: Sin, Pictures, and Progress.” Eison is recognized internationally for creating intensely powerful films that explore racial dissonance and social discord in American culture.

He’ll discuss racial injustice, his research on Frederick Douglass, and the role of imagery and filmmaking in increasing awareness about issues of diversity and inclusion. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.

Eison is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism, Broadcasting and Public Relations at the State University of New York College at Brockport, where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship for sustained achievement in production. He is also owner of the production company ImageWordSound; the general manager of RCTV, Rochester’s Community Media Center; and the long-time company videographer for Garth Fagan Dance.

As a member of the board of directors of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Eison has become a leader in the national movement to replace Confederate statues with statues that unite communities. He is the project director of Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass, which is placing statues across the City of Rochester, New York, commemorating the life and legacy of Douglass in the city where his most important work was accomplished. The project is attracting the attention and support of other cities nationwide.

Eison currently has multiple film projects in various stages of production that continue his social justice mission, including a feature film and a Frederick Douglass film.

For more information, contact Ryan Palm.

Eison’s presentation is sponsored by the Charlene M. Tanner Speaker Series, gifted in memory of Charlene M. Tanner by her loving partner Doris Cipolla. Because of their shared interests in social justice, peace and the environment, it is hoped the program will inspire others to help create a healing environment for the world.