“From Deep,” an experimental documentary about the game of basketball and its shifting place within 20th century American history and culture, will be screened and the producer will be available for questions 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Room 132 of DeBartolo Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University.
The event is free and open to the public.
Brett Kashmere’s documentary received the Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award at the 2014 IMAGES FESTIVAL, for excellence and innovation in the visual realization of work by a Canadian film or video artist.
Kashmere is a Canadian-born, Pittsburgh-based filmmaker, curator, and writer. Combining traditional research methods with materialist aesthetics and hybrid forms, Kashmere’s experimental documentaries explore the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, popular culture, geographies of identity, and the politics of representation.
He earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts in Studio Arts (Film Production Option) from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2006 and an master of arts in Film Studies from the same university in 2004. He received a bachelor’s in Film and Video Studies from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, in 2000. He is the founding editor and publisher of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, and was most recently a visiting assistant professor of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College from 2008 to2012.
“From Deep” focuses on the evolution of basketball from its indoor New England roots, to a Midwestern small town phenomenon, to an outdoor city game, with particular emphasis on its merger with hip hop in the mid-1980s and the rise of Michael Jordan as the world’s first corporate-branded athlete. From Deep premiered at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2014.
Parking is available for a nominal fee in the M24 lot accessed from Grant Street closest to McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue.